Things I Wrote: When You Feel Like You Don’t Belong

Hi! I recently wrote about lawyers and impostor phenomenon for Law Practice Today. Check it out here!

How to Calm Your Fears

Fear has a bad reputation. It’s a negative emotion. It’s a weakness. It’s a path to the dark side of the Force. It’s a character flaw. Our fictional…

When Purpose Fades

My 92-year old cousin is about to die. She’s had cancer for 15 years. No one knew; she never complained. The doctors just found out a few weeks…

Starbucks, Us, and Them

I didn’t know you could trespass in Starbucks. People bring their laptops there. People hold meetings there. One of my friends spent two months studying for the bar…

The Bottom Line

I was in my suit, sitting in a chair that looked more comfortable than it was, waiting for my would-be employer to break the silence. The interview was…

On Difficult Conversations

Of all the definitions of “friend,” I prefer the one that says friends are people we share our secrets with. The idea is that we grant greater access…

We are What we Repeatedly Learn

“I can’t do it,” he said. So, he didn’t try. “With his disadvantages, he couldn’t possibly catch up,” they said. So, no one encouraged him. When I was…

Things I Wrote: 3 Ways to Keep Conversations on Track

Hi! Last month, I wrote a piece titled 3 Ways to Keep Conversations on Track for the High Performance Institute Blog. Click here to read it. Enjoy!

How to be Lazy

“How are you so organized,” my friend asked me, wondering how I always seem to have time to myself despite a full-time job and several outside projects. “It’s…

One Insanely Simple Thing You Can do to Help Your Kids in School

Let’s imagine for the next few minutes that you’re about to have a baby. Let’s also imagine that you want to give your baby the biggest possible advantage…

Bar Examinees: Take Monday Off

Are you taking the Bar Exam next week? Then read this!

How to Work Smarter

Today, I invite you to take the Beat Your Brain Challenge™! The rules are simple: don’t think of something you’re good at! Seriously, that’s it! Don’t think of…

Should You Take a “Gap Year?”

It depends. Are you trying to game the system? Then, no. Are you trying to get an inside look at the industry before committing your time and money…

How to Beat the Bar Exam (or any other test)

As I write this, thousands of freshly minted JDs are just starting the 10-week slog of studying for the bar exam. By the end of the study period,…

3 Ways Cognitive Science can Help Diversity Efforts Succeed

These days, many schools, businesses, and associations make efforts to recruit and retain women and minorities. Yet, much of the press surrounding these efforts focuses on the various…

A Quick Rundown on the United States

The United States is a country of countries. Don’t believe me? Check the dictionary:   And now, “country.”   Not convinced? The colonies that became the United States…

The Hardware Problem

A few years back, I was running errands when I ran into a friend. At some point the conversation turned to religion. This went about as well as you…

Intro

Hi, I’m Dwayne. When I was young, I found myself growing up in a poor neighborhood but attending school in an affluent neighborhood. The school I attended was…