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One problem-solving technique you should master is changing perspectives to redefine the problems. The way you define a problem is often the key to solving it. Take a current problem from your life that you’re having difficulty solving. Then ask yourself: How can this problem be redefined as a financial problem? A health problem? A time management problem? A human resource or staffing problem? A technology problem? A prioritization problem? A communication problem? An education problem? Here’s...

by School Of Life on 25 June 2016

When you view your life as a series of different compartments, each with different rules, then life gets pretty complicated. Having a harmonious life is very difficult because you constantly feel the need to task switch. My relationship needs attention. Oh no, I’ve been neglecting my health. I need to work harder. I’ve got to stop thinking so much and take more action. The different “bins” of your life are all fighting for your time. And the longer you neglect one of those bins, the louder...

by School Of Life on 22 June 2016

There’s much more to life than basic subjects, and unless you have an exceptional teacher who is willing to break out of the mold, your child isn’t learning the crucial things he or she needs to learn in life. Think about your own experience for a moment. When you got out of high school, did you know everything you needed in order to survive in life, let alone succeed? If you were lucky, you knew how to read and had some basic history and math skills, and if you were even luckier, you had good...

by School Of Life on 22 June 2016

Balancing thought and action is a challenge for many people, especially those who are self-employed. How much time should you spend thinking vs. doing? We hear things like, “failing to plan is planning to fail,” implying that careful thought must govern all action. But then there are also the cries of, “Do it now! Do it now! Do it now!” pressing for immediate action. How do you know when to think vs. when to act? Where’s the point of balance between analysis paralysis on the thinking...

by School Of Life on 22 June 2016

Negative thinking, in all its many-splendored forms, has a way of creeping into conversations and our thinking without our noticing them. The key to success, in my humble opinion, is learning to spot these thoughts and squash them like little bugs. Then replace them with positive ones. You’ll notice a huge difference in everything you do. As the Dalai Lama said, “The way to overcome negative thoughts and destructive emotions is to develop opposing, positive emotions that are stronger and more...

by School Of Life on 19 June 2016

Should we or should we not set big, hairy, audacious goals where success is far from certain (at least without the benefit of hindsight)? I for one am grateful for the existence of people who set big goals. Our computers, the Internet, or the various freedoms I enjoy today is because of the existence and drive of “unrealistic” goal setters. If you have a Hitler setting big goals and you don’t have an equally strong goal-setter like Winston Churchill on your side, well, … there won’t...

by School Of Life on 19 June 2016

To die happy, you must live life with that end in mind. Live a life of purpose. That’s easier said than done, of course. In this post, I’ll look at a great way to find that purpose in your life, and to live every day with that purpose in mind, and to align your daily actions with that purpose. First ask why But first, let’s ask the obvious question: “Why does this matter?” Let’s consider for a moment the life that most of us lead: we get up in the morning, we do what we have to do for...

by School Of Life on 19 June 2016

“If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.” – Dalai Lama I believe compassion to be one of the few things we can practice that will bring immediate and long-term happiness to our lives. I’m not talking about the short-term gratification of pleasures like sex, drugs or gambling (though I’m not knocking them), but something that will bring true and lasting happiness. The kind that sticks. The key to developing compassion in your life...

by School Of Life on 18 June 2016

It’s fair to say that if you don’t know your purpose in life, you won’t be spending much time working on it. So what will you end up doing with your working time instead? Three things: 1) Working on your needs, 2) Working on other people needs, 3) Working on other people’s purposes. If you don’t know your purpose, the limit of the work you do for yourself will be stuck at the level of need, which at best has the potential to grow into greed. Not particularly fulfilling spending your whole...

by School Of Life on 18 June 2016

One value that seems to hold a lot of people back from setting and achieving big goals is the need for security. Security is a feeling of certainty that everything is OK and that all your basic needs will be provided for. On the surface there’s nothing wrong with that. It’s great to feel secure. Abraham Maslow lists it as one of the basic human needs. If we don’t feel secure, we can’t move onto higher levels like love and self-actualization. If we have doubts about paying the rent at the...

by School Of Life on 17 June 2016