I eat too many Snickers bars. When left to my own devices, I eat a Snickers every day at work. I walk to the vending machine around 3 PM and return to my desk with the Snickers already half-eaten. Sometimes, I eat two: a morning Snickers and an afternoon Snickers. One time I had three. […]
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.
Are you a different person around your grandma than you are around your best friend? Probably. Hopefully! So which one is the real you? Impossible to say. The fact is, there is no “real you” independent of your environment. Your behavior and identity depend on who you’re with, both moment-to-moment and generally speaking. Jim Rohn […]
In late 2011, my wife and I were $48,000 in debt. All student loans. Were we doctors, you ask? Or lawyers? Engineers? Nope. I was a freelance musician, and Sarah ran an after-school program for elementary school kids. And when I say we were $48,000 in debt, I really mean me. Every penny of the […]
No mathematician should ever allow himself to forget that mathematics, more than any other art or science, is a young man’s game. —G.H. Hardy, A Mathematician’s Apology In 2013, a 58-year-old part-time lecturer at the University of New Hampshire solved a math problem that had stumped top mathematicians for decades.1 Yitang Zhang was a total […]
I ran into an old friend this weekend, and wow! The dude has gotten into serious shape. He’s been working out five days a week for the past year and half, it turns out. Crossfit. And he looks great—trim, lean, and muscular. Reader, if you walked past my friend on the street, you’d think to […]
College students hate group work. I hear plenty of griping from my students about group projects and group presentations, and I have to admit: I felt the same way at their age. Depending on others is hard! Can’t I just do it myself? But we all discover the same thing once we enter the working […]