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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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To fall in love, do this:

April 10 2017

A few years ago, a NYTimes piece lured readers with the secret to relational bliss. The author detailed her personal experience based on psychological research claiming to make two strangers fall in love. By asking intimate questions and demanding two individuals spend quality time together — even holding each other’s gaze for four minutes — […]

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Confrontation and rejection: an opportunity

April 02 2017

Confrontation and rejection are both uncomfortable, unpleasant situations that no one likes to encounter. Those with a less developed sense of self may interpret confrontation or rejection as a hit to their ego, their self-esteem dependent upon approval and positive feedback from others. As life begins to deal more social situations (and success), rejection matters […]

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The power of sadness

March 21 2017

Life can throw curveballs. Disappointments can destroy the strongest resolve, even the most focused among us shaken by a series of bad luck and failure. Like fire, heartache can spread. Yet too often it is easy (and in the most difficult darkness, completely forgivable) to forget the positive, creative power of sadness and grief. Instead […]

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5 years of connection, inspiration

March 15 2017

Five years of dinners, thousands of connections and friendships formed. Five years of strangers embracing risk and uncertainty. Questions asked and answered in dining rooms, wine bars, cheese bars, hidden nooks. Five years of honest conversations and receptivity. Romances, business partnerships, ideas, and improvements stemming from industry intersections and complementary interests. Five years ago, when […]

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Selling and cold calls

March 08 2017

Call 1: The worst. Call 5: Still pretty bad. Call 10: You care less if someone says no. Call 12: Someone might be interested. Call 15: You make a sale. Call 16: You make another sale. Call 17: You feel pretty great until someone else says no. Call 18: You feel bad but make another […]

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Your job description

February 28 2017

It’s likely you interviewed for a specific set of tasks and duties, and that these same expectations were reviewed after you took the job. You may notice, however, that the longer you spend in the position, the more you observe inefficiencies — perhaps even inequalities — in your workplace. “It’s not my job,” is a […]

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How online courses can make you money

February 20 2017

The Australian Bureau of Statistics cited an almost $47,000 yearly salary difference of those with postgraduate degrees. But “non-traditional” students may feel reluctant signing up for a class at the local campus. There’s an easy answer: online courses. Researcher Tuan Nguyen found substantial evidence showing that online classes are just as effective as classroom models. […]

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