Updated: Aug 30, 2019
Art by Pawel Czerwinski @ unsplash
4 topics we delved into over the month of july :
Inner Peace is the New Success
Psychologists agree that creative individuals are more genetically predisposed to mental illness, and it’s clear that creative people often go on to become entrepreneurs.
"People who are on the energetic, motivated, and creative side are both more likely to be entrepreneurial and more likely to have strong emotional states," notes Michael Freeman*. Genius in Madness? 72% of Entrepreneurs Affected by Mental Health Conditions*.
"No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness" - Aristotle
About Honesty & Integrity
The (Honest) Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone — Especially Ourselves by Dan Ariely
Warren Buffett Says — Integrity Is the Most Important Trait to Hire For
The Anxiety & Freedom Relationship
Some anxiety may manifest as we realize the extent of our capabilities, power and infinite nature of what may be possible and is therefore beneficial to our development, under certain conditions.
Find out more about this Relationship and How we might Use it to our Advantage :
Soren Kierkegaard and The Psychology of Anxiety
Using Existential Anxiety to One's Advantage:"Anxiety is a manifestation of our realization of our capabilities, our power, our choices and decisions"
Living our Life & Discovering our Purpose
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken — Oscar Wilde
More about how to find one's purpose here
What I am reading, Listening to
Your Professional Decline Is Coming (Much) Sooner Than You Think — “Unhappy is he who depends on success to be happy...His destiny is to die of bitterness or to search for more success in other careers and to go on living from success to success until he falls dead." — The Atlantic
Habits vs. Goals: A Look at the Benefits of a Systematic Approach to Life — Habits are algorithms operating in the background that power our lives. Good habits help us reach our goals more effectively and efficiently. Bad ones makes things harder or prevent success entirely. Habits powerfully influence our automatic behavior — Farnam Street
How “stalkerware” apps are letting abusive partners spy on their victims — MIT Technology Review
The Power of One Push-Up — "... push-ups and the like tend to encourage people to be conscious of what the body can achieve, not body image itself. Conscientiousness ... means seeing a connection between how you live and what happens later, and behaving accordingly."— The Atlantic
Albert Einstein on Sifting the Essential from the Non-Essential — Why is it so hard to sift the essential from the inessential? Few things have more of an impact on our life and career than our ability to zero in on what matters most. And yet most of us spend time cluttering our minds with things that don’t matter, rather than focusing on the simplicity that does — Farnam Street
A (Long) Chat with Peter L. Bernstein — "Because the more you think this is easy, the more you persuade yourself that you can take the heat. And then, the sooner the oven gets hot, the more shocked you are and the worse you get burned. ... The riskiest moment is when you’re right. That’s when you’re in the most trouble, because you tend to overstay the good decisions." — Jason Zweig's Blog
Harsh Truths That Will Make You a Better Person — "It's brutal, rude, and borderline sociopathic, and also it is an honest and accurate expression of what the world is going to expect from you. The difference is that, in the real world, people consider it so wrong to talk to you that way that they've decided it's better to simply let you keep failing." — Cracked
The Appeal of Handmade in an Era of Automation —This excerpt from the book “The Power of Human” explains why we continue to equate human effort with value — Kellogg Insight
Why Outcome-Based Goals Are a Recipe for Failure (whereas Process-Based Goals lead to clarity and action) — Unmistakable Creative
Podcast : How to Stress Less and Accomplish More with Emily Fletcher, founder of Ziva Meditation and author of Stress Less, Accomplish More — Unmistakable Creative
Podcast : A Deep Exploration of Our Most Important Human Needs with Tui Fleming, Don’t feel like you’re fully connected with who you are yet ?,take a listen to this podcast. It’s time to learn the art of Self — Unmistakable Creative
Podcast : 2 Keys to Effective Leadership, Mary Beth O’Neill unpacks combining behaviourally specific coaching with mysticism, leading with backbone and heart — Coaches Rising
Podcast "Distributed" : In this podcast Matt Mullenweg embarks on a journey to understand the future of work — In Episode 7 Matt speaks about how he became interested in distributed work
Quotes I am pondering
“First forget inspiration. Habit is more dependable. Habit will sustain you whether you’re inspired or not. Habit is persistence in practice.”— Octavia Butler
“A wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.”— Herbert Simon
"One important key to success is self-confidence. An important key to self-confidence is preparation." — Arthur Ashe
“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.
“It is amateurs who have one big bright beautiful idea that they can never abandon. Professionals know that they have to produce theory after theory before they are likely to hit the jackpot.” ― Francis Crick
When the winds of change rage, some build shelters while others build windmills ― Chinese Proverb
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