How to Know When You’re Winning a Competition

Some competitions that you take part in may be explicit in the way they crown winners and losers. Others however, can be competitions in which the winners are not crowned and the losers are not labelled. These competitions can stem from being in healthy competition with your workout buddy who you try to out-lift in the gym, to asking the better questions during a lecture at school. Implicit competition is often times the realm in which people measure their skills. Most people do not participate in formal competitive activities such as sports or public debates, so they will be measuring the skills thatContinue reading

Why It’s Important to Miss Out on Some Social Events

Being absent and missing out on things can be turned into a positive if done right. A primal human need is to be made to feel important, as popularized by Dale Carnegie. This is what makes us attend social events and gatherings, and not want to miss out on events that we hold dear to our ego. When you choose not to be in attendance for any particular gathering or event, all your ideas, your words, your thoughts, and actions that may have made it into reality if you were present, did not. The absence of your presence, and thereby input,Continue reading

Why You Should Talk About Dreams With Strangers

The dreams we dream at night is information that often stays private with us and is information which we protect from the judgement of others. We see our dreams as uncontrollable instances in our day, a view which births a sort of fear that surrounds the topic. We fear of telling stories about our nightly dreams because they may reveal private information about us. You may have dreams of your crush reciprocating your level of love towards them, or you may have dreams about close family members getting into a violent car crash. Dreams have always been viewed as having an otherworldlyContinue reading

Why Saying Things Implicitly Is Better Than Speaking Explicitly

The art of implicitly sending messages to others is a hard one to master. When the messages you are trying to send are not something that the other party wants to hear, it becomes more difficult managing emotions of the receiver. When trying to send a message, any emotion from the receiving party that is unplanned for can work against you and the truth you are trying to express. Keeping Tabs on How the Listener Feels Explicit messages work to give birth to emotions more effectively than implicit ones. Saying something in a stern, degrading manner for example, will overplay the messageContinue reading

How to Optimize the Work / Output of Your Team Members

If you don’t feel like reading, then the short answer is to make them do what they are good at doing. However, the path towards attaining that ideal is a tricky one which a lot of managers often fail in achieving. When you attain a position of leadership in an environment which requires tasks to be done correctly and on time, you will need to optimize the output of the people who are working under you. No matter how well you can manage and escalate tasks towards completion, without thoroughly analyzing the strengths of those who you manage, you willContinue reading

Why It’s Useful to Be in Tune With Others’ Problems

One of the essential realizations of a growing young adult is the expansion of empathy towards the lives of others. We begin to realize that other people are not just obstacles presenting themselves during our daily routine, but themselves have their own routines, goals, dreams, and journeys. Developing a sense of understanding which places you in the shoes of another is essential to getting the trust of others. The approach of gaining people’s trust by becoming in tune with the issues that they’re dealing with and offering solutions seldom fails. When dealing with others in the professional or business environment,Continue reading

Why You Will Never Fully Know and Understand Anyone

You may have read or heard about the observer effect. It dictates that in their act of measuring, observers influence the phenomenon being observed. It suggests that it is not possible to observe or measure anything without affecting the behavior of that thing. We would like to extend this notion to people, on a broader scale. Have you ever asked yourself if the person you are interacting with is the fully authentic version of themselves? In this article we will make the case that the answer to that question is always no. All humans, including yourself, are prone to being influenced byContinue reading

Why Predicting Others’ Behavior Starts With You

With every action you take and word you say towards another person, a reaction is to be expected. The reactions that those around you have to the things you do will vary in how they’re shown. The reaction someone has to something you say can be an internal reaction, perhaps just mentally marking a trait of yours, while a reaction to you pushing somebody on the subway train will be more illustrious. Anticipating these reactions to your words and actions is a beneficial approach to visualize paths to the interactions that you have on a daily basis. If you needContinue reading

Why Being Average Is Good

People think and act in diverging ways. The fact is that most are average, do average things, and achieve average results in life. However, people within the bell curve will often strive to get out of it. They will seek motivation, work hard, and kill themselves to prove that they are not average. Kids are taught to be above average in their academic achievement. It is human nature to stand out from the crowd and be known to others. However, in the journey to become extraordinary, the target on your back will become larger. Much like you were once theContinue reading

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How to Correct Others Without Making Them Hate You

The art of correcting other people is one of being in control and maintaining a right balance. When you are correcting a person’s wrongful statement, action, or completed work, you need to be in tune with all the emotional factors at play. Know that people intrinsically do not like being corrected. This dislike for being corrected is the first emotion which you need to manage in the other party. The Jagged Edges of Your Correction When correcting people, minimize any jagged edges of your correction which their emotion may attach to. Make sure you always have in mind the finalContinue reading

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