The latest brain hack to get ahead in Silicon Valley: flashcards
That’s the secret behind flashcards’ success. When used properly, flash cards recruit two powerful mechanisms of human memory—repetition and spaced timing of practice—to move information from short term to long term memory.
Where traditional brands focus on positioning their brands in the minds of their customers, digital brands focus on positioning their brands in the lives of their customers. Furthermore, they engage customers more as users than as buyers, shifting their investments from pre-purchase promotion and sales to post-purchase renewal and advocacy.
this data does give me the ability to predict what will happen this Wednesday, which is Valentine’s Day. My sophisticated econometric analysis tells me to expect 30-year-olds to celebrate with Beyoncé’s “Crazy in Love,” 45-year-olds with Van Halen’s “When It’s Love” and 60-year-olds with Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On.”
zeci de ani. milioane de fotografii.
if you went for a jog today and read for just 10 minutes, you’re already way ahead of the curve!
Write your own rules.
You can’t pretend there’s only one way to do it. Your first idea is just one of many options. No business goes as planned, so make ten radically different plans.
Realizing the initial choice you made was just one of many
awesome thinking, awesome tools
The danger here, she says, is that “by constantly comparing our everyday reality to what other people are choosing to present it's always going to make us feel inadequate because you think everyone else has it together.” In reality, she reminds visitors to her blog — who are all enthusiastically supportive of one another — “there are many, many many more people like us than there are like them.”
It's all part of “training yourself to create a habit of putting things away before they can make a mess.”
we all have an opinion on every subject, but that doesn’t mean it’s a valuable one. People will always tell you what they think you should do, but they are not you.
We have to stop fighting ourselves and shutting ourselves down. When we feel we don’t “want” to do something we know we “should” do, it’s a siren in our ear. The solution isn’t to force ourselves, crying or kicking and screaming or terrified, but to pause, give attention, resolve.
"I don't have a solution. I just don't use these tools. It created huge tensions among my friends."
Non- conformists and originals screw up a lot. But they move on, knowing that at some point, the breakthrough will happen.
No matter how many mistakes you make, or how slow you progress, embracing good enough, and sharing your work is still better than everyone else who is waiting for flawless art.
It’s easy to sit around and read inspirational stories but that won’t prepare you for the career you want.
You may be doing it wrong, but at least you’re doing it.
And once you’re doing it, you have a chance to make it better.
The number one real reason we procrastinate is: SELF ESTEEM
It’s not our employers’ or partners’ jobs to make us happy, or discern what makes us happy, or defend any semblance of happiness if we find it. It’s ours. If we can’t accurately identify our wants, needs, aspirations, values, and boundaries — what even makes us happy — then of course we’ll struggle to decide.
And to be clear: flippant definitions of “happy” are not enough. This is not an exercise of “I love cozy Sundays” or “travel!”
A lot of commenters always want to show how smart they are and that this is “so obvious.”
The core idea is that people should be able to make 90% of the decisions that are required for them to get their job done. The remaining 10% of decisions may require sign-off or approval from their manager. If this isn’t happening, either you’re asking people to do things that you shouldn’t be asking them to do, or you’re not empowering them as much as you should be.
[...] distill what you consume only to things that help you become better at work and life.
[...] Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Here's a character whose every decision revolved around making money. By the time we encounter him, he's living a sad, angry life filled with health problems.
His story still resonates today because so many of us are still working just for money, and not to learn or expand our experience.
[...] busy work reigns supreme and the appearance of working equals success.
12. [...] They realize that people who drink are incredibly judgmental towards non-drinkers, and will try anything to get a sober person to join the party with a drink. They will even make fun of you or put you down.
15. They realize that people can be just as toxic as substances, and that many relationships are not able to survive without the crutch of booze. [...]
And maybe stop worrying so much about productivity and getting things done. Worry about things worth doing.
[...] if you’re like most, you schedule what others demand of you first and only later look for empty slots in the calendar where you might “fit in” what is important to you. Good luck finding focus time in that type of “reactively-designed” calendar.
Instead, flip the paradigm by scheduling what is important to you first. We allow others to request and manipulate our time.
so many ways for just one simple activity. surely one can fit you.
