For every issue that dominates our media cycle, we might feel obligated to pick one extreme side of an argument (or worse, pick a “team”). Most consequential issues are more nuanced than can be responsibly conveyed in a single-sentence meme.

Adopting a mindset of curiosity compels you to ask more…

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Often we get too caught up in our ego and get offended if we feel we’re being disrespected.

The odd thing is that we tend to get upset about being disrespected by people we ourselves don’t respect. This seems like an unfortunate use of energy.

It’s natural and human to…

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We don’t judge the quality of a book by the number of hours it took the author to write it. When a friend recommends a great movie we don’t ask what the film’s budget was.

When we hire companies to do landscaping or cater a party, we don’t interrogate them…

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The main concept in the book “Time Off” is that you can’t maintain a great work ethic without having a great “rest ethic”. It’s easy to see the necessity of time off when we use an exaggerated example and consider how productive we’d be after days without sleep.

Mounting scientific…

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We tend to think of freedom in terms of the options we have. This is “freedom to…” While we may not have all the resources that give us freedom TO do all we desire, we can recognize the opposite side of the coin, which is “freedom from”: any of the…

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Remember when you first learned about compound interest? It wasn’t intuitive that starting with a penny on day one and doubling it each day for 30 days would net so much money. Investing time and attention works in a similar way, compounding, even if it’s not exponential.

One powerful lesson…

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Internalizing a single nugget of wisdom can make consuming an entire book, podcast, seminar, or conversation worthwhile. Always be open to useful outlooks, approaches, or strategies from any source.

Even one new perspective, idea, or well-thought-out question can shift your outlook in life-changing ways.

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The feeling of hunger tells us when we should eat (now), not how much we should eat. Bright lights close to bedtime tell the body that it’s still daytime, as our eyes are the most important medium for delivering info to the mother ship (the brain) on the time of…

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If there’s a reliable way to enrage someone while also compelling them to do the exact opposite of your advice, it’s using the phrase “calm down”.

One alternative that I’ve found to work well when I really do want someone to calm down is to say…nothing. Just BE an example…

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Optimism is hard for a reason — it’s unnatural. For our ancestors, being optimistic and “wrong” perhaps meant you missed out on an opportunity, whereas being pessimistic and wrong meant you became tiger food.

We should train ourselves to overcome this programming for a few reasons: First, many of us…

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Steve Acho

Steve Acho

I write very short articles (20 seconds to read) sharing perspectives on health, relationships and business that have been most helpful (SteveAcho.com for more)