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Son, Grandson | Reimagining Personal Development | “What Happens in Tomorrow World?” Publishing Spring 2021, BenBella Books, Matt Holt Books

She didn’t eat healthily and she didn’t follow her purpose.

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“It’s not about purpose. It’s not about healthy eating. It’s not about rest, or relationships, or religion or exercise. I only have two secrets that helped me live to 103-years old.”

The woman on the tv screen was mesmerizing. My dad and I sat together smiling, hanging onto her every word. She lived on this earth for more than a century, but her face was barely wrinkled. She stood without a hunch. She spoke without any slurred speech or delay. Mentally, she seemed as fit as I am.

There must have been something that led to this kind of sustained…


It all starts with these three questions

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With slippery hands gently clutched around my knees, back curled over ninety-degrees, face looking down into the scalding cement pavement, I focused on catching my breath and wiping off the ovular drops of sweat that were relay-racing from the top of my forehead down into my eyes and congregating just above my top lip.

I straightened out, put my hands over my head to give my lungs some expansion room, let out a booming exhale and turned up the volume on the little voice that was offering words of wisdom inside my ears.

That’s when I heard a phrase that…


“I wish I was more willing to forgive.”

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“There was blood everywhere. But wait, let me backtrack.”

“This piercing voice was screaming so loudly that I could hear her from the second floor. She lives on the fourth. I’m a nurse, so when I hear somebody screeching, “Heeeeelp! Heeeeelp!” I spring into action. I jolted out of my apartment and checked all the rooms on my floor. Then I sprinted up the stairs to the third floor. The screaming wasn’t coming from there either.

I raced up to the fourth floor, and I heard it loud and clear. “Help! Help me right now!” I crept into apartment 4F…


Everyone deserves a chance.

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Omar was having the best worst week of his life. It wasn’t so much about how he was acting, but rather how others were acting toward him. People were really getting on his nerves. They were being rude, mean, and downright inhumane.

But Omar is an optimist. He’s got a growth mindset. So, after the initial shock and disdain for human behavior he’d witnessed, he decided to take a step back and learn from each situation.

What he discovered were the 7 laws of human decency.

1. Don’t be loud in a quiet place.

Omar works in a tall building. It’s not a skyscraper, but it has enough…


Maybe.

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Yesterday, I got to have a 50-minute chat with somebody who’s devoted to helping me solve problems, be a better person, and live a happier, more fulfilling, and more meaningful life.

Sounds pretty amazing right?

Yesterday, I had a therapy session.

But, if I were just to have said, “today, I have to see a therapist,” it doesn’t have the same effect. In fact, I’m willing to guess that there’s a negative connotation in your mind, and you’re likely to ask questions like,

“What happened?
What’s wrong?
Is everything ok?”

But this shouldn’t be the case.

Going to therapy —…


It’s different for everyone.

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A wonderful salesman named Moses once helped me pick out the right suit for a cousin’s bat mitzvah. While we were sifting through different styles, he excused himself to take a phone call, and I heard him speaking Hebrew.

“I didn’t know you spoke Hebrew,” I said to him.

A few minutes later, he excused himself to take another call. This time, he was speaking in Greek.

“I didn’t know you spoke three languages, Moses!” I said to him.

“I actually speak five.” he looked at me and smiled.

Don’t underestimate somebody just because they don’t overtly share their skills…


You may feel invincible, but you’re not.

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In less than a year, I’ll be graduating for the sixth time. Seventh, if you count pre-school, but I’m not sure I truly remember that one. I’ll be 27-years old with a bachelor’s in economics, a master’s in management studies, and a master’s in social work with a focus on mental health.

Whether it was holding my middle school certificate, shaking hands with my high school principal, or receiving my college diploma, I can recall great pride in each moment. But with pride doesn’t necessarily come wisdom. …


Why call them soft when they’re the hardest to master?

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On a scale of 1–10, what level of importance do you equate with the term “soft skills”?

We must change the feelings associated with this term, and changing our language is a powerful way to do so.

Harvard Psychologist said:

“For too long, the essence of what makes us human — our empathy, values, and emotions — have been dismissed as ‘soft skills’ and relegated to the sidelines.

“Yet these capacities drive everything: culture, engagement, leadership, innovation, collaboration.

“They are not merely soft skills. They are the cornerstone of resilient, thriving, and agile organizations, mental health, and…


A story from a dental office.

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On bring your kid to work day, a father brought his daughter to his dental office.

The girl was so excited to see her dad in action. She wanted to see him use all the shiny tools. She was invested in learning about each procedure. She was eager to meet his coworkers.

But what she anticipated most was meeting all the grateful patients. She couldn’t wait for them to say how amazing her dad was.

But this was not the case.

For the entire day, patient after patient came in, and they were miserable. They were scared, nervous, anxious. Sometimes…


Because life doesn’t always have to be so complicated.

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An old woman lived in a simple hut at the foot of a mountain.

She filled her days by watching the sunrise, sipping tea, taking walks, watching the sunset, and staring at the moon.

It was a basic life. A minimalistic life. A simple life. But she preferred it no other way.

One evening, while she was taking a walk, a masked bandit snuck into her home.

Frantically, he explored the hut for valuables. He wanted watches, earrings, jewelry — anything he could sell afterward. He looked for a safe where the old woman may have kept her money. …

Jordan Gross

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