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Can vs. How Can

A mental framework

Peter Koehler's Writing Archive

For my main website, head over to peterkoehler.org

September 29, 2015

In a recent episode of On Being with Krista Tippett, the guest, Ellen Langer, describes a mental framework she recommends.

Rather than asking "can I do X?", ask yourself "how can I do X?"

She sums it up nicely:

When you ask yourself 'how do you do something?', you are bypassing your . . .

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Helpfulness

Peter Koehler's Writing Archive

For my main website, head over to peterkoehler.org

May 01, 2015

I flew on a small plane with extra small overhead compartments the day before yesterday.

They asked us to check our carry-on bags before boarding the plane, and then we retrieved them right after we get off.

During the retrieval process, the airport workers had wheeled the cart of suitcases into a little nook which only two . . .

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A Bias Toward Action

Peter Koehler's Writing Archive

For my main website, head over to peterkoehler.org

April 30, 2015

I recently read The Everything Store by Brad Stone about Amazon and Jeff Bezos.

One of Bezos' key tenants that really stuck with me was having a "bias toward action."

I introduced the phrase to our team at Green Zebra, and I am slowly trying to integrate the principle more into my daily life - both at work and . . .

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