We can seek enough instead of more

We can seek enough instead of more

Do you get lost in fantasies of future events? Are you constantly longing for something better to happen next? You’re not alone. This is a profoundly human trait. We just love avoiding the depth and joy of life right now. And one of the chief ways we do this is by thinking ahead. Trying to extend our certainties further into the future than this present moment. Which can be soothing and enjoyable and creative, but unfortunately, it’s not particularly healthy...
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Sending my brain into a spiral of unkindness

During a particularly depressing low point in my unemployment, riding the subway was dangerous for me. Not because of the poor air quality, germs on the seats, disease carrying rodents, slippery platform edges or potential assault and battery from mentally disturbed passengers, but because of my fellow commuters going to work. That’s what sent my brain into a spiral of unkindness. Some regular guy would be sitting across from me, reading his newspaper, going about his typical workday routine, and...
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Making friends with your weaknesses

Here's a common fear when switching careers. What if you have become so conditioned that you won’t be able to function anywhere else? It kind of makes you wonder if you'll be able to thrive in your new working environment. My biggest fear of transitioning from entrepreneurship to the corporate world was similar. What if spending the first ten years of my career working alone in my living room has crippled my capacity to play well with others? Those hiring...
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It would have been nicer to feel better sooner

Ellis's research on irrational thoughts warns us to beware of the following assumption: Perfect solutions exist for every problem and we must find them immediately. His theory was that if we wait for perfect solutions, we often will miss the whole trip. And doing so will only lead to stagnation and frustration. Have you ever gone down that mental road before? Twisting your guts into knots with this false notion that there was something out there in the world that...
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It’s not that hard to fool people

Some companies are not real companies. For a variety of reasons. Maybe the company is a total scam and has legitimately shady business practices. Maybe the company is operating with no profit because it’s just a play toy for some trust fund kids. Maybe the company is just a creepy guy who owns a truck and sends random people to your home. Maybe the company doesn’t sell anything, but has millions of dollars from investors and has to placate the...
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