The 3 Book Rule to Become An Expert

I remember the first time I heard a white person speak Chinese. It was amazing.  I thought to myself, how was this 45 year old man speaking so fluently. It was a weird mixture of awe, admiration and jealousy. The man was my coworker and had been living in Taiwan for quite some time. He could ...

The Simple Math of Success

You all already know the “secret” to success. But you love searching for it. The funny thing about it is, the most obvious answers are always right in front of us. We see it, yet still want something newer, more exciting or exclusive. Barring exceptions like freak athletes, born-geniuses and other rare specimens of human excellence, ...

Why Your New Habits Fail and How to Fix Them

What is a better predictor of overall life success – intelligence or willpower? If we aren’t talking about taking math tests than willpower wins ten times out of ten. While someone might be hyper intelligent, they might not necessarily have the willpower to develop successful habits. It’s those people with the willpower to continue regardless of ...

9 Ways To Be More Original And Live a Better Life

“The hallmark of originality is rejecting the default and exploring whether a better option exists.” Adam Grant We often equate originality with being the first to do something, having a unique talent or ability that no one else possesses and most importantly, not copying others. The first two are realistic but the third is seriously flawed. Everything ...

Vujà De not Déjà vu – The Art of Seeing With New Eyes

Déjà vu, French for “already seen”, is that gut feeling you get when you experience something that you’ve already experienced.  Some people think of déjà vu as an indication of precognition– the ability to see into the future, but research shows that it’s just the distinct impression of an expression being recalled. If you think about ...

A Legend in Our Own Minds

“I clearly remember being able to breathe underwater as a child.” This is the inscription written on one of the photographs displayed in AR Hopwood’s gallery entitled – The False Memory Archive. The intimate, beautiful archive takes the reader on an eerie journey through autobiographical memory. The exhibit contains sculptures, photos, text and film to show ...

The Worst Decision is Indecision: A Lesson from Buridan’s Ass

The 14th century philosopher Jean Buridan is not best known for his contributions to philosophy or science, instead he is best known for a hypothetical situation elegantly referred to as “Buridan's Ass”. In an attempt to satirize another philosophical text, Buridan made the hypothetical analogy of an ass, the ass, equally thirsty and hungry, was placed ...

The Football Legend Who Didn’t Like Football

Meet Curtis Martin. The American football legend who amassed the fourth highest total rushing yards in NFL history. In 2012, Curtis was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame after 10 years of professional football for both the New England Patriots and the New York Jets. Clearly, Curtis was a man who loved the game ...