Your pain will contribute to a better tomorrow

June 23 2017

When you’re thick in the middle of heartbreak or despair, it seems ludicrous to even remotely consider the possibility of a better tomorrow, or to think of happiness, or to acknowledge some divine plan. In dark, heavy hours, it can feel momentous to simply get through the day.

Yet these trying hours are the ones that will lead you to happiness. When you have nothing and when you question…

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Make magic out of nothing

June 18 2017

People who look for surprises, who uncover the unique and the creative and the unexpected in the mundane — these are the people we are drawn to.

Routine only becomes routine if you let it.

See the world with alive eyes.

How can you bring magic into your day?

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Ask yourself tough questions daily

June 09 2017

The questions you ask yourself dictate your experiences. Often the most uncomfortable questions are the ones you most need to answer, and the issues that cause some emotional reaction are the ones you need to consider. Shying away from tough subjects creates boundaries between you and life’s rich complexities.

Am I where I want to be? Am I who I want to be?
Are my closest relationships fulfilling and supportive?
When I…

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When you’ve been hurt

June 03 2017

Your heart is broken. Maybe for the first time, maybe for the fifth. You have two choices now.

You can allow pain and anger to seep through your being and go about shielding yourself from any scenario that might cause these feelings again. This will undoubtedly result in limited encounters with the world, stifled relationships, and a blunted emotional experience.

OR

You can look for the lessons. You can dive into…

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Your time directs your focus

May 27 2017

The way in which you spend your time narrows your focus. What you think about, the choices you make, the schedule you follow — all of these daily decisions add up to who you are today.

Have you asked yourself who you’d like to be?

It is worth finding quiet space and taking time to answer this question honestly and searchingly. The answer might require some hard moves, perhaps…

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“Good enough.”

May 19 2017

Every hour you are faced with choices that force you to evaluate and re-evaluate your priorities. Often you have to say no to others, disappointing them and maybe even yourself.

How do you judge yourself when you take on different roles? Is your inner voice harsh or condescending?

Your perspective is more than likely more critical than of those around you. What would you say to a friend taking…

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Top 10 posts from Project Exponential

May 13 2017

1. 12 questions to turn small talk into real talk
2. 5 rules of hustling
3. What brings people together?
4. A coffee riddle
5. 10 questions to ask at a dinner party (instead of “What do you do?”)
6. The people in your life will make or break you
7. 19 things you can do instead of…

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Working backwards, piece by piece

May 06 2017

Vary rarely are goals — especially big ones — accomplished at once. Piece by piece, day by day, small actions lead up to the final result, the dream that inspired you from the beginning. This is why working backwards can help you get what you want.

Set your BIG goal and plan corresponding “mini-goals” that lead you to where you want to be. Often times the end goal can…

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If it is worth doing, you’ll want to quit

April 18 2017

“Should I quit or hang in there?” is a question that will accompany any worthwhile project. If you’re not tested, the work probably isn’t on path towards the success you’re hoping for.

“Never quit something with great long-term potential just because you can’t deal with the stress of the moment.” –Seth Godin, The Dip

You will feel tested. You will be challenged. You will want to quit.

Decide…

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Skills for a lifetime

April 14 2017

Learning House began in 2014 to encourage education and leadership. Thousands of young adults have participated in free career counseling and seminars, English language classes and test preparation courses. In 2016, eighteen students reached their dreams of pursuing work and/or higher education abroad (you can see more participation numbers from last year here); I anticipate these numbers will continue to grow.

In the four years I’ve…

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