The only way you’ll find out if you’re good at something is if you do it. The only way you’ll find out if you’re supposed to be with someone is to go for it. The only way you’re gonna find out if you’re in the right place is to stand in the place.
If You Only Read One Article on Interviewing a Potential Hire, Read This One

Using the One-question Interview to Measure Motivation by Lou Adler. The author describes a very effective tool on how to measure motivation in a job candidate, which is the one foolproof predictor of success in hiring. In a nutshell, the question is ‘Please describe an accomplishment comparable to each of the required performance objectives.’ To find out how to evaluate answers and what additional questions to ask, check out the article.

On those days when you are hurt and all you can feel is pain served on a plate of pain with a side of despair, remember that pain twists your judgement - you can get tunnel vision and zero in only on the negative. This experience can make hell sound like a trip to Disneyland, so in times like that just please stop yourself for a moment and say, ‘This pain is a liar. These thoughts I’m having are not true. My judgement is clouded right now, so I’ll just focus on living through this pain until it subsides. And then I’ll address the issues I am worried about at this moment. Then, but not now.’

On those days when you are hurt and all you can feel is pain served on a plate of pain with a side of despair, remember that pain twists your judgement - you can get tunnel vision and zero in only on the negative. This experience can make hell sound like a trip to Disneyland, so in times like that just please stop yourself for a moment and say, ‘This pain is a liar. These thoughts I’m having are not true. My judgement is clouded right now, so I’ll just focus on living through this pain until it subsides. And then I’ll address the issues I am worried about at this moment. Then, but not now.’

Successful musicians show up, day after day, to practice. Successful businessmen show up for their customers. Successful writers show up at the blank page. What makes them winners is not instant excellence but the sheer dumb repetition of showing up. Consider the people who have most blessed your life—are they the folks you remember as perfect or those who were simply, consistently there for you? You don’t have to be perfect for your friends, your children, or your beloved; you just have to show up.
Living in a society that floods us with unattainable expectations around every topic imaginable, from how much we should weigh to how many times a week we should be having sex, putting down the perfection shield is scary. Finding the courage, compassion and connection to move from “What will people think?” to “I am enough,” is not easy.

September is suicide prevention awareness month.

September 10 is suicide prevention awareness day.

As the summer ends, the amount of sunlight received by humans per day decreases, triggering increased symptoms of depression, feelings of hopelessness, etc. People also begin to eat less fruits and vegetables, which also has its impact on the way they feel and their energy levels - directly impacting the ability to be resourceful in the face of life challenges.

This results in increased risk of developing tunnel vision - when you only see one solution to the existing problem.

In such a state of mind it is imperative to let the suicidal person (be it you or someone you know) to feel free to do as many things as possible, to feel unrestricted by outside factors. North Korea, arguably world’s most totalitarian country, has the highest in the world suicide rate (The Guardian: “Analysts say North Koreans may be driven to suicide by poverty, and the psychological stress of living in a restrictive environment.”).

"In the 15 to 29-year age group, suicide is the second leading cause of death globally," and: "Preventative measures include avoiding language that sensationalizes suicide," (Reuters).

There is nothing that can take the pain away, but eventually you will find a way to live with it. There will be nightmares, and everyday when you wake up, it will be the first thing you think of, until one day, it will be the second thing.