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What keeps you going?

What keeps you going? | Work & Life | Scoop.it
If you really love writing, would you give it up if you receive few initial rejections? Thank goodness J. K. Rowling didn’t give up writing despite receiving around 12 rejections before Harry…
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Beautifully summed up by Gilbert -

"Your home is that thing to which you can dedicate your energies with such singular devotion that the ultimate results become inconsequential."
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Choices, not abilities…

Choices, not abilities… | Work & Life | Scoop.it
I think no one has put this as brilliantly and as succinctly as Albus Dumbledore – “It is our choices, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” ~ J. K. Rowling A…
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It doesn’t really matter much what you have or being dumped into; what you choose to do with it is far more important. And trust me, you always have a choice. Moreover, not choosing is a choice as well!
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Life beyond résumé

Life beyond résumé | Work & Life | Scoop.it
This short video is an interesting perspective on life comparing résumé and eulogy by David Brooks. He is a journalist, author who teaches at Yale University, and is also a member of the American A…
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Important talk about eulogy - purpose of life.
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Why Do People Quit Their Jobs, Exactly? Here's the Entire Reason, Summed Up in 1 Sentence

This is consistent with leading research by Gallup. In one study of 7,272 U.S. adults, they found that 50 percent of employees left their job "to get away from their manager to improve their overall life at some point in their career."

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Simply put - People leave managers, not companies.
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What keeps you going?

What keeps you going? | Work & Life | Scoop.it
If you really love writing, would you give it up if you receive few initial rejections? Thank goodness J. K. Rowling didn’t give up writing despite receiving around 12 rejections before Harry…
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Beautifully summed up by Gilbert -

"Your home is that thing to which you can dedicate your energies with such singular devotion that the ultimate results become inconsequential."
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Personality Inventories

Personality Inventories | Work & Life | Scoop.it

These inventories are spotlights that attempt to uncover several aspects of your personality. They are fairly accurate, but there is lot more to a person than what any one of them could report. These inventories do not predict who you are, rather they should reflect who you are – and they indeed do that to a great extent if you answer all the questions honestly. It’s important to keep all that in mind while understanding these reports!

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In-depth look into important, contemporary personality assessments!
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Personality Theories 5

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This process of the good life is not, I am convinced, a life for the faint-hearted. It involves the stretching and growing of becoming more and more of one’s potentialities. It involves the courage to be. It means launching oneself fully into the stream of life. – Carl Rogers
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Wonderful insights from humanistic psychologist Carl Rogers about congruence, incongruence, self-actualizing and fully functional person.
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Personality Theories 4

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Musicians must make music, artists must paint, poets must write if they are to be ultimately at peace with themselves. What humans can be, they must be. They must be true to their own nature. This need we may call self-actualization. ~ Abraham Maslow
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Thus, self-actualization is becoming more and more of yourself. Being all that you can be....Insightful explanation of Maslow's theory and self-actualization.
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What Should You Choose: Time or Money?

What Should You Choose: Time or Money? | Work & Life | Scoop.it
If you picked time, chances are, you’re a happier person for it.
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"One of us, Professor Hershfield, recently faced such a choice. He was invited to teach a weekend seminar out of state. But he had a baby girl at home, born 12 weeks earlier. The pay would offset the costs of child care, but the job would require two days of not oohing, aahing and bonding with the baby."

This is what I have been saying -

"Over the years I have come to believe that the real opulence is more about time and not money. You can recover monetary loss but you cannot recover lost time…. ever! So if you can spend your time doing what you want, I think you’re really fortunate!"
(~ From: Rethinking busy life - http://www.myzenpath.com/work-life/rethinking-busy-life/)
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The people in our studies who chose time over money thought about the resources differently and had different intentions for how they would spend the time or money gained. Unlike those who chose money, who were more likely to be fixated on not having enough, people who chose time focused more on how they would spend it, planning to “spend” on wants rather than needs (e.g., cultivating a hobby versus completing chores at home) and on other people rather than themselves — two expenditures that have previously been linked to elevated levels of happiness.
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Why you do what you do?

