From Ready Player One

Life is a game, you just don’t know it. You’ve been playing some role at every moment in time, you just didn’t know the role. Because you didn’t know it, you probably performed without much strategy. Even without that strategy and by relying on your natural intuition and judgment, you likely got somewhere.

This sounds really reductive, and it is. For me, simplifying life has always been a goal. A goal, that until recently, I wasn’t able to fully articulate. …

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For a large part of the past decade, I’ve dedicated my life to two journeys: becoming a more mindful person, and creating value through digital innovation. Through the journey, I’ve learned how widely applicable mindfulness is how much of it is required in innovation.

When hearing about mindfulness, what comes to mind?

Do you think of Deepak Chopra, proclaiming that your soul is boundless and made up of light particles from distant dead stars? Do you think of Tibetan Buddhists and the arduous hours of practice they undertake? …

I recently finished reading the book, Good to Great, by Jim Collins. Though the book is primarily focused on business principles that take companies from Good to Great, by the end, Collins reveals that the framework can be applied to any project — professional or personal.

When applying the personal lens, I realized that personal mediocrity is an outcome of simply not applying the right principles at the right time. Hence, moving on from one phase to another in one’s life is simply a function of applying key principles. …

In times like this, it can be challenging to stay calm, focused, and productive. But, when we understand the reasons behind mass toilet paper purchasing and the like, we can see more clearly, and overcome the irrationalities within ourselves and others to continue working towards meaningful things.

During uncertainty, shortcuts in thinking and group behavior take ahold of us. We succumb and become subject to the event, letting it get the best of us. But, it doesn’t need to be this way; or at least, completely this way.

In this article, I want to share some common traps we fall…

The truth is hard to find, especially when asking someone else for it. Sometimes, your audience won’t even respond to your pleas for feedback. And of those who do respond, respondents shroud statements in ambiguity to avoid being hurtful or disliked. To separate fiction from reality, it’s helpful to apply a few filters when reviewing responses. Fortunately, most of these filters are well documented as simple psychological biases. By knowing just a few research biases, you’ll be able to correctly construct surveys and analyze feedback so your decisions aren’t distorted and are firmly rooted in fact.

Predominantly known in scientific…

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When did you become a Prime member? Do you think Jay-Z became the owner of Tidal in a few days? Daily, we hear of startups raising new rounds of money or inventing new technologies. We hear of people who’ve gone from a little to a lot. What we don’t hear about is the process. We know that hard work played a part, as did luck, and maybe even some connections. Yet, we tend to omit that getting there required endurance and inevitably, a few momentous breakthroughs.

In the words of Jim Collins, the author of the classics, Good to Great…

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When we think of precious resources, we usually start with time, water, or hard metals. Through the ages, these and others have been the most common ones, but in the modern era, we need to add in another — our attention. Pre-internet, billboards, magazine and newspaper ads, and commercials consumed our attention, but with the introduction of the internet, we’ve all experienced an explosion of irresistible distraction. The distraction is not unintentional, but rather strategic. …

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Knowing how you learn is critical to your growth and impact in the world. Though not necessarily practical knowledge, the skill of learning effectively is the difference between making big strides and being frustrated with your progress. However, having clarity on your personalized learning style can be difficult to ascertain.

When asked ‘how do you learn?’ Most of us will respond that we are visual or non-visual learners. These are legitimate learning styles, but there are some basic approaches, and more importantly, environmental factors we should be aware of.

The two most dominant approaches are:

  • The behaviorist approach — this…

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One game that we’re constantly playing is the blame game. Whether you admit it to yourself or not, if someone doesn’t live up to your expectations, you instinctively blame them for the outcome. It’s the easiest thing to do and involves little to no consideration of circumstances.

All humans are fallible and should be held accountable when they’re involved. But in reality, naming them the core reason for the outcome is giving them too much credit or control of the situation. …

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In the modern era, we’re commonly asked — what side are you on? Who do you support? Yet, when you take a second to think about your options, you may quickly realize that’s a loaded question, and there’s not usually just two options. In reality, there are usually many, almost countless options if you really dwell on it. When we objectively think about it, this seems obvious, but the unfortunate truth is we all fall victim to the trap of “either/or” on a daily basis. …

Chirag Shah

Product & Real Estate. Trying to improve my decision-making by helping you improve yours.

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