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Emotions

What (or Who) Is Your Rock?

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, November 18 2020

Life can be tough.  But even in the best of times, you need support to reach your full potential.  In either case, it helps to have a base of support to help you, whether it's to fall back on when you stumble or to stand on to reach higher than you could otherwise. So, what or who is your rock?  This is a big question so that you can prepare for to...

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Growth

Growth: At the Heart of Storytelling

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, November 11 2020

Great storytellers can captivate their audiences.  It seems like an art form, and much of it is: the tone, the pace, and the voice inflections are all key to capturing hearts and minds.  But the structures of stories are as much of a science as an art.  You might be familiar with the core structure: introduction, inciting incident, rising action, c...

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Growth

The Growth-Centric View of Meaning Is Everywhere in Our Language

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, November 4 2020

It's the world's biggest secret that's hidden in plain sight: life is about growth, and everyone intuitively knows this.  The source of the leak?  Language.  Our idioms, expressions, platitudes, sayings, and questions.  We guide the younger generation to realize their potential, and we help rising leaders develop the skills and abilities they need...

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Emotions

You Were Not Born to Suffer

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, October 28 2020

Freddie Mercury might have been born to love you, but you were not born to suffer. While I try to remain objective, analytical, and dispassionate in helping people find meaning in their lives, this mistaken conclusion that people come to is reinforced by popular philosophies...and so it irritates me to no end.  Buddhism talks about dukkha, which is...

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Meaning

The Growth-Centric View of Meaning in Popular Ideas

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, October 21 2020

I just described where the growth-centric view of meaning is popping up in the corporate world, and so my brain must've been primed to see some of these examples in other areas.  There are several pop psychology and business ideas that have been widely used and accepted in speeches and articles that have growth at the heart of them.  Let's take a l...

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Growth

The Corporate World Is Acknowledging the Growth-Centric View of Meaning and Purpose

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, October 14 2020

It was difficult mustering the courage to publish my book and put my ideas out there with the possibility that I could've made some serious mistakes.  Sure, I had support from over 100 sources that provided substantive evidence in a growth-centric view of meaning, from Dr. Carol Dweck's Mindset on how the growth mindset leads to success to the fact...

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Growth

Life’s 8 Major Fallacies

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, October 7 2020

Life can be very difficult to understand or figure out.  Why do bad things happen to good people?  Why does evil exist?  What is the right thing to do in no-win situations?  Questions like these can eat up your time in deep philosophical thought trying to find the best way to either live optimally or understand why the world works the way it does.

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Truth

Why People Try to Change Others' Beliefs

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, September 30 2020

Note: I intentionally use contentious issues in this post to dial up your emotional state so you can feel the pull yourself that people get to change others' beliefs.  I made sure to include both sides of issues so as to not inject my own views or influence anyone's beliefs but also to ensure that I triggered the emotional response of seeing a pers...

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Meaning

What Do You Do If You Have No Purpose?

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, September 23 2020

"I [feel like I] don't have a purpose."  It's a common statement from people who don't have the direction that they wish they had in life.  It's definitely difficult to turn it around when you are overwhelmed by a sense of aimlessness, but it is possible. First, it's important to note that you always have a purpose; it's just not clear.  I've advis...

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Truth

Don't Confuse the Goal, Morals, and Happiness in Your Search for Meaning

Nathanael Garrett Novosel, September 16 2020

In my 30 years of studying psychology, philosophy, religion, and how the world works, one thing always bothered me: every system that exists to give you a comprehensive view of how life works or how you should live always lays it all out as one complete package without explaining how the concepts relate to each other.  For example, if you believe t...

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