How do you know whether someone lies to you? You don’t. And that is okay. Use the truth-default setting that nature programmed you with and learn to trust people. It will help you build stronger relationships.
When you work with people from cultural background, go slow, listen, ask questions, make no assumptions, and try hard to understand. You may realize that your ways would lead to disaster. Having the humility and mental flexibility to see the world through the eyes of others and adjusting your behavior accordingly is the skill you want to cultivate.
Relaxing doesn’t necessarily recharge your energy. Whether you want to relax is a personal choice. Recharging is about activities that fill you with energy. Being able to recharge is not a choice. You have to learn to do it if you want to accomplish anything.
With solid critical thinking, you won’t be at the mercy of those trying to take advantage of you. You won’t accept what you hear or read blindly. You will have your life under your control.
Obsessive passion leads to conflict between work and other life activities. It doesn’t lead to satisfaction. It leads to burnout. On the other hand, harmonious passion leads to work satisfaction, which is an excellent antidote to burnout.
Smart companies will not only retain you but keep you engaged and challenged. Beware of those who feel that by throwing money at you, they retained you. Your body didn’t walk away, though your soul and mind might have.
Intuition works only in a stable environment so you can learn the patterns. If you are a novice, or the environment is changing then ignore your gut and go with data and algorithms instead.
Proactive people don’t wait indefinitely and don’t let others to ignore them. They take the initiative and get things done.
It is up to you whether you only want to be seen as good or want actually to be good and always do the right thing. From the perspective of others, it doesn’t matter. The only person who will know the difference is you.