Why you do what you do? | Work & Life | Scoop.it
This is a very powerful question – and if you stay long enough with the question – it can give you some wonderful insights about your own reasons for your chosen work. I crucial for us …
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You do something because you want to do it, for the satisfaction, joy that it brings. Not merely for extrinsic motivation or external rewards. After a certain stage in your life, intrinsic motivation is all that matters.
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In search of meaning

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Finding meaning is profound and essential part of our life. Whether we realize this or not, as Carl Jung says: We cannot stand meaningless life! Yet, at times many of us feel that our life is meani…
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Meaning is not an elusive goal, all of us are perfectly capable of finding meaning through our daily work and pursuits.
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From Stressed-Out Mess To Flourishing Exec: How The Third Metric Changed My Life

From Stressed-Out Mess To Flourishing Exec: How The Third Metric Changed My Life | Work & Life | Scoop.it

"The world every day sends us flashing, insistent, loud messages and sign posts to make more money, to climb up the career ladder, and there are almost no sign posts in the world to tell us to reconnect with the essence of who we are -- to take care of ourselves along the way, to reach out to others who need us."

 

 


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Filled with buzz words (job crafting, mindfulness), but still quite an useful and timely article. I am glad she also adds "the wisdom to know when to stop"

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When are you planning to turn your life around?

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How do you look at your work?

How do you look at your work? | Work & Life | Scoop.it
Work is not simply work! Not all people look at it in the same way – it means different things to different people. It is interesting how organizational behaviour researchers study and unders…
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How do you look at your work? As Job, Career or Calling? interesting article about work orientations!
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Reflections on corporate resignations

Reflections on corporate resignations | Work & Life | Scoop.it

Corporates also exist to maximize profits through their work. Often bottom-line and maximizing productivity result in pushing individuals in work-schedule that makes their life incredibly hectic leaving little time for their family or other interests. Unless the key stake-holders firmly believe in providing meaningful work and offering better work-life balance to their employees, individual corporate workers have little control over the work that they do and how they do it.

Many individuals carry on with their soul-sapping yet demanding jobs, but few individuals realize what is missing in their life and decide to act on it.

 

 

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Some insightful & thought provoking reflections on the resignations of 2 CxOs and another senior professional from a financial giant!

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Understanding Strengths for Work and Life

Understanding Strengths for Work and Life | Work & Life | Scoop.it
The tag line of My Zen Path is ‘Rethinking work and life’. When one thinks of regular work life, one is reminded of the constant developmental feedback that are part of every performanc…
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A person can perform only from strength. One cannot build performance on weakness, let alone on something one cannot do at all.
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How to choose your career?

How to choose your career? | Work & Life | Scoop.it

What do you love doing?
What are you good at?
What the world needs?
What can be paid for?

Choosing a career that suits you and your passions....

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Build your skills and expertise around who you are and what you really love doing – that’s how you get good at it. If you love something and you’re really good at it, there would be plenty of existing and nascent opportunities to ensure that you can be paid for it.
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Grit – why it matters more?

Grit – why it matters more? | Work & Life | Scoop.it
In all those very different contexts, one characteristic emerged as a significant predictor of success. And it wasn’t social intelligence. It wasn’t good looks, physical health, and it wasn’t IQ. It was grit. Grit is passion and perseverance for very long-term goals.


