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Become friends with your mind by improving your self-awareness

Become friends with your mind by improving your self-awareness

Your mind can be both a delightful asset and a difficult obstacle. Sometimes it generates brilliant ideas, but it may just as often hold you back, refusing to let go of old ways of thinking. Clearly, you want your mind to work for you, and that means you need to befriend it. And the best way to make your brain into your buddy is to develop self-awareness. The first step…

Many great ideas were rejected in the past by managers who were biased against innovation

Many great ideas were rejected in the past by managers who were biased against innovation

Can you imagine Stephen Hawking working for a typical boss who demands that he submit daily status reports? Or what about Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton having to get their time cards stamped? How about Mozart, Marie Curie and Leonardo da Vinci taking notes at a company conference? If you’re struggling to picture the great innovators of the past succeeding within the confines of today’s workplace, how can…

Learn the basics of anything in 20 hours by using rapid skill acquisition

Learn the basics of anything in 20 hours by using rapid skill acquisition

Is there some skill you’ve always wanted to learn but never had the time for? Many people wish they could play the piano, dominate on the tennis court or converse in fluent French, and may even undertake to learn these skills. But often they give up before they’ve even acquainted themselves with the basics. The reason is that they believe it’s too late for them to acquire…

Social rejection is similar to physical pain and can damage employee performance

Social rejection is similar to physical pain and can damage employee performance

There’s a saying you probably heard as a child that goes, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” It’s a nice thought, but scientists now know what a lot of kids are well aware of: words can and do hurt. When someone attacks with sticks or words, the same areas in the brain are activated, which shows that physical pain and social…

Curb people’s aversion to new ideas by offering samples

Curb people’s aversion to new ideas by offering samples

Creator of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, had his invention dismissed as nothing more than a useless toy by the world’s leading communication company at the time, and George Lucas’s original Star Wars script was rejected by all the major Hollywood studios except one. This brings us to another innovation myth – that people like new ideas. From the examples above, we can see that people aren’t so…

The Mith of Productivity

The Mith of Productivity

Nowadays, many believe in some myths and lies related to productivity. The first myth is that everything has the same importance. False. Many of our activities are unrelated to productivity because they are not as important as others. For example, if a person has a to-do list, they can have a greater sense of accomplishment when they complete that list. But if the list is full of banal things, ending…

Patent laws lead us to believe that great ideas come from one innovator, but really they’re the product of multiple thinkers

Patent laws lead us to believe that great ideas come from one innovator, but really they’re the product of multiple thinkers

If you were to ask a young child who invented pancakes, they’d most likely answer, “My mom!” Well, the bad habit of assuming that the person we associate with an invention is also its creator doesn’t stop at childhood. How many of us think that Thomas Edison invented the electric light bulb? And how many know that it was in fact invented by the lesser-known Humphry Davy and…

Relentlessly generate new ideas and give them time to grow into great ones

Relentlessly generate new ideas and give them time to grow into great ones

Today’s world is all about convenience. Everything nowadays is being sold to us pre-packaged – from meals to holidays, clothes to entertainment. The problem with this convenient consumer culture is that we also expect our new ideas to come conveniently gift-wrapped, which is another myth of innovation. The belief that good ideas arrive fully formed often stops us from developing them, which forecloses the possibility of those ideas becoming great.…