The Coaching Habit: Stop Giving Advice

The Coaching Habit: Stop Giving Advice

Imagine you’re talking to a friend who’s having a problem at work. They’re worried about what to do and turn to you for advice. What do you say? Would you jump right in with possible solutions or lecture them? Most of us would, but Michael Bungay Stanier sums up how he feels about giving advice with a simple haiku: Tell less and ask more. Your...

Quit Social Media and Focus on Deep Work

Quit Social Media and Focus on Deep Work

We have become a society of easily distracted people. The constant barrage of notifications from our smartphones has us addicted to filling each moment of our lives with bursts of empty activity. We are taught by our jobs, through mindless email sending and our never-ending piles of busy work, that it is more important to look busy, rather than actually be busy. However, this shallow...

Strategies to Preserve the Future of Happiness

Strategies to Preserve the Future of Happiness

The rise of technology in our everyday lives comes at a cost. Not only are we more connected than ever, we are also more depressed and dissatisfied with our lives than ever. Some people even go to the extreme of cutting technology from their lives entirely, believing they were happier without. In her book, The Future of Happiness Amy Blankson assures that we can learn...

Take Back Joy from the Five Thieves of Happiness

Take Back Joy from the Five Thieves of Happiness

John Izzo learned two things during his ten-month sabbatical. The first thing he learned was that happiness does not exist outside of the self. Happiness is not a goal to achieve but a state of being, and one he believes to be the natural state of people. His second discovery was that happiness is more complicated than a choice. Certain negative mindsets get in the...

The Path to Financial Independence with Ramit Sethi

The Path to Financial Independence with Ramit Sethi

Our planet’s youngest generation of people face hardships unique to the era in which they live. With more debt and less income than generations before them, millennials have grown up in a financially stagnant world. Now, they’re at an age where they must try to forge a path to financial independence, despite the grueling challenges that come with it. This journey is no small feat,...

Embracing Black Privilege with Charlamagne Tha God

Embracing Black Privilege with Charlamagne Tha God

Charlamagne Tha God knew his book was going to spark controversy with a title like Black Privilege, but he is no stranger to pushing buttons. However, he is quick to dismiss the accusations that he is eclipsing the reality of racism in America. In fact, the two have little to do with each other. “God created me exactly how he wanted me to be and...

Finding a Balance Between Give and Take

Finding a Balance Between Give and Take

Turns out, there aren’t two kinds of people, but three: Givers, people who help others with no expectation of receiving something in return; takers, who focus exclusively on their own interests and desires; and matchers, or people who believe that giving and taking should come in equal amounts. Adam Grant discovered through years of research that the least productive and successful people were typically givers....

The Secret to Being Enough: Brené Brown’s Vision on The Gifts of Imperfection

The Secret to Being Enough: Brené Brown’s Vision on The Gifts of Imperfection

Take a moment to imagine your most perfect self. Maybe you look different or have a bigger house, but beyond the surface dreams and desires lies the simple desire to be adequate. However these feelings may manifest, we all want to feel like we no longer need to prove ourselves. That we belong. That we’re enough, just as we are. That is what Brené Brown’s book,...

Taking One Task at a Time: Make Your Bed by William H. McRaven

Taking One Task at a Time: Make Your Bed by William H. McRaven

In Make Your bed by Admiral William H. McRaven, he outlines straight and simple rules to change your world. One of those? Making your bed. If you wake up and make your bed, then you have accomplished one task, the first task of the day. You feel accomplished — and your bed is in order. Maybe you’ve heard this saying before: if your room is in disarray,...

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

We each have two methods of thinking, though it’s not something we talk about often. Daniel Kahneman is trying to change that conversation with his book Thinking Fast and Slow. In it, he introduces the concept of two systems of thinking, System 1 and System 2, and argues that we employ both of these on a regular basis. He thinks we think both quickly on...