Archive of August, 2019

August 13, 2019

Research has created a road map for all runners – and artists, chess players, rock climbers, etc. – who seek the exhilaration you feel when completely absorbed in the pursuit of something difficult. So exactly how do you reach “the zone”?

  • Focus externally on the task – what note comes next in the composition or what slim edge to grip on the rock face – and don’t fret about what other people are thinking or whether your body is moving perfectly.
  • Confidence is essential or “expecting good things to happen.” Often confidence requires believing that a talent is learnable rather than innate. Researchers believe “positive feedback is absolutely critical.” Negative motivation does not work, including the messages we send to ourselves.
  • Embrace autonomy. Choosing when you want feedback or instruction, such as one more demonstration of a dance move, helps you perform better. The simple act of choosing is empowering.
  • Don’t analyze what you’re doing. Quiet your mind.
  • Prepare so you have less to think about. For example, most artists sketch out a drawing before formally composing it.
  • PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE to transcend both boredom and anxiety. More expertise helps you to obtain “flow.”

SOURCE: Washington Post, 4/11/19

August 13, 2019
  • The organizers were all in their 20s, with the oldest only 27 years old.
  • It didn’t take place in Woodstock, but in Bethel, about 70 miles from Woodstock.
  • At first, organizers tried to charge for tickets, and 186,000 tickets were sold before the weekend. Organizers believed no more than 200,000 attendees would actually show up. A total of 400,000 to 500,000 attendees, more than double their original estimate,...
August 13, 2019

She doesn’t have a psychology degree, but her natural talents make her an excellent therapist: She is calm and accommodating of a range of personalities, with the patience to listen to endless problems without so much as a judgmental moo.

August 13, 2019
  • Custom Approach: Large businesses often have a “one size fits all” mentality. Small businesses can use this to their advantage by taking the time to get to know the potential customer, evaluating his or her needs and developing a perfect solution.
  • Emphasis on Disruptive Innovation: Your small business exists because larger companies are not serving customers effectively. Wherever possible, you should highlight and exploit every...