There are blog articles that every person should read. They are some of the best blog write ups that can motivate and make you a better person and enhance your capacity for making better choices.
- Why the Best Things in Life Are All Backwards by Mark Manson. Mark Mason is the author of two bestselling books. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck, and Everything Is Fucked: A Book About Hope. This blog article does a wonderful job showing you should not put too much effort in some things. It demonstrates why trying too hard to get what you want in life—like love, respect, and happiness—often has the opposite effect: you end up lonely, dejected, and miserable. There are things in life which should not be highly pursued as they tend to become elusive the more you put much effort in pursuing them. The higher the effort you put in pursuit of love, respect, confidence, trust security or even control the more elusive they become as they operate under the law of diminishing returns. Having this understanding is crucial in making better choices in life because you tend to devote less energy to some of these mental pursuits whose rewards is mostly psychological. Understanding that some things have diminishing rewards helps you to consciously take a backwards outlook on everything. It helps you not to get carried away by love, need for security, or the need for happiness.
- How to be successful by Sam Altman. Sam Altman is a successful investor and one of the founders of Y-Combinator. He discusses some of the factors that leads to success one of them being having power to compound oneself in order to benefit from the exponential advantages that come with self-compounding. He notes that the best way to compound oneself is by becoming great in self-learning. By becoming an ultra-learner, one accumulates the necessary knowledge and capabilities that compound. The other thing to do with being successful has to do with self-belief. Successful people tend to have high self-belief that can be mistaken as being delusional. They also enhance their sales and marketing capabilities by enhancing their capabilities to communicate. Success has something to do with communication and you have to enhance your communication capabilities. Success also demand focus and risk taking. You can read more about Sam Altman here.
- Time management: How an MIT postdoc writes 3 books, a PhD defense, and 6+ peer-reviewed papers — and finishes by 5:30pm by Ramit Sethi. Ramit Sethi the author of I Will Teach You To Be Rich has actively interviewed Cal Newport the author of Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World and Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World which shows how productive people and achievers manage time to enhance their productivity while at the same time reducing distraction. The author strives to show that less is more when it comes to time management and productivity. You have to spend less time but intensely focus during productivity. Cal Newport discusses strategies for time management that make it possible for everyone irrespective of their work to engage in deep work that is extremely productive and rewarding.
- 3 Things The Most Resilient People Do Every Day by Eric Barker. Eric Barker is the author of Barking up The Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know About Success is Mostly Wrong. Success and happiness all have something to do with resilience. It is not given that every time you’ll be lucky and that every time you try something it will be successful. Sometimes misfortunes hit us hard thereby disorienting and making us disappointed and discouraged. You have to be resilient and persistent in order to succeed and attain happiness. Becoming resilient involves becoming hopeful. Hope can be a scientific concept in as much as it is considered to be something spiritual. Successful people have mostly mastered the art of resilience through three major hope strategies that Eric Barker has outlined in his blog. The first strategy involves having goals. Resilient people constantly focus on their goals. Goals instigate hope and resilience. The second strategy is having agency. Agency is the act of taking responsibility and accepting that you are the one responsible for change in your life. It involves abandoning blame game and self-pity in cases of failure and bad happenstances and accepting responsibility to make better choices and decisions. The third strategy outlined by Eric Barker is having pathways to the attainment of the goals you have set. The pathway is not just a written plan. It is a mental movie that shows you how you will attain the goals that you have set in a visual manner.
Reading these blog posts will certainly motivate you to become a better person. They will inspire you to make better decision and live a focused life by taking necessary action.
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