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John Lennon
“There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance.”
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Self Improvement

The Worst Offender In Your Lack Of Focus

Lack of self-efficacy, that is your confidence (or belief) in navigating a challenging situation and shooting down potential obstacles is a fundamental reason for the inability to focus.

  • Coined in 1977 by psychologist Albert Bandura, self-efficacy is different from confidence, as it relates to a particular task or topic.
  • High self-efficacy results in less stress and depression and almost guarantees your personal accomplishment.
  • A low self-efficacy results in procrastination, failure and blame games.
Reframe or divert

The first step in approaching a negative situation with an optimistic outlook is to accept what you can’t change.

Once you’ve done that, you have 2 options: reframe ( look for an opportunity instead of ruminating on the loss ) or divert (shift your focus to something else).

Mahatma Gandhi
“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Satellites and Financial Transactions

Contactless payments would never have been possible if we didn't have satellites. Literally, all of our financial transactions rely on satellites' locations and timing services for security purposes as well.

If the satellite's timing isn't in sync with the others, it is possible for money to be lost in the transaction.

Mark Manson
“Life is essentially an endless series of problems—the solution to one problem is merely the creation of the next. Don’t hope for a life without problems. Hope for a life full of good problems.”
Learning By Being In Play Mode

In both children and adults, being in ‘play mode’ is an essential and overlooked factor in the quest to learn about our surroundings, discovering our capabilities and finding new information. Not having a goal in mind helps develop free form creativity and experimentation.

When we are not pressured or in any obligation, we feel unrestricted and our relaxed mind forms new connections, ideas and innovative concepts, becoming a fertile ground for creativity.

We assume other people have their life taken care of in all aspects, but the truth is that everyone is struggling. Some have job issues, financial, or relationship issues. Just having a (projected) happy face does not mean that everything is hunky-dory with others.

Even billionaires have relationship issues, struggling and juggling with life. Many are self-medicating, and while outsiders may think they have everything, they in fact are as miserable as anyone.

Circle of Competence

Each of us, through experience or study, has built up useful knowledge on certain areas of the world. Some areas are understood by most of us, while some areas require a lot more specialty to evaluate. 

It is important to honestly define what we know and stick to those areas. 

Our circle of competence can be widened, but only slowly and over time.

Pema Chödrön
"To be fully alive, fully human, and completely awake is to be continually thrown out of the nest."
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