How to exploit democracy

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We must recognize that this place where we’re increasingly living, which we’ve quaintly termed “cyberspace,” isn’t defined by ones and zeroes, but by information and the people behind it. This is far more than a network of computers and devices. This is a network composed of minds interacting with computers and devices.”

Cyberspace analyst Laura Galante describes in this alarming TED talk, the real target of anyone looking to influence geopolitics is dastardly simple: it’s you.

 

 

Bearing the unbearable: approaching “GAMAN” to take on new challenges

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Understanding one of the most important skills of a Japanese warrior, or “samurai”, can improve our daily life, including our attitude towards apparently unsolvable issues.

This skill is called “gaman”, a word that can be translated as “patience”, “endurance”, “perseverance” and which deals with the capacity of living “without complaint whatever problem may throw in your path”.

“Gaman” is a fundamental aspect of  the samurai’s code of life, or “bushido”,  but it is not necessary to fully practice this tough philosophy in order to experiment a truly fulfilling “gaman attitude”.

Broadly speaking, something similar can be found even in Western societies: ancient Romans, for instance, used to practice self-conditioning by following the stoical conduct of enduring hardship without a word of complaint.

Nevertheless, it is even unnecessary to face pain or disasters in order to experiment “gaman”.

In fact, a simple and achievable “gaman-ese” code of conduct can be summed up by 5 tips, useful to face our daily issues:

1- Stay consistent

2 – Set small goals for yourself, and achieve them

3- Take your time

4- Be human, with dignity

5 – Breathe!

More about GAMAN here

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How to Build Good Habits

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Recent surveys and studies reveal that successful people have one thing in common: successful habits. Productivity experts affirm in this article that half of our days are predetermined by habits. For this reason having good habits is essential to help reaching success.

But how to build a good habit?

Here are the top strategies and tactics suggested by the experts:

  1. Start small, break it down into smaller chunks
  2. Do it consistently, don’t break the chain
  3. Have a plan, prepare in advance
  4. Use an accountability buddy
  5. Reward yourself
  6. Write down your desired habits
  7. Track your progress
  8. Be specific, clear about the habit you want to build
  9. Make sure your habit is doable, realistic
  10. Use reminders

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Non-financial motivators

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In the article  “8 Ways Leaders Can Motivate Employees Beyond Money”, the author affirms that non-financial motivators may be more effective in the long term than financial incentives.

Based on a McKinsey survey, the author then provides the following 8 principles, which can be very useful when money is in short supply or when a financial incentive is not available:

  1. Energize your team
  2. There’s more to life than work
  3. Put your people first
  4. Act with integrity
  5. Be a great communicator
  6. Be a great listener
  7. Be a problem solver
  8. Lead through experience and competence, not through title or position

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