The game of first impressions

We tend to think that most of the decisions people make are based on research, argumentation and careful planning. This is a very nice thought. From time to time people make educated choices. More often though people simply trust their first impression, or try to justify it one way or another. In this article I …

How to Combine Several Part-Time Jobs?

Managing several part-time jobs is a complex task. Honestly, I think it is much easier to hold at least one full-time jobs. If you are sufficiently productive, creative and ambitious you might be able to handle several jobs, as long as you are honest to your employees about it.  I might someday share my own …

Have a smaller ego if you want big career moves

Resilience at the workplace is a common theme in this blog. Occasionally our own ego is the main obstacle to our progress. A huge ego can definitely make us do things we do not like and increase the amount of stress upon us. You can read more here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. …

What’s wrong with productivity tips

Every week I see articles with productivity tips. Since there are so many productivity articles, I have to assume they are not working. Where do I find productivity tips? You can find a large collection of productivity tips here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here. What is the problem with productivity tips? Being …

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, …