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Insightful Quote of the Day

Attempting to define yourself is like trying to bite your own teeth
-Unknown

I haven’t been able to find a source for this (heard it on a podcast), though I would at least partially beg to disagree.

The point is that you’re constantly changing and evolving, so any definition you come up with will eventually be inaccurate, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be very self-aware and know how you have changed and thus know how to redefine yourself. I’m all too familiar with that, thanks to being a Scanner.

Reminds me of another Incubus lyric:

Picture the scene
Where whatever you thought would in the blink of an eye,
Manifest and become illustrated
You’d be sure man that every line drawn reflected a life that you loved
Not an existence that you hated
So, must we demonstrate that we can’t get it straight?
We’ve painted a picture, now we’re drowning in paint
Lets figure out what the hell it’s about
Before the picture we painted chews us up and spits us out

Daily Habits That Will Make You Smarter

Business Insider has an article,  which was culled from a Quora thread .

Here is the list they distilled (check out the thread or the article for the meat of each point)

1. Come up with 10 ideas every day.
2. Read the newspaper.
3. Play devil’s advocate.
4. Read a chapter in a fiction or non-fiction book.
5. Instead of watching TV, watch educational videos.
6. Subscribe to feeds of interesting information.
7. Check in with your favourite knowledge sources.
8. Share what you learn with other people.
9. Make two lists: a list of work-related skills you want to shadowsocks教程 learn now and a list for things you want to achieve in the future.
10. Make an “I Did” list.
11. Write down what you learn.
12. Stimulate your mind.
13. Take online courses.
14. Talk to someone you find interesting.
15. Hang out with people who are smarter than you.
16. Follow your questions.
17. Use a word-of-the-day app.
18. Do something scary.
19. Explore new areas.
20. Play “smart” games.
21. Set aside some time to do nothing.
22. Adopt a productive hobby.
23. Apply what you learn.

How many do you feel apply to you?

Some of these I do on a weekly basis, but not daily. If I count both daily and weekly, I give myself 19/23.

Do you have a Fixed or Growth Mindset?

Cool article from BrainPickings, “Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Up Our Lives”, it features both a graphic (which is too big to share here legibly), and an explanation:

fixed mindset presumes that our mental ability, character, and creative skills are constant givens that can’t be altered in any significant way. Additionally, success is confirmed by that innate intelligence, which is actually an evaluation of how those givens correlate to an equally fixed standard. Moreover, evading failure at all cost and striving to succeed no matter what turn into a way to maintain the belief of being smart or at least skilled.

On the other hand, a growth mindset flourishes on challenges and views failure not as a proof of being poor mentally or of lacking aptitude but as an encouraging starting point for growth and for enhancing our potential. A great deal of our behavior, the way we see success and failure, both in a professional and a personal context, and finally our capability to be happy springs from these two mindsets which we manifest in the earliest stages of our life.

It’s a long, but fantastic article that really helps highlight each mindset to help you determine which one you have, and make a case for trying to be more growth oriented.