Like in any other domain of human endeavor there is a spectrum of quality and accuracy in science. Some double blind, placebo controlled human research is excellent and profoundly helpful to us in living better but I will show here that some "science" is tantamount to a ranty, opinionated blog, some is funded by the pharmaceutical industry and really is just marketing masquerading as science.
I'll encourage you to not place blind faith in the establishment of science the way that your ancestors likely placed blind faith in the catholic church or whatever their religious persuasion was.
As Nassim Taleb articulates in Antifragile:
the unconditional belief in the idea of scientific prediction regardless of the domain, the aim to squeeze the future into numerical reductions whether reliable or unreliable. For we have managed to transfer religious belief into gullibility for whatever can masquerade as science.
Information is the most powerful tool we have for living well, bad information really can limit us, science is the best source of helpful information, but it's far from a crystal ball that can be stared into to ascertain absolute truth. If you're willing to devote a little bit of extra attention and cognitive horsepower as a layperson you can easily recognize bad science.
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Your smartphone is actually a surprisingly accurate metaphor for your personal development.
You can do personal development either by installing apps or upgrading the operating system.
Let's say your smart phone doesn't have many apps, well you won't be able to do much other than make calls and look at the clock right?
Let's say your smart phone has all the apps you desire but it's running an operating system from 5 years ago, it's apps are constantly crashing, it does everything very slowly, you can't multi task or easily switch between functions - you will infuriatingly be able to see all these apps but not be able to fully utilize them.
How does this correspond to person development?
- Learning a second language
- Acquiring career skill sets
- Reading books
- Studying philosophy
- Writing daily
- Getting coaching
- Getting into entrepreneurship, pickup or social dynamics
Similar to your smartphone the more apps you have the more you can do.
Jonathan deep in Zombie Mode...
Another fairly common sense, yet uncommonly practiced productivity strategy...
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So around this time of the year a lot of personal development and Entrepreneurial podcasts I listen too start talking about New Year's Resolutions. And I've been hearing kind of a lot of the same sort of generic advice:
- You should write down your goals.
- The new year could be your best year
- If you failed to accomplish your all your goals in 2013 that doesn't mean goals are bad, it just means you should make new goals in 2014.
- Your goals should be S.M.A.R.T (Specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time specific)
So this kind of advice is all good, it really does work but it's all basically stuff my mom had taught me by the time I was like 10 years old. (Thanks mom!)
So I've decided to do something different! This video is going to be concise yet complete guide to a scientifically grounded practice for productivity that you probably aren't using right now.Add a comment
Getting what we want in life at crucial junctures requires applying ink to paper and when we are not in physical proximity to the other signatories of our endeavors it can be damned inconvenient. For the longest time remedying this situation was a frustrating combination of fax machines, downloading PDFs, killing trees by buying reams of printer paper, and the dreaded refilling of the printer toner. Below are several free and freeish digital tools that will liberate your valuable time permanently from this unpleasant experience.Add a comment
Recently, with the help of an technology lifehack I've discovered a fascinating new side of myself, I'm a damned creative dreamer. I always had a feeling that I had very adventuresome dreams but until now I was never able to recall them with such detail.
Like just the other night I had a vivid dream that I was the dictator of an underwater society that lived in a giant submarine (with skyscrapers on it's hull). Our submarine was hit by a torpedo dropped by a Japanese WW2 zero. So the people of the underwater society decided to depose me as their dear leader and they condemned me to death by giant manta ray. So I put on my mask and snorkel (similar to the mask and snorkel I used in Nicaragua 4 months ago) and went for a swim next to the mega submarine, in the blue depths beneath me I could see the Manta Ray, it shot me with a dart (apparently Manta Rays can shoot darts!) but I was still quite able swim, the Manta Ray closed in on me and began to thrash me with it's massive wings (which didn't hurt very much). I could see it's glistening fangs. Then I woke up.
This is just one of my night time adventures, last week I battled stormtroopers while escaping from a version of hell that would put many a video game designer to shame and experienced zero gravity traveling to the center of the Earth.Add a comment
Negotiation is actually one of the finest communication skills to hone. Even if you arn't in sales or business you can benefit almost every day by sharpening your negotiating abilities.
Over the years I've saved myself and my businesses thousands (somewhere in 5 figure range) in fees from my services companies. Here's the mindset, communication style, influence methods, issue leveraging techniques and lines to use.Add a comment
For guys having no car can put a damper on your dating life, but only if you let it. Like many young men I once lost my driver's license due to some small bad decisions and I had to get rid of my car, here's how I kept my dating life active and fun. Add a comment
You want to experience career success at a young age? You want to be the youngest person at your office? You want to make your coworkers scratch their heads because you're getting paid the same as them at half their age with a fraction of their education? You want investors and established business people to open their check books to you even though your track record in business is pretty much none existent? We'll you need a learn how to play the young & ambitious card.
Playing the young and ambitious card doesn't mean you don't work hard or that you don't educate yourself, it just means that you take the path of least resistance to a successful career.Add a comment
"You exceeded my expectations!" the beautiful Brazilian girl beside me exclaimed, in her exotically accented English to the Barista in the gourmet cafe. The Barista had created one of those cute little paintings with creamer on the surface of her latte which apparently exceeded her expectations.
That entire day, even after we finished our coffee and she left with an effortlessly enunciated ciao, I couldn't help but smile at how damn cute the way she talked sounded. I'd spent quite a lot of time around foreign ascents, even hung out with a fair share of Brazilian's but something about her's was unique.
After 7 months in Central and South America spent learning Spanish and making friends with travelers hailing from Iceland to Pakistan, I've finally figured out what made the Brazilian in the cafe so charming.Add a comment
In the past few weeks I've found a seriously awesome free app for streamlining my online video consumption, Incoming TV.
Watching online videos presents some serious information consumption problems for the savvy lifehacker:
Distraction, a YouTube video turns what was supposed to be a 30 second visit to Twitter into a 7 minute distraction from work in the middle of a busy morning.
Buffering, how often is your viewer experience and the creator's original vision molested by bandwidth buffering? How many valuable moments of your life have been wasted waiting for a video to buffer?
Ads, online video is becoming decreasingly ad free, as a lifehacker I do abhor paying my finite attention to a 30 or 60 seconds ad before the video I'm watching.
Wifi Connectivity, as an international digital vegabond, sometimes the moments I'd most like to spend watching Youtube video I don't have a wifi connection. While I'm waiting in line at the airport I'd like to catch up with a few of my favorite video bloggers. Or watch a documentary about infamous drug lords while I'm on a bus ride.
One of best premium features of Skype is the ability to call normal cell and land lines via VOIP. The convenience of this is equally matched by the frustration you will experience when you try to 3 way call multiple phones numbers from Skype.
As far as I can tell it's impossible, this is probably a business decision by Skype to protect it's other premium service offering of 3 way calling to other people with Skype accounts. Here's a nifty life hack around this.Add a comment