#759 Not planned

Successful careers are not planned. They develop when people are prepared for opportunities because they know their strengths, their method of work, and their values. Knowing where one belongs can transform an ordinary person—hardworking and competent but otherwise mediocre—into an outstanding performer. From “Managing Oneself (Harvard Business Review Classics)” by[…]

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#758 Time to start insisting on a long, viable path

Time to get off the social media merry-go-round that goes faster and faster but never gets anywhere. Time to stop hustling and interrupting. Time to stop spamming and pretending you’re welcome. Time to stop making average stuff for average people while hoping you can charge more than a commodity price.[…]

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#757 Joy already available

“[L]earn to notice joy and give it our full attention. [L]earn where to look in order to see and appreciate joy that is already available to us, in moments that we hadn’t noticed before.” From “Joy on Demand: The Art of Discovering the Happiness Within” by Chade-Meng Tan

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#755 A consoling neurochemical bath

Dreaming provides a unique suite of benefits to all species fortunate enough to experience it, humans included. Among these gifts are a consoling neurochemical bath that mollifies painful memories and a virtual reality space in which the brain melds past and present knowledge, inspiring creativity. From “Why We Sleep: Unlocking[…]

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#754 Stock holders and stubs

One of the most important forms of currency in England in Henry’s time were notched “tally sticks” used to record debts. Tally sticks were quite explicitly IOUs: both parties to a transaction would take a hazelwood twig, notch it to indicate the amount owed, and then split it in half.[…]

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#753 Feeling uncomfortable

Since this type of attention relies on your interest and comfort, anything that makes you feel uncomfortable, as well as boredom and lack of motivation, are likely to drive your focus away from your task. Usually, these problems manifest themselves as procrastination or distractions. From “Laser-Sharp Focus. A No-Fluff Guide[…]

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#752 Reflection and review is the antidote

Habits deliver numerous benefits, but the downside is that they can lock us into our previous patterns of thinking and acting—even when the world is shifting around us. Everything is impermanent. Life is constantly changing, so you need to periodically check in to see if your old habits and beliefs[…]

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#751 Delayed Return Environment

Now, let’s flip the script and pretend you are one of the humans vacationing on safari. Unlike the giraffe, humans live in what researchers call a Delayed Return Environment. Most of the choices you make today will not benefit you immediately. If you do a good job at work today,[…]

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#750 The answer therefore is to make a decision

If your Chimp is trying to tell you to react to a situation, and you don’t respond in some way by choosing one of the FFF options reassuring the Chimp, then your body will naturally release adrenalin. When this adrenalin is coupled with negative thoughts your Chimp will go into[…]

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