Reading Time: 6 minutes In September 2018, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified to the US Senate that Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had sexually assaulted her when they were teenagers. Responding to her testimony and to the #MeToo movement, President Donald Trump stated that it is “a very scary time for young men in America.”
Well, I am an American cisgender, heterosexual male, and I am not afraid. Here’s why:
1) I have seen how women are pressured to remain silent.
2) I understand that women are people. Completely. Really.
3) I keep things in perspective.
4) I want my life to matter.
Reading Time: 3 minutes You might love Amazon for giving you 24-hour delivery of the toilet paper your roommate was supposed to buy last week, or hate it for driving your cute local supermarket out of business.
Either way, the flagship company of Jeff Bezos has in some way influenced your day-to-day life.
Here’s a brief look at the surprising history of Amazon, along with a peek inside the mind of the man behind the empire:
“The common question that gets asked in business is, ‘why?’ That’s a good question, but an equally valid question is, ‘why not?’”
“We see our customers as invited guests to a party, and we are the hosts. It’s our job every day to make every important aspect of the customer experience a little bit better.”
Reading Time: 4 minutes Gender identity debates and campaigns get a lot of attention from news outlets these days. LBGTQ activists passionately voice their demands for recognition and rights across social media platforms, and critics respond with equal passion.
Sadly, just like with every other current debate, misconceptions abound.
Here is our attempt to puncture the most rapidly spreading gender identity myths:
1) The gender of all human newborns is easy to identify
2) Gender fluidity and non-binary gender are new ideas
3) Gender is a simple matter of XX or XY chromosomes
4) Gender identity is connected to sexual preference
5) Only tomboys and effeminate males resist traditional gender identities
Reading Time: 7 minutes In May 2019, the World Health Organization officially listed workplace burnout as a medical syndrome. The health risks are real, so it’s critical to learn how to get your mind back in balance:
2) Get organized
3) Get some fresh air, rehydrate and breathe deeply
4) Arrange time to talk with a family member, friend or therapist
5) Exercise, stretch or do some yoga
6) Take a mental health day
Reading Time: 4 minutes We constantly ask our friends, our doctors and above all our bot overlords, “How much sleep do I need, actually?”
The problem is that no one else really knows how your body and mind feel. Fortunately, we can learn how to decide for ourselves how many zzz’s we need!
If your energy is low and you get hungry a lot, you might not be sleeping enough. However, if you wake up with little energy even after sleeping longer than you usually do, you might be sleeping too much for your body.
Reading Time: 3 minutes Am I an introvert or an extrovert?
Even if you know the answer, do you know what these two terms really mean?
Maybe other people have told you all your life that you’re one or the other (as people love to do). However, like many popular web threads, the talk about these personality types is full of assumptions and misconceptions, such as:
1) You must be either one or the other.
2) You can’t sit somewhere in the middle.
3) Switching between the two modes is simple.
4) Introverts aren’t cut out to be speakers.
5) Extroverts love small talk.
Reading Time: 3 minutes They range from some of the world’s most famous artists and entertainers to fighters who transformed their suffering into global empires. And all of these women have a lot to say.
Here are just a few of their simple reminders that can transform our hours, days, months, and sometimes even our lives:
“Don’t play a supporting role in your own life.” – Robin Roberts
“Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.” – Oprah Winfrey
Reading Time: 5 minutes Recently, the Netflix hit “Knock Down the House” gave us a behind-the-scenes look at AOC’s improvised political operation. One very memorable and personal scene shows Ocasio-Cortez giving herself a positive energy pep talk before a critical political debate.
By verbalizing subconscious habits of thought like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, you can exert control over your own mind. Rather than letting self-defeating thoughts run rampant, you will learn to channel your brain’s energy towards the positive outcome you want.
Tips for effective self-talk:
1) Think about all the people who would like to see you succeed.
2) Refer to yourself in the third person.
3) Believe in what you are saying!
Reading Time: 6 minutes A fellow introvert shares her secrets to flourishing in a work world dominated by extroverts:
Tip 1: Relationship building doesn’t only happen in large groups.
Tip 2: Schedule alone time every day.
Tip 3: Find the activity that helps you unwind quickly.
Tip 4: Use your natural listening abilities.
Tip 5: Learn how to tame that socially uncomfortable voice.
Tip 6: Find a polite conversation ender.
Reading Time: 2 minutes From a rocket-like rise to the top to the Nasty Gal bankruptcy that wiped out her personal fortune … from a huge social media following to multiple lawsuits for trademark infringement and discrimination … Sophia Amoruso has definitely experienced her share of ups and downs.
Now she’s back, with her sights set on bringing down a giant. She’s taking on Linkedin with a women-focused professional networking platform, Girlboss Collective.