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The Obstacle Is The Way

5/4/14 – What’s the worst problem you have right now? Have you lost your home? Your job?  Are you worried you might? Or are you facing a terrible illness? Long-time readers of…Read More

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How To Find Your Mission

9/15/13 – In my book The Undefeated Mind, I make the argument that articulating to ourselves, and living by, a personal mission statement that describes the broadest type of value, or contribution, we…Read More

Why You’re Stronger Than You Think

4/7/13 – You are far more resilient than you think. In his book Stumbling on Happiness Daniel Gilbert argues persuasively that most of  us consistently overestimate the negative impact of adverse events…Read More

That For Which I’m Grateful

7/15/12 – Having recently finished my first book, The Undefeated Mind (due out November 6th), I find myself now feeling something I didn’t expect: gratitude. I say I didn’t expect it because…Read More

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Why We Laugh

1/23/11 – I remember horsing around once with my younger brothers in one of our bedrooms one Saturday morning when we were children. At one point, one of my brothers jumped off…Read More

Why We Quit

1/9/11 – I’ve recently started running again after having been forced to take a four-month break by an injured knee.  This turned out to be a long enough hiatus to decondition me,…Read More