Stay Off Santa’s Naughty List

In my country, people practice a pretend belief in Santa Claus.  This mythical person delivers gifts to well-behaved children.  Naughty children, in theory, receive nothing.   The definition of good vs. bad is fuzzy.  It is subjectively determined by parents in each household.   In practice, however, poor children receive less, regardless of behavior.  BounteousContinue reading “Stay Off Santa’s Naughty List”

My Former Life as a Secret Agent

I have never told anyone this. When I was 9 years old, I experienced a stressful event which caused me to partially withdraw from society.  I built around me a cocoon of imagination.  My whole life was fake. I imagined I was a secret agent. For some reason, my country needed a small boy withContinue reading “My Former Life as a Secret Agent”

Can YOU change the world?

Did a teacher ever make you feel ashamed?  Did anyone ever tell you to “just get motivated,” so you could learn faster, or pay attention better? Stephen Spielberg was a lazy student. At least that’s what his teachers thought.  In reality, he had dyslexia. He took two years longer than his peers to learn toContinue reading “Can YOU change the world?”

Should you go back to college or university?

Will your career be advanced by going back to school?  Maybe, maybe not. Do you wish you had earned a degree when you were younger? Do you feel left out of conversations when people quote Jane Austen?  Do you wish you could use historical examples from the Peloponesian War? Many people feel the allure ofContinue reading “Should you go back to college or university?”

Personal Development Zeal

I have a challenge for you. If you want to be more successful, you must devote yourself to continual personal development. Yes, you should set goals.  Yes, you should believe in yourself.  Yes, you should get enough sleep.  But above all, you must zealously upgrade your abilities.  Every day. We know this, but most peopleContinue reading “Personal Development Zeal”