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There is a gap between the state of surviving and thriving that needs to be closed before a thriving life can be embraced.
In the modern world, our senses are abused by artificial lights, sounds, and smells in the cities we live in. Our media devices fill us with more helpful and useless information that we can consume in multiple lifetimes. Our problem is not with the abundance, but that we don't know how to manage all of this.
When the most successful people were interviewed in the 1990s, they all shared one commonality: They were incredibly complex people. They were both differentiated and integrated.
They were differentiated because they took it on themselves to get exposed to the world. They were integrated because they learned to make sense of this diverse absorption.
Many people are integrated but not differentiated. They haven't done the work to expose themselves to complexities. They find it easy to ignore the excess noise in the world. But deep down, they know they aren't really living a life that's true to who they are.
Then some people are differentiated but not integrated. They have exposed themselves to lots of information, picked out the values that are true to them, but they don't know how to make it all cohere. They can't act on what they know. They follow after every distraction. And it doesn't help that this complex, abundant world demands so much of them.
We can develop our potential by cultivating awareness - by looking for ways we get in our own way and advising ourselves to a course of action.
Awareness is about observing our emotional experience, to see it clearly and objectively, to accept it, and then to decide how to deal with it. This will slowly build a fertile ground for our ability to thrive.
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Stop making things not work for you. Stop looking for reasons why it doesn't work or why it will never work for you, instead figure out a way to make good things happen for you.
Whenever we try to make changes in our lifestyle, sometimes we doubt ourselves that maybe we can't do it or it isn't suitable for us. Why does it happen? It isn't because of fear but because we don't believe in ourselves. We aren't confident enough to keep pushing through to do the things we should.
No idea will work for every single person, but a lot of them can work for most people as long as you believe that you can make them work. Stop wasting your energy to worry. Use the what you have to create and grow from what you've learned.
You need to put more trust in yourself and believe in the process of things. If one thing doesn't work for you then just experiment with new ideas and get through the day until you discover a way to make it work.
Tesla (formerly Tesla Motors) was founded in 2003 and named after the famous 19th Century inventor Nikola Tesla, who is idolized by the tech community and engineers.
The current CEO of Tesla wasn’t the founder of the company and joined in 2004. His investments and lobbying provided the company with much-needed traction to build the first completely electric sports car, called the Roadster, which went into production in 2008.
The futuristic electric sports car was a technical marvel but out of reach for most people at USD 100,000, and also had a slow charge.