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April 13, 2011

How to motivate yourself

Filed under: life — Tags: , — zproxy @ 7:36 am

[…] Whenever I meet a successful CEO, I ask them how they did it. Mediocre CEOs point to their brilliant strategic moves or their intuitive business sense or a variety of other self-congratulatory explanations. The great CEOs tend to be remarkably consistent in their answers.

They all say: “I didn’t quit.

by Ben

[…] The biggest reason founders stop working on their startups is that they get demoralized. Some people seem to have unlimited self-generated morale. These almost always succeed. – Paul Graham

via Erik

[…] Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go. – William Feather

Marelisa has put together an awesome list on how to stay motivated:

  1. Create a bulletin board and hang it up where you can see it often.
  2. Think about the reasons why you want to achieve a particular goal.
  3. Create a list of all the regrets you’ll experience if you don’t follow through on your goal.
  4. Make a list of movies, videos and music that motivate you and start collecting them.
  5. Start collecting motivational quotes that inspire and motivate you.
  6. Find a phrase that makes you feel motivated, which you can repeat to yourself over and over again whenever you feel your motivation waning.
    Not dead, can’t quit.
  7. Do it with a buddy.
  8. Stay away from naysayers.
    […] When they say they YOU cannot DO it. It only means THEY who cannot DO it themselves. You CAN.
  9. Give yourself constant rewards.
  10. Keep track of your progress.

    See: Progress is motivation by Pete
  11. Accept that overcoming obstacles is part of the process to reaching your goals.
    […] Our biggest obstacle may be our selves. (by Terrence)
  12. Remind yourself of everything that you have accomplished so far.
  13. Come up with your own list of ways to stay motivated.
  14. Take steps to increase your self-confidence.

    See also: Develop self-confidence by public speaking via Dale
  15. Create checklists.
  16. Start early.
  17. Take a piece of paper and draw a thermometer on it to measure success.
  18. Too many goals at once will wreck havoc on your motivation
  19. Whenever you have a few moments between meetings, or when you’re stuck in traffic, take out the card and look at your goal.
  20. Allow yourself to take breaks and do stuff that’s not productive, but that you enjoy doing.
[…] Most things aren’t impossible, most people just give up too soon.

Intrinsic motivation is when I am motivated by internal factors, as opposed to the external drivers of extrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation drives me to do things just for the fun of it, or because I believe it is a good or right thing to do.

There is a paradox of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation is far stronger a motivator than extrinsic motivation, yet external motivation can easily act to displace intrinsic motivation. –

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January 23, 2011

Slower is faster

Filed under: life — Tags: , — zproxy @ 12:18 pm

Money is not the primary asset in life… time is.

If one works too hard for too long, one may start making too many mistakes. At that point one ought to slow down and enjoy simpler things in the short life of ours.

You can always earn more money. You can NEVER get your TIME back!

Hear it from a computer

Consider the eight sides that Mitch has just outlined about a stop sign (even if just a parody, still applicable 🙂 ):

Only stop signs are allowed to have an octagonal shape. The more sides on a sign, the greater the danger if disregarded.

  1. Slow down
  2. Pay attention
  3. Look around
  4. Pause
  5. Look within
  6. Breathe deeply
  7. Appreciate
  8. Move consciously

Brain freeze:

  • Went to a lunch break. Bought a bag of food from the shop. Drove home. Locked the car. At the apartment realized the food was missing. It was still in the car.

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January 14, 2011

Taking the shortcut without cutting corners

Filed under: life — Tags: , , , — zproxy @ 11:21 am

So there I am in need to apply accelerated learning tactics on a subject I need to absorb and make use of sooner than later. In order to do that I did some rapid research on the internet and this is the outline and take-away points I felt like being useful. Do follow the links to read more.

