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The Top 15 Behaviors That Make or Break The Best Mentors

Recently, I have been reflecting on the concept of mentorship: what it is, what it is not, what the best mentors do, and what they do not do.  Personally, I do not subscribe to the idea that one must be declared “mentor” or “mentee” to fill such a role in another’s life, or that these […]

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Please stop telling women they need more confidence; they need advocates (a personal parable about public speaking and the conditions in which women find themselves)

I’m terrified of public speaking. You wouldn’t know it. You wouldn’t see my pulse explode like lightning behind my eyes while the embodiment of my childhood self scaled a tree. You’d see a polished woman with a gleaming smile, a woman who appears as though she can’t be rattled. I’d pull it off. But I’m […]

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What Working for Two of the World’s Greatest Companies Taught Me About Life

When I originally began writing a novel, I had not one but two job offers from interesting companies. Neither had anything to do with my creative pursuits, not directly. One was from a top IT consulting company. The other, a hedge fund, run by a geopolitical-economist billionaire and meditator known as the Steve Jobs of […]

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The Ambitious High-Achiever Who Became a Button-Presser

Rocky is a highly curious person who wants to be exceptional. He has a question many people have. How can I be extraordinary? This is his story.
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I want to be the best version of me I can be. I want success, Rocky thinks.

First things first, he studies hard and is admitted into a noteworthy college.

Four years later he graduates with a degree in liberal arts. He is recruited by a reputable company. They have high revenues, distinguished clientele, and accomplished staff.

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Shifting the Lens on the Present Moment to Experience Joy

Somewhere, everywhere, toddlers around the world are teaching their parents to slow down, to take a breather, to just enjoy.

“Just enjoy!”

Oh how that phrase used to bother me! It meant “tolerate the intolerable, suck it up!”

I found a new way to hear it.

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Your Thoughts Are Swimming Fish

I love rainy days.

When I was a child, my teachers would ask the class, “What do you want to do when you grow up?”

I would tell them, “I want to be a peacemaker.”

The students would laugh.

I would return home and see the desperation in my mother’s eyes. The longing.

Even if you could get away from it, the Iran-Iraq war was always on television. Taunting us in its journey of suffering.