Everyone Feels Unsure

Everyone feels unsure of themselves sometimes. Everyone feels vulnerable or insecure sometimes. We live in a world that can sometimes be hostile and hurtful, and so the urge to defend ourselves is real. We feel this urge to varying degrees. Some people feel it all the time because they never …

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Your Learning Space

Setting up your entire home or even one room in it to look like a classroom will put you on the fast-track to feelings of failure. Sitting at a desk will not make your child an academic any more than standing in the kitchen will make him the next winning …

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Be Thankful

In our consumerist society, we tend to focus on what we lack, or on what other people have that we do not, whereas gratitude is the feeling of appreciation for what we already have. More than that, it is the recognition that the good in our life can come from …

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First Impressions

You have five seconds. Yes, just five seconds. That’s it. All you have to do is make a first impression. First impressions are lasting, in life and in business. It’s true that you can sometimes change someone’s first impression of you, but it takes time–a lot …

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Road West On Highway 66

As you continue west, the towering skyscrapers of the Chicago skyline will not have faded from the rearview mirror when you turn southwest onto Ogden Avenue. The roadside landscapes through west Chicago and the old North Lawndale neighborhood, once part of the Al Capone crime syndicate empire, are littered with …

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Empathy Can Be Persuasive

I’m not sure empathy can be taught. It seems more likely to me that the ability to really feel for another person is something you either have or don’t have. And clearly, it exists on a spectrum. Some people are incredibly empathetic; others have empathy only for family …

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Clearing Your Space And Relax

I love the physical focus of yoga. The emphasis on getting grounded and tuned in to our bodies is an access point to our power. Asana practice is a waking up and energetic clearing out that directly connects us to our bodies, which is the space in which we exist …

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The Endowment Effect

In a nutshell the Endowment Effect is referred to in human studies as the action of taking something, labeling it as “ours” and then integrating it into our sense of identity. This is the reason why we go crazy when the neighbors dog steps unto our lawn. It is a …

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