Self Improvement


The Earth spins at the speed of 1,036 miles per hour (1,667 kilometres per hour).

  • The tides can slow the Earth's rotation speed and add about 2.3 milliseconds to our day every century.
  • Weather systems can also change the Earth's rotation.
  • Earthquakes can change the length of the day by redistributing the Earth's mass. The 2011 earthquake in Japan accelerated the Earth's spin and shortened the day by 1.8 microseconds.
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  • Earth would take a whole year to cycle from night to day and back. Cities would be in darkness for half the year and in sunlight the other half.
  • The polar regions would be deep underwater. When the Earth rotates, centrifugal force causes the planet to bulge along the equator. Without a bulge, all the extra water held in place along the equator would return toward the poles.
  • The Earth magnetic field might go away, leaving us exposed to harmful solar winds.
Entertaining the idea of a still-standing earth

The assumption that the Earth can stop spinning is far-fetched. But, what if something changed the Earth's rotation? Let's assume the Earth stopped spinning gradually.

And let's suppose that Earth's ecosystems have survived the transition. What would the new world look like?

Earth spins on its axis as it revolves around the sun.

Newton's first law of motion states that an object remains in the state of motion it's in unless another force acts upon it.

Before there were planets in our solar system, there was a spinning nebulous cloud of dust. The spinning dust collided over time and stuck together, forming larger rocks and, ultimately, planets. The cloud of dust was rotating from the start. The angular momentum the Earth needs keeps the world spinning.

  • The Source Of Your Rage: We need to introspect about what exactly is making us so angry by journaling our thoughts and reviewing the situations.
  • Talk To Others: Get an outside perspective as one can feel trapped and lose the sense of reality due to the distortion created by management.
  • Don’t Trash-Talk: It is good to network for better opportunities, but do not spend all your time trash-talking about your current pathetic state.
  • Self-Care: Take some time off and take care of your physical and mental health.
  • Plan Your Exit: Quitting a job without notice is not without consequences. To take things into your hands by job-hunting, networking or planning your own startup.

Fantasizing about dramatically quitting your job by shouting at your boss and trashing the computer before exiting the building is a huge red flag that something needs to be corrected in your work life.

When work is a nightmare, it is natural to slip into daydreams of rage-quitting, but it can hinder any practical steps we need to take to rectify the situation. One needs to find the underlying cause or the issue that is making them dream about quitting furiously.

What you need to improve your life

When you're stuck, you need feedback. You need information that tells you what you're doing well and where you're going wrong.

We all have areas in our lives where we'd love to see positive and meaningful change. But sometimes, we don't know how to keep moving forward. We do research and think of strategies. We try to implement a few tactics, but then we get stuck. We are unsure if we are going in the right direction.

Great feedback isn't about convincing others to do things your way - it is about giving them insight on how to improve on their own methods.

Giving feedback requires an awareness of what you're saying and how you say it.

  • Make the feedback personal. Give specific examples.
  • Reassure the person you are trying to help them improve on themselves.
  • Be aware of your tone. You are a team member, not an accuser.
  • Choose your timing wisely. The end of a busy workday is often not a good time for feedback.

Some feedback is just noise. Feedback is based on observation and reactions to your specific actions.

  • Feedback does not try to tell you what you should be doing. It tries to enlarge your perspective on what you are doing.
  • Opinions are just someone telling you how they feel about things. It may have nothing to do with you in particular.

Getting helpful information in an ongoing, interactive loop allows you to course correct.

Asking how you could be a better partner, team member, friend, or leader from people who can give you accurate feedback can help you improve.

If you want good feedback:

  • Be open to listening to the things you might not want to hear.
  • Explain that you want to identify your blind spots so that you can improve.
  • Be gracious with the results, even if they're unpleasant.

Some professions come with feedback. Writers have editors, athletes have coaches. If you need more feedback, consider hiring a coach as everyone can do with some improvement.

While it's true that life is better when you have friends, money and status, that lifestyle is never satisfied. It always demands more.

Instead of striving to attain some ideal of life, organise your energy around pursuits that matter. Engaging in meaningful activities that help you and others are more satisfying.

Setting difficult, ambitious goals and committing to them has a much bigger impact than people realise.

Edwin Lock, who pioneered the experimental study of goal-setting, found two things:

  • Harder goals produce better results, provided you stay committed.
  • Specific targets work better than vague suggestions like "doing your best."

Growth is dominated by two trends:

  1. Diminishing returns: At some point, more effort becomes increasingly unproductive. A key realisation is often to know how good is good enough.
  2. Compound growth: Each past improvement helps further development. What at first looks like a small improvement will end in huge growth. The problem is often lacking the patience to continue even if your efforts at first seem unrewarded.

Understanding what kind of growth you're dealing with prepares you for progress.

In the novel, The Count of Monte Cristo, two people are unfairly imprisoned. One spends his time brooding, raging and attempting suicide. The other spent his captivity improving his mind by practising languages, developing tools, and reconstructing manuscripts from memory.

Freedom is possessed by varying degrees by different people. Your life situation could be constrained, or you may only have choices you don't like very much. But increasing your options is part of a good life.

For most of recorded history, most of the roads to worldly success came at other people's expense.

In modern time, the most prominent way we have become rich isn't through plunder but through invention and service. We improve our lives mostly by making life better for others.

Thinking up a new life is not enough unless you also pair it with action. It is important then to realize that most of our actions happen without thinking. We do the same pattern endlessly, and those actions create our lives.

Real change seldom comes from a single exertion. It comes from committing yourself to specific daily habits until the habit feels comfortable.

The quality of your life is mostly determined by what you pay attention to. But most of what grasps our attention isn't good for us, such as anxiety and anger about things we cannot control.

Like a prudent gardener, you can choose what you let grow in your mind by watching the conversations you have, the books you read and the news you follow.

Exposure therapy works to reduce an irrational fear by exposing you to the fear in a safe environment.

Public speaking, talking to strangers, or taking tests can create a paralyzing anxiety. Knowing how to deal with it makes a big difference.

Reality Is Malleable

Steve Jobs stated that life is not fixed and ready-made for you to live in. You can change and influence the world and leave your mark on it.

Most of us will have a far less impact than Steve Jobs did. But in the smaller sphere of our lives, there is enough flexibility if we understand that life can be changed.

Most of the essential activities in our life are infinite games, meaning that to win means you have to keep on playing. For instance, health isn't over when you've reached your weight-loss goal.

If you can keep going, you haven't lost.

How Art Helps You

The process of making art allows individuals to explore themselves and their emotions, it aids them when facing hurdles in their lives, and even increase mindfulness.

The same parts of our brain are activated when we make art and when we deal with solving problems, which makes art a great way of release since it can be a practice ground that can help you maneuver both personal and interpersonal issues.

  1. Collage - creating a collage makes your brain think of how to compose new art out of what's already been made into art
  2. Doodle - when feeling negative, doodling can help manifest positive thoughts into your head
  3. Sketch or Color - repetitive strokes can provide a sense of relief
  4. Knit - it has been proven that knitting has a calming and meditative effect and can lower our stress hormones
  5. Sculpting - can mirror the process of building our ego whatever material you use.

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