Anxiously engaged

Anxiously engaged Engagement. It’s a measure of how emotional you are about something, how much you care, how involved you are, and how active you are in the pursuit of achieving it. Being engaged is crucial to being productive. An employee who is engaged will work far harder and achieve far more than one who […]

The pursuit of mastery and the mastery asymptote

The pursuit of mastery and the mastery asymptote Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, in his poem “A psalm of life” (here), wrote the following: Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,Is our destined end or way;But to act, that each to-morrowFind us farther than to-day. I think what he is talking about is the pursuit of mastery. The pursuit […]

Control vs Influence

Control vs Influence If you’re talking about your own life, control is what matters. Self-control, or self-discipline, is fundamental to your ability to succeed in anything. But if you’re talking about the life or lives of others, control is an illusion; influence is what matters. Whether it’s with your kids, your employees, your peers, or […]

Making the most of microcosms

Making the most of microcosms A microcosm is just a small version of something much larger. It’s usually very similar in the most important regards, but much simpler. Kindergarten, for instance, is a microcosm of college (the macrocosm). You couldn’t drop off a kid in college and expect them to do well. They must first […]

Change blindness, and the all-of-a-sudden syndrome

Change blindness and the all-of-a-sudden syndrome As human beings, we tend to fall victim to the “all of a sudden” syndrome. All of a sudden, I’m out of shape.All of a sudden, my finances are a wreck.All of a sudden, my product is late.All of a sudden, a relationship is broken.All of a sudden, I’m […]

Shaun White, and the real story of his success

Shaun White and the real story of his success What on earth is the Double McTwist 1260? It’s where you flip diagonally two times in the air, and simultaneously spin for three and a half rotations. It’s a crazy, high-risk, highly complicated, and totally unbelievable move. Shaun White invented it and showed it to the […]

Lindsey Vonn – Olympic example

Lindsey Vonn – Olympic example Lindsey Vonn – Olympic achievement through hard work. Image from Of the many champions at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver Canada, the story of Minnesota’s 26-year-old Lindsey Vonn is one that inspires me. Today Lindsey Vonn won the downhill gold on the 2,939-meter course at Whistler Creekside with […]

Straining toward achievement

Straining toward achievement This morning I was at the gym—sweating, hurting, thinking I was an idiot, and wondering what in the world I was doing. I’ve got a goal to bench-press 400 lbs, which is about 25 lbs over my prior max. Now I know 25 lbs doesn’t sound like a lot, but when you’ve […]