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21 May 2016

The Power Of Grit

Professor Duckworth’s Crystal Ball Professor Angela Duckworth can pick up the winners out of a crowd. She can tell which West Point cadets will successfully complete their training, which National Spelling Bee contestants will emerge victorious, which teachers in tough neighborhoods will still be there in...

19 Oct 2015

How To Conquer Your Procrastination?

Why do we procrastinate? Why do we have the (often subconscious) aversion to completing tasks or behaviours which we know we must do, for our own good? Can we overcome these aversions and procrastination?   The Science: Why do we do what we do? What drives our day-to-day, moment-by-moment...

30 Sep 2015

Is Your Glass Half-Full?

Here is a question for you: Do you know what situations in your life cause you to see your glass as half-full, and which cause you to see it as half-empty?   The Science: Dr. Allison Ledgerwood, a psychologist at UC Davis, did some very interesting work which...

15 Sep 2015

Can You Conquer Your Mountain?

In 1952 Sir Edmund Hillary attempted to climb Mount Everest, but failed. A few weeks later, a group in England asked him to address its members. Hillary walked on stage to a thunderous applause. He then moved away from the microphone and walked to the...

03 Aug 2015

Why Is It So Difficult To Let Go?

A world apart, the bushman of Africa and the villagers of Southern Thailand have both learned how to trap a monkey, taking advantage of the monkey’s unrelenting determination not to let go, even if it means compromising its freedom. And in that respect we humans behave...