The Most Sincere Form of Flattery

The Most Sincere Form of Flattery

“Alone is easy. Together is hard.”

It’s easier to be single than be in a relationship. But the rewards of being in a good relationship far outweigh those of a life of solitude. It’s easier to win a game of one-on-one basketball than it is to win a championship as part of a team, but it’s […]

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Empathy Precedes

Empathy Precedes

“Many years ago the Baal Shem Tov, a well-known Jewish scholar was in need of some assistance. A widow in his village was destitute, living in a one-room home with three children, unable to afford heat or food for her family. Desperate to get the woman some help, he went to see a wealthy friend. When he arrived at the man’s doorstep, he knocked politely and said he needed to speak with him. Immediately, the friend invited the Baal Shem Tov to come in from the cold and join him in his warm home. The Baal Shem Tov politely declined and said, “No, please, while it is so kind of you to invite me in, I must speak with you outside.” The man was surprised but held the Baal Shem Tov in high regard, so he immediately joined him outside in the cold and snow. After a few minutes of small talk the man was shivering, barely able to feel his hands and wondering why they were standing outside. Only then did the Baal Shem Tov ask him to help the woman and her family. The man listened intently to the request and quickly agreed to assist. The Baal Shem Tov thanked his friend for his generosity, and the man quickly ran inside to the warmth of his home. Before the Baal Shem Tov departed, though, the man reopened the door and said, “Can I ask you one question? Why did you make me come outside?” The Baal Shem Tov simply replied: “Empathy.””

Empathy—our ability to understand and feel the experience of another—is often overlooked as a soft skill, a touchy-feely emotional construct that exists in the world of human resources, philosophy, or psychology, not the boardroom. But empathy is actually one of the most vital skills you can acquire. Your ability to […]

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Some Days Will Suck

Some Days Will Suck

Some days will suck. Some weeks will be hard. Some months will be filled with doubt, fear, and the terror of not knowing. There’s no way around it. I know. Trust me. I tried to avoid the pain, the struggle, and the sacrifice. It didn’t work. There are no shortcuts. […]

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