Success: A jar of Mistakes.

 “Forgetting your mistakes is a terrible error if you are trying to improve your cognition..
Why not celebrate stupidities!”
— Charlie Munger

I like smart successful people  who admit that at times in the past they were complete stupid horses’ asses, simply because they are telling the truth. Because if one thinks deeply, What is success? If not  a jar of mistakes from which a person commit to-learn from, change and grow?

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The Power of Tiny Gains.

What Makes High Achievers Different Than the Rest?
To answer that question, let me tell you a quick story.

2,000+ years ago, A man of great strength lived in the hills of southern Italy. His athleticism and power made him not only the most successful wrestler but also certainly the most popular one of his day. His name was Milo of Croton

Milo was a six-time wrestling champion at the Ancient Olympic Games in Greece. In 540 BC, he won the boys wrestling category and then proceeded to win the men’s competition at the next five Olympic Games in a row.1

It is said that Milo built his large muscles and remarkable power through a simple but profound strategy.

One day, a newborn calf was born near his home. Milo lifted up the small animal and carried it on his shoulders. The next day, he returned to the pasture and did the same. Milo continued this routine each day for the next four years until he was no longer hoisting a small calf onto his shoulders but a four-year-old bull.! Continue reading “The Power of Tiny Gains.”

Learning occurs outside your Comfort Zone.

You need to speak in public, but your knees buckle even before you reach the podium. You want to expand your network, but you’d rather swallow nails than make small talk with strangers. Speaking up in meetings would further your reputation at work, but you’re afraid of saying the wrong thing. Situations like these — ones that are important professionally, but personally terrifying — are, unfortunately, ubiquitous. An easy response to these situations is avoidance. Who wants to feel anxious when you don’t have to?

But the problem, of course, is that these tasks aren’t just unpleasant; they’re also necessary. As we grow and learn in our jobs and in our careers, we’re constantly faced with situations where we need to adapt our behavior. It’s simply a reality of the world we work in today. And without the skill and courage to take the leap, we can miss out on important opportunities for advancement. How can we as professionals stop building our lives around avoiding these unpleasant, but professionally beneficial, tasks? Continue reading “Learning occurs outside your Comfort Zone.”

Enjoyment rises with Intensity, Peak-end, Short duration, Breaks & Variation.

What matters far more is the intensity of sensation, whether it’s excitement or pain or contentment. And it’s not the overall average of the experience that people remember, but how they felt at the most intense moments, combined with how they felt right as the experience ended. Psychologists call this the “peak-end rule.

— Drake Bennett (2010) The Best Vacation Ever

In synthesis, I can extract from the article those points:

  1. Intensity: what matters is the intensity of the sensation
  2. Peak-end rule: the intensity peak is in relation to the intensity at the end
  3. Short duration: more days doesn’t mean more enjoyment
  4. Breaks: stopping the sensation and then resuming increases its perception
  5. Variation: enjoyment also stems from avoiding routine and doing novel things

The article gives also some hints to researches that showed the validity of these results if you’re interested in.

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