Happy People share one characteristic in common. There are many different approaches to happiness, and many varied approaches… but there is one vital ingredient. It is very hard to find someone who is happy who doesn’t have strong, quality friendships and a satisfying romantic relationship. (Even imaginary friends help. Children with imaginary friends are more […]


In a 1954 speech to the Second Assembly of the World Council of Churches, former U.S. President Eisenhower said: “I have two kinds of problems: the urgent and the important. The urgent are not important, and the important are never urgent.” Robert Glazer shared this simple but powerful life management tool on his blog today […]


Pain or Gain? There are two fundamental drives to human action: Avoidance of Pain Seeking of Gain. This is how we work. There are no other external causes of action. We take action when we truly believe: It will avoid a Pain, or We truly believe it will deliver a Gain. If I am not […]

I was listening to the Very Bad Wizards podcast episode #97 on how we really change our minds.  They discuss a manifesto for a new virtual country called Rationalia that was initially shared on social media by Neil Degrasse Tyson.  Here’s a very good reflection from Neil on the controversy triggered by his suggestion. In […]


I love the blog of Tim Urban: Wait but Why.  He gave a TED talk a year or so ago, but I think it is best to get to know him through his mastery of the quirky doodle & story form that he delivers in his blog. These are some of my favourite posts, so […]

I made a little change to the classic story about 3 men building a cathedral… Working on a Cathedral In the distance I see the construction site of a future cathedral. I approach the site and see three men laying bricks. I approach the first man and ask “what are you doing?” He says “I am […]

Here’s June Cohen, Executive Producer at TED Media, sharing her answers to What makes a great TED Talk? What are the elements of a great TED Talk? and What makes a talk? She passionately outlines her experience of what types of talks will “go viral”. The Ingredients of a Great TED talk In this […]

3 Ingredients for Success in Life @Saminsights shared a wonderful 1 page graphic summary of my TEDx talk from 2013. Something different today. I was so impressed by this TED talk by Conor Neill, that I had to synthesize it in a drawing. Check out the link in my bio for the video. Also, let […]

There is a classic sales interview question where the interview pushes a pen towards the interviewee and says “sell me this pen.”  You might have seen the question in the movie The Wolf of Wall Street. How do you Sell a Pen? Don’t start with the pen. Start with the person in front of you. […]

“It is not necessary for a man to be actively bad in order to make a failure in life; simple inaction will accomplish it. Nature has everywhere written her protest against idleness; everything which ceases to struggle, which remains inactive, rapidly deteriorates. It is the struggle toward an ideal, the constant effort to get higher […]

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