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Spending a large amount of time with someone literally causes you to pick up their habits. Choose your friends wisely.

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Our culture praises originality and creativity. We want our students to think for themselves and not follow blindly.

But thinking for oneself does not mean zero input from others. It means, first, thinking through the ideas of other people. Creativity depends on copying others' ideas.

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Reoccuring Story Elements

Shortly after 335 B.C., Greek philosopher Aristotle wrote a short treatise where he proposed that literature was many inventions, each constructed from an innovative use of story.

He suggested that the elements in a story could plug into our imagination, emotions, and other parts of our being, solve problems, and enhance our mental function.

The Art of Note-Taking

Even in an age where laptops rule, notetaking is still the tool of choice for highly successful students, entrepreneurs, and leaders.

Tim Ferris attributes his notetaking style as one of the most important skills of his success. Bill Gates and Richard Branson are both fanatic note-takers.

There isn't a one-size-fits-all note-taking strategy, you have to find one that is right for you.

The Origin of the Brown M&Ms Principle

The brown M&M’s principle is the idea that small details can sometimes serve as useful indicators of big issues.

The Brown M&M Principle is also known as the Van Halen Principle originally came from the well-known rock band, Van Halen. Their band's performance was known to be engaging and unforgettable. The brown M&Ms clause was placed in Van Halen's contract to see if their needs were meticulously prepared as they asked for. If a brown M&M is present at their backstage dressing room, they would immediately know that the contract was not read well.

Relying on more complex tools increase the ability to teach

Humans are most capable of passing knowledge down the generations.

Simple and complex tools generally improve through generations. A study found that with complex tools, teaching consistently led to more improvement compared to other conditions.

Hobby to business: questions to ask
  • Will I enjoy doing my hobby on a deadline?
  • Will I enjoy doing this with constant financial pressure to perform?
  • Is this hobby my outlet for relaxation? Because, if it is, you're going to have to find something else to do to unwind.
  • Am I up for a challenge? It can be deeply fulfilling, but it definitely won't be easy.
  • Am I willing to sell myself? Be prepared to sell. It's a skill you will have to learn. 
A Team Needs Conflict

Overly nice people in the office, who never pick a fight, and value friendly relations with their peers and bosses, may be just as responsible for team dysfunction as the combative ones.

Conflict, though uncomfortable, is a source of true motivation, and crucial for identifying risks and taking compelling decisions.

Understanding a text

We often forget that our interpretation of a text is influenced by our preexisting beliefs, knowledge and expectations.

Hermeneutics theory describes the method and interpretation of a text. The hermeneutic circle encourages us to read in the context of a cultural, historical, and literary context and with our own personal context.

Weeping Over Life

‘What need is there to weep over parts of life? The whole of it calls for tears.’ - Seneca.

This dark remark gets to the heart of Stoicism, which says we get weepy and angry not only because our plans failed, but because we strongly expected them not to. Seneca thought the less we expect, the less we will suffer. Seneca was trying to spare us the kind of hope that inspires bitterness and anger.

Nature vs Culture

Nature is often seen as the opposite of culture - nature cannot be the result of human interference, and cultural development is achieved against nature.

There is also another take on the relationship between nature and culture. Studies suggest that culture is part of the ecological niche.

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