Archive for the ‘Personal Development’ Category

Why I Won’t Sign Your NDA

April 19, 2012

“ideas are shit, execution’s the game”.

via Why I Won’t Sign Your NDA.

The Benefits of Bilingualism – NYTimes.com

March 23, 2012

The Benefits of Bilingualism – NYTimes.com.

Wine and kids: Is it OK to let them try it? – Slate Magazine

March 21, 2012

other points, my inclination for the time being is to stick with what I’ve been doing—to not treat wine as taboo, and to continue to try to set the right example for James and Ava by drinking it only with meals and never to excess. Once their teen years hit, I plan to go into overbearing-parent mode to make sure they understand the risks associated with alcohol and why responsible drinking is so important. Will I let them have a glass of wine at the table? Periodically, perhaps, but surely not on a regular basis. At any rate, I’ve come to recognize that this is a trickier issue than I once thought, and in my case it’s obviously made more complicated by the fact that I write about wine for a living. I suppose it could worse, though: I could be a correspondent for High Times.

via Wine and kids: Is it OK to let them try it? – Slate Magazine.

Introverts run the world — quietly – CNN.com

March 20, 2012

Introverts run the world — quietly – CNN.com.

Productivity Porn: 7 ways to achieve work/life balance – GeekWire

March 18, 2012

Productivity Porn: 7 ways to achieve work/life balance – GeekWire.

Initial Marketing Contact

February 23, 2012

Option two is to ask questions about the prospect, and their interests, and be a problem solver to whatever comes up on the subject that is directly related to your business or products.  In my opinion, based upon successful experience, being a problem solver is always a better approach than soliciting for business.

Just communicate with someone, just greet them. Be genuinely interested in them with no hidden agenda about selling them anything gnawing at you. Yes, and as your conversation unfolds, you may discover that they do qualify and may well be interested in your products or your network marketing business.

Hopefully you will see that approaching people this way is more natural (it certainly is to me) and because you have shown a genuine interest in them, you are far more likely to get to the point where you can invite them to look at your product or your MLM business.

Life’s Messy. Train Your Brain to Adapt. | Think Tank | Big Think

February 23, 2012

Q: Can we actually reshape our habits just by thinking?

A: I did a coaching demonstration yesterday with a young woman who is really suffering from clutter at home—really suffering. If you look at the genetic wiring around organization, there’s a good amount of the population who have competent executive function. The other part of the population has better access to their emotions. That’s generalizing a lot, but those folks, like the woman I was coaching yesterday, are very good at living the moment, very good at connecting, they’ve got great emotional intelligence, they can pick up other people’s emotions—but they can’t find their keys. Those folks are really struggling. Privately they feel despair, because their emotional expression is turned high. It’s a strength, in terms of their ability to connect with people, but it’s a weakness when it comes to organizing.

Q: How do you take control, even when you’re feeling overwhelmed?

A: Negativity is a very important part of life. When you have negative emotions, they have a message to give you—and they’re very good at getting it through. They overtake the good. They’re like crying babies demanding your attention. And so the first thing to say is, don’t permanently suppress them. Listen to them and figure out, ‘is this an error message? Or is this something I really need to pay attention to?’ The limbic system is an old part of the brain. It takes in a lot of input from a lot of places faster than they get to the thinking brain. So there’s often something important in the negative. Stress is the trigger for learning and growth. Stress is what makes us accomplish things. It’s not that it’s bad. It’s part of life. It’s not that you want to wipe it off the board. It’s more about what your relationship is with the negative.

Stress is designed biologically to be powerful; it takes over your brain much more than positive emotion. Your heart rate goes up, you breathe faster; your blood pressure goes up. It makes you ready to respond. It’s got a purpose, but it doesn’t help when it’s time to sit down and work on something for thirty minutes. Naming the emotion, giving it a language, in an empathetic caring way—just a little self-empathy instead of ‘I’m an idiot for feeling like this’—that in itself can shift it.

Q: How do we form these cognitive habits?

A: You have to train yourself. When you encounter the situation, you have to reappraise it. You do this by talking to your irrational emotions. Then practice changing the negative self-talk.

via Life’s Messy. Train Your Brain to Adapt. | Think Tank | Big Think.