But what if the answer isn’t to do more?
What if the answer is to want less?
+ plan time to worry / complain. don't think about it otherwise. it will eliberate your mind from all the negative stuff around you.
Research shows that most people complain once a minute during a typical conversation.
“I should worry about this.”: Set a time to worry, to dispute, and to replace. This lets your brain know it doesn’t need to be reminding you 24/7.
“Working long hours isn’t productive at all, if you work for 8 hours, try for 5 hours, or only for 4 hours. If you only have that time to work, you don’t have time to see Twitter while working.”
More than a third of British workers think their jobs are meaningless, according to a survey by YouGov. And if morale is that low, it doesn’t matter how many gym vouchers, mindfulness programmes and baskets of organic fruit employers throw at them. Even the most committed employee will feel that something is fundamentally missing.
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Assume people are focused on their own work. Everyone’s status should be implicit: I’m trying to do my job, please respect my time and attention.
Do all of the catch-up work, today.
So I determine to write 3 long articles today. I declare I must read my book for 2.5 hours this evening. I need to go to the gym tonight and lift three days worth of weights! And of course, I can’t do it.
Yet, this is how most people operate. They commit to a daily routine, they inevitably miss a few days, they panic and try to catch up for lost time, they get overwhelmed…then they quit.
“You’re not an X-er unless you regularly X.” - Zak Slayback
”Most people have insufficient reason for action. The pain isn’t painful enough. It’s a nice-to-have, not a must-have.” - Tim Ferriss
For every day you keep going, hundreds of others quit.
The day I stop practicing daily is the day I start to lose.
Those Who Only Do What They Feel Like…Don’t Do Much.
You Will Fail When You First Start. That’s OK. Give It 3 Months.
“95% of our society — the ‘mediocre majority’ — fail, time and time again, to start exercise routines, quit smoking, improve their diets, stick to a budget, or any other life habit that would improve their quality of life. Why? Most people don’t realize the seemingly unbearable first 10 days of a new habit is only temporary.” - Hal Elrod
“When you introduce a change to any system, you simultaneously change the whole system,” explains Benjamin Hardy. “The other areas of the system will begin arranging themselves to better fit with the new.”
You can be successful only at things you are willing to fail at.” -Mark Manson
Show Up Every Day, and Showing Up Becomes Easier.
New parents find themselves transform literally overnight into capable parents.
1. Track Your Behavior
Consistent tracking, even if you have no knowledge, will often beat the advice from world-class trainers.
2. Write Down Every Minute of the Activity
Don’t play catch-up. If you missed a day, don’t try to win it all back and even the balance.
Just do today’s work. Every day.
If you don't have time to read it all, here are the highlights:
“Abbey Ryan has painted a new painting every day for 8 years. Isaac Asimov published 400 books, by typing every day. This is post #6000 on this blog. Writer’s block is a myth, a recent invention, a cultural malady.”
Advertising immediately pops up in your mind as an alternative method to buy your way through. Renting the short-term attention of your target audience by interrupting them in the middle of what they were busy doing isn’t always the best idea, however.
It turns out 95 percent of people don’t like being interrupted and the other 5 percent hate it. “We hate advertising so much, we’ve trained ourselves not to look at the top or right sidebar on most sites,” Jeffrey put it recently.
“Of course, people have been blocking ads forever. By ignoring them,” added Godin, suggesting once again that the best way to contact your users is by earning the privilege to contact them, over time.
“We had no money. We changed our business model and had 3 months worth of cash left to turn things around. If we didn’t we were toast. Done. We needed to find customers. But no one knew who we were. A marketing budget? Please. We were just trying to keep the lights on,” starts Mikael, founder of Crew, explaining how side projects saved their startup.
“Give Something Valuable Away in Order to Sell Something Related.”
In our modern era of constant distraction, where people have reached a point where they are now even paying to block ads, those who create lasting value win.
“It’s more likely you’ll use a good product many times than read a good blog post many times. This repeated usefulness is what makes software products so valuable. With a blog, you need to continually produce content at a high level and high rate to keep people coming back. This is possible, it just takes longer,” says Crew’s founder Mikael.
