Re: How do you define yourself?
When I meet someone, I'm at a loss for words. "I'm Heather," is usually all I can muster without some sort of prompting. I think people who are proud of themselves, of who they are, can say things like "I'm Annie, and I'm a columnist for the local newspaper and volunteer at Hospice on the weekends. I, on the other hand, am not very proud of myself. I define myself by my failure-- failed writer, failed artist, and perpetual job-hunter. I guess my most honest assessment of myself would be "I'm Heather, and I fail at everything except for knitting."
Still, that doesn't hold true with me either. None of what I just said. Sometimes I try overly-hard to define myself by my creative ability because of my fear of lack of self. For example, if my personality, if who I AM is just a conjunction of brain chemistry, and possibly some sort of cultural subconscious, then I'm no one really. And as plausable as that is to me sometimes, it's a very frightening proposition for my ego.
The ability to speak clearly, succinctly, and powerfully is easier than you think
The ability to communicate effectively can make or break a person's assessment of your intelligence, competence, and authenticity.
The results come from a 15-year study that used ultrasound scans to track blood vessels in middle-aged adults starting in 2002.
- The study measured the stiffness of blood vessels in middle-aged patients over time.
- Stiff blood vessels can lead to the destruction of delicate blood vessels in the brain, which can contribute to cognitive decline.
- The scans could someday become a widely used tool to identify people at high risk of developing dementia and Alzheimer's.
What defines a dark horse? The all-important decision to pursue fulfillment and excellence.
When we first set the Dark Horse Project in motion, fulfillment was the last thing on our minds. We were hoping to uncover specific and possibly idiosyncratic study methods, learning techniques, and rehearsal regimes that dark horses used to attain excellence. Our training made us resistant to ambiguous variables that were difficult to quantify, and personal fulfillment seemed downright foggy. But our training also taught us never to ignore the evidence, no matter how much it violated our expectations.
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