The Neural Grind

In the trenches of the neural tug-of-war

Category: Life Lessons

Everything That Needs to Be Said Has Already Been Said

But you can re-frame it and put it in a different perspective. That’s what writing, or any creative output is all about.

Some days, doing any creative endeavour can feel meaningless, especially when we start to think “this has been done before”. Of course it has, but why should that discourage us? André Gide said “Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.” 

That’s important to remember, every single time you try to make something new. It’s not really new, but it’s yours. It’s a little different, and most likely it bears repeating because not everyone heard it the first time.

Don’t ever let the feeling that it’s been done before hold you back. Just remember to give it your own voice.

I write about personal growth, psychology, leadership, relationships and soft skills at The Neural Grind.

How to Make an Elevator Travel Ten Times Faster

A large New York building had lots of complaints about their elevator — it was too darn slow, and people wanted to know if something could be done about it.

The owners started a process trying to find engineers who could solve the problem, but no matter which experts they spoke to everyone said the same thing: they simply couldn’t make it go any faster. It was physically impossible.

Until one creative individual suggested: how about we install a mirror? They did, and never had a single complaint about the elevator speed again.

The lesson here is that we’re all guilty of looking at the solution to our problem in the wrong way and in all the wrong places.

I write about personal growth, psychology, leadership, relationships and soft skills at The Neural Grind.

When Was the Last Time Your Guilty Conscience Helped You?

A guilty conscience is a strange thing. Our brain is telling us something isn’t right and it can be difficult to pinpoint the underlying reason. If left unchecked, that uneasiness can prevent us from living a full life.

There’s nothing more useless than harboring a guilty conscience. It does no good except for the sweet relief of getting rid of it. So why are so many letting such a useless feeling get in the way of happiness?

Guilt is cancer. Guilt will confine you, torture you, destroy you as an artist. It’s a black wall. It’s a thief. Dave Grohl

Read More

I write about personal growth, psychology, leadership, relationships and soft skills at The Neural Grind.

Should Soft Skills Be Part of Our Education?

How would you rank your soft skills as a twelve-year-old?  I didn’t even consider being natural around others a skill.

I had no idea I could improve by seeing every social interaction as an opportunity for practice, and stop avoiding every possible chance of awkward moments by keeping my mouth shut.

The Kids Table

If you ever attended a social gathering as a kid that included grown-ups, you probably remember the infamous “kids table”. I know I do.

I remember the feeling of being set aside, denied a glimpse into the grown-ups world by being banished to a smaller table, where other people of small size had to sit next to each other while eating.

The only thing we had in common was the fact that we weren’t adults, and as such had limited experience with small talk. Sparking up conversations with strangers doesn’t usually come naturally for twelve-year-olds, especially when left to their own devices and there’s no playing involved.

Read More

I write about personal growth, psychology, leadership, relationships and soft skills at The Neural Grind.

All content © 2017 The Neural Grind