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Generosity is not a quest for appreciation. It’s an act of care and contribution.

The point of giving is not to seek gratitude or receive recognition. It's to live by your principles.

True kindness isn’t motivated by how others will react. It’s an expression of who you are.
 
Generosity is not a quest for appreciation. It’s an act of care and contribution.

The point of giving is not to seek gratitude or receive recognition. It's to live by your principles.

True kindness isn’t motivated by how others will react. It’s an expression of who you are.
 
The 5-day, 40-hour work week is a human invention.

100 years ago, many leaders demanded longer hours over 6 days. Then they learned people were more effective working less.

We've made little progress since the 1980s. It's time to shorten the work week.

link.chtbl.com/RTAdam
 
It's better to be the wisest person in the room than the smartest.

People prove their intelligence by showing what they know. They reveal their wisdom by integrating what everyone knows.

Intelligence can be used to advance personal agendas. Wisdom guides groups to shared goals.
 
I’m seeing a growing number of students complain: “My grade doesn’t reflect the effort I put into the course.”

Public service announcement: You don’t get an A for effort. You earn it for excellence.

Success is measured by the level of mastery you show, not how hard you work.
 
Resilience is not resistance to suffering. It's the capacity to bend without breaking.

Strength doesn't come from ignoring pain. It stems from knowing that your past self has hurt and your future self will heal.

Fortitude is the presence of resolve, not the absence of hardship.
 
Listening promotes intuitive thinking. Reading activates more analytical processing.

5 experiments: in English & Chinese, people showed better logical reasoning when trivia questions, riddles, and puzzles were written rather than spoken.

Reading is vital to critical thinking.
 
Authenticity is not about being unfiltered. It's about staying true to your principles.

The goal isn't to voice every opinion you hold. It's to stand up for ideas that are consistent with your ideals.

Being genuine is closing the gap between what you value and what you express.
 
Best satire of the office since The Office
 
If you're always late, blame the planning fallacy: we underestimate how long tasks take.

5 experiments: when we unpack a task into its parts, we set more realistic expectations.

Motivation springs from zooming out to see the purpose. Planning requires zooming in on the process.
 
"What do you want to be when you grow up?" sends the wrong message about work.

We should teach kids that who you are is more than what job you do. Work is an activity—it doesn't have to define your identity.

A healthy sense of self is rooted in character, not career choice.
 
Not loving your job shouldn't carry a penalty.

Data: seeing work as a job—not a calling—limits raises & promotions. Managers misjudge you as unproductive and uncommitted.

Performance requires professionalism, not passion. What counts is how people contribute, not how they feel.
 
The learning process isn't finished when you acquire knowledge. It's complete when you consistently apply that knowledge.

Many people accumulate information. Far fewer use it to evolve and improve.

The ultimate test of growth is closing the gap between awareness and action.
 
Toxic cultures define success as winning a cutthroat competition. They reward people for stabbing others in the back.

Healthy cultures define success as making a contribution. They reward people for having others’ backs.

Good organizations elevate those who elevate others.
 
Owning up to your mistakes doesn’t cast doubt on your credibility. Admitting you were wrong shows that you care about getting it right.

Recognizing moments of bad judgment is a step toward demonstrating good judgment.

Issuing a correction is a mark of intellectual integrity.
 
We carry too much guilt about letting others down—and too little fear of letting ourselves down.

We don't fully control whether we live up to others' expectations. We do decide whether we meet our own.

The most important commitments to uphold are the ones you make to yourself.
 
Loyalty should never come at the expense of integrity.

Anyone who asks you to violate your values doesn’t deserve your allegiance. Respecting your boundaries is a foundation of trust.

The people worthy of commitment expect you to stand by your principles, not conform to theirs.
 
Rumors of the dangers of video games are vastly exaggerated.

101 studies, 106k kids & teens: video games have negligible impact on grades, depression, attention, aggression.

