Kaizen – Small Changes for Big Effects

One book I really appreciated - a book that combines ancient wisdom with practical application - explores the Japanese concept of kaizen.  The author, Robert Maurer, describes kaizen as follows: Kaizen has two definitions: using very small steps to improve a habit, a process, or product using very small moments to inspire new products and … Continue reading Kaizen – Small Changes for Big Effects

Is Willpower a Finite Resource?

Is willpower a finite resource? Those familiar with Roy Baumeister's research would likely agree.  They would advise people to eat breakfast and prioritize difficult tasks in the morning when willpower reserves are high. Others like Jocko Willink would object, positing that spending willpower creates an upward spiral of momentum.  In other words, self-control begets more … Continue reading Is Willpower a Finite Resource?

Meditational Bliss – Wariness of Attachment

As I sat in Kim Dae-Jung Plaza, my eyes closed, my ears tuned into two birds’ argumentative chatter, thoughts fluttered across my mind like headlines underscoring a news report. “What's ruffling these bird' feathers?” “The weather is beautiful today.” “I wonder how much time is left.” One benefit of daily meditation comes from sitting alone … Continue reading Meditational Bliss – Wariness of Attachment

Quick Tips for New Native Teachers

Many new native English teachers recently arrived in Korea.  Welcome.  It feels like yesterday that I myself exited Incheon Airport, knees shaking with excitement and uncertainty. One year later, I can reflect on some actions and mindsets the contributed to a smooth transition into Korean life. To be fair, I’ve only lived here for one … Continue reading Quick Tips for New Native Teachers

Fault vs. Responsibility

I sometimes chew over a phrase I remember from people like Will Smith and Tucker Max. “It’s not always your fault, but it is your responsibility.” What is the difference between fault and responsibility?  Fault focuses on blame.  People who find fault seek to punish through social shame or legal repercussions. Responsibility directs us to … Continue reading Fault vs. Responsibility