Our economy has long since evolved from blue-collar to white-collar, and despite research to the contrary, the majority of workers still find themselves on the wrong side of this normatively accepted benchmark.
Modern information age is often dominated by knowledge workers and creative entrepreneurs; here the output is not necessarily units of cars, but rather challenging and innovative ideas or creative new products.
Value innovation places equal emphasis on value and innovation. Value without innovation tends to focus on value creation on an incremental scale, something that improves value but is not sufficient to make you stand out in the marketplace.
Innovation without value tends to be technology-driven, market pioneering, or futuristic, often shooting beyond what buyers are ready to accept and pay for.
You’re not exactly unhappy, but something’s off. But you can’t say for sure. You’ve just always felt that there is more to life than what you are living right now.
The numerous signs that you’ve fallen prey to the Workaholic Cult’s influence are subtle:
Working more than 40 hours a week
Sleeping less than 6 hours a night
Often feeling guilty about any time away from work — even if that time is with family and friends.
Benjamin Franklin didn’t become an extraordinary writer by merely writing lots of essays. Instead, he addressed precisely those things that needed improvement. For example, when he needed to work on his syntax, he repeatedly summarised and reformulated newspaper articles, and then compared the evolution of his sentences to get feedback and continue improving.
The image of the world around us, which we carry in our head, is just a model. We are at best only aware of few selected concepts, and relationships between them, and use those to represent the real system.
We’ve got mental models on how to get the best education, find a dream job, how to excel at work, how to pick a restaurant or choose a movie … literally dozens of them.
Let me share with you the workout routine of the legendary Michael Phelps:
In peak training phases, Phelps swims minimum 80,000 meters a week, which is nearly 50 miles. He practices twice a day, sometimes more if he’s training at altitude. Phelps trains for around five to six hours a day/ six days a week. To give himself some additional entertainment in the water, Phelps listens to music during his long workouts with waterproof headphones. Swimming in the water, especially that long, can be pretty boring. Listening to music can provide that extra spark to your workout. There was a point he trained every day for 365 days a year for 5 years.
All the experiences in your life is constantly shaping each and every microscopic details of your brain. Neurally speaking, who you are depends on where you’ve been and what were your experiences. David Eagleman said in his book The Brain, “Your brain is a relentless shape-shifter, constantly rewriting its own circuitry and because your experiences […]
Neurologically, it is impossible for our brain to multitask. When we are trying to do more than one thing at a time, we are not really processing many things at the same time. We are in fact rapidly switching our attention from one task to another. According to several recent neurological studies, the more things […]