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The Evolution of Anxiety: Why We Worry. Let’s pretend for a moment that you are a giraffe.

The Evolution of Anxiety: Why We Worry

You live on the grasslands of the African savannah. You have a neck that is 7 feet long (2.1 meters). Every now and then, you spot a group of humans driving around on a safari taking pictures of you. 7 Times When You Should Just Say Thank You, But Don't. Motivation is Overvalued. Environment Often Matters More. The Goldilocks Rule: How to Stay Motivated in Life and Business. How to Stick With Good Habits Every Day by Using the "Paper Clip Strategy". Shoshin: This Zen Concept Will Help You Stop Being a Slave to Old Behaviors and Beliefs. I played baseball for 17 years of my life.

Shoshin: This Zen Concept Will Help You Stop Being a Slave to Old Behaviors and Beliefs

During that time, I had many different coaches and I began to notice repeating patterns among them. Coaches tend to come up through a certain system. New coaches will often land their first job as an assistant coach with their alma mater or a team they played with previously. After a few years, the young coach will move on to their own head coaching job where they tend to replicate the same drills, follow similar practice schedules, and even yell at their players in a similar fashion as the coaches they learned from. The Mistake Smart People Make: Being In Motion vs. Taking Action. There is a common mistake that often happens to smart people — in many cases, without you ever realizing it.

The Mistake Smart People Make: Being In Motion vs. Taking Action

The mistake has to do with the difference between being in motion and taking action. They sound similar, but they’re not the same. Here’s the deal… Motion vs. Action Motion is when you’re busy doing something, but that task will never produce an outcome by itself. Here are some examples… If I outline 20 ideas for articles I want to write, that’s motion. Sometimes motion is good because it allows you to prepare and strategize and learn. Two Harvard Professors Reveal One Reason Our Brains Love to Procrastinate. Sometime around 2006, two Harvard professors began to study why we procrastinate.

Two Harvard Professors Reveal One Reason Our Brains Love to Procrastinate

Why do we avoid doing the things we know we should do, even when it’s clear that they are good for us? To answer this question, the two professors — Todd Rogers and Max Bazerman — conducted a study where participants were asked whether they would agree to enroll in a savings plan that automatically placed two percent of their paycheck in a savings account. Nearly every participant agreed that saving money was a good idea, but their behavior said otherwise: One version of the question asked participants to enroll in the savings plan as soon as possible.

The Chemistry of Building Better Habits. There is a concept in chemistry known as activation energy.

The Chemistry of Building Better Habits

Here’s how it works: Activation energy is the minimum amount of energy that must be available for a chemical reaction to occur. Let’s say you are holding a match and that you gently touch it to the striking strip on the side of the match box. Nothing will happen because the energy needed to activate a chemical reaction and spark a fire is not present. However, if you strike the match against the strip with some force, then you create the friction and heat required to light the match on fire.

Chemistry textbooks often explain activation energy with a chart like this: Debunking the Eureka Moment: Creative Thinking Is a Process. Read More: The Simple System I Use to Read 30+ Books/Year. Warren Buffett, the man commonly referred to as the greatest investor of the 20th century, was standing in front of 165 wide-eyed students from Columbia University.

Read More: The Simple System I Use to Read 30+ Books/Year

Be More Productive: The 15-Minute Routine Anthony Trollope Used to Write 40+ Books. Beginning with his first novel in 1847, Anthony Trollope wrote at an incredible pace.

Be More Productive: The 15-Minute Routine Anthony Trollope Used to Write 40+ Books

Over the next 38 years, he published 47 novels, 18 works of non-fiction, 12 short stories, 2 plays, and an assortment of articles and letters. Trollope achieved his incredible productivity by writing in 15-minute intervals for three hours per day. The Impact Bias: How to be Happy When Everything Goes Wrong. In the summer of 2010, Rachelle Friedman was preparing for one of the best periods of her life.

The Impact Bias: How to be Happy When Everything Goes Wrong

She was recently engaged, surrounded by her best friends, and enjoying her bachelorette party. Friedman and her friends were spending the day at the pool when one of them playfully pushed her into the shallow end of the water. Friedman floated slowly to the top of the pool until her face emerged. It was immediately obvious that something was wrong. The Value of Time: How Much is Your Time Really Worth? Not all uses of time are equal and this simple truth can make a big difference in life.

The Value of Time: How Much is Your Time Really Worth?

People who spend their time doing more profitable work make more money. People who spend their time investing in others build better relationships. People who spend their time creating a flexible career enjoy more freedom. Feedback Loops: How to Master the Invisible Hand That Shapes Our Lives. Looking back, the most surprising thing about Robert Wadlow was his normal height and weight at birth.

Feedback Loops: How to Master the Invisible Hand That Shapes Our Lives

When he was born on February 22, 1918, Wadlow weighed 8 lbs 6 ounces (3.8 kg) and was 20 inches tall (0.51 m). There was nothing normal about what happened next. Within six months, Wadlow had doubled in height and quadrupled in weight.