Sisyphus (as in The Myth of Sisyphus) was condemned by the gods to push a huge rock uphill, but whenever he managed to reach the top of the mountain, the rock would roll back down and he would have to start his labors all over again.
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.
Believe it or not, but we tend to imprison ourselves when we choose to make our happiness depend on things beyond our control, whether those things are controlled by other people, the weather, the traffic, the stock market, or any other incident.
Ownership generally begins with a purchase or investment of money. You make a down payment, swipe a little plastic, or pay with your hard-earned cash. After a momentary high and subsequent remorse, you invariably end up paying for your ownership over and over again.
Slight but consistent change in your overall perspective changes how you end up seeing your world and which in turn changes how you see yourself. You can use your narrative to redefine yourself and re-imagine the boundaries of possibilities.
“Ageing is a myth that has managed to gain widespread currency in our society; as a result we are more than happy to use it as a readily available excuse for our laziness. It’s a filthy defence for giving up before trying and opting out.”
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.
Maybe you don’t like your job because society never tires you from telling that it’s cool to hate what you do from Monday to Friday.
Just look at how much society celebrates Fridays and hates Mondays, but shouldn’t it be the other way around?
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.