98 STASHED IDEAS
Prepare like a pro for your next job interview.
“Look for the information that you can weave into the conversation,” says Foggle. (“I was excited to see your CEO talk about your company’s commitment to innovation on CNBC.”)
Foggle says some job seekers make the mistake of donning distracting attire. “Don’t do anything to the extreme, unless you know that that’s the culture at the company,” she cautions. “Wearing too much perfume, too much makeup, too many designer logos—those are the things you want to avoid.”
We’ve all had that one idea that we think would make us successful.
It’s so valuable to us that we keep it locked in our minds until we find a way to make it real. What we don’t realize is that this is not true at all.
We give too much importance to the idea, when in fact it has no value compared to the execution of it. So don’t treat it like it’s gold because…
Ask a good friend or a family member what they think about your idea. Listen to their input and consider their constructive criticism.
Competition inspires innovation. It doesn’t matter if your grand idea is already taken and someone else is reaping its success.
Take the base of that idea and improve upon it. Find out what your competitors are doing wrong and where they’re falling short and use it as an opportunity to provide a better product or service.
Ideas are so cheap that you can never really run out of them. People are literally giving away ideas on the internet.
Take advantage of the fact that we live in the golden age of information. The internet is an unlimited source of knowledge, you just have to know where to look. A good start on where to look are forums and social media platforms.
A common misconception is that stress is bad and should be minimized at all cost.
However, depending on the particular stressors and your reaction, stress can be harmful (distress) or beneficial (eustress).
Distress causes anxiety, while eustress is exciting. Distress can lead to procrastination, while eustress increases motivation.
Distress can impact your productivity, creativity, and mental health. Eustress is a short-term response and makes you feel energized and focused when faced with a challenge you think you can handle.
Eustress has many benefits, especially for ambitious people who enjoy an exciting challenge.
Eustress is a positive reaction to stress and is based on perception. The potential sources of eustress vary between people.
Examples of stress which are commonly seen as positive include learning a new skill, starting a new job, going on a holiday, starting a family, moving, playing competitive sports or challenging video games, or having a complex but constructive debate.
“We want to be liked, or at least accepted by other people, In order to not break these norms, we sometimes act like we’re treading on eggshells.”
People want to get the real you so they can express the real them.
Even if it’s uncomfortable, be brave and just do it, Sandstrom says. The person is probably going to like you more than you think and you’re both probably going to enjoy it more than you think.
Ask questions. Is the person wearing an article of clothing that’s noteworthy? Why did they decide to come to whatever event you’re both at?
Start with a statement: “This painting really confuses me” or “I can’t believe how crowded the train is today.” Statements are invitations to share curiosities, Nightingall says.
And whether you’re asking a question, replying, or making a statement, be authentic, she adds. “People want to get the real you so they can express the real them.”
It shifts the focus to the other person and should make them feel good, Sandstrom explains.
When it comes to our anxieties about having conversations with people we don’t know, we tend to be in our heads a lot, overthinking what we’re doing wrong or what we could do wrong, she explains.
Focusing the attention on the other person in those moments can help us get past those awkward spots, she says.
At the very least, you’re in the same place and experiencing the same weather. But don’t be afraid to dig deeper and find more interesting commonalities:
It is not the person who has the best idea or the right answer that wins. It is the person who tells the most compelling story that wins.
Many successes work this way. Tesla is worth seven times more than GM and Ford combined, not because it built a good business but because Elon Musk is good at getting peoples attention.
Stories can squeeze the full potential out of something with less effort.
Trying to explain something difficult with only facts and figures is often dead to the hearer. Part of what made Albert Einstein so talented was his imagination and ability to break complexity down into a simple picture. He considered gravity by imagining bowling balls and billiard balls competing for space on a trampoline surface.
Stories can capture and direct attention.
Steven Spielberg said: "The most amazing thing for me is that every single person who sees a movie brings a whole set of unique experiences. But through careful manipulation and good storytelling, you can get everybody to clap at the same time, to laugh at the same time, and to be afraid at the same time."
Rory Sutherland stated that "It seems likely that the biggest progress in the next 50 years may come not from improvements in technology but in psychology and design thinking. Put simply, it’s easy to achieve massive improvements in perception at a fraction of the cost of equivalent improvements in reality."
Many ideas that have already been discovered could grow so much more if someone just explained them better.