I’ve posted every week for the last 52 weeks, these are my favorite lines.
Exactly a year ago, I set out to publish a blog post every Tuesday. I wasn’t sure how long it would last. One year and 52 weeks later, I’m writing my 52nd blog post.
To mark the milestone, I’ve decided to consolidate pieces of my writing. The sentences listed below have appeared in my writing throughout the last 12 months.
If you’d like to learn more about each line — or gain further context — click on each line to read the story it originated from.
We all make mistakes. Unfortunately some of those mistakes can hurt another person. We’ve been taught the right thing to do in these circumstances is apologize.
While it’s all dandy and nice to apologize, where we can miss the boat is how to go about apologizing to another human being. You may have had the experience of apologizing, only to have the other person lash out even further.
Let’s say you’re with a group of friends and you make an off color joke. One of your friends doesn’t take a liking towards your poorly worded joke. …
Goals should focus on the components you can control.
On Tuesday, May 4th, 2021, Joe Biden held a press conference to address the nation’s vaccine distribution effort. During the speech, President Biden made the following statement:
“Two months from today … families across the country are going to celebrate the Fourth of July. Our goal, by July Fourth, is to have 70% of adult Americans with at least one shot and at least 160 (million) Americans fully vaccinated.”
So how did we do? Sadly we missed the mark as the United States did not hit President Biden’s mark of 70%…
Our focus is a limited resource. Use it when it actually counts.
“Golf is a game that is played on a five-inch course — the distance between your ears” — Bobby Jones
Out of all sports, very few match the mental intensity of golf. On the surface, golf is a pleasant game. It’s not a game of physical contact. Games of that nature appear more stressful at face value.
But any golfer knows the intensity within the game. All of the stress, anxiety, and intensity that live inside our heads.
Add that to the fact golf takes a while. Most…
When it comes to influencing a behavior change, resist the joke.
I love telling jokes, as many of us do. Making yourself and others laugh is one of the greatest joys in life.
There are many reasons to tell a joke. In many cases, the purpose of a joke is simply to make others laugh and entertain. But in other cases, there is a hidden agenda or intention behind a joke.
One of the intentions behind jokes is to change a person’s behavior. Therefore, we tell a joke in the hopes the receiver of the joke makes a behavior change…
It’s not what you say or what you do but how you make others feel.
What will others remember about you?
Without giving this question much thought, I would say people remember what we say and what we do. The words we speak and the actions we take.
And while there’s plenty of truth to that, there’s something even greater people will remember us for beyond our actions and words.
Let’s run through what I call the hierarchy of memories. The hierarchy includes what was said, what was done, and what was felt.
The average person speaks 7,000 words a…
You have saved time by using all your productive hacks. Now what?
You got the hang of your job.
After years of practice, you have honed in on maximizing your productivity. You know what to prioritize. You know how to effectively time block. You know what to do yourself and what to delegate to others (if you have that luxury.)
Work that initially took you a full workday to complete you can now complete in half that time.
You have achieved the pinnacle of productivity at your job.
With efficiency comes free time. Suddenly you find yourself bored and begin…
It’s not them. It’s me.
In my first job out of school, I was a middle school math teacher. Many say teaching is one of the hardest professions out there. I couldn’t agree anymore.
Not only do you have to teach content, but you also have to manage the varying personalities and behaviors among your students. This is called classroom management.
Classroom management is the holy grail for any teacher — especially those teaching younger ages. How effective are you at commanding a classroom? Do your students follow directions? That kind of stuff.
I had many days as a teacher…
Focus on emotions, less on experiences.
You just went through a difficult experience. You’re flustered and need to tell your friend the regrettable event that unfolded.
You could be angry. You could be scared. You could be anxious.
After rehashing the story to your friend, the response your friend provides is something along the lines of “I can relate to that” or “I understand what you’re going through.”
Your friend then goes on a tangent about this one time when something similar happened in their own life.
You come to realize this conversation isn’t making you feel any…
Asking “why” is limited, asking “why not” is limitless.
When I tell people I took the New York City subway to the end of every line, I get the same question. It goes something like this:
What do people mean when they say “why” when posed as a question?
What they are getting at is, “why on earth would you do something like that?”
Why would you subjugate yourself to the pits of the subway voluntarily? Why would you take the subway to random neighborhoods you know nothing about? …