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Self-Awareness

The (Unfortunate) Power of a Story

At the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam, women were allowed to run the 800m for the first time. Up until that point, women were restricted to the short sprints, while men had a full plate of events to contest, ranging all the way up to the marathon. Lina Radke-Batschauer of Germany captured the Olympic gold in…

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Want to Do Better and Feel Better? Pay Attention.

I’ve been on a bit of a George Saunders binge. For those who don’t know, Saunders is an American writer most known for his short stories and, more recently, novels, including the popular Lincoln in the Bardo. In his latest book, A Swim in a Pond in the Rain, Saunders lays out his system for writing. What…

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Hard Work Is Necessary, But Not Sufficient.

As I peruse the self-help book aisle or stumble upon the latest entrepreneurial guru on YouTube, I’m often met with a simple message: work hard. There’s truth to that message, of course. If you want to get better at just about anything, you need to work hard. But hidden beneath the stories of getting up…

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Think Again: 8 Lessons on Intellectual Humility

Intellectual humility is understanding that you don’t know everything, that you are often wrong, and that it’s okay, even a good thing, to change your mind when new evidence presents itself. Needless to say, intellectual humility is a quality that is both sorely lacking and desperately needed right now. That’s why it is welcome news…

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