Wouldn't it be nice to save time and learn life lessons earlier? Ask the simple question of what you wished you'd known earlier and maybe you can save yourself--or someone you care about--a bit of time, energy and drama.
With hundreds of channels and much to distract us, maybe it’s good sometimes just to slow down. We’ve heard about slow food, where people take (lots of) time to cook and enjoy a meal. What about “slow TV?”
We may think that being a guide in the bush of Africa is all about tracking animals. Not even close. A huge part is creating rapport with clients and building a pack. What can we learn from guides to build teams fast?
Imagine an elephant about to run over you. Think you'll want to pull out your phone and send a text? Your brain just wants to focus on the elephant and how to avoid being squashed. Many of us think we can multitask away from the jungle. The environment may be safer but our brains are still resisting the challenge of doing many tasks at once.
Foreign travel is fun, except when it's not. On a recent trip, I ended up spending a day in a Danish hotel room with a cold, a cough, laryngitis and a camera. On top of that, I had bad jet lag. But the experience turned out to be one that taught me about how the Danes blend big and small issues—from sustainability to design, and do it well.
When was the last time you had some sort of “aha moment” revelation…in the shower? I had one just this morning and I’ll bet you have them pretty often too. So why does that epiphany happen so often in the shower?
I have always assumed that insects had pretty short life spans. Not so the young dragon fly. In the larval stage, as nymphs, they can live for years under water. When they finally emerge as fully grown adults, they live just a few months before dying. But, believe it or not, there's a lot to learn from them.
We often take weather experts for granted, when we're not complaining that they "got it wrong." But if we look closer at their worlds, we might discover they have more to offer about how to deal with some of life's challenges...even though it might not seem so.
Usually, I argue for not complaining too much -- who wants to be around someone who whines? But when it comes to creativity, sometimes being irritated and talking about it can lead to some great inventions.
If you want shake yourself up a little and try to spark your creative thinking, invite a foreigner or child who’s just learning to read to ride along on a highway for an afternoon. You’ll see signs in a whole new way and shake up your brain in the process.
What do you remember learning about starfish? In school, I recall hearing that they can regenerate a limb if they lose it. Well that’s just the start to what these remarkable creatures can do. But more than that, what we can learn from them is even more intriguing.
Chameleons change color, that's a given. But what if you learned they change color for different types of reasons? That sometimes they change so fast humans can't see it? Or that maybe the change is not for the reason many people thought they knew? If we understand why they change, maybe we can use the lessons in our own lives.