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The Art of Decision-Making, or Why I Painted All of My Walls White

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…

What’s so Great About Humble?

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…

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Voting With Your Feet

Strange word selection, no? I’m not sure how common a phrase this is. Having heard it first in Econ 101 in “the ago,” I always envisioned large swaths of eligible voters sitting on stools at their election places, slipping off their shoes (a chilly situation in November in the eastern states!), and depressing (pun intended) the levers with their toes. Not exactly what my prof had in mind, no doubt, but internally amusing nonetheless. I recently considered this phrase when confronted with an unpleasant situation. Unhappy with being declined for a number of concert ticket requests from my favorite band’s…