Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Stumbling On Success

For the last year or two, I've been trying hard to understand the real difference between naturally successful people and naturally struggling people.  That is, why do some people seem to have so few problems getting things done and going after their goals, while others (like me) tend to spend so much time going in circles and going nowhere?

At first, I noticed a lot of individual distinctions.  For example, naturally successful people aren't fazed by setbacks -- in fact, they can't even think about failure for long, without automatically refocusing on success.

They set goals, not because they're supposed to, but because they like it.  And they tend to view education costs as easily recouped: their attitude towards spending thousands of dollars to attend a seminar is that if they get just one actionable idea out of it, they'll make a profit.

But just understanding differences like these doesn't really help much.  It's just a list of random characteristics, no different than you'd find in any profile of a successful person.

And that just wasn't enough for me.

Click here to discover the crazy secret I just found out about this weekend...

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Spock's Dirty Little Secret

I just wrote my first article for LessWrong.com: Spock's Dirty Little Secret.

It's about how I learned the limits of logic, and the importance of emotion to actually making decisions or getting anything done.  I wrote it more for the current audience of OvercomingBias.com and LessWrong.com than for my own blog audience, but you might find it interesting anyway.

So feel free to check it out.