A Letter to Me
Writing a letter to your younger self is a wonderful way to evaluate choices and make better ones going forward. Read mine and then why not write your own?
There is so much I wish you knew right now. Then again if you knew it, you wouldn’t be who you are, who I am. You have done well.
Whether it's biting your nails or spending hours on Facebook when you should be working, you probably have a bad habit you just can't seem to break. No matter that you're embarrassed to shake people's hands or that you can't concentrate on work tasks--in the moment, the bad behavior feels so good. Or does it? During a recent TEDMed Talk, Judson Brewer, a psychiatrist at University of Massachusetts Medical School, proposed that the key to breaking a bad habit is mindfullness--specifically, focusing on how the habit really makes you feel. Brewer cited a study in which he and his colleagues found that mindfulness training [...]
In 1992 I was homeless in Silicon Valley.
Well, not homeless, exactly. I was working in a yogurt shop and had somehow convinced the owner of the shop to let me sleep, rent-free, in the attic above the store. Once, when I was letting myself in late at night, the police stopped me. They thought I was trying to rob the place.
I couldn’t blame them. I probably would have stopped me, too. But I was surviving.
Resiliency is a core part of long term success, but what is the secret to resiliency? Choosing well. Understanding the craft of choosing well is the foundation of resiliency. The Ultimate Resiliency Secret: Choosing Well Do you remember the “good old days?” At least it seemed as if our parents’ or grandparents’ lives were so much easier. Those were the days when life seemed to work in a straightforward, linear fashion. You went to school. You chose college or a technical trade. You got married. Maybe you had kids. You retired. You died. Today, only death remains of that prescribed [...]
Coaching is unlocking a person’s potential to maximize their performance. It is helping them to learn rather than teaching them. – Timothy Gallwey Looking back on our childhood, most people remember at least one mentor or coach who said or did something that really made an impact on their lives. Whether it was a tweak to our baseball swing, an encouraging word when the odds weren’t looking good, or just making the team feel like a real family, great coaches and mentors somehow managed to bring out the best in everyone. Some [...]