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Asking Why: How one, simple word can help you fail better

If you’re a parent, you’re familiar with this ubiquitous word in children’s lexicons. It seems to make an appearance every other sentence: Adult: “We need to put this bottle in the recycling bin.” Child: “Why?” Adult: “Because we want…

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Capital “F” Failure: Why the small stuff matters

How we deal with the small stuff matters. It may seem trivial, but our body and mind often reacts to our missteps like they’re capital “F” failures while we ascribe a lowercase “s” to our success. More importantly, we…

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The Coexistence of Success and Failure

There’s a pervasive idea that success and failure are two opposing ideas. We envision them on opposite ends of a line representing time and progress. If we’re realistic, we imagine that line jagged with ups and downs, detours and…

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Can I get a little quote with my pumpkin spice latte?

It’s the end of August, which means it’s the end of summer. Yes, I know fall isn’t officially here until September 22nd, but who is really talking about how great summer is in the month of September?* Anything month…

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Building Confidence: Putting the odds on your side

Here’s the secret about confidence: We all struggle with it. We all have moments when it’s naturally low and moments when it’s naturally high. That kind of fluctuating confidence is based on our emotional state—but what about that unflinching,…

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Why I Gave Up Netflix

I’ve struggled with the Wi-fi in my house for the past year and a half. Yes, a year and a half. I’ve had repairmen come and go, intruding on my off days and afternoons, while I’ve twiddled my thumbs…