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Productivity & Work Psychology

Mental retirement 


Wouldn’t it be great to retire by thirty or forty years old? What sounds good in theory though has negative consequences for the brain. 

Indeed, a lot of work is repetitive and unnecessarily political, as we jump through hoops to make it up the ladder. And while our work may not be the most stimulating thing to do, it keeps our brain active. 

Studies show a correlation between retirement and memory loss.

The researchers find a straight-line relationship between the percentage of people in a country who are working at age 60 to 64 and their performance on memory tests. The longer people in a country keep working, the better, as a group, they do on the tests when they are in their early 60s.

We need challenges. We need some type of mind games to keep our brains fresh as we age. If we can’t recall how to act like inquisitive children who willfully fail, we need something more than physical exercise to hold up neurological plasticity. 

While work can be depressing, it’s keeps the brain cells running. Excess relaxation is what dulls the mind. Use it or lose it. 

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Creativity Life & Philosophy

Carrying crayons into adulthood

Creative all along, Picasso became even more abstract with age.

Creative all along, Picasso became even more abstract with age.  

Unless you’re taking AP courses, high school doesn’t train you for college. College doesn’t prepare you for work. And the cubicle is where dreams go to die.

There’s a reason kids are creative. They carry around crayons and loose imaginations while adults carry around briefcases full of tiresome paperwork.

Creativity is the only way to escape the dangers of ennui. Learning how to express yourself instead of impressing others liberates the inner child.

Your most important work is the one that fuels curiosity and passion and prevents you from drifting into stagnancy.

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Life & Philosophy

Wise Renegades

The older we get, the wiser we get. It’s not necessarily that we get smarter or gain more experience as we age but we get better at keeping things in perspective.

Young people are always more self-conscious, jealous of others, and dissatisfied. Meanwhile, adults come to accept who they are and try to cope with the things they already have. They also learn how to keep their emotions in check.

Adults still take risks, albeit less serious ones. They don’t feel the need to save the world but merely contribute, even if it’s a simple little piece of art.

“When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.”- C.S. Lewis

We can still be happy and ambitious at all stages in our life. Unfortunately, we’ll always be blind to how it all comes together, how the dots connect. But ignorance and a strong gut are the reason the beat goes on…..