Motivation: The Drive to Change

January 4th, 2012

By Dr. Jim Taylor According to the research of Dr. Anders Ericsson, motivation is the most significant predictor of success. In simple terms, Dr. Ericsson found that experts in many walks of life, whether sport, music, chess, dance, or business, had put in the most hours at their craft. He coined the phrase, “It takes […]


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Rush Limbaugh on the Killing of Osama bin Laden

May 4th, 2011

By Tom Carter I listen to Rush Limbaugh now and then, just as I sample the likes of Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow.  It’s interesting to hear what they have to say, given that they and talkers like them reflect — or guide — political thinking on the left and right.  For that reason, I […]


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Raise Successful Achievers

December 7th, 2010

By Dr. Jim Taylor Parents who want their children to achieve something called “success” may find that this goal conflicts with their desire for their children to also become happy. Achieving success, as typically defined by our culture, emphasizes wealth and social status, and is often at odds with what the research has shown to […]


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Confidence Matters in Business

November 24th, 2010

By Dr. Jim Taylor I define confidence as: “How strongly you believe in your capabilities to learn new skills, perform at a certain level, attain a goal, or achieve your own definition of success. Confidence is the most important psychological contributor to performance in the business world because you may have all of the ability […]


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Ski Racing and Parenting: Fear of Total Failure

November 7th, 2010

By Dr. Jim Taylor In my very first Kids & Culture Alert! e-newsletter published in April of 2005, I discussed the sad epidemic of fear of failure that I found to be rampant in America at that time.  Well, over five years later, fear of failure is still the most pervasive and debilitating issue among […]


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