Category Archives: Personal Growth

“Men are not disturbed by things, but by their view of things” (Epictetus)

One could also say that people are not disturbed by things, but that they disturb themselves by holding rigid and extreme beliefs about things. Psychologist Albert Ellis said that rigid beliefs, which often come the form of musts, absolute shoulds, have to’s, got to’s, etc., are at the very core of psychological disturbances. Sometimes it […]

Caught in a monkey trap?

  Apparently people in India use a simple trick to capture monkeys. The trapper fastens a piece of cord to a tree. On the other end he attaches a coconut. The coconut has a hole just big enough for the monkey to put his hand in. Inside the coconut the trader puts some nuts or […]

Intuition and decision making

  Use your intuition for better decisions in uncertain situations Have you recently had to make a big decision such as taking a new job, hiring a new employee, starting or ending a business or deciding where to invest? Did you feel you had enough information? How did you go about it? In each of these […]

Choices and Decisions – Don’t confuse the two

October is a great time to review your choices and decision. But don’t confuse the two, because the two words mean different things. “We are our Choices”  – Jean Paul Sartre STORY I recently learned that a CHOICE is not the same as a DECISION. Choices are needed to clarify priorities, while decisions are needed to […]

Wondering what to do next

  STORY I wrote this memo after a great family vacation, travelling down the North-West Coast of the US, and managed to completely disconnect. But back home, I found myself dealing with 9 hours of jet-lag, 2 additional kg around my ribs thanks to American fast food, low energy, and wondering what to do next… […]