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Martin Luther King, Jr. on Fear

Fear is essential to our lives. Without it, we would be deprived of our basic needs. Fear is biologically ingrained in all of us. It protects us by giving us an adrenaline response in dangerous situations, allowing us to survive.

Fear is also necessary for…

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Jonathan Fields on the Formula for Luck

She published a book. She’s lucky. National Geographic featured his photo. He’s lucky. She has a great job. She’s lucky. He gets to travel the world. He’s lucky. We often think of people in fortunate circumstances as lucky. Sometimes, luck truly is serendipitous. That person…

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Contradiction and Criticism

There will always be people who disagree. There will always be people who interpret your work in an unintended way. But it is this uniqueness among people that makes the world interesting. You can let contradiction and criticism cripple you, or you can keep creating.…

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The Problem with Self-Deception

We can create the narrative around every situation. Think about an email that has gone unanswered. You can think, “That person doesn’t care about me.” “This project must not be that important to him.” “Maybe my email wasn’t good enough.” “Maybe I said something wrong.”…

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No Such Thing as a Cautious Creative

George Lois, the legendary ad man, once said: ‘You can be cautious or you can be creative but there is no such things as a cautious creative.’ In an interview with Vice, he added ‘if you’re a cautious creative you’re a bum.’ Lois’ advice…

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Workaholics Anonymous

When we think of addiction, our minds usually turn to alcohol or drugs like heroin and cocaine. As perfectionists, our drug of choice is usually work. I remember a time when I felt very uncomfortable with free time. I couldn’t watch TV without my work…

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Success Revisited

What does success mean to you? Is your desire for success only career oriented? Are you fueled by praise from others? Do you want that gold star? That promotion? Rather than success driven by approval from others, aim for failure that leads to genuine…

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Your Role

Everyone has a role to play…including you. Sometimes, we end up in a role that doesn’t quite feel right. We wonder if we matter. We ask if what we’re doing is actually making a difference to our supervisors. We wonder if people think we’re…

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Stay on Your Path

Some days, the path will be blocked and shrouded with uncertainty. You will feel lost. Other days, the path will be clear. You’ll move forward with certainty. Everything will feel right. The difference between those who make it and those who don’t is the…

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Go Outside

We spend our day in a windowless cubicle, arriving before sunrise and leaving after sunset. There is a close relationship between your happiness and the amount of daylight you are exposed to. Don’t forget to go outside. Stuck in an office? Go for a…