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Being Wrong

Jeremy Arnold I could see that I was not going to cope as well as I wished with life unless I could acquire a better theory-structure on which to hang my observations and experiences. By then, my craving for more theory had a long history. Partly, I had always loved theory as an aid in …

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Sean Kernan Answered Aug 31 The autonomy and freedom to do anything. As a kid, many of you get an allowance, a small sum of money each week either via chores or for some lucky people, just for existing. As an adult, you control that allowance, albeit from a different source. If you work hard, …

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Life Lesson – Appearances

Sean Kernan I’ve changed in appearance several times in my life for better and for worse. Those experiences have only reinforced that this world is inexorably superficial: people treat you much differently based on how you look. Use this information to your advantage: manage your weight, exercise, dress nice, comb your hair. Or sit back …

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Happiness

Celeste Headlee, Happiness is not my goal in life. Happiness is not entirely within my control and it’s temporary. A healthy human being will feel happiness and sadness and anger and all kinds of different things. I strive for well-being. I also work on gratitude and keep a gratitude journal that I write in every …

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Macro patience – micro focus

Are you going to be successful in life? Why? Derek Stark, Abso-fucking-lutely. Macro patience – micro focus – there comes a time when you have to accept short-term suffering/sacrifice for long-term gain. Gary Vaynerchuk inspired me with this maxim and it’s changed the way I approach most everything in life. I’m okay eating chicken and rice every night …

The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking
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The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking

The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking by Edward B. Burger and Michael Starbird Read:  2018-01-29, Rating:  9/10. This book offers thought-provoking ways to provoke thought. I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent. Curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism, have brought me to my ideas. —Albert Einstein Understand deeply: Don’t …

the kaizen way
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One Small Step Can Change Your Life

The Kaizen Way by Robert Maurer Read:  2018-01-07, Rating:  7/10. using very small steps to improve a habit, a process, or product using very small moments to inspire new products and inventions A journey of a thousand miles must begin with the first step.” —Lao Tzu Kaizen and innovation are the two major strategies people …

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So Good They Can’t Ignore You

So Good They Can’t Ignore You:
Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport. Passion Is Rare. Most any work can become the foundation for a compelling career. Enthusiasm alone is not rare and valuable and is therefore not worth much in terms of career capital. A good career mission is similar to a scientific breakthrough—it’s an innovation waiting to be discovered in the adjacent possible of your field.