Avoiding clutter and stress

Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do. Truly good things are quite often very simple, maybe even too simple for most of us. The art of simplification is hard for me, so I work harder to improve my skills. For more information please check this infographic and also here, …

Learning that shapes us

While there is some correlation between the success at school and success in life, this correlation is weak. Even the connection between school grades and research success is not always clear. We can find ourselves in changing roles as a student, a researcher, and a teacher with very different requirements at each stage of our career.  …

Great mentors

We talk a lot about finding mentors. If you find a great mentor, it opens new horizons. If you are a great mentor, you change lives and make a difference. Yet we seldom discuss the qualities of a great mentor. This article is partially inspired by what you can read here, here, here, here, here …

Minimizing self-sabbotage

We sabbotage ourselves in many ways. Some of the more dangerous things we can do is trying to “hit rock bottom” or attempting a “leap of faith”. This blog is focused on learning, and if we want to learn we need to stay in the game and minimize self-sabbotage. You can read more about the …

How smart people fight compensate negative self image

Not all of us have a positive perception of ourselves. Maybe this is one of the best motivations to take classes in self-improvement. Fortunately, it seems that high IQ can balance off some disadvantages we may have. This is a complex subject, and it certainly deserves several articles on this blog. You can find more …

Weathering cycles of positive thinking and burnout

By now, I have been working in the same disciplines for decades.  The experience is highlighting previously hidden connections and new patterns start to emerge. One of the things that strike me is the strength and depth of positive thinking and burnout in my own life. I do not want you to repeat my mistakes, …

Making hard decisions easier

Quite often we need to make hard decision. Many of these decisions have to do with priorities. We do not want to give up on any of our inspirations, yet if we pursue all of them we will die of fatigue. Occasionally there is no good solution, and occasionally an unexpected solution will work. For …

Six Things You Need To Do After Attending Professional Development Event

Some of us have plenty of conferences and mingling event. It is not easy to leverage these events beyond some fun with colleagues.  We could establish new connections with people in the industry, check out what other people and companies are working on, and maybe find some talents for our own company. The work does …

Smart is not always rational

Learning is great. When we learn new things our inner world gets richer, we become more proficient in what we do and we can handle more complex tasks. Learning does not necessarily make us healthier, happier or more financially or professionally successful. At least, learning is only a secondary component for each of these venues. …

Smile to win

No matter how much we know and how productive we are, we do need the help of other people. Communication with others can be the biggest source of fulfilment and of frustration. Today I offer you reading here, here, here, here, here, and here. Smile, the superweapon Smiling is easy and effective. When we smile …