Only 3.1% show problematic behaviors—which are more likely symptoms of mental health issues than causes.
 
Instead of telling kids not to play video games, adults should play too.

Compared to kids who don’t play, those who play 3 hrs/day have better working memory & impulse control. Experiments show cognitive benefits for adults too.

Video games are a form of exercise for the brain.
 
A common source of disappointment is recency bias: weighing the last week more heavily than the last year.

Zooming in on the immediate past magnifies slumps. Zooming out farther reveals upward slopes.

Progress is rarely visible at a snapshot in time. It unfolds over a lifetime.
 
Saying no is not as costly as you expect.

11 studies: people overestimate the relationship and reputation risks of turning down requests. People generally don't hold it against you.

Declining doesn't mean you don't care. It means you're taking care not to overextend yourself.
 
Impostor syndrome is not a sign that other people are overestimating you. It's more likely that you're underestimating your potential.

Confidence is often a consequence of growth, not a cause. Believing in your ability is less important than believing in your ability to improve.
 
The most undervalued skill of our time is the ability to write.

In an analog world, talking was the main currency of communication and connection. In a digital world, there's a growing premium on the capacity to convey thoughts in text.

The pen is mightier than the spoken word.
 
Feedback is not about sizing people up. It's about helping them grow.

78 studies: criticism is more motivating when you (a) meet face-to-face; (b) compare behavior to a standard, not to others; (c) suggest changes to make.

People want to improve when it's clear that you care.
 
Confirmation bias is twisting the facts to fit your beliefs. Critical thinking is bending your beliefs to fit the facts.

Seeking the truth is not about validating the story in your head. It's about rigorously vetting and accepting the story that matches the reality in the world.
 
Beating yourself up doesn't make you stronger. It leaves you bruised.

Being kind to yourself isn’t about ignoring your weaknesses. It's about giving yourself permission to learn from your mistakes.

We grow by embracing shortcomings, not punishing them.

ted.com/talks/dan_harr…
 
A cardinal rule of responsibility: Never expect of others what you're unwilling to do yourself.

If you're not in the office, don't demand that employees show up.

Good managers hold themselves to the same standards as others. Great leaders hold themselves to higher standards.
 
When you're committed to a goal, it’s motivating to look ahead at how far you have left to go. Staring at the summit fuels grit.

When doubt creeps in, you’re better off looking back at how far you've already come. Seeing your progress builds confidence and commitment.
 
In toxic cultures, people are rewarded solely for individual results. How they treat others is ignored.

In healthy cultures, people are valued for collective contributions. Pay, performance, and promotions depend on elevating others.

If you're an asshole, you're not a success.
 
Too many people wait until they're exhausted or depressed to make change or seek help.

Mental health isn't something to put on the back burner. We can't keep good habits in storage until we need them.

Mental hygiene should be as ingrained in our daily routine as dental hygiene.
 
Insecure arrogance: "I have all the answers. Only I can fix it."

Confident humility: "I have many questions. We need to study what broke it."

The people to trust are not the ones who project the most confidence. They’re the ones who know the limits of their competence.
 
Your worth is not defined by what you achieve or acquire. It’s a question of who you become and how you contribute to others.

Self-esteem should come from character, not success or status. The highest accomplishment is to be a person of generosity, curiosity, and integrity.
 
There’s a fine line between persistence and obstinance.

Persistence is refusing to give up on a difficult goal. Obstinance is refusing to consider a different path.

Grit is not about banging your head against a brick wall. It's about looking for a way around the wall.
 
A key to making wiser choices is to reject the illusion of continuity.

It's the false conviction that your future self will share your current goals.

A map starts from where you are now. A good compass points toward who you might become.

@HiddenBrain ted.com/talks/shankar_…
Shankar Vedantam: You don't actually know what your future self wants
ted.com
 
"This is not my expertise" is not an admission of incompetence. It's an expression of self-awareness.

