Daniel Kahneman, a world-renowned psychologist and economist, is one of the most celebrated Israelis.

His work on the psychology of judgment, decision-making, and behavioral economics earned him a Nobel Prize in 2002. And Daniel’s book Thinking, Fast and Slow won the National Academies Communication Award for best creative work that helps the public understanding of topics in behavioral science, engineering, and medicine.

In 2011, Daniel was named by Foreign Policy magazine in its list of top global thinkers and, in 2015, The Economist listed him as the seventh-most influential economist in the world.

So, when three seemingly random psychologists had…

I’m starting a movement.

The movement is called “The Art of Chutzpah” and its mission is to inspire people to power up your passions, maximize your inherent potential, and inspire others to do the same.

Why am I starting this movement? Because I’m frustrated.

Frustrated that we blame ourselves for not being perfect, and frustrated that we’re so quick to blame others because it’s easier than taking personal responsibility.

Frustrated that we’d rather gossip and talk down about our people, than discuss events, ideas, and how we can use them to talk up ourselves and other people.

Frustrated that the…

I’m about to say something that many people know deep down, and few talk about:

We in Israel, and those outside of Israel who love this country, have a bad habit of playing the victim card.

Whether it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, or the BDS Movement, or anti-semitism, sometimes it feels like we’re always focused on the people who are out to get us.

Please don’t get me wrong! …

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I just got off of FaceTime with my 96-year-old grandfather — yes, he has an iPhone! — who reminded me of something worth mentioning.

He said that, while we’re definitely living in scary and uncertain times, it’s important to keep everything in perspective.

For example, my grandfather grew up in the Great Depression, a 10-year period during which every single day was a question mark. That’s 3,650 question marks, if you’re doing the math.

Still, people are suffering and the economy is spiraling downhill, which is why I want to share with you five pieces of positivity during these troubling…

In 2015, Bill Gates gave a TED Talk to warn us about the consequences of pandemics if we don’t become proactive in dealing with viral outbreaks.

Then, in 2019, the Netflix series “Explained” warned us again in the episode, “The Next Pandemic.”

Is it really any surprise that we’re experiencing what my grandfather says is something he’s neither seen nor imagined in his 96-year life?

For me, there’s no other way to describe it than surreal. Life has seemingly stopped. My home of Tel Aviv, one of the world’s happiest and vibrant cities, feels like one long gloomy dream.


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You said he was too young for the NBA. He became the youngest NBA All-Star Game starter in league history.

You said he would never be as good Michael Jordan. He won three championships by the time he was 24 years old. Michael won his first at age 28.

You said the three-peat was because of Shaq. He finished his career leaps and bounds ahead of Shaq’s dominant career.

You said it was because of his basketball genes and god-given talent. Google “Mamba Mentality.”

You said he was a bad teammate. Go watch his teammates talk about him now.


Yes, I have a good job, and I like to share my insights time management and productivity, and I travel a lot, and I generally try to be a decent, caring, thoughtful person.

But what most people don’t see is my never-ending battle with mental health. More specifically, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and OCD.

These disorders have negatively impacted my life in more ways than you know, from constant physical pain, to panic attacks, to negatively affecting my relationships.

Unfortunately, there is often a big divide between my intentions and my compulsive actions, which originate from constant stress and obsessive thought…

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This is an excerpt from one of my favorites book on time management, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing.

The book is written by Daniel Pink, who’s been named among the world’s top-15 business thinkers. He’s also an author of six books, four of which have been New York Times bestsellers. His most recent one, “When,” was named a best book of 2018 by Amazon, iBooks, and Goodreads.

In this book, Pink details five types of breaks that enable greater productivity, which has implications on time management and Deep Work (the most valuable kind of work in today’s economy).

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If I had to pick one activity which is, by and large, the biggest contributor to better time-efficiency and productivity, sleep would be number one, two, and three.

And, yet, sleep is often one of the first things us busy people sacrifice, both in quality and quantity.

During the last several years, I’ve optimized my sleeping environment, in order to fall asleep faster and sleep much better during the night. These changes include:

  1. At least 10 minutes of meditation right before I go to sleep
  2. Putting my phone in grayscale mode to minimize mental stimulation
  3. Not doing anything else in…

This is pretty disturbing.

We’ve become a civilization that uses smartphones in indiscriminate, unlimited ways.

We use our phones first thing in the morning, often the first thing we do while still in bed. We use our phones right before we go to sleep, again while in bed. And when we do go to sleep, we put our phones by our bedside, so we can access it without getting up when we awake.

When we’re bored, we use our phones. When you’re waiting for something, we use our phones. When we exercise, we use our phones. When we’re working or in a meeting, we…

Josh Hoffman

Founder of IZZY – Stream Israel, basketball lover, mental health advocate

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