Instead of setting a selfish goal like, “We need 1000 unique visitors in 30 days,” we should ask ourselves, “How can we help 1000 people? What can we give away that is related to our core business?”
Chances are, if they like what you put out there, some of them might want to know more about your core business.
Numbers and case studies ahead:
Claudiu și colegii lui de la EFdeN și-au propus să ridice ”o casă cu facturi zero, construită doar cu materiale sustenabile, eco-friendly, care să aibă natura în fiecare cameră”.
În 2012 ei au reușit să participe cu proiectul ”Prispa” în finala Solar Decathlon (competiție internațională ce presupune proiectarea, construirea si asamblarea în doar 10 zile a unei case solare inteligente, eficiente energetic si complet echipate). Iar în 2014 echipa a participat la competiție cu Casa EFdeN, care poate fi văzută pe Blv. Pache Protopopescu nr. 66.
Despre a nu accepta NU:
”Am dat de greu, de foarte multe ori. Eram olimpicii români care mergeau la olimpiada internațională, dar n-aveam bani de bilet. Am mers cu cea mai ieftină casă din competiție – ei au crezut că a fost o strategie, la noi a fost o nevoie. Aveam nevoie să strângem bani de la companii. Așa că, din 16.000 de contacte directe de-ale noastre, pe care le-am luat de la evenimente, am reușit să avem peste 4800 de întâlniri. Am fost și le-am prezentat oamenilor ce vor să facă niște tineri nebuni și cum vrem să reprezentăm România. Astăzi avem 150 de parteneri, care ne-au ajutat să mergem în competiție. Dar ce nu vedem în spate este că 15.848 de oameni au zis ”Nu!”, dintre care 4560 ne-au zis ”Nu!” în față.”
Despre a o lua de la capăt, după un eșec:
”Proiectul Prispa, din 2012, l-am vândut. Mulți dintre voi aveți proiecte la care țineți, aveți proiecte pe care le creșteți mai departe. După 2 ani de muncă, ca s-ajungem în finală, a trebuit să vindem produsul, înainte să plecăm. N-aveam cum să acoperim transporturile. Și după tot ce-am muncit 2 ani de zile, ne-am întors în România și n-aveam nimic, dar absolut nimic! Asta ne-a dus să pierdem partenerii pe care-i aveam, familia și echipa. Deși am vândut Prispa, noi doar am acoperit costurile, eram pe zero. Când a fost următoarea lansare de propunere pentru Solar Decathlon 2014, ne-au întrebat de ce nu participăm. Și eu am zis: ”Simplu! În România nu este susținut un asemenea proiect!”. ”Adică? V-așteptați s-aveți bugete de milioane de euro, să vă cadă din copaci? V-așteptați ca oamenii să vină să vă sprijine, să mergeți să fiți cei mai buni? Nu! Asta trebuie s-o faci tu! Să fiți cei mai buni!”. Discuția asta s-a întâmplat la o bere, într-o vineri seara. Și luni ne-am dat demisiile cu toții și am fondat EFdeN. Și EFdeN a reușit să rămână, încă, în mâinile noastre. Ne-am calificat pentru Solar Decathlon 2018 și vom reprezenta din nou România. În 2014 am reușit să obținem un premiu pentru sustenabilitate, în 2018 ne propunem să câștigăm. Dacă vrei să ajungi în top, să devii un învingător, trebuie să te ridici de foarte multe ori atunci când cazi.”
Despre a-i ignora pe cei care îți spun că nu poți:
”Cel mai bun exemplu de mentorat a fost cel negativ, pentru mine. Profesori, părinți, oameni care sunt în această industrie, ne-au zis că n-o s-avem nici măcar o șansă să reușim. Oameni care ne-au zis că mai bine facem ceva pentru stomăcel și mai bine să ne cumpărăm noi o căsuță, că n-o să schimbăm noi România. Între timp am reușit să schimbăm două proiecte de lege, să încurajăm montarea panourilor fotovoltaice pe locuințe, să încurajăm mobilitatea și să dezvoltăm industria de locuințe.” :(