JumpStart – Generosity

SYNOPSIS Have you ever wondered why it’s not healthy to envy other people? Envy sends out a vibration into the universe that YOU’RE not OK, that YOU’RE not enough, causing you to receive less and enjoy what you do receive even less. Being generous is not just about...

JumpStart – Feeling Like It

SYNOPSIS I’ve noticed a common difference between people who succeed compared to those who do not. Unsuccessful people are invariably waiting to feel like doing what it is they know they should do. Unsuccessful people wait until they feel like exercising to exercise,...

JumpStart – Gratitude

SYNOPSIS Hedonic Adaptation explains so many things. Hedonic Adaptation may also explain why you struggle with being pessimistic. Hedonic Adaptation, you’ll remember, is a human being’s propensity to adapt to ongoing experiences. The best example is how the first bite...

JumpStart – Just a Little More

SYNOPSIS The other day as I walked into the gym I looked around and noticed the people who were there. Over the next hour as I did my exercise, I noticed many of them leaving and others showing up. What really caught my attention is that between the people who are in...

JumpStart – Magnanimity

SYNOPSIS I was recently listening to a podcast about Genghis Khan, and I learned some amazing things. Not a nice guy, ol’ Genghis, but he still offered some suggestions on how we can live and work better. For example, what do you think Genghis Khan did to an enemy...

JumpStart – Being Capable

SYNOPSIS Everybody has some level of “learned helplessness.” When anything having to do with technology comes up, my wife’s mind goes blank and fails to function. For years, I hired other people to do the bookkeeping for our business even though they were basically...

JumpStart – What’s Eating You?

SYNOPSIS For years, I suffered from severe indigestion. I was already vegan, so I also cut out gluten, sugar, fried foods, anything I could think of, but every day it felt like someone was slowly sticking a hot poker into my chest. Doctors prescribed medications, I...

JumpStart – Empathy

SYNOPSIS Would you believe that in many cases guilt and empathy are proportional? Think about it – – a person who has very little empathy for others also has very little guilt about their impact on others. I know what you’re thinking and, yes, there is certainly the...

JumpStart – Treading Softly

SYNOPSIS One of the more amazing things I have learned recently is how people naturally underestimate their own force and escalate to compensate for the perceived force of others. Check out this experiment: one person was asked to squeeze another person on the...

JumpStart – Driving

SYNOPSIS Many people complain about the lack of civility on social media these days. However, our penchant for attacking other people who are perceived to be somewhat removed from us is not a new thing. All you have to do is look at how drivers treat one another. One...

JumpStart – The Moralization Gap

SYNOPSIS Here is one of the most interesting studies I have read. In an attempt to understand people‘s motives, behavioral scientists found that the crimes we as individuals commit we consider to be “justifiable and forgivable.“ When it comes to the crimes of other...

JumpStart – Focus

SYNOPSIS What the HECK was going on? It looked like kids had snuck up to my house and burned streaks onto the exterior. Not only that, the burn marks on the house were happening more frequently and huge scorches were appearing every day or so. The weird thing is that...