Author: Halley Bock

The One Question I Will Never Ask My Kids Again

The other night my 6-year old daughter, Uma, and I were relaxing on my bed before it was time to say good night. We were reading, chit-chatting, and enjoying each other’s company. At one point, I looked over and asked her, “Uma, what do you want to be when you grow up?” And as soon as the words left my mouth, I was struck by the absurdity of them. It’s a question I was asked many times growing up and it’s a question I hear many others ask. It seems innocent enough right up until you actually HEAR the...

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The Art of Being Yourself

In this smart, powerful, and eye-opening TED Talk, Caroline McHugh reveals her insights on individuality — what keeps us from embracing our own uniqueness and how to fully possess it. “Life is large. But most of us don’t take up nearly the space the universe intended for us, we take up the sweet space around our toes, which is why when you see somebody in the full flow of their humanity, its remarkable. They’re at least a foot bigger in every direction than normal human beings. And they shine, they gleam, they glow. It’s like they swallowed the moon. And all the work...

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Toxic Relationships: A Look Under the Hood

Every time I see an article about Toxic Relationships on my newsfeed, I click on it. I’m like a moth to a flame when it comes to this particular subject, perhaps because of the HUGE impact that remaining in a few toxic relationships has had on my life. One cost me my job and livelihood and another cost me a close friend. Anytime something goes south in my life, I work to understand it. If I can reverse engineer, puzzle out, decode, or make sense of an aftermath, I will. Like most people, I’d much rather avoid a second lesson, preferring to stick...

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The Meaning of Rejection: Badge of Honor? Or Critical Warning?

As a lifelong risk taker, rejection has been an omnipresent partner in my life — mostly unwanted yet always revealing. Now that I’ve survived my fair share of rejection, I’ve come to embrace it as a valuable indicator of one of two things: A beacon illuminating a new path or a rumble meant to test my internal drive. Rejection as a Critical Warning In business, rejection comes in multiple forms even in times of great momentum, ample resources, and highly attuned, engaged employees. It could be a project stalled. A team member suddenly disengaged. A plan hopelessly complex. A budget...

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The Competitive Edge of Gratitude: Use It or Lose It

The holidays are right around the corner which means the impending bombardment of cliche articles and posts about “giving thanks” have been loaded into the barrels of every editorial calendar under the sun. As much as I am a huge proponent of gratitude, I find this annual exercise troubling – the only time we spend time on the topic is when the calendar marches it across our desk. The Benefits of Gratitude Truth is, there’s an exhaustive list of reasons – both scientifically backed and those that are just “plain old good sense” – as to HOW practicing gratitude positively enhances our lives...

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