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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Jon Acuff’s WDS Keynote – 3 Vital Takeaways

Last weekend, Chris Guillebeau’s WDS conference welcomed 3,000 global citizens living remarkable lives in a conventional world to downtown Portland, Oregon.

World records were made. Ideas, insight and inspiration were shared. (And, I’m now on a first name basis with Bacon. So…success.)

Perspective changing thinkers, doers, leaders, writers, digital media outlaws, magicians, founders and entrepreneurs all gave the participants much to consider.

Here are my favorite takeaways from Saturday morning’s first keynote speaker, best-selling author, Jon Acuff.

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3 More James Altucher Tips to Choose Yourself and Boost Your Wellbeing

A few weeks ago, we mashed-up James Altucher’s “Choose Yourself” mindset with Tom Rath’s jarring research about our tragicomically low levels of wellbeing. (Rewind here.)

Rath diagnoses our wellbeing which needs improvement. Altucher offers a vaccine.

Read on for three more key takeaways from the middle third of Altucher’s “Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth.”

Improving your physical, financial, social, community and career wellbeing may depend on it.

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“Pretty Good Syndrome” – First You Have to Diagnose It. Then You Have to Kill It.

I could tweet out my margin notes from the first 100 pages of “The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth”, but it would take a really long time and my Twitter hand would shrivel up into a gnarly case of de Quervain’s tendinitis.

So, if you’re not yet familiar with James Altucher, you need to change that.

There are few modern writers who will challenge your old ways of thinking and spur you to improved outcomes better than Altucher.

Discover if you’ve caught a dangerous strain of “Pretty Good Syndrome” and how his latest can help you begin to cure yourself…

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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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Who’s Your Cornerman? [2 of 3 Part Series]

Yesterday, we discussed the importance of having a coach to help you discover, grow and focus your natural talents.

Today, we’ll discuss a second reason why having a coach is invaluable to your work, relationships and overall well-being.

Instead of Obi-wan coaching Luke in the far corners of the galaxy, let’s consider another coach in another type of corner.

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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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