Dropping the baton

Do not count your chickens before they are hatched. Aesop C 550 B.C. I’m not sure if you remember the 2008 summer Olympic Games, but in the track and field category, there was one event that was particularly disappointing: the 4 by 100 meter relay race. For those not familiar with a relay race, each team has four runners. One runner starts the race and carries a baton. At the end of 100 meters, there’s a transfer zone where the runner hands the baton to the next runner. If the hand off isn’t completed in the designated zone — or …
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Can knowing the answer hurt you?

The questions you ask yourself determine the results you get in life. Keith Cameron Smith In school, we were taught to know the answer. And we were constantly checked to see if we knew the answer. There were periodic tests, exams, pop quizzes and, most dreaded of all, occasions when we were called on in class. So we’ve been thoroughly indoctrinated in the importance of being able to provide answers when asked. But I wonder, can knowing the answer hurt you? I’m sure your reaction is typical: how could knowing the answer possibly work against you? To illustrate the point, …
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Want to accomplish more?

Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task. William James 1842 – 1910 One of the major complaints I hear from people is that they can never get their to-do list whittled down. They have great intentions, but somehow time slips away and they never finish the tasks they planned to do. Well, I’m going to tell you about a technique which will greatly improve your chances of getting things done. Before I share the technique, I want to tell you about a couple of experiments Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz discussed in their book, …
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