Design everything you do

May 19 2019

“During my first internship out of college, Stella Lai gave me this tip and it has been the best professional advice I ever received. Try to practice this tip as literally as possible. The obvious areas are how you dress and how your house/apartment/room is organized. I would suggest not stopping there. Your emails should […]


Want to change your life? Change your conversations

May 12 2019

If you’re searching for change, one of the easiest things you can do RIGHT NOW is to evaluate the conversations you are having. Chances are they can use some editing. What are you talking about? What topics keep repeating? Who is involved? Monitor your conversations, both online and off, then prioritize the kind of world […]


If you can communicate your ideas, you can get anything done

May 08 2019

Are your communication skills holding you back? Make it a priority and set goals to improve. Register for this free online course on Public Speaking (class starts July 2), or check out Leading With Effective Communication. For more free online learning opportunities, browse content from Udemy, Coursera, Toastmasters International, and the Public Speaking Project here. […]


Greatest hits

May 04 2019

442 posts published since 2012. Here are the top 12 most visited: 12 questions to turn small talk into real talk 5 rules of hustling What brings people together? A coffee riddle The quiet room 19 things you can do instead of grad school 10 questions to ask at a dinner party (instead of “What […]


Who is glamorous?

April 23 2019

Glamour isn’t limited to the rich or famous. And it certainly isn’t restricted to fashion, the latest gadgets, jet-setters, or a particular brand of car. In fact, glamour is essential to attracting what you want, both in business and in life. Infusing your life with glamour brings more serendipity, more passion, and a lot more […]


Behind the scenes

April 17 2019

Most people don’t see the hours of practice, the nights of silence, the thinking, the planning, the frustrations, the worrying, the sacrifice. They see only a snapshot: A product, a final cut, a performance, the last edit. True artists know that the work is rarely finished. It’s back to the drawing board. More nights at […]


Letting go: A skill

April 09 2019

Most people hold onto relationships or situations longer than necessary. Stability is appealing, and change is hard. Loyalty has the potential to be faulty, however, and should be reserved for situations that show promise and potential. Even reciprocity. We have limited energy to share. Learning to discard situations and environments with insight and discretion is […]


Add magic

April 06 2019

Instead of focusing on what is wrong or needs to change in your life, add something. Look for ways to fill your life with magic. Once a day, once a week, even once a month, incorporate something that inspires you: A song that brings you joy. A place with fond memories. Fifteen minutes sitting on […]


A different lens

March 28 2019

So much of life and the way in which we interpret day-to-day interactions is a matter of perspective. Sometimes the best choice we can make is to take a step back and consider our current situation from a different lens. How can you shift perspective? Awareness Set aside time each week to take stock and […]


Being “good enough”

March 25 2019

I asked how can you ever be sure that what you write is really any good at all and he said you can’t you can’t you can never be sure you die without knowing whether anything you wrote was any good if you have to be sure don’t write –W.S. Merwin