In 2010, I started reading personal development nonfiction, and it transformed every part of my life. I was in a tough position at the time (trying to finish a Master’s degree in trumpet performance with a severe lip injury, a truckload of self-doubt, and nearly $50,000 in student loan debt). Since I had a lot […]
Below, you'll find articles on personal development. What is personal development, you ask?
It's simply making a conscious effort to get better at life.
Specific topics include learning new skills, overcoming fear, and giving generously.
Two nights ago, I was on a plane returning from a work trip when the pilot’s voice crackled over the intercom: “Folks, there’s bad weather on the airfield in Kansas City, and we can’t land. It’s moving pretty fast, though, about 40-50 miles an hour. We’re going to circle around and give it a few […]
Have you ever looked back on a past accomplishment, a puzzle you worked hard to solve, and thought “I don’t know why it took so much effort to figure this out. It was pretty simple in the end”? Of course you have, and so have I. We poor humans are snookered by our own brains, in a […]
Whether we realize it or not, we each have a personal philosophy, a set of fundamental beliefs about how life works. Our personal philosophy determines what we do and how we interpret what happens to us, and as you might guess, it’s critically important. We can think of it as a series of answers to […]
I have all the water I need, and it’s basically free. My socks are wool, and my feet are warm. I have socks. I have many socks. I live in America in 2016. Not Siberia in 1953. Or Polynesia in 1497. Or Mesopotamia in 321 BC. My basic rights are assured, I have access to […]