The Pillow Test

You become what you give your attention to. Epictetus 55 – 135 A.D. I’m always looking for little things people can do to improve their quality of life. I recently heard of a good exercise from an associate in Dallas; he calls it the pillow test. It’s simple, but it can be very effective over time. As you lay your head down on your pillow each night, ask yourself the following two questions. What am I glad I did today? What do I wish I had done today? These are powerful and thought provoking questions. Think about the things you …
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The value of experience

After crosses and losses, men grow humbler and wiser. Benjamin Franklin 1706 – 1790 We all know that experience is very valuable. But often, we mistake knowledge for experience. They are not the same. There are plenty of people dispensing advice based on knowledge they’ve acquired from others, but that advice is not founded on real world experience. Let me tell you a little story that will illustrate the point. One day, a lion decided he had a taste for rabbit, and he knew it would be much more productive if he got other hunters to join him. So he …
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Two questions

You can never get enough of what you don’t need to make you happy. Eric Hoffer 1902 – 1983 Today, I have two brief questions for you. While the questions are simple, it’s estimated that over ninety percent of the population can’t answer them. If you can answer these questions correctly, you’re among a very rare group of individuals; the ones who can answer these questions are among the happiest people on Earth. If you can’t answer them right away, I hope you’ll spend some time thinking about them and figure out the answers. Doing so will improve your life …
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