How Dan Ariely Turned Tragedy Into Discovery

The Fire and The Aftermath
At 17, Dan Ariely, Duke Psychology professor and best-selling author, was badly injured in a magnesium fire at a graduation ceremony in Israel. 70% of his body was covered with burns.

As anyone can imagine, severe burn rehabilitation treatment is intensely painful. The process involves enduring a daily soaking bath, removal of bandages and the excruciating scraping away of the patient’s dead skin.

Was there any way for this young student to achieve some sort of respite and distraction from the agonizing treatments?

The daily bandage removal was torture. Why did the nurses have to so rapidly rip the bandages from his wounded body?

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3 Things I Learned from Gary Player

Gary Player, winner of nine majors (including the 1961, 74 and 78 Masters Tournaments), and one of only five golfers to ever win the Career Grand Slam, has collected his own “Ten Commandments” about work, life and relationships.*

As we celebrate Masters Weekend, revisit these time-tested insights about work and life from one of golf’s living legends.

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New Year’s Resolutions: “Yes, No or Absolutely Not?…”

Actually, how about “Absolutely, Yes.”

Think of it this way. If you can commit to making it through a month or two doing something to improve your life, why not? As we know, studies show fulfilling a resolution for an entire year is rarely achieved. An entire year is definitely a big commitment.

However…if you pick one or two goals and achieve those goals through, say, the end of February, you’ve lived a better life for 1/6 of your year! Sounds a bit less daunting now, right? 16.67% of your year gets you through February. Easy.

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Jason McElwain Story (2:27)

This clip never gets old. What a moment. Guts + Tenacity = Victory. Have an amazing Thursday.

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How Much Time Do You Have Left?

Does this infographic startle you?

An entire year in traffic? Six years of cooking, cleaning, and chores? And, the real mind-crusher: nine years watching TV, playing video games and surfing the Web. Ouch…

Our limited time on earth is certainly filled with many “must do’s” like eating, sleeping, work.

In education parlance these are our “core curriculum” courses. Gotta eat, gotta sleep and do something to keep the electric bill paid in July.

Fair enough, but what are you doing with your “life electives?” 

In school, I loved sorting through all of the available elective classes each semester. I found a subject I enjoyed, vetted the professor and signed up. So much to learn, so little time.

I specifically remember saving my final six hours of college credits for two electives—both subjects I am passionate about. My time, my choice, my electives.

Guess what? I earned two “A’s”.

As you consider how you spend your time and energy on your life’s electives, please do yourself a game-changing favor. Use your unique, innate talents to guide your choices. The rewards you receive for your efforts will be exponential.

This isn’t wishful thinking or “feelgoodism.” We know through over 50 years of human behavioral research that focusing on our natural talents provides the greatest return on our labor. If you enjoy learning about the “story behind the story”, click here: ROI for Strengths-based Development.

Start channeling your life towards your specific talents today.

Make sure nine years of Facebook, TV or time-stealing video games don’t swallow up your electives. You owe it to your work, your relationships and, ultimately, to yourself.

To discover your unique, innate talents, click here: StrengthsFinder 2.0.

Please sign up for more talent insights at StrengthsLauncher or drop us a line and let us know how you’re growing and focusing your natural talents at!


Clifton StrengthsFinder 2.0—The What, Why and How

What was the last project you enjoyed so much that you lost track of time completing it?

Did the final result thrill and impress your co-workers, your boss and maybe even yourself? 

If you answered “yes” to these two questions, there is a good chance you were using one or more of your natural talents.

Here is why that’s important.

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