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On Setting Positive Goals

here:

“Any sort of avoidance is going to trigger inhibition systems, whereas positive goals are going to trigger approach and reward motivation.”

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Words of wisdom from Harish SivaramaKrishnan, the techie rockstar:

Time is in your mind, man. When you have a harmony and equilibrium about what you do, every minute is worth more. For example, I don’t think of the gig I have to play, when I’m working on a UX problem. You just need to compartmentalize these things.

Think of entrepreneurs. They are the busiest people in the world. I for one think of my mom – she gets so much done in a day. It is so much more than what I do and it is without the luxury of having someone to ask you how you do it. Just remind yourself that there are people getting a lot more done with their time, than you.

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Advice on Happiness

There is this TEDx talk by Sam Berns on “My Philosophy for a Happy Life” – the kid has progeria (some rare disease) and still he finds his way to happiness. Some sound advice:

  • Be OK with what you can’t do because there is still so much you CAN do.
  • Surround yourself with people who have a positive influence in your life
  • Keep moving forward
  • Never miss a party!! 🙂
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On Confidence..

A nice article on confidence and its positive side effects:

Think about the last time you did not speak up in a meeting or did not apply for a new position at work. Now, think about why you chose not to act. It was most likely your hesitancy was laced with a sense of under-confidence.

Confidence is the fuel that drives us; it is life’s enabler. And, if that’s the case, it is better to believe a bit too much in your capabilities than is called for, because then you lean toward doing things instead of just thinking about doing them

Confidence stirs in you the ability to act; productivity gives you the tools to act well. Confidence is linked to doing and productivity is about efficient, effective execution. Confidence is what turns thoughts into actions and it is this “action” side that relates to productivity. The natural consequence of under confidence or insecurity is inaction which often manifests itself as procrastination—the antithesis of productivity.

Confident people are productive and, it’s a self-catalyzing cycle. Confidence leads to productivity which leads to confidence which leads to productivity in an ongoing cycle.

  • Confidence is a choice. It’s a choice you make to act or do or decide. Create an environment that supports you taking action. For example, make a list of tasks that can be completed in 15 minutes or less and when you feel the pull of procrastination, the natural byproduct of under confidence, just complete one item on your list. The action will beget more action.
  • Take small incremental steps towards your goals. Small steps prepare you to take more meaningful risks which will increase your confidence.
  • Remember the growth mindset—a willingness to learn—this can be a confidence booster.
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The Side Effects of Income Inequality

Summary from a nice critique of Paul Graham’s essay on economic inequality:

In summary, the primary problem caused by growing income inequality is that it perpetuates the creation of a separate class of people whose wealth allows them to control politicians and influence legislation in ways favorable to them and potentially unfavorable to the middle & lower classes. This manifests itself in lots of ways from obvious things like different tax policies for investments versus wages to using affluenza as a legal defensefor crimes committed by children of the rich and more.

 

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Best Life Advice

by Kelly McGoingal, the author of The Willpower Instinct:

As you move forward, keep the mind-set of a scientist. Try new things, collect your own data, and listen to th evidence. Stay open to surprising ideas, and learn from both your failures and your successes. Keep what works and share what you know with others. With all our human quirks and modern temptations, this is the best we can do – but when we do it with an attitude of curiosity and self compassion, it is more than enough.