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The Bill Murray Technique: How To Improvise Through Anything

There was no script. There was no prompting. No cue cards, no visual reminders, no lines at all. The only direction? “Pretend like you’re a child, living out your biggest sports fantasy1.”

That’s everything Bill Murray had to go on when he created this scene, which has become one of the most famous improvised movie scenes in history:

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Beautiful, isn’t it? Two minutes before he shot that scene, Murray had no idea what he was going to say. But when the lights came on and the camera started rolling, the story flowed like it were there all along.

That skill has taken him—and plenty of others who’ve mastered the art of improv far in life.

And if you’ve ever been caught with your pants down, unable to come up with the right words when you needed to the most, there’s much you can learn from the greats.Continue Reading →

Impressing Vs. Connecting: Try This To Avoid Loneliness

Let’s play a quick game. If I asked you which of these movies you’d rather see, how would you answer?

  1. Revenge Of The Dinosaurs (rated 4 stars by other viewers)
  2. Revenge Of The Head Lice (rated 2 stars by other viewers)

You’d probably choose the dino flick, right? I would.

Let’s add another layer. Now you’re the only one who knows about the dinosaur film and all your friends are watching the lower-rated head lice movie. Which would you pick now?

If you’re like most people (myself included), Revenge Of The Dinosaurs just got a lot more intriguing1. Higher rated and I’m the only one who gets to see it? Sign me up! Right? Well, not so fast.

You may have a taste for adventure and exclusive experiences, but do you also want to build strong connections and friendships? If so, you might have made precisely the wrong choice according to a fascinating Harvard study.

If you’re the type of person who wants the best of both worlds—to lead a life of adventure and build meaningful connections with lots of people—you might need to change how you make decisions.

Here’s what the researchers found, and here’s my strategy for filling life with amazing experiences and also building strong connections.Continue Reading →

Like Dr. King: May You Always Be “Creatively Maladjusted”

In September of 1967, a 38-year-old Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. took the podium in front of a crowd of psychologists and delivered a riveting speech. It was popular for many reasons, but the reason I appreciate it is for his coining of a new phrase that explains, so well, what it means to be a smart risk-taker: creatively maladjusted.

Here’s the passage1:Continue Reading →

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