Where’s the Beef?

Your mouth waters as you stare at the plate in front of you. You size up a sizzling, juicy burger, grilled to perfection. Charred top, juicy center, enchanting smell. That first bite sends your taste buds into a state of pure joy. Truly one of the best burgers you’ve ever gobbled. Except it isn’t a…

How to Beat the Success Trap

In 1953, three employees of the San Diego Rocket Chemical Company created a mixture to protect missile skins. It didn’t work. They tried again – no luck. And again, and again. Finally, on the 40th try, they were successful. But besides the original product intent, they discovered an even broader use… Their invention became the…

A Winning Secret from Chess Grand Master

Rook to f5. Checkmate. How is it that some routinely smoke their opponents in a game where both sides have the identical force, there’s no luck of the draw, and the entire playing field is out in the open? While there are many cliché life lessons from the game of chess, there’s an often-overlooked concept…

Empathy Is the New Killer App

It stings. Another soul-crushing reprimand from a boss, parent, or spouse. That nauseous feeling when you feel unappreciated, misunderstood, and blamed. We’ve all been there, and in that knee-wobbling state we are far from playing at our best. On the other hand, remember how you felt after receiving a big boost of positive reinforcement. A…