I came across this article (pictured below, with text typed out for your convenience) while browsing through the magazine Psychology Today while at the library this afternoon, regarding why one may feel not truly listened to when the person whom you're talking to seems to be doing something else, even if that person were to... Continue Reading →
On Efficiency: When can the slowest be the fastest?
I’ve got a neat little tip here on thinking about efficiency. Here’s a question for you: When can the slowest, be the fastest? It’s when being “slow” in one area allows you to achieve significant speed gains in another, creating an overall increase in efficiency. Allow me to explain. As you may know, I’m currently... Continue Reading →
I've gotten weary of self-improvement literature. I'm not sure when it happened or how; or if it's a temporary thing (as so many times it has been in my life) or not; but if I had to read one more list of "things you can do to improve your life" I think I'll puke. Once... Continue Reading →
Be the Best You Can Be!
I was recently reading a personal development blog when I recalled the days not too long ago that I, too, had wanted to start my own personal development blog. Back then, I had wanted to be something along the lines of a "life coach" to people; I'd envisioned that I’d write self-improvement articles, give prep... Continue Reading →
Mistakes Weight-Watchers Make
An article appeared in today's Mind Your Body section of The Straits Times which listed down a number of mistakes that weight-watchers make. Of the seven mistakes they listed, here are the ones I personally found worth highlighting: Weight watchers mistake #1: Underestimating how much you have eaten -- the newspaper quoted a study by... Continue Reading →
Persevering Through Difficulty
I am currently reading Seth Godin's book The Dip, in which he mentions that well-roundedness is not the secret to success, contrary to what we learn in school. How often do you look for someone who is actually quite good at the things you don't need her to do? How often do you hope that... Continue Reading →
My brother recently told me that he was exasperated at being unable to figure out what his "true" personality was. He had just a week before picked up two of my books on personality testing using the Myer-Briggs Type Indicator or MBTI (take a free personality test at similarminds.com) and has been bothered ever since.... Continue Reading →
Your Ultimate Mission
Reading The Power of Story (by Jim Loehr) has made me think long and hard about the true purpose(s) by which I live my life, especially the chapter on finding my life's "ultimate mission". The premise of the book is that we all have some story about ourselves, and this story shapes our beliefs and... Continue Reading →
A passage I thought especially enlightening from the book The Art of Happiness, authored by Howard C. Cutler with the Dalai Lama: [H]appiness is determined more by one's state of mind than by external events. Success may result in a temporary feeling of elation, or tragedy may send us into a period of depression, but... Continue Reading →
The Secret Law of Attraction: Fact or Fiction?
I recently came across a video detailing "the secret law of attraction" -- secret because people don't know about it, and a law because it is infallible. In essence, what the law of attraction tells is that we get what we think about most of the time. Is the law of attraction really that effective?... Continue Reading →