Mind Sets

These messages focus on how we think and act.

    • Thinking Creatively

      It was the first class in Professor Atkin’s class. After going over the syllabus, she asked the students to get out a sheet of paper for a quiz. Students were shocked. “This is a simple True/False quiz,” she began. “I’m going to give you five quotes and then ask you...

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    • Finding Your Purpose

      Nick Vujicic was born in Australia in 1982 to parents who were immigrants from Serbia. He was born with a rare disorder called tetra-amelia. This disorder manifests itself as one where a person is born without arms or legs. He has one foot attached to his lower torso....

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    • Alone Time

      William Gladstone served as a British statesman for over 60 years. For 12 of those years, he was their prime minister, the most of any person. He supported equality of opportunity in a very status-conscious nation. He was opposed to trade monopolies which kept many...

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    • Disruption of Locked In Biases

      Christopher Sholes was the 52nd man to invent the typewriter. It was his arrangement of the keyboard, the QWERTY keyboard that became the standard. The QWERTY keyboard was designed for telegraph operators transcribing Morse code. It was Remington and Sons, gunsmiths,...

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    • Urban Myths

      In 1901, David Hänig, a German scientist, studied how our tongue processes taste sensations such as salty, sweet, sour, and bitter. The edges of the tongue are more sensitive to tastes. That’s what we call taste buds. He found that there was a variation around the...

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    • Recovery

      As America and much of the world watched the Apollo 11 crew approach the first landing on the moon, the tension was great. When we heard, “Houston, Tranquility Base here”, there was a collective sigh of relief around the world. It wasn’t until later that we discovered...

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    • One Last Question

      Columbo was a popular detective show which was on TV from 1971-1978. The main character, Lieutenant Columbo, was played by Peter Falk. He was a contrast to the image of the savvy detective in that he wore an old raincoat and seemed to be at a loss in his...

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    • False Comparisons

      It was a question that every parent hates: “Mom, why do you like Bubby more than me?” Think about how pervasive comparisons are in our lives. When we make a purchase, an algorithm compares your purchase to other possible purchases you might be interested in. Job...

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    • A Successful Mindset

      Hannah was reviewing her two new hires with her boss prior to formalizing their first performance reviews. Greg had a much more distinguished record. He went to a prestigious school with a high GPA. Cassie went to a land grant school and also had a high GPA. Both had...

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    • A Continuous Improvement Mindset

      It was the first day for three interns. Baxter had the most impressive pedigree based on the schools he attended and his GPA. Carlos had impressed the recruiters by his work ethic, and how he was financing his education with a part-time job. LaShawna was high spirited...

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