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Asking the Right Questions is the Answer: 10 Things We Forget About Our Own Ignorance

Judge a person by their questions, rather than their answers. Because asking the right questions today is the answer. It’s a harsh fact that every one of us is ignorant in some way. Although we tend to pretend otherwise, it’s impossible to know it all. Ignorance is our biggest collective secret. And it’s one of the scariest and most damaging realities...

How to Begin Again After an Unexpected Ending

As you struggle forward in the days and weeks ahead, remind yourself, it is far better to be exhausted from lots of effort, learning and growth, than it is to be tired of doing absolutely nothing. In 1914, the great inventor Thomas Edison experienced a devastating hardship. His entire laboratory burned down to the ground, and several years worth...

3 Ways to Break Through When You’re Burning Out and Ready for a Change

In the midst of particularly hard days when I feel that I can’t endure, I remind myself that my track record for getting through hard days is 100% so far. On my birthday many moons ago, when Google and I were both a lot younger, I Googled “how to change your life when you’re burning out” to see what would come up. I had been feeling hopelessly trapped...

1 Tiny Yet Hard Step You Need to Take for Yourself

Too often people overestimate the significance of one big defining moment and underestimate the value of making good decisions and tiny steps of progress on a daily basis. You’re probably familiar with what’s known as the Serenity Prayer. It goes like this: God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the...

2 Quick Stories that Will Change the Way You Show Up in Your Relationships

Compliment people. Sometimes you will say something really small and simple, but it will fit right into an empty space in someone’s heart. This morning, I shared two quick stories on Zoom with a small group of digital Think Better, Live Better conference attendees. “I appreciate the perspective, and the invitation to change how I show up in my relationships,”...

7 Difficult Things You Should Start Doing for the People Around You

We are all in this together, so always be kinder than necessary. What goes around comes around. No one has ever made themselves strong by showing how small someone else is. Everyone you meet is learning something, is afraid of something, loves something, and has lost something. Know this. And be extra kind today. In other words, don’t just preach online....

An Open Letter to Those Who Want to Make a Bigger Difference Right Now

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” —Mahatma Gandhi This short article was inspired by an email we received this morning from a new course student: Dear Marc and Angel, I’m a single mom to two wonderful teenagers, and I’m also a (rather passionate) domestic violence attorney. Although I’ve been told I do a great job on both fronts, I wish...

Paths are Made by Walking, Not Waiting: One Lesson We Forget in Hard Times

We waste our time waiting for a path to appear. But it never does. Because we forget that paths are made by walking, not waiting. And we forget that there’s absolutely nothing about our present circumstances that prevents us from making progress again, one tiny step at a time. So, let’s cut to the chase today: What we truly need to do is often what...

1 Sign it’s Finally Time to Take a Step Forward Again (and How to Get Started)

If it entertains you now but will actually hurt you someday, it’s a distraction. Don’t settle. Don’t exchange what you need in the long run for what you kinda want at the moment. Study your habits. Determine where your time goes. Delete the toxic distractions. Taking small steps can make a big difference, especially in tough times, but there’s no...

How to Practice Letting Go (When You Catch Yourself Holding On)

If you worry too much about what might be, or what might have been, you will ignore and overlook what is. Remember this. Happiness is letting go of what you assume life is supposed to be like right now and sincerely appreciating it for everything it is. Over the past decade, as Angel and I have gradually worked with hundreds of our course students,...

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