Why You Should Be Careful Talking About A Streak of Failures

We tend to categorize the people we come across in life. We have friends who are supremely computer-literate, friends who are master bargainers, and we know people who are fitness freaks. There are many categories which we can group the people we know by. An interesting exercise of self reflection is analyzing ourselves and which categories others group us into. You may be grouped as a go-getter, or lazy and not punctual. The categories you’re grouped under help those who group you in those categories interact with you. They’re quick shortcuts, and rather than analyzing your skills anew every time theyContinue reading

How to Lower Your Chances of Being Replaced at Work

As long as you work for an entity you don’t control, there’s always going to be a chance you can be let go and replaced. There can be many examples in which people can fear being replaced. Contract work for example, is prevalent in professional culture. Once employees come close to fulfilling their contractual obligations,  the negotiations of retaining their expertise begin. Instances of when you want to on-board as a full-time employee but your employer does not reciprocate this common interest are painful. There can be many reasons for why your employer may not want to continue their relationshipContinue reading

Why You Should Remember One Thing Before Showing Off

It’s normal and healthy to enjoy the fruits of your labor. You’ll show up to work with a new shirt one day to the compliments of those around you. Then, just when others thought the show was over, you’ll bust out your new coffee mug. For the purpose of this article, showing, and showing off should be differentiated. It is fine to show the things you’re proud of, however, be careful of showing your pride along with them. We typically forget to think about the effects that are birthed from prideful showings of our success. Below are two things to keep in mindContinue reading

Why Your Reminders Should Be Subtle

When asking others for a favor, or to complete a task, there may come a time to remind them to do the things you’ve asked from them. You may be an office manager trying to get your team on track, or find yourself needing to remind your significant other that they’ve left the water boiling on the stove. Reminding others of things they may, or may not, have forgotten can be a sensitive domain to navigate. Though it may seem innocent by nature, being reminded of a task tells us that those reminding us assume we’ve forgotten what to do. IfContinue reading

How to Make the Best Impression at a Reunion

Have you ever looked at an old photo of yourself and cringed at the idea of who you presented yourself to be? You may have been your authentic self at that time, but as you’ve evolved, so have your interests, looks, and ideas. What you wore 10 years ago may look silly today. Your hairstyle may have been shaped by a wacky trend, and you may have cared more about looking good rather than looking happy. Analyzing our past self often leaves us wondering how we ever left the house looking like we did. The pain that comes with lookingContinue reading

Why Your Mom Hates It When You Refer to Her As “She”

As children, we were perhaps taught to limit pronoun use when referring to members of our family. Have you ever tried to refer to your mom or dad as, “she” or “he” when in their presence? If you did, it’s likely that they weren’t too impressed with being referred to with these pronouns rather than a simple, “mom” or “dad”. Understanding why our parents feel disrespected when we refer to them by using pronouns involves understanding the underlying meaning these pronouns carry with them. Doing so serves to teach us lessons we can take outside the context of family matters,Continue reading

Three Traits of Influence You Can Learn From Jordan Peterson

Jordan Peterson has attained vast success in the expansion and adoption of his thinking. Make no mistake about it, the majority of his influence stems directly from the content of the ideas he presents. Powerful ideas require extraordinary amounts of thinking, studying, analyzing, and testing. It is evident that Jordan Peterson has spent a lifetime enhancing the ideas which he presents. He carries with him the experience of practicing as a clinical psychologist, working as professor, and writing prolifically. His ideas are powerful enough to travel vastly, and the ability to think those thoughts cannot be taught with a singleContinue reading

How to Gain Respect After Making a Serious Mistake

The process of making a mistake, correcting the things gone wrong, and learning from the experience comes with painful realizations. Mistakes force us to accept our factual imperfections, and sometimes serve to tear apart visions we had of ourselves. When our mistakes are acknowledged by others we tend to feel a sort of shame and embarrassment. The way others perceive us is an important thing to manage, and mistakes can ruin the perceptions we try so hard to uphold. Making a serious mistake can hurt your image in the eyes of others, lead to you being seen as unreliable, andContinue reading

How to Eliminate Your Competitive Anxiety

Though it may not be a widely-accepted term, competitive anxiety refers to feeling anxious amidst competition. Every person who understands what it takes to win at their chosen pursuit fears their competitors to a point. We typically see our competitors as threats with bigger teeth than they actually have and skills more dangerous than they actually possess. We overestimate our competitors, sometimes without any factual backing, and degrade our performance due to the nerves that arise. What Causes Competitive Anxiety? The main reason we continually overestimate our competitors is because we do not know enough details about them. The details surrounding a person’sContinue reading

How to Disengage From Small-Talk Nicely

If your mind is on matters more important, being pressured to participate in small-talk with those around you can be a torturous ordeal. You’ll risk diverting your focus from important maters, waste time you should be spending elsewhere, and feel a general lack of productivity while engaging in it. There is a time and place for small-talk to be had. There’s no denying that it is an important social exchange of niceties. Engaging in small talk helps you stay tuned to the social setting which you’re in, and is sometimes a source of important news. Having touched on the positive aspectsContinue reading

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