Why You Should Believe In Yourself Against All Odds

Two Fridays ago, I watched the Warriors get destroyed by the Lakers. The score wasn’t completely devastating, but points don’t tell the whole story. The Lakers’ young talent played a phenomenal game, and the Warriors were unable to catch up, let alone surpass, the Lakers in the second half. The game resulted in many surprising numbers (strength wasn’t one of them), including a season-low for the Warriors with a 15-point first quarter. It was downhill from there. Still more notable, was that Steph Curry, known for his ability to knock in three-pointers, didn’t make…

“Any emotion, if it is sincere, is involuntary.” -Mark Twain

“So there’s absolutely nothing you can do? I really need these books to arrive by Saturday.” “Well, we don’t ship on weekends.” “Okay fine, by Friday.” “Well, you need to understand we’re a warehouse. We can only start printing once you order your books. Sometimes we end up with a pretty long queue of books to print.” “So there’s absolutely nothing you can do?” Much like the lump that was now trapped in my throat, I was trapped in a cyclical conversation. Last Monday, I was notified that a pre-release…

“If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.” -W.C. Fields

It was sometime during my freshman year of college that one of my friends mentioned to me that she had decided to stop eating meat. She started looking to me for tips on vegetarian-friendly restaurants and how to “feel full” from a non-meat meal. At the time, I didn’t have many vegetarian friends and was thrilled at the prospect of company. The weeks went by and my friend became more and more weighed down by her new dietary restriction. I just feel tired all the time, she told me. My…

“I long, as does every human being, to be at home wherever I find myself.” -Maya Angelou

It was a few months before I was to leave for college and I was already getting the jitters. When they found out I would be going to school over 2000 miles away from home, most of my friends’ parents would ask me how I planned to deal with the cold. Though at the time I found this question to be rather inane, I am now thankful that we directed our conversation to the weather. Much better than discussing whether I was going to miss home. Who doesn’t, at some…

“The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift.” -Einstein

Of late, and like most of you out there I imagine, I’ve found myself deeply fascinated by the Jeremy Lin story. In reflecting on what makes his so universally appealing, I’m sure it’s because his is just so unexpected. A schema is a cognitive tool, often based off of past experiences or preconceived notions, that helps us categorize and interpret the world. Though today, people like Lin’s high school basketball coach are claiming they always knew he was capable of such a feat, I’m willing to put money on the fact…