You Don’t Need to Fit the Label

labels, categories, personal brand

Nerds, jocks, emo kids—these are a few archetypal social groups in high school. These labels categorize students of similar characteristics, distinguishing the “cool kids,” for example, from those less popular. But this doesn’t stop when we graduate high school. Throughout our lives, we must deal with ingroups versus outgroups. In each social setting, we seek … Continue reading You Don’t Need to Fit the Label

You Don’t Need to Stay the Course

direction, identity, opportunity cost

As a society, we love tales of determination. They are prevalent in our novels, movies, and news. We enjoy hearing about those who persevered and succeeded, who faced great adversity and numerous setbacks yet—through their tenacity and hard work—emerged victorious. Against all odds, and often at the eleventh hour, they prevailed. These stories make us … Continue reading You Don’t Need to Stay the Course

You Don’t Need to Change the World

world change, value creation, self-limiting assumptions

The idea of being a world changer is a fairly modern concept. It’s enabled by the globalization and technological advances of recent decades. It’s reinforced by millennial idealism and hustle culture today. Our society is hungry for rags-to-riches stories. We’re enamored by the prospects of social media celebrity and startup IPOs. Anything seems possible these … Continue reading You Don’t Need to Change the World