Expectations

Expectations are a form of first-class truth: If people believe it, it’s true. Bill Gates 1955 – In the mid 1960s, Dr. Robert Rosenthal, a Harvard psychologist, conducted a series of experiments involving children in grade school. At the beginning of the school year, all students at a certain grade level were given a test called the “Harvard test of inflected acquisition”. Then students were selected for a particular class; the teacher was told that these students scored higher than average on the test and that their performance indicated they were more likely to bloom during the school year. At …
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Want to improve your luck?

I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it. Thomas Jefferson 1746 – 1826 I’ve always believed that luck was totally random, not something you could control. But it seems I was wrong. Professor Richard Wiseman of the University of Hertfordshire has devoted a lot of time and effort to studying luck and sheds some light on how to improve your luck. As part of his studies, he placed ads in newspapers in the major cities of England asking people who considered themselves consistently lucky or unlucky to contact him. …
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Because vs. If

Whether you think you can or whether you think you can’t, you’re right. Henry Ford 1863 – 1947 How many times have you uttered the words “I can’t because…”? It’s a phrase I hear often — and I confess, I’ve been guilty of using it too. Our brains are hardwired to believe it’s okay to pass on doing something if we have an acceptable excuse. So as long as we can find (or manufacture) a good enough reason, we have no trouble saying, “I can’t, because….” If we only used this phrase for unavoidable conflicts, it would be okay. Unfortunately, that’s …
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