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Imaginary Foundation. Portal:Thinking. How Our Brains Stop Us From Achieving Our Goals (and How to Fight Back) Nonsocial Transient Behavior: Social Disengagement on the Greyhound Bus - Kim - 2012 - Symbolic Interaction. How to Find Your Purpose and Do What You Love. “Find something more important than you are,” philosopher Dan Dennett once said in discussing the secret of happiness, “and dedicate your life to it.”

But how, exactly, do we find that? Surely, it isn’t by luck. I myself am a firm believer in the power of curiosity and choice as the engine of fulfillment, but precisely how you arrive at your true calling is an intricate and highly individual dance of discovery. Still, there are certain factors — certain choices — that make it easier. Gathered here are insights from seven thinkers who have contemplated the art-science of making your life’s calling a living. Every few months, I rediscover and redevour Y-Combinator founder Paul Graham’s fantastic 2006 article, How to Do What You Love. It’s brilliant in its entirety, but the part I find of especial importance and urgency is his meditation on social validation and the false merit metric of “prestige”: What you should not do, I think, is worry about the opinion of anyone beyond your friends.

What Would You Do If Money Were No Object? Alan Watts on the Life of Purpose. Henry Miller on Reading, Influence, and What's Wrong with Education. The Anatomy of Influence: Mapping the Labyrinth of Literature. Top 10 Ways to Trick Your Brain Into Doing What You Want. The science behind what motivates us to get up for work every day. 2.6K Flares Filament.io 2.6K Flares × The following post is a guestpost by Walter Chen, founder of a unique new project management tool IDoneThis.

More about Walter at the bottom of the post. So, here is the thing right at the start: I’ve always been uncomfortable with the traditional ideal of the professional — cool, collected, and capable, checking off tasks left and right, all numbers and results and making it happen, please, with not a hair out of place. An effective employee, no fuss, no muss, a manager’s dream.

You might as well be describing an ideal vacuum cleaner. I admit that I’ve never been able to work that way. There is one thing that always came first and most importantly for me: How am I feeling today? Feelings provide important feedback during our workday. What does emotion have to do with our work? It turns out, quite a lot. “The larger the monetary reward, the poorer the performance. – money doesn’t motivate us, at all, instead emotions do.” In the famous expriment by Dr. 50 Lessons I wish I had learned earlierFamily on Bikes. Welcome to our blog! Here you'll find bits and pieces of wisdom learned from cycling 17,000 miles from Alaska to Argentina together as a family. Hope it inspires you to live your dream! My book about our journey, Changing Gears, is now released! Read a preview here Now that I’m old and gray (but not quite in my rocker yet!) You’re stronger than you think you are.Mistakes teach you important lessons.

What lies before us and behind us are tiny matters when compared to what lies within us.Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.It’s not about getting a chance, it’s about taking a chance.If it were easy everyone would do it.Be vulnerable.A problem is a chance for you to learn.Regardless of the situation, life goes on.

If you enjoyed these inspirational quotes and feel they would be beneficial for others, we would appreciate it if you would take a moment to share it with your friends via Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest or email. Interested in our journey? How To Design a Lucky Life. I'm no extrovert and I apply most of these to my life already. being an extrovert is no requirement: generosity, humbleness, asking questions, getting to know your neighbors, never speaking negatively...none of these are "extrovert" activities. Sure it might help with asking questions, etc, but sometimes we gotta suck it up and do uncomfortable things. I clearly wasn't talking about the ones where extroversion isn't a requirement.

I'm talking about things like "never eat alone". My point: I didn't say what I said because I refuse to "suck it up", I said it because instructions like those and "be social" are given as if it's not a difficult and stressful thing for a lot of people to do. I hear you. It's sad that saying how important you are can be more beneficial than actually being important. How to Identify Your Passions. Passion is the fuel that can power you toward the realization of your dreams. To live a truly satisfying and purposeful life you need to know what your passions are so you can fill your day with them. Have you found your passions in life or are you still searching? Many people struggle to connect with their deepest core passions. It has become increasingly common for people to feel like they can’t really identify their passions or that they don’t know how to incorporate their passions into their daily life.

It is also possible that you might already be living a life of passion without even recognizing it. Could that be true for you? If you want to discover your passions, the following questions will get you started. Many people wonder, “How do I know what my passions are?” 1) Does it make you feel good about yourself? 2) Would you do it for free? 3) Do you lose all track of time when you do it? 4) Do you talk about it to anyone who will listen?

Your passions are waiting! The Best 10 Motivational Videos For 2013. Once in a while a video comes along that is powerful enough to transcend language barriers and speak directly to our soul. That’s why today I’ve decided to do a list with the motivational videos that had great impact on me and have served me as a motivational source almost on a daily basis. Dream – Mateusz M Key Quote: Most people they raise a family, they earn a living and then they die. They stop growing, they stop working on themselves, they stop stretching, they stop pushing themselves. If today were the last day of my life – by Steve Jobs Key Quote: Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. Be Phenomenal – MotivationGrid Remember Me – Devinsupertramp Vision – Mateusz M Key Quote: We have to see ourselves there long before it happened.

