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How to Avoid 'Yak Shaving' When Solving a Problem


Listener Amy recently wrote in: "Hi Stever! Quick question. Have you done any podcasts about the yak shaving problem?

Should I Get a Real or Fake Christmas Tree? 4 Helpful Tips


In 2016 in the United States, an estimated 27.4 million real trees and 18.6 million artificial trees were purchased for the holiday season for a total retail value of almost $4 billion.

12 Reasons to Lift Heavy Things in the New Year


I have been noticing a migration in my local gym over the past couple years. Sure, there are still a few folks who come in and head straight to the treadmill, the elliptical machine, or the stationary bike.

5 Ways to Enjoy a Winter Pregnancy


Pregnancy, no matter what the season, is truly one of the most miraculous journeys a woman (and her partner!

Is "Gifting" a Word?


It’s the holidays, which means I’m starting to get complaints about people who use “gift” instead of “give” as a verb.  Here’s a real message I received from someone who makes her living as a writer: “This year we want to gift our customers with a book.” Not “give our customers a book,” but “gift our customers with a book.” It’s cringeworthy, but it’s also pretty common.  The History of 'Gifting' People talking about gifting items may sound new and grating, but according to the Oxford English Dictionary, “gift” has been a verb for nearly 400 years.

Embracing Masculine Vulnerability: A Q&A with Lewis Howes


Today we're talking to podcaster, author, athlete, and entrepreneur Lewis Howes about an unlikely, but very timely, topic: masculine vulnerability.

'Take a Decision' or 'Make a Decision'?


In a recent podcast, I talked about some differences between British and American English, and I read a listener comment from an American who lived abroad for several years and noticed that British friends said “take a decision” instead of “make a decision,” but then I got a lot of feedback from British people who said they never say or hear “take a decision.” So I did a Twitter poll to try to get more information.

The Get-Fit Guy's 2017 Holiday Gift Guide


Every year I get requests from the families and friends of the athletes that I coach for my quintessential holiday shopping list.

4 Financial Mistakes Couples Make When Moving In Together


Living with a romantic partner is a big step emotionally, legally, and financially. No matter if you just moved in together, got engaged, or married, money is a leading cause of disagreement for couples.

Celebrating Julia Child's Legacy


In 1948 Julia was thirty-six, and described herself as “a rather loud and unformed social butterfly.” Raised in a wealthy Pasadena, California, household with a cook, and educated at Smith College, Julia had no professional direction, and knew hardly anything about food or France.

Is Meratrim Effective for Weight Loss?


LeeAnn recently asked me to weigh in on the latest herbal weight loss supplement called Meratrim. LeeAnn, who is a professor of nutrition, is appropriately skeptical about such things.

Why 'Training Time-Outs' Can Be Positive


A few weeks ago, Shalane Flanagan became the first American woman to win the New York City Marathon in 40 years, and the most interesting part is that she did it after taking a substantial part of 2017 off from training and racing to recover from a major injury.

Do Essential Oils Work?


Your friend suggests that you use a lotion infused with peppermint essential oil to help combat your nausea.

Saying "No" to Difficult Requests


I love the phrase "Yes, Dear." It makes everything better at home. But not at work. Calling your boss "Dear" in public just doesn't cut it.

Are You a Pushover Parent? 5 Ways to Stay Strong


Becoming a parent not only allows us the incredible privilege and responsibility to care, nurture and love our child it also affords us the opportunity to take on a few unexpected titles other than mom and dad.

5 Tricks to Handle Passive Aggressive People


Slights with a smile. Silence when you know they can hear you. Compliments with a side of side-eye. Passive aggressive people know how to serve up a veritable buffet of “Oh no she didn’t.” And tacking on “LOL” afterwards doesn’t negate things.

How Many Eskimo Words for Snow?


Since we’re heading into the snowy part of the year, at least in North America, it seems like a good time to address a long-standing language myth: that Eskimos have a vast number of words for snow.

Make a Promise to Your Future Book


What follows is an excerpt from Jack Gantos’ fabulous new book “Writing Radar.” Jack is an award-winning children’s fiction author, and now he has a new book called “Writing Radar” that’s something of a “how to” book to help children get started writing creatively and seeing themselves as writers.

How to Write a Case Study in 5 Steps


Writing a case study for a college course can be a challenge. Although there are different types of case studies, you can count on two things to remain the same—they require analytical thinking skills and a great deal of research.

5 Reasons Kids Should Send Written Thank You Notes


With today’s technology, reaching out and connecting with friends, family, and work colleagues and customers is easier than ever.


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