Tall Poppy Syndrome

Tall Poppy Syndrome

"There is unevenness, you know, when some objects rise conspicuous above others," Seneca wrote in Letters From a Stoic.   I'm pretty fascinated with a concept that is known as Tall Poppy Syndrome and is often strongly expressed in Australia and New Zealand (so I understand - I haven't been there myself to experience the … Continue reading Tall Poppy Syndrome

Arguing for Importance

In his book How to Win Friends and Influence People, Dale Carnegie shares a story about a tax consultant and an argument that the consultant had with a government auditor. The two were in a heated debate over a relatively small sum of money and whether it was assessed and taxed properly. A shouting match … Continue reading Arguing for Importance

Egocentric Bias

I was reading an political science paper in an academic journal last night and came across a sentence that really stood out to me. The paper focused on the staffers who work for members of congress and whether they held accurate views of the constituents represented by the member of congress that they worked for. … Continue reading Egocentric Bias

Ryan Holiday’s Anti-Ego Mantra

Ryan Holiday includes three sentences in his book Ego is the Enemy which he calls a mantra, "Not to aspire or seek out of ego. To have success without ego. To push¬† through failure with strength, not ego." Holiday reads a lot, and this mantra that he has developed comes from the lessons he has … Continue reading Ryan Holiday’s Anti-Ego Mantra

Make an Investment in Yourself

In his book Ego is the Enemy, author Ryan Holiday encourages us to push back against the idea of fake it 'til you make it, something that is said from time to time by those trying to become successful and trying to prove their value and skill. Fake it 'till you make it, Holiday argues, … Continue reading Make an Investment in Yourself

Talking, Taking Action, Working Hard, Being Afraid

I remember listening to a podcast a while back and learning about a study that examined what happened with children's performance on tests when they received praise. After being given a test, a group of students were praised for their hard work in studying and preparing for the test and told that they did well … Continue reading Talking, Taking Action, Working Hard, Being Afraid