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Becoming and being


I used to always aspire to “be the best version of myself.” But, I’ve been switching that verbiage to “becoming the best version of myself” instead – thanks to Carol Dweck’s book on Mindset. The exercise of reading books on topics like human psychology has changed a lot for me over the years. A few years back, I used to take many notes and share all the interesting experiments I came across on this blog. Doing so helped me grasp ideas better. But, over time, I’ve found these concepts to come together and to build on each other in interesting ways. Reading a book now is about reinforcing these mental models with small, and powerful, tweaks every once a while. As a result, I find myself reading fewer and fewer psychology books over time. They all resonate deeply now. Maybe that’s a sign that I need to find other, more challenging things, to learn. Nevertheless, I made an exception recently for “Grit” and “Mindset.” I’d put away reading these books for a long time as I’d come across their chief findings in many others. But, perhaps thanks to my circumstances, I felt I needed a reminder of these ideas. And, my conclusion from these books is a reinforcement that mindset comes first. It precedes every other trait and quality. Grit is a combination of passion and perseverance. And, I don’t think it is possible to persevere if you don’t cultivate a growth mindset, i.e., focus on becoming something over being something. As Carol Dweck – “Becoming is better than being.” Commit to the process of becoming and the rest will follow. PS: If you’re wondering how you should cultivate a growth mindset, I always go back to a concept called “The Choice Map.” We always choose between asking 2 kinds of questions – learner questions and judger questions. As we choose which questions to ask, so we choose our mindset. Share this: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Like this: Like Loading... Related https://alearningaday.com/2017/11/03/becoming-and-being/

My new book came out today!58


My new book came out today! Source: http://theoatmeal.com/blog/dogs_as_men_book

Reaching people on the internet29


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Thankfully


Thankfully the US is enjoying one of the longest economic expansions of the post-war period (101 months and counting) Thankfully that economic expansion is starting to result in job growth for the parts of the economy that have lagged during this expansion Thankfully the Trump Administration has, so far, failed to enact the most troublesome parts of its agenda Thankfully the developing world continues to experience rising wealth, income, and living standards Thankfully technology continues to produce answers to our most vexing problems Thankfully renewable energy continues to grow and displace carbon-based energy around the world Thankfully gender and racial equality is on the rise and white male dominance is on the decline Thankfully literacy rates continue to rise rapidly around the world Thankfully almost 100,000 students in the NYC public school system got a computer science class last year Thankfully the NY Knicks are young, hungry, play hard, and are winning Happy Thanksgiving Everyone http://avc.com/2017/11/thankfully/

The Invisalign change model


I’ve been wearing Invisalign braces over the past few months. Now that I am ~25% of the way, I was reflecting on the Invisalign change process. Its tenets are as follows – Have a clear long term goal for change. In this case, aligned teeth in 12-14 months. Aim to drive change with constant pressure over a sustained period of time. We get to aligned teeth by wearing braces ~22 hours a day for about 12-14 months. Focus on small, measurable changes, every 2 weeks. Braces are changed every 2 weeks and every new brace focuses on making progress on a few teeth at a time Check in on progress regularly. There’s a clear plan for the progress to be made bi-weekly and the sensors on the braces enable tracking to ensure this progress is being made. Every 3-4 months, we do a full mapping of the teeth to make sure every detail is monitored and on track. It’ll be another 10 or so months before I can report on the outcome of the process. But, the process sure seems to be one that we can all learn a ton from in our own change projects. Share this: Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Like this: Like Loading... Related https://alearningaday.com/2017/11/02/the-invisalign-change-model/