Review of the Year's Best: My Advice to Graduates: Don't Waste A Crisis

As we close the page on 2018, we take one last look at some of the best articles published on this platform this year. This one talks about how crisis is an opportunity.

A crisis is a terrible thing to waste. This final installment in the Advice to Graduates series addresses the subject of crisis: what it is, and how to handle it, when (not if) it comes.

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Commonplace Miracles: From Entitlement to Gratitude

As it is Thanksgiving week (for our US-based readers), today’s article discusses how to sustain an attitude of gratitude all year long. All too often, the relationships, jobs, environments, and possessions that used to excite us lose their shine as they become an everyday experience. We start to take these blessings—miracles, if you will—for granted. We feel entitled to them and the risk of losing them becomes real.

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Years Old Reminder to Self: Get Out of Your Own Way

I am not one for New Years resolution. But some years ago, I found myself in a dark place and took the opportunity of a new year as a chance to begin anew. But how? How do I avoid the mistakes that plagued me before? Today’s post is about the one goal I set as a way out of the darkness. I made myself just one promise. It is a promise that I have largely (not 100%!) managed to keep.

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Of Apples and Oranges: An Open Letter to my Six-Year Old

Today’s post takes the form of a letter to my oldest daughter, who just turned six. I want to let her know she is incomparable, as are others. I reflect openly on my journey with comparisons, how I struggled, how I overcame. The overarching message here is—you are one of a kind and the only person you need to beat is you.

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What Makes a Job Great? (The Secret to Being Happy at Work)

To paraphrase a cliché, a great job is in the eye of the beholder. You may think my job is great because of the pay, whereas I may think it sucks. On the other hand, I may think I have the greatest job in the world because I work from home (it’s true, I love what I do and how I do it), and you may think I am missing out on adult interactions at the office water cooler. We all want different things in a job, and this article focuses on what’s needed for an awesome work experience. 

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The Three Best Times to Ask for a Raise

In his bestselling book, When: The Scientific Secrets Of Perfect Timing, Daniel Pink reminds us of the ageless advice that timing is everything. This cannot be truer with respect to one of the most nerve-racking things you will do on the job: ask for a raise. In this post, I will walk you through the three best times, in my experience, to take the leap and just do it.

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How to Break a Bad Habit

In today’s information age, the principles of success are the worst kept secret, but knowing and doing live in different time zones. The cultivation of effective habits helps us build a bridge from knowing to doing, so that we can leverage our knowledge and skills to accomplish our goal.

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My Favorite Movie Quotes

I start my paternity leave today. In the next several weeks, I look forward to sleepless nights and movie nights. Which reminds me, I have been meaning to share two of my best movie quotes for some time now. They are not clever one-liners, in fact, they are speeches. Enjoy!

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Michael
How to Thrive in Chaos: Find Your Why

Do you know what your “why” is? That single idea that motivates you in every thought and action, and that drives you to succeed? If you don’t, it’s time to start thinking, lest you risk losing your purpose all together in the chaos of today’s information overload. Allow me to guide you.

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