Melissa Chu

Melissa Chu writes at JumpstartYourDreamLife.com, where she helps people live better and get productive. To learn how to get more done and achieve your goals, join the free newsletter: http://jumpstartyourdreamlife.com/welcome.

Recent Articles

4 Scientifically-Backed Reasons You Should Choose Experiences, Not Things

Picture this: You've just finished working your busiest time of the year. For all your efforts, you receive a nice paycheck. To reward yourself, you look for places to spend your hard-earned money. What would you choose out of these options? 1. A bra…
By Melissa Chu

The 5 Things In Life That Have The Most Control Over Your Happiness

Overload has become the norm. Every single day, we're barraged with copious amounts of information. We're told how we should spend our time, what we should eat and where we should go. While we search endlessly for the answer, we usually end up where …
By Melissa Chu

Science Says Your Personal Judgment Is Actually Meaningless

“I knew there was something off about him.” How many times have we heard someone say this or had this thought run through our heads? Whenever we feel conflicted about someone we meet, we hear the same thing over and over: “Trust your gut.” We might s…
By Melissa Chu

If You Fake It 'Til You Make It, You're Only Setting Yourself Up For Failure

Throughout history, countless leaders have suffered the fatal consequences of their poorly-made decisions. This is not necessarily due to lack of experience, but from overconfidence due to previous successes that ended up ultimately in catastrophe. T…
By Melissa Chu

Your Intelligence Isn't Holding You Back At Work, But Your Flexibility Is

What does it take to be successful? Is it simply a matter of being the “best and brightest?" We hear this term being thrown around so often today. It makes it seem as though intelligence is the gatekeeper of opportunities. This idea that inborn smart…
By Melissa Chu

What We Can Learn From Zara's Domination Of The Fast Fashion Industry

Quick question: Have you heard of Amancio Ortega? Chances are, you haven't. So, who is this mysterious entrepreneur whose fortune reaches over $65 billion and is one of the richest people in the world? He's the founder of Zara, the international Span…
By Melissa Chu

Taking The Easy Way Out Isn't Lazy, It's The Best Method For Getting Ahead

How often have you heard the phrase, “Anything worth doing is hard?" Whenever I struggled with something, I would complain, “Do I really need to do this? What's the point?” Of course, someone would respond by telling me something along those lines. I…
By Melissa Chu

This Is The Only Way To Get People To Finally Take Your Ideas Seriously

Have you ever come across the most brilliant idea and wondered why no one else had thought of it? Excitedly, you tell your friends and family all about it and how your life would change. Maybe you found a way to: 1. Start a business that would make y…
By Melissa Chu

4 Ways To Trick Your Brain Into Committing To Long-Term Goals

Humans are clever creatures. We thought up outer space travel, penicillin and the Internet. We've come a long way in the past 100 years, and we consider ourselves the most intelligent beings around. Yet, we make irrational decisions to this day. We w…
By Melissa Chu

Why If You're Feeling Comfortable, You May Be Setting Yourself Up For Failure

I met up with an acquaintance recently. I enjoyed talking to her: She has a great sense of humor, she hosts parties and her friends tell me she's always there to help people out. But she's been working at the same position within her company for seve…
By Melissa Chu

How To Lower Your Stress Level With One Simple Breathing Technique

I know what you’re thinking. “Breathe? I know how to breathe. It’s so easy, even a fish can do it.” You would be right. But, there’s a right way to breathe and a few ways you might be breathing ineffectively. Chances are, you're not breathing properl…
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This Simple Hack Will Naturally Make You More Productive In The Morning

Here’s a question: Do you hate cliffhangers or love them? I hate them. It’s like that moment when you were little and someone (your mom, teacher, whoever) was reading you a story. Just when it got to the good part, he or she slammed the book shut and…
By Melissa Chu