powerThe Question: “Do memories hinder or help people in their effort to learn from the past and succeed in the present?” I’ve seen quite a bit of discussion about memory lately, and it seems that a lot of people are taking sides.

On one end, you have the people that think memories hinder people’s effort to learn from the past and succeed in the present. These people cite the fact that some people hold on to memories that reinforce limiting beliefs.

For example, someone gets a bad grade on a math test and says, “Oh wow. I’m horrible at math.” So that person gives up, and starts failing math. Essentially, this person’s memories serve to dig a deep hole of self-worthlessness when it comes to math.

On the other end of the spectrum, you have people who think that memories help people learn from the past and succeed …

icon-8Tis the season to be jolly, and as such I wanted to share with you a leadership gift this holiday. Let me tell you a story. Comic Tom Dreeson, a friend of the legendary singer Frank Sinatra, went on David Letterman a couple of years ago, in December, and told a story about how hard it was to shop for Frank Sinatra. He said that everyone had a hard time figuring out what to get Frank for Christmas because he was such a huge celebrity.

Frank told his friends to ask Tom what he did. Tom told the story about how he would donate money to a local soup kitchen. The soup kitchen placed a little card at each seat that said “This meal provided by Frank Sinatra.” Why was Sinatra so fond of this as a gift? For one, it made Sinatra feel significant.

Sinatra’s name was …

This May 6th marks the 159th anniversary of the birth of Sigmund Freud, the father of modern psychology.

Sure, many of his theories about human nature seem just plain ludicrous today, but one aspect of his work has had a lasting impact on humankind’s study of the mind: the concept of the subconscious. Freud posited that people are driven by unconscious desires, and that as adults our behavior is determined by the events we experience in childhood.

Freud spent a lot of time thinking about the traumatic. In a way, it’s amazing to believe that there was a time (as in the preceding thousands of years of human civilization) when people did not appreciate how much an individual could be forever altered by how they were treated as children.

Former FBI agent Robert K. Ressler is considered the father of modern criminal profiling—deducing traits about a killer from …

icon-9So, if you haven’t heard, Reverend Terry Jones is the pastor of the Dove World Outreach Center in Gainesville, Florida and is planning an “International Burn a Quran Day” on September 11, 2010.

Supporters have been sending Jones copies of the Quran, the Islamic holy book, so that the books can be burned to commemorate the September 11, 2001 attacks and send a message that “Islam is of the devil.”

Jones’s actions have sparked an outcry from Muslims around the world, as well as religious and political leaders that are condemning what he has done.

There is no doubt that Jones is intentionally provoking Muslims in the name of Christianity and the United States. Jones is doing all he can to leverage the U.S. media to cover his story so that he can push his agenda.

With all of that being said, it’s Jones’s leadership qualities that fascinate …

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