Are you too attached to your ideas?

We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are. Anais Nin 1903 – 1977 Do you get too attached to your ideas? Are you too invested in the way you think things should work? Do you believe you can be objective about your own plans? Before we get too deep in a discussion of these questions, let me share a famous experiment that researchers conducted using a unique lottery. Half of the study’s participants were assigned ticket numbers, while the other half were allowed to select their own numbers. Just before the drawing, the researchers offered …
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Are you a risk taker?

Iron rusts from disuse; stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind. Leonardo da Vinci 1452 – 1519 How would you answer the question, “Are you a risk taker?” If you’re like most people, you probably want to know to the nature of the gamble: putting money in the stock market; investing in a business; changing jobs or even professions; moving to a different part of the country; or something else entirely. All of those actions could be considered high risk; it all depends on how you …
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Is your progress towards your goals too slow?

Do not fear going slowly; only fear standing still. Chinese Proverb Do you ever get frustrated because you’re doing all the right things to reach your goals, but your progress seems stuck at a snail’s pace? Around 550 B.C., Aesop offered some relevant advice in the fable about the Tortoise and the Hare. We’ve all heard the story, but we seem to have forgotten the lesson: slow and steady wins the race. To give you a modern example, I’d like to pose a question. Suppose someone offered you this deal: you could receive three million dollars today, or you could …
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