What motivates different kinds of people towards action? (in Big 5 format)

This post is a re-blog from The Procrastinator's Mind. The Big 5 personality factors or test is by far the most accurate personality test available in the world right now. I've taken this test during my business school, and it is fairly accurate to not only me but also to all the other 400 students …

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Get Away From Your Smartphone Pleasure Traps! (Reblog from The Procrastinator’s Mind)

This is a repost from The Procrastinator's Mind (www.theprocrastinatorsmind.com) Today, we live a significant part of our lives in the smartphone. We all have an overwhelming need to stay connected and not miss any important notifications. But in this process, we also become addicted to our smartphones regularly checking for pleasurable messages or visually appealing Instagram posts. …

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Why we develop fight or flight or procrastinate even in simple situations in life?

Belonging is an essential biological need for all human beings. We are designed in such a way that if we feel left out from our desired ‘group’ or from a person we want to be connected with then we biologically with an uncontrollable intention go into a self-destructive state that might include a self-destructive narrative …

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Current Self vs. Desired Self vs. Undesired Self

As a human, you have many selfs or avataars in you. A current-self is a state with regular workings of life without any new change in the state - desire or hatred. The moment you have a desire (say to buy those new sneakers or that new mobile phone) you create a new state called …

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One Reason Why We Fail To Be Disciplined

As an individual, we might be in one skin and flesh but we have multiple avataars of our personality. An event can be interpreted as a positive one or a negative one depending on the avataar we wear at that time. Our wishes, our fears and our emotions are driven by the avataar of that time. …

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Courage – the one common trait among all types of leaders

Courage is the ability to do the right thing in the face of a fearful consequence. Courage is what makes us stand our ground about what we believe in. A popular saying goes like "The secret of happiness lies in freedom and the secret of freedom lies in courage". The question is: where does courage …

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The Psychology of Money (by Morgan Housel)

The link to this original article is: http://www.collaborativefund.com/blog/the-psychology-of-money/. This is a highly recommended read in all business schools and has valuable lessons on money which I want all my blog followers too to read. Hope you enjoy this article, thank you. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Let me tell you the story of two investors, neither of whom knew …

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Are rules more important than emotions and feelings?

If somebody makes an emotional appeal or gives an emotional reason for something, it is mostly to say that he/she had good intentions but couldn't do the action/work as desired. The first problem with it is that it cannot be verified. The second problem is that even if you think it is wrong and you tell …

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How to practice discipline in daily life?

Discipline is not about making to-do lists, setting alarms and eating the big frog from tomorrow. Discipline starts small and is just about doing the same thing at the same time every day, even if it is one simple thing. Discipline actually starts by doing one thing at a particular time and then adding more …

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Everybody who is supposed to be right is not always right!

Everybody who is supposed to be right is not always right! So, always question regulators, supervisors, and everybody around. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tV07Or1Sark

Top 3 Dale Carnegie Quotes

Here are my top 3 quotes by Dale Carnegie 1) “It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.” Dale Carnegie Quotes Our ability to change our perception means we have the ability …

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What makes an effective executive? – by Peter Drucker

An effective executive does not need to be a leader in the sense that the term is now most commonly used. Harry Truman did not have one ounce of charisma, for example, yet he was among the most effective chief executives in U.S. history. Similarly, some of the best business and nonprofit CEOs I’ve worked …

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Leaders Don’t Manage Time, They Manage Choices

This is an article I liked and found valuable on Psychology Today. The link to the original article is here. Over the last few weeks, we’ve looked at the four behaviors that differentiate a functional manager from a true leader.  As you know, I refer to these behaviors as the “Phenomenal Four,” which include: Cultivating …

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Success in a new assignment

When you join a new job, you don't know what you don't know. Success in a new job is not about doing what you know or waiting for you to be told what to do. It is mostly about getting to know what you need to know. This is mostly about working with people. And …

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Empathy vs. Perspective

Empathy helps you understand what a prospective donor is feeling.  Perspective helps you understand why they are feeling it. Empathy keeps relationships on track. Empathy helps you remember that your supporter lives on the west coast while you are on Eastern time. Thanks to your empathy you’ll avoid calling her when you first get to the …

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Good Diet To Help Sleep Better and Be Energetic

With the busy lives that we lead today, it is getting difficult to even get the recommended 8 hours of sleep . For some of us, we feel fatigued even when we get the recommended 8 hours of sleep or more. So, we wonder how to get good quality sleep and feel energetic even with …

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How to Talk in Meetings When You Hate Talking in Meetings, especially for introverts – HBR

This is a HBR article written by Dana Rousmaniere and the link to the original post is here. Nobody loves meetings. But they can be especially taxing for people who crave a quieter setting for brainstorming or thinking through issues, or who struggle to have their voices heard in a room full of loud-talkers. How …

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How our Breathing Affects our Emotions

Most of us would like to have some control over our instantaneous emotions. However, we observe that it is extremely difficult to control your emotions. One can only channelize the energy of an emotion, but one cannot control the rise of the emotion itself. However, emotions and breathing are directly related and this link has …

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The Procrastinator’s Instant Gratification

Procrastinators are addicted to instant gratification and hence most of the times they are onto YouTube videos, chats, reading unnecessary articles etc. that give instant gratification second to second. On the other hand, most tasks that we do in our life have a longer gratification cycle. Therefore, a procrastinator's subconscious mind sees these tasks as …

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Control, Authenticity and Rituals Reduce Stress and Anxiety

This is a HBR post written by Francesca Gino and the link to the original article is here. If you’re like me, you often ask yourself how you can get more work done in a day. How can you best boost your productivity? I always assumed that if I could just reduce any stress I …

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