Another year has come and gone and a new year is upon us. I won’t lie, 2012 was not a good year for me, financially, but I made it through it. I did learn a lot during the last year though. Here are nineteen of the most valuable things that I learned. [Read more…]
The worst thing about making mistakes… is not learning from it.
We’ve often been taught that’s it’s not okay to make mistakes, as if making mistakes makes you a lesser person. We need to learn that it’s okay to make mistakes but we are often stuck in a loop of making the same mistakes over and over and wondering why.
As George Santayana said in The Life of Reason, Volume 1, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” [Read more…]
I had written recently about two phrases that we should eliminate from our normal language — “congratulations” and “good luck”. I explained that these phrases don’t reflect the effort that is put towards doing a job or accomplishing something; that we should recognize the work put towards getting something done.
Here is another phrase that I would like to see removed from our common language — “no problem”. [Read more…]
There was a post recently on the Harvard Business Review blog “Praise Leads to Cheating?” that spoke about praising individuals based on attributes rather than on effort. For example, if I praise someone saying how talented or how smart they were, rather than how hard they may have tried or how much effort they may have put into doing something, it may put someone into what is called a “fixed mindset”, where the person may feel that the attributes they have cannot be changed. If however, you praise the effort that they have put into doing something they may develop a “growth mindset”, where the person may believe that by trying harder they can change the outcomes or improve upon it and they themselves can change. [Read more…]
What sort of advice would you give? Take a read and leave your critiques below. [Read more…]
Do you have bad habits that you wish to change? Of course you do, we all do. Whether it be biting your fingernails, over-eating or wasting away on Facebook, we are doing things that may be bad for us and we want to change them, but often can’t find a way how. [Read more…]
Back in October, 2011, Trinidad and Tobago raised (she was born in New York, USA and moved to T&T when she was two) designer Anya Ayoung-Chee won Season 9 of Lifetime’s Project Runway. Needless to say, all Trinbagonians revelled in win as though it was their’s as well.
I don’t consider Anya to be any sort of role model, but I thought about the win and lots of the events leading up to it, and found some lessons that we could learn from it. I wrote this list way back then, but only now posting it; the lessons still remain.