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Thought of the Moment - Archive

Being Proactive

The ability to subordinate an impulse to a value is the essence of the proactive person. Reactive people are driven by feelings, by circumstances, by conditions, by their environment. Proactive people are driven by values—carefully thought about, selected and internalized values. Read more »


Children and Parents

Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.

- Oscar Wilde



Art is the ability to convey that we are not alone.

- M. Night Shyamalan


Forgiveness is a Choice

Forgiveness is not a feeling; it is a commitment. It is a choice to show mercy, not to hold the offense up against the offender. Forgiveness is an expression of love.

- The 5 Love Languages


How Much To Practice

Deep practice, however, doesn't obey the same math. Spending more time is effective—but only if you're still in the sweet spot at the edge of your capabilities, attentively building and honing circuits. What's more, there seems to be a universal limit for how much deep practice human beings can do in a day. Read more »


Reaching, Not Thrashing

The trick is to choose a goal just beyond your present abilities; to target the struggle. Thrashing blindly doesn't help. Reaching does.

- The Talent Code


Targeted, Mistake-Focused Practice

Why is targeted, mistake-focused practice so effective? Because the best way to build a good circuit is to fire it, attend to mistakes, then fire it again, over and over. Struggle is not an option: it's a biological requirement. Read more »


Raising Children

Children are coached on how to jump through a thousand scholastic hoops. Yet by far the most important decisions they will make are about whom to marry and whom to befriend, what to love and what to despise, and how to control impulses.

- David Brooks



How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

- Anne Frank


Saying Sorry

"Saying sorry doesn't mean that you're wrong and the other person is right. It just means that you value the relationship more than your ego."


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