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Morbid Curiosity

Morbid curiosity is our fascination with ‘compelling awfulness’, like the footage of a plane crash, or a celebrity meltdown on camera.

People rubbernecking on a car crash site, for instance, cause further accidents just because the curious drivers cannot look away from the crash site and in front of their own vehicle.

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Our attraction towards morbid, horrifying and destruction-oriented objects and situations is due to our wanting to experience someone else’s suffering, or evaluate dangers that can threaten us.

This is why we enjoy gory or sad films, curious about the misfortune of others. The problems we see mirror our own relationships, values and the connections we have. Death fascinates us, as it makes us feel truly alive.

The first film completed in Los Angeles was the Count of Monte Cristo in 1908. Two years later, the film Old California was produced.

The climate allowed for outdoor filming year-round, and the mixed terrain provided for a variety of settings. But, most importantly, it was far away from the state of New Jersey, where Edison's Motion Picture Patent Company ruled and strangled the film industry.

Hollywood became the world leader in narrative silent films. In 1927, Hollywood produced its first movie that included the actors' voices. In the 1930s, Los Angeles studios competed and influenced the film industry. The Acadamy Awards were first presented in Los Angeles and remain the most prestigious awards in the entertainment industry.

The humble town changed into a centre of filmmaking and marked the new art form that enriches and entertains humanity.

The site where Los Angeles now stands first belonged to native tribes, including the Chumash and Tongva.

In 1542, explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo discovered the area. Spanish settlers founded a small ranching community and named it El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora la Reina de los Ángeles (The town of Our Lady the Queen of the Angels), and later shortened it to Pueblo de los Ángeles.

Los Angeles And The Film Industry

Los Angeles's Hollywood neighbourhood is known for its unparalleled cinematic contributions. Its new filmmaking styles prepared the way for others to follow.

Los Angeles is the second-most populous city in the United States and may be the most glamorous. It includes two famous landmarks: Disneyland and Universal Studios Hollywood.

Hollywood started as a small enclave that contained a post office, a hotel, a livery stable, and a streetcar. A banker and real estate magnate H.J. Whitley further developed the area.

Hollywood was merged with the city of Los Angeles in 1910 because Hollywood was unable to handle its sewage and water needs. Los Angeles had around 300,000 people, and by 1960, it grew to 2.5 million.

  1. Make sending and replying to emails a game, by setting time limits or adding humour in the content.
  2. Make your finances a game where we keep our debt as little as we can, or keep our investments as large as possible. One can get excited about rising savings or diminishing debts.
  3. Writing a book can be an explorative journey into your own mind, where you interact with yourself and your potential readers, finding life and adventure in your own written words.

Every evening, simply remember that:

  1. You will die, inevitably. Accept this fact.
  2. What do you do with your limited days?
  3. Tomorrow could be your last day, how would you spend it? How will you treat others?
  4. What meaningful work you can do right now to feel at peace?
Effective Motivation: Death Meditation

The awareness of death is a powerful motivator, as evident in Buddhist, Samurai and Stoic teachings. Our days are numbered, and we must leave what is unimportant and focus on the essential.

However depressing it may sound, focusing on one’s death and considering oneself dead every day removes all distractions and time-wasting activities from our lives. It liberates us to move out of the fluffy cushion of life and get on to work, which is the best kind of motivation.

Play and adventure sustain our energy levels and help make otherwise boring and difficult tasks to be light and joyful.

Serious stuff stresses us out, and turning an activity into something full of exploration, curiosity, excitement, discovery, adventure and fun is a great way to stay motivated.

  1. Get complete rest instead of watching TV or sitting up late at night on your computer.
  2. Find some stillness for a while in your busy day.
  3. Start small, not getting bogged down by the enormity of the task. Small actions create a compound effect.
  4. Involve your friends and family to be held accountable for your goals and how you are trying to accomplish them. Instruct them to not let you fail.

Let me respectfully remind you Life and death are of supreme importance. Time swiftly passes by and opportunity is lost. Each of us should strive to awaken. Awaken. Take heed. Tonight your days are diminished by one. Do not squander your life.

People that we deeply care about, our family, loved ones and our friends, can be incredibly motivating for us, and get us to move. We eventually work for our loved ones, not for money or fame.

A man, for example, has a basic desire for his wife and kids to look up to him as a role model. One cannot be a superhuman, so there will be flaws. But one can be trustworthy, fearless, compassionate, courageous and alive.

Many people have homegrown family businesses which they were supposed to do by default, even if they didn’t like it. When complaining, the answer was that it is work, and you are not supposed to like it.

Doing a job we dislike for a paycheck has been a common practice for centuries, so we don’t find anything wrong with it. But it is still absolutely wrong. We have to create a work process that energizes us and use our strengths into our work profile in such a way that the process becomes our own non-financial reward.

Many of us can choose to be selective regarding the colleagues that we interact with.

One can recraft the quality of our existing relationship with our co-workers by writing them ‘gratitude’ emails that build connectivity. This can be a thank you note describing the situation and how their effort, advice or action was helpful. The coworkers will most likely appreciate your efforts, improving your relationships.

Our job role has to have meaning and purpose. If it does not inspire you, it is worth tweaking or having a second look. Some work may appear useless, monotonous and stressful, like creating and sending a weekly report that no one looks at.

One can try to understand the impact the task has on the overall goal or vision of the organization. Knowing that you are adding real value is a way to get inspired about your job role.

Job Crafting: Using Your Superpowers To Mold Your Job Role

Job crafting is a mindset that allows us to take the initiative to reshape and redefine our job role, so that it feels stress free, energizing and fun, while staying relevant to us and the organization.

We all have certain superpowers, the special skill sets and strengths that are unique to us, and make us exceptional. We can bring about these superpowers we possess into our current role by focusing on People, Processes and Purpose.

There is a weird cultural and societal pressure to set a goal for self-improvement in the New Year. It can be a good motivation for a lot of people, but it's unhealthy to think that you lack something if you don't have a New Year's resolution.

While it is important to have productivity goals, it is equally important to decompress and regain energy. A lot of times, busy work is not productivity. That time is better spent relaxing.

A good method to achieve your goal is to break it down into bite-size pieces using SMART goals.

  • S - Specific. Create clear and achievable goals. Instead of wanting to write a book this year, aim for writing one chapter every month.
  • M - Measurable. Your progress should be measurable.
  • A - Achievable. Aim high, but within reason.
  • R - Relevant. You care about your goal rather than thinking you should care about the goal.
  • T - Time-bound. Create a timeline with specific dates and deadlines.
  • Create a support system of friends and people who will call you out when you're slacking.
  • Failure is part of the process. When you set a goal with the understanding that you will fail a lot, it will be easier to deal with those failures when they happen.
  • Stay positive but realistic. People often confuse optimism and positive thinking with achievement. Try not to lose sight of your actual goals.
New Year's resolutions

We seem to set goals around New Year's to re-evaluate where we are in life.

Statistics tell us that the vast majority of people will fail at their New Year's resolutions, but by choosing the right goals and creating a well-grounded plan, we will be able to keep on track.

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