You are here
Smarter 

The Beauty of Suffering

No one likes suffering. We try to get rid of any kind of pain and suffering at every turn. An entire industry sprang up around reducing the pain associated with dental and medical procedures. We have pain-free options for delivering babies. Everyone tries to dive into something new and avoid the pain after a heartbreak. It would stand to reason, then, that suffering is universally a bad concept. But what if that’s not true? Why Suffering Even Exists To understand the beauty of suffering, you first need to understand why pain…

Read More
Smarter 

Are You a Peacetime Fighter or a Wartime Fighter?

In certain situations, we fight to survive and succeed. It’s human nature. There are two types of fighter in this world – one performs well in peace time and the other thrives in war time. The peacetime fighter is at their best when times are stable or in a position of prosperity. This is because their focus is motivated by success and their outlook can then be extended to wider areas in order to maintain advancement. Wartime fighters exceed when the going is tough. When life isn’t so stable, they…

Read More
Smarter 

Why Smart People Come up With Dumb Ideas

In July 2014, a bunch of engineering graduates — very smart people — decided they had identified a pain point that could become a company. The pain point was that, our search results (think Google) and our News Feed (think Facebook) are personalized; but our homes, where we spend the majority of our time, are not. They founded a startup called Lumos and decided to begin building smart Internet-connected switches to make home personalization a thing. People could install them in their home. The switches would learn from people’s behaviors…

Read More
Smarter 

Make Everyone At The Office Happy By Installing This

Let’s face it, however positive and upbeat your office environment is, your employees will still suffer from stress from time to time. These stresses can come from a myriad of sources, including: overwork, pressure of deadlines, and lack of proper breaks. For example, your sales team may be close to their end of quarter and is committed to delivering the best results possible. While this is a worthy goal, the team members run the risk of pushing themselves too far and leaving themselves drained of energy and filled with tension….

Read More
Smarter 

Why Simple Wins in This Complicated World

There are two kinds of people in the world: simplifiers, and complicators. Complicators, they seem blind or fearful of simple solutions. Everything they do, they do it in the most difficult and complex manner. From a distance, this looks like they thrive on challenges. Simplifiers, on the other hand, are the opposite. They avoid complications of any kind. They can be mistaken for people who only do the minimum amount of work needed to get by. The difference between these two kinds of people becomes obvious when they are required…

Read More
Smarter 

The Only Time That Change Doesn’t Make You Better

Tom’s always liked cooking, and his friends have always backed him up on how good he is — especially some of his homemade pizzas. So he pulled together a few pieces and decided to open a pizza place. The first year of business was good. Lots of customers went to his restaurant to try his pizzas. But after a year, a taco place opened up nearby and was becoming popular. Their lines seemed longer and their business seemed more robust. As this was all happening, Tom was scrolling through Facebook…

Read More
Smarter 

Setting Deadlines Can Push You to Work Harder, but Not Smarter

When you start your workday, you may welcome the tasks that arise to fill your time. Work comes to you with no rhyme or reason, but you do it. You tackle things as they come, and you turn everything in by the deadline. It may seem that you’re successful because you turn in your work on time. The problem is, you don’t know how to effectively plan for a day’s work. Most people live and die by deadlines Time is an important factor to consider when you’re completing tasks. Many…

Read More
Smarter 

The Only Way to Remember Everything You Have Read

Our brains aren’t made to remember everything that we encounter. Unless you’re one of the rare individuals who has a photographic memory, it’s likely that details about the content you consume fade quickly. How often do you recall reading an article, but forgetting what it’s about? Have you ever recognized a movie title but failed to remember the plot? If you frequently forget the things you’ve read and the movies you’ve watched, you aren’t alone. Think about what you had for lunch yesterday or what you did last weekend. Those…

Read More
Smarter 

Why Is It Okay For You To Be Alone

Life today is hectic. You work at the office, work from home and even on your vacation. Not forgetting the effort it takes to maintain your personal and social life. As technology advances and the world moves faster and faster, many people find themselves overwhelmed with trying to keep pace. You, like countless others, may find that you are drained mentally, physically and emotionally. You try to sleep but you just can’t seem to get enough rest or feel refreshed for an extended period of time. It’s common practice and…

Read More
Smarter 

Why Leisure Is the New Productivity and How to Reclaim Your Leisure Time

You’ve probably worked on a weekend, or had to scroll through emails, or answer text messages from a pushy client. In America, there’s something of an emergent “free time” problem.[1] 65% of employees feel the need to be available outside of work hours on phone and email. Nearly half of Americans (slightly more in some studies) report not having enough free time. The work boundaries have become blurry Fifteen years ago, most offices were completely rooted on-site: paperwork, records, and communication (phone, primarily) were all tied to you being physically in…

Read More