Ideas in Motion

13 Virtues of Moral Perfection from the Autobiography of Ben Franklin

Jan 23, 2020 4:31:40 PM / by posted in History, Self-Development, Career, Mindfulness

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In The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, he lists thirteen virtues “all that at that time occurr’d to me as necessary or desirable.”

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How to Learn and Practice Skills

Jan 21, 2020 10:33:43 PM / by posted in Psychology, Self-Development, Career, Leadership

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Skills are assets, and they are how most people make a living. We go to school, learn a trade, acquire experiences and then give our time in exchange for money. The amount of money we earn for our time is most likely (but not always) a direct reflection of the “market value” of our skillsets—traditionally speaking. It’s true, “time is money,” but it makes just as much sense to say, “skills are money.” Luckily, obtaining a skill is quite simple in terms of cognitive processing. All one needs is motivation, the ability to learn, and time for practice.

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Winning at Life and More Brainiac Tips for Achieving Greatness

Oct 8, 2019 10:10:40 AM / by posted in Psychology, Self-Development, Career, Leadership

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Skills are assets, and they are how most people make a living. We go to school, learn a trade, acquire experiences and then give our time in exchange for money. The amount of money we earn for our time is most likely (but not always) a direct reflection of the “market value” of our skillsets—traditionally speaking. It’s true, “time is money,” but it makes just as much sense to say, “skills are money.” Luckily, obtaining a skill is quite simple in terms of cognitive processing. All one needs is motivation, the ability to learn, and time for practice.

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Two Mental Traits of the Most Successful People

Oct 8, 2019 8:35:47 AM / by posted in Engineers, Self-Development, Career

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Think back to your first couple of semesters as an engineering student. You were flooded with new concepts. Likely, the mathematics were more difficult than anything you had encountered in high school, and you worked around the clock to absorb it all. But you knew some of the difficulties when you applied for school in the first place. The challenges weren’t a mystery to you, and something drove you to take them on. Becoming an engineer is a big, challenging goal that many people are not ready to accomplish or could not, even if they tried.

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Staying Relevant for a Long-Term Career

Sep 16, 2019 12:48:50 PM / by posted in Engineers, Self-Development, Career

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The Pace of Change

Most people understand that the pace of change is speeding up globally, along with the demand for more innovation. In a little more than 100 years, technological development has taken us from the first telephone call in 1876, to the first website in 1991. A mere 16 years elapsed between the appearance of the Internet and the first iPhone (2007). Since then, significant technological breakthroughs are happening each year.

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Shortcuts to Success: Exploring the Adjacent Possible

Aug 22, 2019 4:11:11 PM / by posted in Psychology, Self-Development, Problem-solving

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After more than 70,000 years since homo-sapiens first emerged, more than 100 billion people have lived on earth. That is 100 billion minds seeking innovation and new ideas for millennium. Unique ideas are rarer than diamonds, and inventing something completely new is more difficult than ever.

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Take Your Brain to the Gym

Aug 12, 2019 6:37:40 PM / by posted in Self-Development, Science, Human Brain

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Most people understand the benefits of exercise for maintaining overall health and weight management. Few probably realize, though, that the brain needs even more care and exercise than the rest of the body to maintain its health and sharpness, and even fewer know how to exercise it properly. The brain is, after all, the most vital organ controlling every other essential bodily function. In this article, we examine the basic anatomy of the brain, the effects of physical exercise on the brain, and techniques to “workout” the brain specifically.

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Improving Innovative Thinking Using This One Mental Trick

Aug 2, 2019 2:26:31 PM / by posted in Psychology, Self-Development, Problem-solving

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Most people can address and resolve simple problems consciously. Complex problems, however, are more difficult to address. If we think about them too long, we could actually make the wrong decision. One of the reasons for this is humans have “bounded rationality.”

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Slaying the Digital Addiction: Advanced Time Management Tip #1

Jul 24, 2019 12:44:59 PM / by posted in Time Management, Engineers, Productivity, Self-Development

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Indisputably, “connectivity” to a host of applications and devices offers potential to improve people’s lives. We can do amazing things, like view the inside of our refrigerators from the supermarket, remotely control flying drones to deliver packages, see and speak to people on the other side of the world (in real time and on our cells phones, none-the-less), and retrieve vast amounts of information in seconds.

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