Pessimistic. Negative. Or Just a Critical Thinker?

A group of anthropologists at Cambridge were conducting research on the concepts of pessimism and optimism. Their subjects were two young boys: one a pessimist and the other an optimist. The pessimistic boy was put in a room full of wonderful toys. The optimistic boy was put in a room with nothing but a barrel of manure.

When the scientists looked in on the pessimistic boy one hour later, they found him complaining about this toy that didn't work, that one needed fresh batteries, the next one wasn't the right color, etc., etc. Recording their findings, they moved on.

The Office Romance: Dating in the Workplace

Oh, the thrill of it all, flirting with a co-worker or your boss. It can be sexy, fun, and electric. And as the mutual attraction grows and is taken to the dating stage, it can be even more so. However, one should always proceed with caution when dating at work as there’s much at stake on both a personal and professional level.

Here are a few things to keep in mind as you consider dating a coworker.

Battling the Workplace Backstabber

The insidious workplace backstabbers have to be one of the most frustrating people we have to put up with! Spreaders of malicious gossip and power-hungry manipulators, they spin wicked webs of emotional destruction, hunting down and trapping unwitting pawns in their incessantly evil games. Sometimes they can be overtly blunt; other times they're subtle and coy, gaining your trust and then turning the tables when you least expect it.

Expressing Emotions Effectively: How Do Smart People Vent?

There are several ways you can vent your frustrations and. Many of which could make things worse resulting in more trouble than you bargained for. Nonetheless, venting is a good skill to learn. But, do it smartly! Don’t let it get the best of you, give your enemy power or sink a damaged ship. These are a few things to know or do when you feel the urge to vent (before you explode). Clear the room of all sharp objects. That includes the sharp tongues that will criticize and gossip about you later. Trust who you let listen.

Failing with Grace: Learning from Our Mistakes

The next time you experience failure, take the time to analyze it and figure out what lessons you can take away from it. Here are a few ways you can analyze and learn.

Great Videos for Executives: Say Hello to TED

Whether you’re prepping for a major meeting or just need a break in your day, you can stop by the TED site and view one of thousands of TED talks designed to provoke, inspire, amuse and change the way you think about the world. 

Live to Win: How To Feel More Alive!

What makes you feel alive? Do you know what the feeling is? Dr. Wayne Dyer said it this way, "I try to teach my children that being successful isn’t necessarily about performing a specific task, being in a certain occupation or living in a particular location. It’s about sharing yourself in a creative, loving way using the skills and interest that are inherently part of you." Dr. Dyer is right. These five steps to feeling alive can open the door to experiences where you will find a new you. You can learn on a different level how to nurture what you know and discover what you don’t know.

Loving Your Life: Top 5 Reasons to Count Your Blessings

We all have blessings in our life; however, there are a good number of people who couldn’t tell you what they are if their life depended on it. These are the people who complain to a great extent, expect way too much from others, and rely heavily on success to come from nowhere. Being grateful can have an enormous effect on your life, if you start counting your blessings.
  1. Being grateful improves your disposition. It makes you happier and therefore, more approachable and likeable.

Transition: Is It Your Middle Name?

All stages of life are transitory, whether we're growing into womanhood, getting married, having children, retiring or dealing with an empty nest. Similarly, we also go through different stages in our careers. At one point, we may be at the bottom of the corporate ladder, at another time, we're in varying levels of leadership and positions of influence.


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