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Personal Development

The nonsense of “guilty pleasure”

One of my guilty pleasures is reading Dan Brown novels. I love the startling plot twists, the cliffhangers, and the adrenaline rush produced by his over-the-top plots. Reading airport thrillers isn’t “productive,” so I’d call it my guilty pleasure. But then I started to question the term “guilty pleasure.” The …

How to tame your inner critic

We all have an inner critic: The voice that criticizes you (Why did you do that?), the voice that replays conversations in your head (What were you thinking?), the voice that tells you that you’re not good enough (This sentence you just wrote—it sucks.). In the personal development space, the …

The gift of discomfort

For much of my life, I viewed comfort as a gift and discomfort as a burden. Consider an interaction I had a few years ago with someone I’ll call “Mike.” I had hired Mike to help me on a project. After just two weeks of working with him, it was …

This is bittersweet

I spent much of my life suppressing negative emotions. When I felt anger, sadness, or frustration arise, I’d banish them into a dark basement, lock the door, and throw away the key. I’d pretend everything was alright and force myself to look on the bright side. Here’s the problem: Negative …

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