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Progress is a mindset 

The fear of messing up (FOMU) is precisely what holds people back from getting what they want.  But if you treat mistakes like an experiment, they become lessons in disguise and teach you how to tweak your approach.  To err is human, they say. Maybe they should instead say that to err is to learn. … Continue reading “Progress is a mindset “

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Stuck in the industrial mindset

The factory mentality is society’s attempt to numb the weird out of you and replace it with average. It’s easier to mold someone and make them normal than give them the freedom to be themselves. 9 to 5 is a relic of industrialization which has nonetheless persisted through to today’s equivalent of the railroad, the … Continue reading “Stuck in the industrial mindset”

China’s ‘Chabuduo’ Mindset

Done is better than perfect, in some cases, as in updating a web design or app. But in China, ‘almost’ is a pervasive and dangerous mindset. Known as ‘Chabuduo’ or ‘good/close enough,’ can have disastrous effects when it comes to building everyday things, especially infrastructure. James Palmer is a foreigner living in China and writes … Continue reading “China’s ‘Chabuduo’ Mindset”

Draining the knowledge worker

The 8-hour workday goes back to the Industrial Revolution. We used to put in 10 hour days before the unions demanded reduction and the Adamson Act got passed. But now we’ve moved on from hand work to head work, which is mentally draining. We are told to think all the time, pushing on the brain … Continue reading “Draining the knowledge worker”

How to do deep work, China’s ‘Chabauduo’ mindset, Giphy’s art exhibition, NEW beats and more

Read of the week: Cal Newport explains how to do deep work Scroll down for ‘tracks of the week’ 🔻 Arts & Culture China’s ‘Chabuduo’ Mindset Done is better than perfect, in some cases, as in updating a web design or app. But in China, ‘almost’ is a pervasive and dangerous mindset. Known as ‘Chabuduo’ … Continue reading “How to do deep work, China’s ‘Chabauduo’ mindset, Giphy’s art exhibition, NEW beats and more”

The paradox of holding high standards

The irony of holding high standards is that often times they prevent us from taking action. Perfectionism can be a thought stopper rather than a thought starter. Sometimes we can only solve a problem if we’re willing to let it go. It helps to do things with a bit of insouciance. We should feel free … Continue reading “The paradox of holding high standards”

‘Trust that your intuition is leading you somewhere.’

“A leaf does not resist the breeze. A goose does not resist the urge to fly down south. Is this not happiness? Is this not freedom? To access this incredible state, we need only one thing: Trust. Trust that, when you are not holding yourself together so tightly, you will not fall apart. Trust that … Continue reading “‘Trust that your intuition is leading you somewhere.’”

Loving the hurdles

Do something that you love and you never have to work a day in your life, they say. But that’s not true. Love is TONS of work. It’s just that our mindset of work should be its evolution rather than its completion. Hurdles are merely sign posts along the way, to push us or encourage … Continue reading “Loving the hurdles”

Have you forgotten how to read books?

We need to relearn how to read books in the digital age. Online reading is a different experience than physical print. For one, the digital experience is stickier because of its dopamine-hitting bells and whistles. We are constantly shifting between articles, apps, and text messages, hijacked by the latest gaze of entertainment. It’s the equivalent … Continue reading “Have you forgotten how to read books?”

Question the algorithms

It is a canard to think that math can’t fail. All you need to do is look at the way society constructs algorithms – from job and college applications to Facebook feeds to find out that sorting can be wrong and biased. In the case of the 2016 election, algorithms did more harm than good. Facebook … Continue reading “Question the algorithms”

Beware the algorithms

Six hundred red years ago, there was no such thing as personal identity. Only when people owned mirrors did they start seeing themselves as individuals. One hundred years ago, all fighter pilot seats were the same size until there became unnecessary deaths. The US Air Force adapted and customized its seating options. The mass markets ushered in by … Continue reading “Beware the algorithms”

The emotional journey of creating anything great

Why is it that every new idea begins with excitement but ends in the ‘dark swamp of despair?’ Writes Angela Duckworth in her book : “Enthusiasm is common. Endurance is rare.” The key to achieving anything is not necessarily maintaining that excitement but pushing through all the CRAP (criticism, rejection, assholes, and pressure) and maintaining a … Continue reading “The emotional journey of creating anything great”

The stimulation of chaos

Everything binds to each other. It all bleeds and blends. Like interconnected dots, blood coagulates to scab a wound. We stem the flow. Throw on a band-aid. Put a damn up. Anything to thwart the chaos of nature. Within a controlled environment, we manufacture new freedoms. We the protect the fragility of intention the best … Continue reading “The stimulation of chaos”