I recently heard Will MacAskill on the Tim Ferriss podcast. In his early thirties, Will is likely the youngest associate professor in the world and teaches Philosophy at Oxford. He co-founded a non-profit called 80,000 Hours which helps people figure out how to make the most impact with their career. He is all about effective altruism and donating money to charities that make the most difference. He donates anything he makes above $36,000 to various causes. Continue reading
I was speaking with a music teacher who I met last week and she told me an incredible story. She’s been teaching a certain instrument to children for decades. A few years back, two different seven-year-olds started lessons around the same time. One of them was gifted. She picked up everything immediately. She had the rhythm, grasped the melodies and never had to practice. The other one was the most challenged student she had ever seen. She couldn’t pick up the songs, she had no rhythm, and she struggled to play. But she practiced every day and she loved coming to class to learn more. Numerous times over the years the teacher thought of mentioning to her parents that maybe this instrument wasn’t for her. Maybe she should try something else. But she always held back as the girl seemed to enjoy the process so much. Continue reading
I was listening to philosopher and author Alain de Botton on the Tim Ferriss podcast and I am so drawn in to what he was saying. He was talking about democratizing philosophy so that everyone realizes how helpful it is to ask questions about what makes us happy, what we want to do every day, and how love fits into our lives. Philosophy is not just meant for universities and theoretical thinkers. It’s meant for all of us. Continue reading
I saw a tweet from Jay Shetty this week that said, “What will people think and say? This thought has killed more dreams than anything else in the world.”
When will we embrace the fact that what other people think of us is none of our business?
None of our business. Continue reading
In a well-known study by Shiv and Fedorikhin entitled Heart and Mind in Conflict, groups of people were asked to remember a 2-digit or a 7-digit number. Then the people in the study were brought into a room and offered two snacks. Fruit or chocolate cake. Those who had to remember the longer number were two times as likely to go for the chocolate cake. Continue reading