Skepticism means to use doubt and disbelief as tools for understanding reality, with the hope that the resulting insights will allow one to behave intelligently. Skepticism originally came about as a form of opposition to dogma. The general idea behind skepticism is to avoid swallowing foolish beliefs. That’s all well and good, but today it’s common to see the practice of skepticism stretched far beyond religious and spiritual matters. If skepticism can help you avoid falling prey to religious...

by School Of Life on 30 July 2016

Whenever you set an ambitious goal, it’s virtually guaranteed you’ll encounter some roadblocks. There’s no reason to let that stop you though. A roadblock isn’t much of an obstacle for a human being. You can climb over it, walk around it, blow it up, get someone else to move it, or otherwise bypass it. Roadblocks do an outstanding job of frightening away the timid. But to those with a modicum of courage, roadblocks have very little power. When a committed person tackles a roadblock, the...

by School Of Life on 29 July 2016

One of the things that held me back from pursuing my dreams for many years was fear of failure … and the lack of self-confidence that I needed to overcome that fear. It’s something we all face, to some degree, I think. The key question: how do you overcome that fear? By working on your self-confidence and self-esteem. Without really thinking of it in those terms, that’s what I’ve been doing over the years, and that’s what helped me finally overcome my fears, and finally pursue my dreams. I...

by School Of Life on 29 July 2016

Here is a collection of wisdom quotes: “Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal”. – Henry Ford “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see”. – Henry David Thoreau “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail”. – Ralph Waldo Emerson “We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future”. – George Bernard...

by School Of Life on 28 July 2016

When you want to make a change in your life, especially a big one, you’ll typically meet resistance along the way. An effective strategy for rendering such resistance powerless is the strategy of overwhelming force. This is a military strategy of course, but we can co-opt it for our own personal development as well. Instead of merely dipping your toes into the change you’d like to make, you dive into it headfirst. Instead of undercommitting resources, you overcommit. Too often when people attempt...

by School Of Life on 28 July 2016

It’s easy to fall into the trap of seeing our jobs as a container within which we work. Maybe you think to yourself, “I’m an employee of company X.” But seeing your job as something contained within you is far more empowering. So instead you think, “Company X is one of my outlets for self-expression.” Instead of you holding a position with a company, you see that company as holding a position within you. It’s as if you’ve hired the company as you would a contractor to perform a...

by School Of Life on 26 July 2016

Here is a collection of courage quotes: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition”. – Steve Jobs “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave...

by School Of Life on 25 July 2016

Here is a collection of attitude quotes: “Develop an attitude of gratitude, and give thanks for everything that happens to you, knowing that every step forward is a step toward achieving something bigger and better than your current situation”. – Brian Tracy “Excellence is not a skill, it’s an attitude”. – Ralph Marston “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude”. –...

by School Of Life on 24 July 2016

Can you give someone criticism without hurting their feelings or making them angry? Can you do it kindly? I think that’s a difficult proposition for most people, but in truth it’s possible to give criticism with kindness and have a decent chance of having the person take it constructively. Let us look at how to give criticism with kindness, so that the person who receives it is more likely to take it well. We’ll also look at why criticism is often the wrong approach to take: positive suggestions...

by School Of Life on 23 July 2016

How do you deal with criticism? I think the first reaction for most of us is to defend ourselves, or worse yet to lash back. That is not a good way of handling Criticism in my opinion. While criticism can be taken as hurtful and demoralizing, it can also be viewed in a positive way: it is honesty, and it can spur us to do better. It’s an opportunity to improve. Stop Your First Reaction If your first reaction is to lash back at the person giving the criticism, or to become defensive, take a minute...

by School Of Life on 23 July 2016