The danger of a single story

  As a young Nigerian student who had travelled to the US to study, Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Adichie came face to face with something we all encounter many times throughout our lives – a single story. Let me explain.   Chimamanda arrived to the US and met her new roommate, a roommate who was shocked […]

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Emotional hygiene – we pay more attention to our teeth than we do our minds (Guy Winch)

  I was listening to the NPR Ted Radio hour podcast recently when something Guy Winch said struck a chord.   Emotional hygiene.   My noggin’ perked up, as I’ve been known to suffer from what I call blender-brain-itis (I can have a hard time shutting the whirring, churning of ideas, to-do’s etc. off).   We’re […]

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Learning from one of the world’s best pickpockets … yes pickpocket

Hailed as the greatest pickpocket in the world, Apollo Robbins studies the quirks of human behavior as he steals your watch. In a hilarious demonstration, Robbins samples the buffet of the TEDGlobal 2013 audience, showing how the flaws in our perception make it possible to swipe a wallet and leave it on its owner’s shoulder […]

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The Rock.Paper.Scissors newsletter is out: An Introvert’s 6 Step Guide to Networking

This month’s Rock.Paper.Scissors e-newsletter focuses on networking.  Missed the newsletter?  Check it out. (Not on my monthly e-newsletter mailing list? Whatsamatter you?  Sign up for free here.) In a recent post I shared the article ‘An Introvert’s 6 Step Guide to Networking’ from my newsletter.  Missed it?  Check it out here.  In this post I’ll […]

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Is it the end of knowing? Here’s 13 Google Search Tricks That Make Life A Whole Lot Easier

While listening to a recent TED talk via NPR on Unstoppable Learning (do yourself a favour & listen, it’s terrific) Sugatra Mitra talks about how we may be heading into the age of not needing to ‘know’ things.  He recommends we use what he calls S.O.L.E.’s (self-organized learning environments) to surf & learn. It’s got […]

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X marks the spot, or does it? Turns out Spanish tongues play a role

If high school algebra sent you into convulsions, hang on, this story has a happy ending. Terry Moore explains why the letter x means the unknown in math equations, in his TED talk (see below for the video). If you’ve ever wondered why the letter x stands for what we don’t know, he has a […]

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A TED speaker’s worst nightmare – an opportunity or a chance to get real & laugh

What’s your worst nightmare if you’re up in front of people speaking? technical gadgets not working (no sound &/or no powerpoint)? forget what you’re going to say? getting heckled by an audience member? something else unexpected happening? What happens when we’re under stress is often a matter of perspective. Stress has a direct bearing on […]

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3 resources to amp up your success on your own terms

In this month’s Rock.Paper.Scissors’ newsletter I review Danielle LaPorte’s hot new book, The Fire Starter Sessions.  Stay tuned for the next blog post about funny resources related to success, read the last post with the entire review & keep reading for some resources that will help you amp up success on your own terms. Read the […]

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Take time to to’odle and you’ll reach your dreams faster

I love lists.  I covet lists.  I crave making lists.  Lists relax me.  They keep my delusion of being in control of my world firmly in place. I have a confession to make however.  At the end of a bad day, my eyes will skittishly wander towards a list only to streak away faster than […]

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Learning from a hole in the wall

Check out the video below about the TED hole in the wall educational experiment (forward to 7:15 min).  It’s the work of  Dr. Sugata Mitra, of India. His office butted up against a slum and one day he punched a hole in his wall and stuck a computer in it.  A computer that faced out, […]

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