What we're watching: 
Change one habit to change everything. Focus on safety, and productivity goes up. Start exercising, and suddenly you're eating better too. The idea is simple! In this short NY Times video, we learn how changing you can spur innovation and improvement by making just one vital shift in what you're doing, personally or professionally!

What we're reading: 
But wait... trying new things is hard! Even when we understand that old habits are irrational, breaking them can have significant emotional effects. No one wants to lose the good they've found in life! But according to studies, something greater might await us. In this article, the author reflects on his own reluctance - a reluctance that has psychological roots, but even presents itself in present-day policy-making.
Quote we're inspired by:  

"You will never know how much you can accomplish until you try. Never stop trying. Your miracle will come in undefined moments."       
                                             
                                                 Lailah GiftyAkita


You're not the only one who is timid about trying new things! New experiences in life are extremely challenging, but they are also what define who we are as individuals. This fear of trying new things is linked to confidence and trust. If we trust that all will go well, we are able to conquer great feats. If we believe that we can develop a new comfort zone in a foreign situation, we will develop that new comfort zone! Sometimes we fail, but without trying something new, we'd never know we're on the wrong path. In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson, "The voyage of the best ship is a zigzag line of a hundred tacks." Although changing course seems illogical at first, once you reach the destination you look back and realize just how necessary all of the turns were.
 
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