Ponderables

Author: julien

Embrace Your Yes; Transform Your Life

Last year, Julia Albu found herself on a remarkable adventure — all because she said “yes” when so many of us would have said, “no, that’s crazy!” Julia is a senior citizen living in Cape Town, South Africa. Two years ago, she found herself calling into a radio program discussing then-President Jacob Zuma’s taste in extravagant cars. […]

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The Life Improvic — Learning from Bill Murray’s Habit of Random Appearances

“If you can consciously let yourself get taken and see where you go, that’s an exercise. That’s discipline. To follow the scent. Let yourself go and see what happens, that takes a bit of courage.”  — Bill Murray Sometimes he photobombs a couple’s engagement portrait. There are countless stories of the college house parties he has crashed, doing dishes in the kitchen […]

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Curiouser and Curiouser

“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”  — Albert Einstein, German theoretical physicist Recently at a holiday party, I found myself hanging out in the rec room, watching two boys play a video game that provided them with an open world to explore at their leisure. I noticed that each approached the game […]

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Better Productivity? Rest Assured.

“There is more refreshment and stimulation in a nap, even of the briefest, than in all the alcohol ever distilled.”  — Ovid, Roman poet who lived during the reign of Augustus (43 B.C. — 17/18 A.D.) When I was in college, I knew this guy named Thaddeus, and many people thought he was very strange. It was the […]

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It’s Your Job To Disagree With Your Boss

“You can disagree without being disagreeable.”  — Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States (1933 — ) Recently, a young friend of mine was promoted from a mid-level engineering position to first-tier management. Alex was excited at first about the promotion, but after a few months became frustrated. The problem, he shared, […]

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