1. Why Again

    Kids are good at asking 'why.' And as you’ve probably experienced, sometimes they aren’t content with the first answer.
  2. Priming the Pump

    The key is to get the flow started. Because once it gets started, it's much easier to keep it going.
  3. Providing Direction

    If people are looking to you to lead them, you may feel the pressure to have all the answers. But often, perfection is not what people are looking for.
  4. Trim Tabs and Habit Formation

    Just like trim tabs leverage existing forces to help steer a vessel, it's possible to leverage existing desires and aversions in the process of habit formation.
  5. Making the Most of Limited Time

    We all have the same number of minutes each day at our disposal. So how do you make the most of this finite resource?
  6. Doesn't Have to Be Perfect

    The question is not: Is it perfect? Or course it won’t be perfect. Here are some better questions to ask.
  7. A Skill Worth Mastering

    If we're bound to make mistakes, we may as well get good at learning from them.
  8. Dealing With Too Much to Do

    If you’ve got too much to do, there are two ways to deal with all those things you can’t get to.
  9. The Endless Chase

    Last week I noticed our cat playing a favorite game of hers. She spies something -- perhaps a fly or piece of string or bit of fuzz -- and then sneaks up and tries to pounce on it.
  10. The Power of Delusion

    When someone is deluded, it doesn’t matter how great or sound the evidence is against him. He won’t be convinced.
  11. A Wealth of Discretionary Time

    Regardless of how we may feel, many of us have a wealth of time at our discretion -- at least historically speaking.
  12. Blessings in Disguise

    How often does the apparent misfortune of today turn out to be a blessing in disguise? Here's a Chinese parable that illustrates the point.
  13. Unrecognized Courage

    Of the 59,000 U.S. troops who landed on June 6, 1944, only four received the Medal of Honor for their heroics that day. But that number probably should have been much higher.
  14. Walking With All My Senses

    When out for a walk, I frequently put my earbuds in to listen to an audiobook or podcast. But how does this use of my sense of hearing affect my experience of the walk itself?
  15. Choosing to Be Stretched

    When was the last time you put yourself in a position to be stretched? When you set out to do or learn something new, especially something that would take some effort on your part?
  16. Finding Meaning

    Whenever you’re tired, exhausted, and ready to give up, just remember why you’re doing what you’re doing.
  17. On Birthdays

    A birthday is technically just another day. And yet certain days -- like birthdays -- command our attention more than others.
  18. Pick One and Move On

    When you’re overwhelmed by the options in front you, don’t be afraid to pick one and move on.
  19. Learning from the Amish

    It can be easy to look at the Amish and think of all the ways they are out-of-touch with modern society. Some may even consider them anti-technology. But this isn't exactly accurate.
  20. Without a Plan

    Without a plan, it's much easier to meander; without a plan, we can head down unexpected routes. And sometimes, that's exactly what we want. But...
  21. Costly Interruptions

    Sometimes you have little control over the interruptions you experience. But how many times are the interruptions within your control?
  22. Managing Your Most Important Investments

    People hire others to handle their financial investments all the time. But there's another class of investments that are even more important than where you put your money.
  23. Needing More Time

    We all want more time. But if we’re honest, how well are we using the time we already have?
  24. What Defines Success?

    Whether you're successful or not depends on what you're aiming for.
  25. Who Will Decide?

    Letting someone else decide, or deciding not to decide, doesn’t mean you're no longer responsible for the outcome.
  26. What Others Think

    Should you always disregard what others will think?
  27. Standing Up Again

    When looking at 'successful' people, it's easy to only pay attention to the wins, and forget about the losses.
  28. Cancer of Selfishness

    In life, it can be tempting to try to hold on to what we have, and to grasp for even more. Instead of being self-less, we can become selfish. But at what cost?
  29. Consistently Not Stupid

    Why have Warren Buffet and Charlie Munger been so successful in their investing? According to Munger, much of it stemmed from avoiding costly mistakes.
  30. Being In Sync

    The performance of a group is not just affected by the skill of each member, but by how all of the members are able to stay in sync with each other.
  31. In Front of Your Face

    What you keep in sight will affect both your thoughts and actions.
  32. Checking Spare Tires

    A spare tire is one of those things that can be easy to ignore until you need it.
  33. The Cost of a Meeting

    The cost of a meeting is more than just the time allocated for the meeting.
  34. Playback Speed

    With some things, getting through them as fast as possible isn't the point
  35. Walking in Their Skin

    You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view
  36. Royal Beauty Bright

    A Notre Dame astrophysicist explains his hypothesis about the Christmas star
  37. When You're Forced To

    Sometimes we're forced to deal with issues all because we neglected to address them earlier, when we had a chance.
  38. Why the Rush?

    How many times would we end up in approximately the same spot if we had not been in such hurry? And how much self-imposed annoyance and frustration would we save ourselves along the way?
  39. Always Listening

    There are countless ways you can keep yourself from experiencing silence in the course of day, if you so choose.
  40. Willing to Fight

    '...The really important things are the things about which men will fight. --J. Gresham Machen'
  41. Learning When to Compare

    Knowing how to compare is a valuable skill to have in life. But knowing when---and when not---to compare can be just as important.
  42. Irrational Fear

    Fear can both hijack our thoughts today, and potentially drive us to live in ways we'll one day regret.
  43. The World Our Mind Creates

    Our experience of life is profoundly shaped by how we choose to *think* about the events and circumstances we encounter.
  44. Counting the Cost

    When it’s time to begin, it’s worth taking a moment to gaze down the road a little and make sure the route in front of you is the one you really want to take.