How Bad Do You Want It – Eric Thomas Key Quote: When you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe then you’ll be successful. The Greatest Speech Ever Made – Charlie Chaplin. How do you craft an exceptional life? - Positive Thoughts. How do you craft an exceptional life? Ultimately, life goes by in a blink. And too many people live the same year 80 times. To avoid getting to the end and feeling flooded with regret over a live half-lived, read (and then apply) these tips: How many will you try today? Exercise daily. Get serious about gratitude.

See your work as a craft. The Thrillist Conversation: Timothy Ferriss - Entertainment. Ars Spiritus - The Art of Life | Conscious Directions In Self Improvement. Change Your Life | The Change Blog. Mindbloom | Grow the life you want. Recalibrate Your Reality. Live an Exceptional Life - Robin Sharma. How do you craft an exceptional life? Ultimately, life goes by in a blink. And too many people live the same year 80 times. To avoid getting to the end and feeling flooded with regret over a live half-lived, read (and then apply) these tips: Exercise daily.Get serious about gratitude.See your work as a craft.Expect the best and prepare for the worst.Keep a journal.Read The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. 10 vital habits to develop | ChangeYourLife.net. Confessions of a Recovering Lifehacker. Push, push, push. Expanding your comfort zone. I’m 40 meters underwater.

It’s getting cold and dark. It’s only the third dive in my life, but I’m taking the advanced training course, and the Caribbean teacher was a little reckless, dashing ahead, leaving me alone. The next day I’m in a government office, answering an interview, raising my right hand, becoming a citizen of Dominica. I’m in a Muslim Indian family’s house in Staten Island, washing my feet, with the Imam waiting for my conversion ceremony.

Next week they will be my family in-law. The Muslim wedding will make her extended family happy. I’ve memorized the syllables I need to say. I’m backstage at the TED Conference, about to go on, but I can’t remember my lines. I’m alone on a bicycle in a forest in Sweden. We’re in a filthy dorm-room apartment in Guilin, China, studying at the local university. The India Embassy official hands me a pseudo-passport that says I am now officially a “Person of Indian Origin” - a pseudo-citizen of India. I’m just a musician from California! 30 Things to Start Doing for Yourself. 15 Ways to Live, and Not Merely Exist.

Post written by: Marc Chernoff Email As Jack London once said, “The proper function of man is to live, not to exist.” Far too often we travel through life on autopilot, going through the motions, accepting what is, and having every day pass like the one before it. Everything seems relatively normal and comfortable, except that constant twitch in the back of your mind that’s saying, “It’s time to make some changes.”

Here are 15 simple suggestions for those who want to break free from the mold and truly live more of their life – to experience it and enjoy it to the fullest, instead of settling for a mere existence. Appreciate the great people and things in your life. – Sometimes we don’t notice the things others do for us until they stop doing them. Don’t be like that. Photo by: Toni Blay If you enjoyed this article, check out our new best-selling book. And get inspiring life tips and quotes in your inbox (it's free)...

Find Your Happy Place. Rick Warren on a life of purpose. How to Start Your Day the Right Way. In her bestselling book “Eat, Pray, Love”, Elizabeth Gilbert writes the following: “You need to learn how to select your thoughts just the same way you select your clothes every day.” If you’re looking for a great way to improve your life, take Gilbert’s advice: start your day the right way by selecting your thoughts for the day. In this post I’m going to discuss two methods for doing this. The first of these methods is from the book “Today We Are Rich: Harnessing the Power of Total Confidence”, and the second is from a YouTube video titled “Improve Your Life Using A Daily Success Routine – The Day Launcher System”.

Both of these are explained, in detail, below. Feed Your Mind the Good Stuff “What comes out of the mind is what you put in the mind. The book “Today We Are Rich – Harnessing the Power of Total Confidence”, by Tim Sanders, presents seven principles for developing a confident outlook. In this way, Sanders makes sure that he begins each day by feeding his mind the good stuff. » Life as a Conscious Practice. ‘Everything is practice.’ ~Pele Post written by Leo Babauta. When we learn a martial art, or ballet, or gymnastics, or soccer … we consciously practice movements in a deliberate way, repeatedly.

By conscious, repeated practice, we become good at those movements. Our entire lives are like this, but we’re often less conscious of the practice. Each day, we repeat movements, thought patterns, ways of interacting with others … and in this repeated practice, we are becoming (or have already become) good at these things. When you smoke, or eat junk food, or speak rudely to others, or put yourself down internally, this is something you are practicing to be good at. What if, instead, we practiced consciously, deliberately, and became good at the things we really want to be good at? What if you first, above all skills, learned to be more aware of what you are practicing?

What Are You Practicing? Ask yourself these things throughout the day, to practice conscious action: How to Practice. » Letting Go of Attachment, from A to Zen. “Most of our troubles are due to our passionate desire for and attachment to things that we misapprehend as enduring entities.” ~Dalai Lama Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Lori Deschene of Tiny Buddha. If there’s one thing we all have in common it’s that we want to feel happy; and on the other side of that coin, we want to avoid hurting. Yet we consistently put ourselves in situations that set us up for pain.

We pin our happiness to people, circumstances, and things and hold onto them for dear life. We stress about the possibility of losing them when something seems amiss. Then we melt into grief when something changes—a lay off, a break up, a transfer. We attach to feelings as if they define us, and ironically, not just positive ones. In trying to hold on to what’s familiar, we limit our ability to experience joy in the present. When you stop trying to grasp, own, and control the world around you, you give it the freedom to fulfill you without the power to destroy you. Xie Xie.