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No, You Can't Pick My Brain, But I'll Talk to You Anyway

Adam Grant | Posted 09.29.2015 | Business
Adam Grant

Call it the Law of Unexpected Utility. By definition, you cannot know when you meet someone today where that person will land tomorrow. If you make every decision by asking "What will I get in return?" you'll miss out on these moments of serendipity.

Struggling With Self-Confidence

Chelsea Berler | Posted 09.04.2015 | Women
Chelsea Berler

Did I make the right decision? Should I have thought longer and harder and made a better one? It doesn't matter if it's making a smaller choice or resolving a big problem, I keep second-guessing myself... worried, feeling small, insignificant, and insecure.

Disarming the Selective College Arms Race: 6 Strategies for Parents

Hélène Tragos Stelian | Posted 08.26.2015 | College
Hélène Tragos Stelian

So how can we, the parents, help our kids navigate this crazy arms race of elite college admissions without feeding the beast? While we may be powerless to change the system, what steps can we take to make the best of a difficult situation, for our kids, our families, and our communities?

6 Signs You Worry Too Much About What Others Think: Why It's a Problem and What to Do About It

Dr. Gary Trosclair | Posted 08.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gary Trosclair

This being true to your whole self -- this individuation -- isn't easy. It takes courage and perseverance, but in the long run it feels better. And for many people, bringing their unique offerings to the world is what gives their life meaning.

Ask Yourself These 3 Questions to Make Empowered Decisions

Lindsay Robin Christianson | Posted 08.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Lindsay Robin Christianson

With these three questions, it is possible to look at decisions without weighing pros and cons or over-evaluating every minute detail.

Empathy and Decision Making

Mark Baer | Posted 08.17.2015 | Divorce
Mark Baer

We are both members of The Esquire Network (TEN) and he has been mentioning that we seem to have very similar approaches to the practice of law and suggesting that we should discuss it further over breakfast. We did just that.

When It's Time to Do Something, You Will Know

Dr. Amy Johnson | Posted 08.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Amy Johnson

Your personal mind and intellect are the servant, acting on wisdom. When you let them work that way, it's a wonderfully easier way to live and you don't have to predict or prevent anything.

Prejudice: A Dangerous Defense Mechanism

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 07.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

"Prejudice is a great time saver: You can form opinions without having to get the facts." -- E. B. White Prejudice is described as an unfavorable o...

Is Your Mind the Servant or the Master?

Dr. Amy Johnson | Posted 07.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Amy Johnson

You've heard, "The mind is a wonderful servant but terrible master," right? Or, "Use your mind; don't let it use you"? Over the past few years in m...

Failure to Act, Regrets, and Why Inertia Can Be a Good Thing -- Lessons on Choice From Barry Schwartz

Kylie Dunn | Posted 07.07.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Kylie Dunn

Psychologist Barry Schwartz is the author of The Paradox of Choice: Why More is Less, and in 2006 he gave a TED Talk on the subject.

Choosing Happiness Doesn't Mean You Should Settle

Jennifer Twardowski | Posted 06.23.2015 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Twardowski

If we follow our inner guidance in faith and act with a willingness to learn, grow and experience change, a transformation will occur. The journey is hardly easy, but, at the end of the day, it'll be nothing short of miraculous.

I'm Allowed To Be Confused About The Future -- And You Are, Too

Taylor Vidmar | Posted 06.11.2015 | Teen
Taylor Vidmar

I often feel as though I should already have my life figured out. A lot of my peers already have plans for their post-high school careers, but I find myself shrugging my shoulders every time somebody asks me, "What are you doing after high school?"

How to Get From Here to There: Part I, Entrepreneurship and Maslow's Hierarchy

Steve Mariotti | Posted 06.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Steve Mariotti

Understanding what motivates people's decisions and how people can find success is one of the keys to building a successful community.

Prescription for Indecisiveness: Get Out of the Huddle

Alka Dhillon | Posted 05.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Alka Dhillon

When you are unattached to the outcome of the decision, you make decisions that create space for the best possible outcome for you. However, when you are attached to the outcome, fear and indecisiveness come and take the space and then the outcome is much less ideal and a very stressful experience.

The Decision-Making Dilemma: Are You a Picker or a Chooser?

Jordan Dansky | Posted 05.06.2015 | College
Jordan Dansky

Considering that this is one of the biggest problems I've struggled with personally, I have been on a constant look-up for all wisdom, tools, or advice on how to best tackle decision-making. Personally, I see the problem as two-fold.

Commitment-Phobe? This Is for You

Hannah Lamarque | Posted 06.23.2015 | Business
Hannah Lamarque

More than anything, my inability to make a decision comes down to my fear of commitment. It is not the long-term prospect of being tied to something which shakes me up inside but rather, the terror that I could have committed to the wrong thing.

Should I Say Yes or No? Here's How to Decide

Rosella LaFevre | Posted 06.22.2015 | Women
Rosella LaFevre

When you utter the word "yes," what are you saying "no" to? Are you okay with giving up those things? If so, then you know agreeing to the first thing is the right decision.

Young and Entrepreneurial: Former YCombinator Hustler Pulak Mittal Shares His Startup Journey From PennApps to Clever

David Ongchoco | Posted 06.12.2015 | Business
David Ongchoco

Young and Entrepreneurial is a series of articles where I've decided to interview and write about young individuals disrupting the world, whether it's...

Guilt -- And What To Do About It

Danielle Vaughn | Posted 05.27.2015 | Women
Danielle Vaughn

Guilt can be a good deterrent, keeping us on a path we want to be on. Guilt teaches us. Guilt can also creep in like an unwanted house guest and linger, clouding our decisions and making us do things we don't want to do.

It Is Not the End of the World If You Didn't Study Abroad

Alexandra Popken | Posted 05.09.2015 | College
Alexandra Popken

It seems like every other day there's a list circulating Facebook of the same arbitrary reasons as to why you need to study abroad in college. On multiple occasions, I have found myself reading these lists and by the end of them, I have perpetually felt like the odd man out.

8 Ways to Combat Decision Fatigue

Lori Rochino | Posted 05.04.2015 | Healthy Living
Lori Rochino

It's a fact that decision fatigue can lead to analysis paralysis and overwhelm our daily lives. On the one hand, choices give us freedom and allow us to see the possibilities, especially for the important things in life. The downside is we are constantly bombarded with tiny decisions throughout the day.

Why I Walked Away From $65,000

Kate McCready | Posted 04.21.2015 | Women
Kate McCready

The moral of the story -- sometimes it pays to say no and walk away from the things that are not serving you. And when you do walk away -- reflect back, learn and take that knowledge forward with you for the rest of your journey.

Indecision Is a Decision Within Itself

Nate Holzapfel | Posted 04.19.2015 | Business
Nate Holzapfel

Indecision is a decision within itself. In life, we find ourselves making and avoiding decisions on a daily basis. Everytime we make a decision, we worry about the results, we worry about what we may have done wrong or how it could've been better.

Be Careful of Monday Morning Quarterbacking

Mike Robbins | Posted 04.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Mike Robbins

What we often fail to see is that it is easy to second guess someone else (or ourselves) when failure happens. For example, if Russell Wilson had completed that pass, many people would have thought Pete Carroll and his offensive coordinator were geniuses.

"Be Different" for Increased Performance, Productivity, and Profitability

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 04.06.2015 | Business
Dr. Jim Taylor

I'm asked regularly by companies to help them find ways to increase their individual and organizational performance, productivity, and profitability. In these situations, two old adages come to mind.