The antidote to arrogance is not lowering your confidence. It's raising your humility.

You don't have to deny your strengths. You just have to recognize your weaknesses.
 
Precedent is a poor reason for decisions. It calcifies the status quo without a compelling rationale.

It doesn’t matter how long a tradition has stood. If the old way is wrong, it should be challenged and changed.

Progress lies in improving the future, not defending the past.
 
Employers shouldn't discourage side hustles—or hesitate to hire people who have them.

Data: after engaging evenings on their side gigs, people perform better the next day in their full-time jobs.

Side hustles aren’t a distraction. They’re a source of energy and empowerment.
 
Time in meetings has more than tripled since Feb 2020. Nearly a third of meetings are unnecessary—wasting $25M a year for every 1k people.

There are 4 reasons to meet: to decide, learn, bond, and do. If it doesn't serve one of those purposes, cancel it.

bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
Useless Meetings Waste Time and $100 Million a Year for Big Companies
bloomberg.com
 
Bad leaders see power as an opportunity. Good leaders see it as a responsibility.

Framing power as a responsibility can discourage leaders from being selfish, making risky decisions, and ignoring advice.

It's time to teach people that power is for service, not self-interest.
 
The true leader in a group is rarely the person who talks the most. It's usually the person who listens best.

Listening is more than hearing what’s said. It’s noticing and surfacing what isn’t said.

Inviting dissenting views and amplifying quiet voices are acts of leadership.
 
It isn't always best to speak up right away. Strategic silence can amplify your voice.

Evidence: people are more likely to be heard when they wait until (a) the issue is relevant, (b) they’re ready, and (c) the audience is responsive.

Fools rush in. Wise people bide their time.
 
People are happier to help than we expect.

Data: we overestimate how inconvenienced they’ll feel—and underestimate how valued they’ll feel.

Asking isn't always a burden. It's often an opportunity to help others feel capable and useful.

Seeking help is an expression of trust.
 
The people who are nice to you aren’t always being kind to you.

Saying what you want to hear is nice. People sugarcoat feedback to make you feel good today.

Sharing what you need to hear is kind. People speak honestly to help you do better tomorrow.

Candor is an act of care.
 
The Iranian government's human rights abuses are horrifying. The courage of Iranian citizens in resisting is heartening.

It is unacceptable to police women's attire and restrict people's freedom.

The best weapon against misogyny and oppression is peaceful protest.

#MahsaAmini
 
If you don't have all the facts yet, you shouldn't have a strong opinion yet.

Motivated reasoning is believing what you want to be true. Critical thinking depends on wanting to believe whatever ends up being true.

A key to learning is refusing to let your hopes bias your views.
 
How we define success is a source of happiness we control.

105 studies, 70k ppl globally: valuing extrinsic over intrinsic goals predicts lower well-being.

Seeking fame, money, or beauty is a bottomless pit. Pursuing growth, kindness, trust, and health is a path to flourishing.
 
Fear serves a purpose. It sounds an alarm that something you value may be in danger.

The ideal response is not to dismiss the alert. It's to troubleshoot.

Emotional intelligence involves checking if the threat is real and choosing an effective reaction.

link.chtbl.com/RTAdam
 
“I don’t have time” is a poor excuse for treating people poorly. No one is too busy to be kind.

Managers who can't find a minute to be civil shouldn't be managing people. Making your team feel valued is core to the job.

It's always worth your time to show you care about others.
 
We all seek status. Part of maturity is evolving how we pursue it.

1. Materialism: respect me for the possessions I own

2. Mastery: respect me for the excellence I achieve

3. Morality: respect me for the virtues I embody

4. Wisdom: the highest form of respect is self-respect
 
Looking for the good in others doesn’t make you naive. It means you’re not cynical.

Recognizing people’s strengths doesn’t deny their flaws. It reveals their potential to overcome their flaws.

Those who refuse to see the good in others fail to bring out the best in others.
 
 
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