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September 13, 2021 |
Flexible comes from the Latin root meaning “to bend.” There’s often more than one “right” way to do something — the trick is not to be so married to your own approach that it gets in the way of achieving your goal.
September 13, 2021 |
Alert comes from the French phrase à l’erte meaning “on the watch” and from the Italian all’erta, meaning “to the height.” This etymology brings to my mind an image of someone up in a tower overlooking land in all directions, watching for potential danger. Just like the person in that tower, to be alert, you must be awake, be present, and have that bird’s eye perspective. That perspective allows you to be open to new data points, not just sticking with what’s most comfortable. It also he...
September 13, 2021 |
I was chatting with a friend the other day, and for some reason Rudyard Kipling’s poem “If” came to mind. My friend had never heard it — I find many people haven’t heard of it — and yet it is one of my favorites. So, I wish to share it with you in its entirety:
September 13, 2021 |
We are creatures who have the gift of free will, meaning we can choose our actions. Some of these choices are conscious, others unconscious. Typically, we choose actions that serve us in some way — it’s been our evolutionary advantage to do so. However, there are times when something else is more important than us bettering our own short-term position — maintaining social order that benefits us in the long-term. These are the times when ethics come into play.
September 13, 2021 |
When I think about someone who is fair, I think of someone who is honest, upright, and honorable. There is a sense of level-headedness to a fair person. He or she acts in accordance with the rules or standards, and therefore engenders trust, because people know what to expect. People might not like the judgments of a fair person, but they respect them, because there is logic in however they made a determination. An important nuance is that fairness is contextual — what is fair in one situation ...
September 13, 2021 |
Optimism comes from the Latin root for “best” — it is expecting the best as well as seeing the best in even difficult situations. We have a lot of idioms that refer to optimism — “seeing the glass half full (versus half empty),” “every cloud has a silver lining,” and “looking on the bright side,” to name a few. To me, being optimistic draws from hope, joy, gratitude, humor, and an abundance mentality.
September 13, 2021 |
Last week, the Tilt character trait topic was disciplined, which is closely related to being consistent. You can’t be disciplined without being consistent in your choices. Consistent can mean more than being disciplined, though — it can also mean showing agreement or alignment (being consistent with your words and actions) or showing up the same way over time.
September 13, 2021 |
From the Greek meaning inspired, being enthusiastic means being eager or passionate. It is a positive energy that can spread. It’s one of those character traits where you can truly “fake it until you make it” — just the act of trying to be enthusiastic will make you more enthusiastic! Enthusiasm is also the “secret sauce” for success in whatever you endeavor — enthusiasm itself won’t guarantee success, but without enthusiasm, success will be elusive.
September 13, 2021 |
Merriam-Webster defines ingenious as “marked by originality, resourcefulness, and cleverness in conception or execution.” I know I’ve seen something ingenious when it makes me think, ”I wish I had thought of that!” or when there is a particular elegance to a creation. We can all improve our ingenuity by practicing looking at things with a fresh eye. Doing brainteasers (like matchstick puzzles or river crossing puzzles) can help you “think outside of the box” — an important quality for ingenuity.
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