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Wonderful talk about grit - more than ability, background or any such apparently obvious factors, success is lot more about your own grit and resilience.
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Are People More Creative Alone Or Together? Trick Question | Fast Company

Are People More Creative Alone Or Together? Trick Question | Fast Company | Work & Life | Scoop.it
Your brain doesn’t care if you’re an introvert or an extrovert. It needs solo- and group-time to be creative–in that order.
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Nice discussion on creativity!
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Ignorance that isn’t bliss

Ignorance that isn’t bliss | Work & Life | Scoop.it

It can be argued that the truly educated are distinguished not by the extent of their knowledge, but by a greater and more nuanced awareness of their areas of ignorance. Actually, the two go hand in hand: true knowledge comes only with awareness of one’s ignorance, which is something that neither Internet trolls nor religious fundamentalists have fully understood. It is knowledge of ignorance that makes us truly human, and it is this that I am afraid we are forgetting with the rise of the so-called information society.

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As a learner with varied interests, I couldn't agree more with this.

Thought provoking article that makes you ponder about information, knowledge and difference between the two!
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Personality Theories 2

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“Individuation means becoming a single, homogeneous being, and, in so far as ‘individuality’ embraces our innermost, last, and incomparable uniqueness, it also implies becoming one’s own self. We could therefore translate individuation as… ‘self-realization.’” ~ Carl Jung

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Essence of Carl Jung's theory!
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Personality Theories 1

Personality Theories 1 | Work & Life | Scoop.it
Personality theories and intriguing and exhaustive. I am planning to discuss few relevant psychological personality theories and assessments here. As such there are many important personality theor…
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Erikson's eight-stage theory of psychosocial development concentrates on a series of developmental conflicts that occur throughout the lifespan, from birth until death. At each stage, people face a crisis that must be resolved to develop certain psychological strengths.

"Generativity Vs. Stagnation (Care) : Middle Adulthood (40 – 65) – During middle adulthood, people are established in their careers and making progress in their work. Also during this time, people enjoy raising their children and participating in activities, that gives them a sense of purpose. If people are not comfortable with the way their life is progressing, they’re usually regretful about the decisions that they have made in the past and feel a sense of stagnation. The existential question faced at this stage is: “Can I make my life count?” Success at this stage will lead to the virtue of care."

Some really wonderful insights from one of my favourites: Erik Erikson. Experiencing it often.
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Personality Theories 3

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This is the third part of Personality Theories series and I am covering few behaviourist & learning theories here.  Some important psychologist involved in the development of these theories inc…
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Useful article sharing important aspects of 'behaviourism' from Ivan Pavlov, B. F. Skinner and Albert Bandura.

Especially worth reading insights about rewards, punishment and self-efficacy.
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In search of calling

In search of calling | Work & Life | Scoop.it
This is the long pending second part of my previous article: In search of meaning. I couldn’t finish this one as I was busy with few other commitments and writing this was a bit challenging f…
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Wonderfully explained purpose/calling with realistic, practical examples!

"I believe calling or purpose is something that is deep within a person’s being. It is an essential part of his/her own existence and identity. It is something we enjoy doing immensely – it may or may not be a part of our chosen work. Sometimes, we are not even aware of what it is exactly or more often we cannot see the patterns among few random things that we really enjoy doing."
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Honey, I saved the bees!

Honey, I saved the bees! | Work & Life | Scoop.it
Amit Godse quit his high-paying software job with a large MNC to save the honeybees. His team removes and relocates the beehives without killing the bees. This young man from Pune (India) has an in…
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Interesting how followed his calling and was determined to learn everything he needed!

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Are you confused?

Are you confused? | Work & Life | Scoop.it
Well, if someone says it’s perfectly alright to be confused and unsure about things at times; you’re going to get perplexed. Yet, that’s what I am trying to convey through this ar…
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Beautiful article about staying with questions, understanding problems & not rushing for answers.

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Happiness as a choice

Happiness as a choice | Work & Life | Scoop.it

The ABC model of REBT suggests that by examining & disputing (D) the irrational beliefs (B), we can change them and achieve more desired effect (E).  While Frankl’s quote seems more like an intuitive expression, REBT provides a systematic way of analyzing activating event and its emotional consequences.

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Can we choose our attitude in adversity? What we can learn from REBT & Viktor Frankl?  Wonderful reading...

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