How Our Brains Stop Us From Achieving Our Goals (and How to Fight Back)
As admittedly wonderful and fascinating as the human brain is, it can also feel like the brain is out to get us sometimes. In some circumstances, our brain's natural reaction actually does more to sabotage than help. Here, Sparring Mind founder Gregory Ciotti explains how to combat your brain's own brilliance, overcoming the instinctual reactions which often have devastating effects on your long-term goals.
Outline Your "Definition Of Done" to Avoid the Perfection Bug
No matter your profession, it can be easy to work yourself into a frenzy by perfecting every single detail. Luckily, defining a specific "definition of done" from the outset of the project can help you move on to the next task.
Build a tower, build a team
Tom Wujec presents some surprisingly deep research into the "marshmallow problem" -- a simple team-building exercise that involves dry spaghetti, one yard of tape and a marshmallow. Who can build the tallest tower with these ingredients? And why does a surprising group always beat the average?
Practice Doesn't Make Perfect, Perfect Practice Makes Perfect
I've been reading Geoff Colvin's Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else. The basic idea is that success is neither a function of genetic uniqueness nor hard-work. It is instead a function of taking the endowments...
How to Be Clever, and Not Annoying, When Asking for a Favor
Asking for a favor can be scary because, in many cases, you're asking to be rejected. If someone can't (or doesn't want to) help you, there isn't much you can do about it. You can improve your chances by inspiring genuine emotion. Here are a few ways to do that.