Self Improvement, Simplicity

The Hierarchy of Problem Solving

Abraham Maslow nailed it. In 1943, the American psychology professor came up with this pyramid called Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs: Back in the 40’s, psychologists focused their time on figuring out how to fix people’s problems, or in other words, minimize the negatives. Maslow believed more time should rather be spent figuring out how to maximize the…

Self Improvement

A Mission Statement for Yourself

It’s quite common for a company to have some sort of mission statement or motto. From a business perspective, if you don’t state what service you want to provide, your core values and your intended purpose, it’s easy to lose your way and get pulled in different directions. For example, Patagonia (a popular outdoor clothing…

Happiness, Self Improvement

Passion can be People

Today, let’s talk about passion. Say you have a “passion” for baking, so you take out a big loan and you open a bakery. Now two things can happen: Outcome #1. You are overjoyed at being given the opportunity to bake all the time and waking up at 5:30 am every day is no problem….

Self Improvement

My Favorite Steve Pavlina Quotes

A few months ago I stumbled upon a blog by a guy named Steve Pavlina…literally Stumbled Upon it (check it out), which has become a serious obsession of mine and major time user-upper. But not total time waster, I find Stumble Upon great for finding inspiring and creative stuff buried deep in the interwebs. Anyway,…

Self Improvement

Avoiding Judgement

“When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.” –Lao Tzu Nothing good can come of comparing yourself to others. It’s common in our society to constantly try “keeping up with the Joneses, ” this makes it really easy to be jealous of those who might have…


Critical Thinking

Lately in class we’ve been doing a bit of critical thinking. Our professor asked us: “in the new student union building, should they put hand dryers or paper towel dispensers in the bathroom?” Seeing as I was in the clean energy program after all, my choice was obviously hand dryers! He then said, “well sure,…

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