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There’s a nice platitude for you, bet you’ve never heard that one before. JK, we all know that one, it’s about being short-sighted. When all you can see is directly in front of your face, it’s difficult to gain a more global and wide-reaching perspective. Recently at work, I experienced a small incident that caused me to think of this platitude and how it might be worth a revisit to all of us. We had an open position where I work, and I was in charge of filling that position. I took out an ad and had a very large
decision-making
35,000 decisions per day. Let that sink in for a moment. On average, adults make 35,000 decisions per day. I’m getting a headache just thinking about it. Decisions like what to wear, what to eat, which way to drive to work. No matter how small or large, decisions take up bandwidth in our brains. And just like the internet when the bandwidth gets taken up by useless stuff, our decision-making can slow down our effectiveness at work, in relationships, basically in every facet of our lives. What to do about it (there’s another decision!)? I’ll play Marie Kondo of your
How many times have we seen and heard celebrities, politicians, businesspeople and others receive public awards or accolades, and the first thing they say is “I am so humbled by this award”? Huh? Dictionary.com defines “humble” as “having a low estimate of one’s own importance.” What is the opposite of “humble,” that award-winning folks appear to want to avoid like the plague? “Exalt.” “Elevate.” I just don’t get it. Awards are given for achievement, hard work, skills, devotion, determination, winning, intelligence, improvements. Why would a person want to belittle their own accomplishments by calling themselves “humble?” If they are humble