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“Is an Optimistic Mind Associated with a Healthy Heart?”

Originally posted in our July 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. Now that we understand that we’ll all go through a period of self-doubt in our work and understand the importance of finding meaning in that work, where do we go from there? How does this knowledge impact us in the day-to-day and our overall well-being? Research over the past few decades has taken the tie between mental and physical health into new territories. We’ve known for…

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“Why You Should Stop Trying to Be Happy at Work”

Originally posted in our July 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. Keeping on the thread of pushing through our own self-critique, we’ll move onto a piece from the Harvard Business Review. In it, the author suggests that happiness at work will often get you the opposite. Instead, we should seek meaning. But what does that mean, and how do we accomplish it? According to the author and research she cites, there are five factors that differentiate meaning…

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“Ira Glass on The Creative Process”

Originally posted in our July 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. Ira Glass, host of This American Life on NPR, has successfully produced high-quality radio for over two decades. But, as he will freely admit, he wasn’t always very good at it. In fact, he claims to have not been up to his own standards for years. And he’s not alone. As Glass earnestly discusses in a series of videos titled On Storytelling, almost all creatives go through…

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“Pandemic-To-Permanent: 11 Lasting Changes To Higher Education”

Originally posted in our June 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. Now let’s turn to some predictions for the future of education due to the pandemic. While these are just that, predictions, we found some important things to reflect on in this piece. Be it a push to all things virtual, non-degree learning, or pricing models that are severely out of date; the pandemic has brought the future of education forward in many ways. Moreover, as employment…

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“The U.S. Education System Isn’t Giving Students What Employers Need”

Originally posted in our June 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. When we think about well-being in 2021, employment is likely high on the list for most of us. However, the pandemic has exposed various holes in our economic structures. Employers and workers feel short-changed from wage stagnation, health and safety concerns, infrastructure, and lack of talent. Some believe a significant factor to this is an education system (at least in the US) that has not kept…

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“Seligman’s PERMA+ Model Explained: A Theory of Wellbeing”

Originally posted in our June 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. As we enter the Summer months, many of us reflect on the year so far and take time to be with family and friends. This period can be an opportunity for growth, recovery, and rejuvenation. With this in mind, we wanted to focus on a few tools that can improve our well-being; whether that is hearing a time of rest or during our day-to-day lives. We’ll…

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“How a ‘beginners’ mindset’ can help you learn anything”

Originally posted in our May 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. Keeping the theme set by John Kay’s talk on obliquity, we turn to an article from the BBC about the beginner’s mindset. The work of Tom Vanderbilt is outlined in the article, showing ways that adults can re-commit to learning and the importance of learning many things. Learning from our mistakes, varying our practice, and sharing our new knowledge with others are ways to improve…

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“A Path to the Minimum Viable Product”

Originally posted in our May 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. Thinking about obliquity in more practical terms, we could understand the concept of achieving a complex and dynamic goal by finding the smaller, more achievable goals that make up the whole. When we think about entrepreneurial ventures, we talk about minimally viable products (MVP), which are, in a way, a simplification of a more complex mission. In a guest blog for Steve Blank, investor Shawn…

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“Obliquity: How Complex Goals Are Best Achieved Indirectly”

Originally posted in our May 2021 Top of Mind Newsletter. In his TEDx talk from 2012, economist John Kay unpacks the concept of obliquity. That is, “our complex goals are often best achieved indirectly.” Kay provides a variety of examples, from geography and rocket science to architecture and philosophy, that show how sometimes the most effective route towards a goal is one that appears indirect. As he says, “defining what our objectives are is actually…

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