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  • When is perfectionism healthy? When is it unhealthy?(Bakadesuyo)
    It largely depends on whether the goals are internal or external. If you’re trying to live up to internal values of excellence, it’s healthy; if you’re seeking approval, it’s probably unhealthy.
  • Value process before results (Farnam Street)
    Children who are “entity theorists” … are prone to use language like ‘I am smart at this.’ And to attribute their success or failure to an ingrained and unalterable level of ability. They see their overall intelligence or skill level at a certain discipline to be a fixed entity, a thing that cannot evolve. Incremental theorists, who have picked up a different modality of learning, are more prone to describe their results with sentences like ‘I got it because I worked very hard at it’ or ‘I should have tried harder.’ A child with a learning theory of intelligence tends to sense that with hard work, difficult material can be grasped- step-by-step, incrementally, the novice can become the master.
  • 10 questions to distinguish real from fake science (Forbes)
    1. What is the source?
    2. What is the agenda?
    3. What kind of language does it use?
    4. Does it involve testimonials?
    5. Are there claims of exclusivity?
    6. Is there a mention of a conspiracy of any kind?
    7. Does the claim involve multiple unassociated disorders?
    8. Is there a money trail or a passionate belief involved?
    9. Were real scientific processes involved?
    10. Is there expertise?

Other Interesting Reads:

  • Where does your nation rank on well-being? (HBR)
  • There are actually 9 ‘cliffs’ that investors should be freaking about (Financial Post)
  • The science of intuition
    People tend to go through three phases while they improve their performance.
    Phase 1. The beginner focuses her attention simply on understanding what it is that the task requires and on not making mistakes.
    Phase 2. Such conscious attention to the basics of the task is no longer needed, and the individual performs quasi-automatically and with reasonable proficiency. Then comes the difficult part. Most people get stuck in phase two: they can do whatever it is they set out to do decently, but stop short of the level of accomplishment that provides the self-gratification that makes one’s outlook significantly more positive or purchases the external validation that results in raises and promotions.
    Phase 3 often remains elusive because while the initial improvement was aided by switching control from conscious thought to intuition—as the task became automatic and faster—further improvement requires mindful attention to the areas where mistakes are still being made and intense focus to correct them. Referred to as ‘deliberate practice,’ this phase is quite distinct from mindless or playful practice. (Brain Pickings)
  • ‘Next’: Asking “what’s next?” forces you to keep moving forward. It’s the catalyst for endless possibilities. (LinkedIn)
  • Defeat for a man of contradictions (SMH)
  • Asian voters send a message to Republicans (Bloomberg)
  • FAQs on Nate Silver. [He seems to be the man of the moment] (Gawker);
    Why math is like the honey badger: Nate Silver ascendant
    Math is just so damned unyielding, the enemy of wishful thinking, dashing our most cherished hopes with its cold hard facts. And is it sorry? It is not! Like the infamous honey badger, math don’t care. Math don’t give a s$%. (Scientific American); and
    In defence of Nate Silver, election pollsters, and statistical predictions (Wired)
  • Ask a banker: what’s the deal with high frequency trading (NPR)
  • Beating the recruitment machines (BBC)
  • Stop saying ‘drink the Kool Aid”. Beyond being grossly overused and conjuring a horrendous Jonestown massacre, it’s not even technically accurate (Atlantic)
  • Not writing is your alligator. An open letter to a very young writer from a not-much-older writer (Rumpus)
  • What if Gangnam Style was a killer app (LinkedIn)
  • The 7 key habits of power networkers (Entrepreneur)
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