Powerful decisions

2020-03-23

We are experiencing events today which have the potential to reshape the world as we know it. Today will go down in history, and it snuck up on us all.

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Prepare but don't hope

2020-03-22

Prepare for the worst, do your best, and then stop stressing. Don’t hope for the best, if you can avoid it. You’ll experience less disappointment that way. Things will go the way they go. Make peace with that instead.

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Weighted decision making

2020-03-21

Crowds may make good decisions, but maybe sometimes they don’t. Sometimes the opinion of specialists will get you a better outcome. Ten random people won’t be able to put together a guide to a liver transplant as well as one surgeon will.

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2020-03-19

I don’t know where it all went wrong. I woke up so happy this morning. Somewhere along the way something must have happened. Now my heart is sun-bleached and shriveled. I’m stomping around furious. Today I don’t know how to be a better person, not even by one inch.

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Help someone else

2020-03-18

Who can you help raise up today? Who can you help be more than they are? Who needs help that you are in a position to give?

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Euphemism

2020-03-17

When someone asks you to do something and you say “I can’t,” what you actually mean is that it’s not your top priority. But you sound like a jerk if you say “No, that’s much less important than what I was already doing.” When you say “I can’t,” they get the benefit of not having to think you’re just blowing them off, and you get the benefit of setting your own priorities. It’s the perfect little social nicety.

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The magic word

2020-03-16

Strange but true: people love having a reason for what they do. Strangers will be more likely to do what you ask if you give them a reason - any reason, even if the reason makes no sense at all.

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It's a marathon, not a sprint

2020-03-15

Where do you feel like you are compared to where you were a year ago? As a person, have you made strides? Are you getting better, even if it’s slowly?

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Attitudes toward time

2020-03-14

Be optimistic about the future, and realistic about the present. Learn from the past, and then forget about it.

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