[…] If someone granted you one wish, what do you imagine you would want out of life that you haven’t gotten yet? – 77 Ways To Learn Faster

8. Take a hike. Changing your perspective often relieves tension, thus freeing your creative mind. Taking a short walk around the neighborhood may help.

14. Take a bath or shower. Both activities loosen you up, making your mind more receptive to recognizing brilliant ideas.

18. Every picture tells a story. Draw or sketch whatever it is you are trying to achieve. Having a concrete goal in mind helps you progress towards that goal.

35. Motivate yourself. Why do you want to learn something? What do want to achieve through learning? If you don’t know why you want to learn, then distractions will be far more enticing.

43. Read as much as you can. How much more obvious can it get? Use Spreeder (#33) if you have to. Get a breadth of topics as well as depth.

67. Do unto others: teach something. The best way to learn something better is to teach it to someone else. It forces you to learn, if you are motivated enough to share your knowledge.

[…] “In order for things to change, you must change. When you change, everything will change for you. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Success is what you attract by the person become.” – Jim Rohn

Learning by connections

The process of creating connections between ideas;õ

  1. Confusion
  2. First insights
  3. Expand on insights
  4. Trim back connections
  5. Repeat


You are searching for a pattern.

First insights

You acquire first seeds of understanding. To do that one has to be expose to as many explanations as possible.

Expand on Insights

One will start to find analogies and metaphors.

Trim back connections

Play devil’s advocate with your ideas. Reject idea connections which are flawed.

[…] If Neo could never be sure that he wasn’t in the Matrix, how can you and I be sure that we’re not in the Matrix? – by Moreland


Previous steps need to be repeated to learn ideas deeper and make the core concept of the idea more obvious.

The above steps were about “a process of figuring out what you do when you learn well”.

Broader Rules and Tactics

Rule #1: Spend time practicing skills. Concepts are to be learned by connections.

Rule #2: Concepts before facts.

Rule #3: Cramming is unproductive. Unconscious mind needs time to build new connections.

Rule #4: Make use of concept checklists.

Tactic #1: Simplify ideas and retell them as the listener was 5 year old.

Tactic #2: Which metaphor does and idea remind you?

Tactic #3: Use combination of visualizations and demonstrations.

Tactic #4: Deeper research on an idea will let to discover more connections.

Learn more here from Scott’s article.

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November 2, 2010

Engage the brain

Filed under: games — Tags: , , , — zproxy @ 7:20 am
Dopamine is commonly associated with the reward system of the brain, providing feelings of enjoyment and reinforcement to motivate a person proactively to perform certain activities. – Wikipedia
  1. Experience bars measuring progress.
  2. Multiple long and short-term tasks.
  3. Rewards for effort.
  4. Rapid, frequent, clear feedback.
  5. The element of uncertainty.
  6. Windows of enhanced attention.
  7. Other people.
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October 28, 2010

Motivation and Information Gap

Filed under: life, video — Tags: , — zproxy @ 11:29 am

Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.

[…] take motivation from an inspiring movie, friend, or environment (by Jeff)


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November 11, 2009

Motivation is important

Filed under: tech — Tags: , — zproxy @ 12:02 pm

Make a product that costumers will actually use. Make the right thing easy and make the wrong thing hard.

You want your users to party because of you without you.



Four Reasons Why Motivation Is Important

  1. Motivation helps you get started.
  2. Motivation helps you keep moving.
  3. Motivation makes you do more than necessary.
  4. Motivation makes the journey fun.

How to Motivate Yourself

  1. Have a cause
  2. Have a dream. A big dream.
  3. Be hungry
  4. Run your own race – The only one you need to beat is you
  5. Take one more step
  6. Let go of the past

Reasons for demotivation

  1. Lack of energy
  2. Lack of clarity
  3. You’re doing too much
  4. Your system doesn’t work
  5. You’re trying to function at 100%

Update: See more at sellsbrothers.

See also: Making Mistakes Impossible

“Make the customer the hero of your story.” — Ann Handley

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