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The Big Idea for Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Here is the most counter-intuitive advice you have probably heard all year from a site that prides itself on thinking big: Think small!

"We live in the age of the small and powerful," writes Caroline Arnold in today's lesson, "where micro computer chips, tablets, iPods, smart phones, and their apps drive productivity at work and at home. Microfinancing is eliminating poverty one family at a time. Nanotechnology is revolutionizing medicine. Critical communications arrive in 140-character tweets, hitting global distribution lists in microseconds. These tools are targeted, designed to fill a specific need exactly and deliver value immediately. So it is with microresolutions--each is designed to hit a specific personality-improvement target exactly and deliver benefits immediately."

So what's your New Year's microresolution? To put it another way, what do you want to change about your life right now?


  1. 1 Microresolutions: Sometimes You Have to Think Small to Think Big
    Big Think Editors Experts' Corner
  2. 2 How To Make a Microresolution
    Caroline Arnold Experts' Corner
  3. 3 Why You Broke Your New Year’s Resolution
    Gretchen Rubin
  4. 4 A Happy New Years Message from Jason Silva
    Jason Silva


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