“Don't try to be young. Just open your mind. Stay interested in stuff. There are so many things I won't live long enough to find out about, but I'm still curious about them. You know people who are already saying, 'I'm going to be 30 - oh, what am I going to do?' Well, use that decade! Use them all!” - Betty White
The Happy Secret to Better Work by Shawn Achor
Video (12 minutes) - Combined with the research from Greater Good Science Center at the University of California, Harvard University psychologist Shawn Achor’s research led us to the development of The Five Minute Journal. This actionable and down to earth talk by Shawn will dispel many happiness and work related myths, mainly that happiness is not a goal in work, but a driving force.
If You Don’t Prioritize Your Life, Someone Else Will by Greg McKeown
Article (5 minutes) - How do we avoid overcommitting (out of politeness) to things we don’t really want to commit to do? Or in other words, how do we tell our loved ones “no?” This article by Essentialism author Greg McKeown will help you regain your time so you can focus on what’s truly important to you.
Quick Tip: Make decision-making easier with the Regret Minimization Framework
Ok, we know it sounds a bit nerdy, but it's what led Jeff Bezos to start Amazon. Jeff was going back and forth deciding whether he should jump ship to sell books online and leave his cushy Wall Street job. Jeff projected himself to age 80, imagined looking back on his life, and asked how he could minimize the regrets he would have. The one thing that would haunt him was having never tried his hand at this thing called the Internet. He would not regret having tried and failed. Thinking about it that way, the decision was easy.
You Already Have Everything You Need by Pema Chödrön
Video (4 minutes) - Starting with a bold claim that there is no need for self-improvement, this interview by Oprah addresses the issue of making changes in your life without the feeling that you are lacking something.
Thank you for reading and have a great rest of the week,
The Intelligent Change Team
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