IT: 10-3-17

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Welcome to this week’s Intelligent Tuesday, from the people behind The Five Minute JournalProductivity Planner, and My Commitment. This is a weekly list of resources that enhance our lives. We want to share these with you to spread joy, productivity, and self-fulfillment.


“Stop walking through the world looking for confirmation that you don’t belong. You will always find it because you’ve made that your mission. Stop scouring people’s faces for evidence that you’re not good enough. You will always find it because you’ve made that you’re goal. True belonging and self-worth are not goods; we don’t negotiate their value with the world. The truth about who we are lives in our hearts. Our call to courage is to protect our wild heart against constant evaluation, especially our own. No one belongs here more than you.”

- Brené Brown


How to Break Hearts and Risk Losing Everything

Article (9 minutes) - When it comes to making a change in our lives, we have an idea of what we should do... but why don’t we do it? Why don’t we make the career change, ask our crush out, or drop everything to travel the world? Emotions. It FEELS scary. This article by Mark Manson dives deep into how to feel your fears, but proceed anyway.

How Do YOU Define Yourself?


Video (13 Minutes) - Lizzie Velasquez was born with an extremely rare congenital disease called Marfanoid–progeroid–lipodystrophy syndrome that, among other symptoms, prevents her from accumulating body fat and gaining weight. Her TED talk is a breath of fresh air. As she discusses how to make the most out of the cards you're dealt in life, her contagious positive attitude shines through. How do YOU define yourself?

The Hidden Hypocrisy of Wanting “More”


Article (10 minutes) - You might be reading this newsletter because you want “more” - more happiness, increased productivity, more freedom, etc. Have you ever scaled back your ambitions to something more reasonable because you felt selfish for wanting more? What if you could liberate yourself from this guilt by looking at “wanting more” from a different lense. This post by Ramit Sethi details the hidden mental scripts we have and how to move past our biases.

To Have Original Ideas, Be Ok With Repeating Yourself


Article (4 minutes) - Paul Graham’s essays frequently inspire us to write our mental models of the world. His recent essay on how to come up with original ideas is no different. The secret? Be ok with repeating yourself: “You won't say something exactly the same way the second time, and that variation increases the chance you'll get that tiny but critical delta of novelty.”  

Thank you for reading and have a great rest of the week,
The Intelligent Change Team

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