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It was 7 a.m. The rain was shelling the makeshift tin roof above me as I took a moment to re-read the last scene.

I was sitting in my local coffee shop’s outdoor area just as I had recent mornings prior. …

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We have a remarkable ability to imagine possible futures. We’ve spent a lot of time practicing it, after all. We use it every day to help us make all kinds of preparations for the future, from what to have for dinner to saving for retirement.

It’s also exceptionally entertaining. How…

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The hardest times to take children seriously are those in which we are most vulnerable to deception. If we hear “done?” when our children know there’s dessert in the fridge, we can’t help but cringe with skepticism. …

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There is a term in astrophysics that refers to a boundary where any event beyond it would not be visible to an observer. It’s called an event horizon. The simplest way to understand it is to imagine observing the horizon from a ship at sea. …

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The Recipe for Success

We know what it takes to succeed, right? We know from whom or what source to find good advice, how to craft a coherent plan, and are generally capable of predicting what it’s going to take to get there. Many of us even claim to know its essential ingredients:

How your choice to raise conscientious or helpful children influences the way responsibility makes them feel

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Helpful or Conscientious?

Most parents want their children to learn responsibility. That “want” usually becomes “need” rather quickly following the birth of their second or third child. …

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I wrote this in October 2015 while living in China, roughly a year after I’d arrived. By then, I’d spent a lot of time thinking about the process of my adjustment to living there. I knew nothing about real culture shock beforehand, even deliberately dismissed it. …

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“Independent” or “Reliable”?

Many companies these days are becoming more particular about recruiting talent than ever, and they’re doing it with subtle precision before a single interview takes place. They know the reality of job hunting requires applicants to stand out, to prove we’re better than the competition. …

Thanks, Tammy! I'm glad you enjoyed the article! Introspection like this is undoubtedly tough. My hope is that asking ourselves "Why?" when it comes to a particular action, it'll help us uncover the benefit we have to gain from it more easily. Sometimes you'll find yourself also asking "Why else?" Identifying the purpose(s) of one action can help uncover other things we do to achieve the same end. This should reveal the interconnectedness of our actions to the benefits and goals we seek. If we can see how they're connected, we can pick out which actions are contradicting the achievement of other goals. That kind of mindfulness is just the first step to behavioral change.

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Understanding the Full Picture

If you clicked on this article, chances are you have some intent about what you hope to accomplish from reading it. The mere act of opening it implies you hope to gain something. Why open it otherwise? …

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