A bat and ball costs a dollar and ten cents together. If the bat costs one dollar more than the ball, how much does the ball cost?
- Topics: — Critical ThinkingDecision Making/Problem SolvingDuncan Nuggets®ProfessionalTeenVideosYoung Adult
It’s Thanksgiving and I’m running around asking people if they remember the “Five Fat Turkeys” song. Nobody remembers. They’re just looking at me like I’m crazy. Lol.
Do you remember the song?
Five fat turkeys are we.[break]We spent all night in a tree.[break]When the butcher came ’round,[break]We couldn’t be found[break]And that’s why we’re here, you see!
In the face of great adversity, when life is trying to butcher you, if you can hold out and be as resourceful as five turkeys climbing a tree then you will definitely be alright. You’ll be singing, “That’s why I’m here, you see!”
Are you as resourceful as a turkey?
- Topics: Character DevelopmentDuncan Nuggets®Grit, Perseverance, DiligencePersonal DevelopmentProfessionalTeenVideosYoung Adult
In 1945, psychologist Karl Duncker gave research subjects a candle, a book of matches, and a box of tacks. He asked them to stick the candle to a wall so that when lit, wax wouldn’t drip on the floor.
What would your solution be?
The simple solution is to remove the tacks from the box, stand the candle in the box, and then tack the box to the wall. See what I mean? Simple.
But most people didn’t get it because they had a type of cognitive bias about what the box was for—holding tacks. They didn’t see the box for all that it could be. Think about that.
The ability to overcome cognitive bias gives you a competitive advantage because you’ll expand your perception of yourself and others. You’ll find better ways to maximize your skills and resources.
What are you doing to expand your perception and overcome cognitive bias?
Whether it’s parents fussing at children, students complaining about teachers, co-workers arguing, or couples fighting, conflicts often end with a stack of hurt feelings and enraged people.
If you really want to resolve the conflict, it’s not cool to say things like: “You idiot! How stupid can you be?!”
But what if he really is an idiot?
I feel your pain but, even if you’re dealing with a genuine idiot, those types of statements actually make things worse because they are value judgments about the individual.
When resolving conflicts, focus on the issue, not the individual; the problem, not the person.
Think about it. It’s easier to resolve the issue or problem, when you avoid making value judgments about a person. Instead, focus on the aspects of the issue you want to resolve.
When dealing with conflict,
do you focus on the individual or the issue?
- Topics: Career DevelopmentConflict ManagementDuncan Nuggets®ProfessionalSoft SkillsTeenVideosYoung Adult
Before a recent speaking engagement, a superintendent of schools and I had a conversation.
“We’re glad you’re here. These students need some motivation.”
“I’m here to help, but I don’t really motivate people.”
“What do you mean? You get students motivated. That’s why we hired you.”
“Don’t worry. They’ll be motivated. I’ll do what I do best—give them tools to motivate themselves.”
“Oohhh… Well…I guess that’s even better!”
Yup. That is better because the person who is waiting for someone or something else to motivate him will be left behind.
It’s your life. Get motivated. From within. Self-motivation, also known as intrinsic motivation, is a valuable asset on your path to success.
Being self-motivated is one of the top characteristics that employers want in their employees. They want self-starters—people with initiative.
Self-motivation could be part of your competitive advantage.
Are you sitting around waiting for
somebody else to motivate you?
- Topics: Duncan Nuggets®Goals & ProductivityGrit, Perseverance, DiligenceProfessionalSoft SkillsTeenVideosYoung Adult
It’s a crazy, competitive world. So, in order to succeed, people are always looking for a competitive advantage. Developing a strong personal brand is a part of that process. Unfortunately, many people think that personal branding is only about working on things like their resume, social media, online reputation, and appearance.
Think about that.
All of those things are external, but personal branding is also internal. It has lot to do with what’s going on inside of you. Only focusing on the external is like a baker only focusing on the icing.
What about the cake?
What about what’s inside?
What about your character?
Get your SELF together first and everything else will begin to fall in place because personal branding starts on the inside.
What’s in your life tends to be a projection of what’s in you.
What does your personal brand look like
on the inside?
- Topics: Character DevelopmentDuncan Nuggets®Personal BrandingPersonal DevelopmentProfessionalSelf-Awareness & PurposeTeenVideosYoung Adult
Which tastes better, Pepsi or Coke?
In a study done at Baylor College of Medicine, most people said they preferred Coke. But the researchers also monitored people’s brains while they tasted Coke and Pepsi.
When people knew what brand they were drinking, their brains lit up more for Coke than for Pepsi. But, the researchers changed things up. They told people they were drinking Coke even when they were drinking Pepsi and guess what? People’s brains lit up more for Pepsi.
Think about that. It wasn’t just the taste. It was an effect of their expectations.
If you are convinced ahead of time that something is going to be bad or good, many times it will be. Not because of the experience, it’s because of the amazing effects of your expectations.
How are your expectations
influencing what happens in your life?
- Topics: Character DevelopmentDuncan Nuggets®Personal DevelopmentProfessionalSelf-Awareness & PurposeTeenVideosYoung Adult
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