Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Maslow's hierarchy of needs | Behavior | MCAT | Khan Academy

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Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is a basic psychology concept in
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Quotes: Edgar Allen Poe

 All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.

All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream.

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.

I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.

We loved with a love that was more than love.

Beauty of whatever kind, in its supreme development, invariably excites the sensitive soul to tears.

The boundaries which divide Life from Death are at best shadowy and vague. Who shall say where the one ends, and where the other begins?

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there, wondering, fearing, doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before.

Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.

I wish I could write as mysterious as a cat.

-- Edgar Allen Poe

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah

Leonard Cohen Credit Dominique Issermann

  Leonard Cohen: Darkness and Praise

The email from the boy began: “Did anything inspire you to create Hallelujah?"

Later that same winter day the reply arrived: 
“I wanted to stand with those who clearly see God’s holy broken world for what it is, and still find the courage or the heart to praise it. You don’t always get what you want. You’re not always up for the challenge. But in this case — it was given to me. For which I am deeply grateful.”
The question came from the author's son, who was preparing to present the hymn to his fifth-grade class. The boy required a clarification about its meaning. The answer came from the author of the song, Leonard Cohen.
Cohen lived in a weather of wisdom, which he created by seeking it rather than by finding it. He swam in beauty, because in its transience he aspired to discern a glimpse of eternity.
There was always a trace of philosophy in his sensuality.
He managed to combine a sense of absurdity with a sense of significance, a genuine feat.
He was a friend of melancholy but an enemy of gloom, and a renegade enamored of tradition.
Leonard was, above all, in his music and in his poems and in his tone of life, the lyrical advocate of the finite and the flawed.
Leonard sang always as a sinner. He refused to describe sin as a failure or a disqualification. Sin was a condition of life. 

“Even though it all went wrong/ I’ll stand before the Lord of song/ With nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah!”
The singer’s faults do not expel him from the divine presence. Instead they confer a mortal integrity upon his exclamation of praise. 

He is the inadequate man, the lowly man, the hurt man who has given hurt, insisting modestly but stubbornly upon his right to a sacred exaltation.

“There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”  

He once told an interviewer that those words were the closest he came to a credo.  

The teaching could not be more plain: fix the crack, lose the light.
Here is a passage on frivolity by a great rabbi in Prague at the end of the 16th century:

“Man was born for toil, since his perfection is always being actualized but is never actual,” 
he observed in an essay on frivolity.
“And insofar as he attains perfection, something is missing in him.  In such a being, 
perfection is a shortcoming and a lack.”

Leonard Cohen was the poet laureate of the lack, the psalmist of the privation, who made imperfection gorgeous.

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/14/opinion/my-friend-leonard-cohen-darkness-and-praise.html?ribbon-ad-idx=3&src=trending

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Living with a sense of purpose in life


A sense of purpose in life also gives you this considerable advantage:
"People with a sense of purpose in life have a lower risk of death and cardiovascular disease."

The conclusions come from over 136,000 people who took part in 10 different studies.

Participants in the studies were mostly from the US and Japan.

The US studies asked people:
  • how useful they felt to others,
  • about their sense of purpose, and
  • the meaning they got out of life.

The Japanese studies asked people about ‘ikigai’ or whether their life was worth living.

The participants, whose average age was 67, were tracked for around 7 years.

During that time almost 20,000 died.
But, amongst those with a strong sense of purpose or high ‘ikigai’, the risk of death was one-fifth lower.

Despite the link between sense of purpose and health being so intuitive, scientists are not sure of the mechanism.

Sense of purpose is likely to improve health by strengthening the body against stress.

It is also likely to be linked to healthier behaviours.

Dr. Alan Rozanski, one of the study’s authors, said:
“Of note, having a strong sense of life purpose has long been postulated to be an important dimension of life, providing people with a sense of vitality motivation and resilience.
Nevertheless, the medical implications of living with a high or low sense of life purpose have only recently caught the attention of investigators.
The current findings are important because they may open up new potential interventions for helping people to promote their health and sense of well-being.”

This research on links between sense of purpose in life and longevity is getting stronger all the time:
  • “A 2009 study of 1,238 elderly people found that those with a sense of purpose lived longer.
  • A 2010 study of 900 older adults found that those with a greater sense of purpose were much less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Survey data often links a sense of purpose in life with increased happiness.
No matter what your age, then, it’s worth thinking about what gives your life meaning.”

Read More:

Find out what kinds of things people say give their lives meaning.
Here’s an exercise for increasing meaningfulness
And a study finding that feeling you belong increases the sense of meaning.

The study was published in the journal Psychosomatic Medicine (Cohen et al., 2015).

A sense of purpose in life
Link: http://www.spring.org.uk/2015/12/here-is-why-a-sense-of-purpose-in-life-is-important-for-health

Friday, November 11, 2016

Nelson Mandela/Quotes


Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.

It always seems impossible until it's done.

For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

After climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.

A good head and a good heart are always a formidable combination.

There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.

The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

There is no passion to be found playing small - in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.

If you want to make peace with your enemy, you have to work with your enemy. Then he becomes your partner.

Saturday, November 5, 2016


Zig Ziglar said: 
“When obstacles arise, you change your direction to reach your goal; you do not change your decision to get there.”

We always take credit for the good and attribute the bad to fortune. 
- Charles Kuralt

"Sooner or later, those who win are those who think they can."
- Richard Bach

"I dont know where i am going but i am on my way"
- Voltaire

Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions.

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Best Business Books

Best Business Books

Looking for good business books? This is my list of the best business books of all-time. If you only have time to read one or two books, I recommend looking at the Top 10 Business Books section below.
Further down the page, you’ll find more business book recommendations. Many of these books are fantastic as well. I try to carefully curate all of my reading lists and you can be sure that any business book on this page is worth your time. Click the links below to jump to a specific category or scroll down to browse them all.
  1. Top 10 Business Books
  2. Best Business Biographies
  3. Best Decision-Making Books
  4. Best Entrepreneurship Books
  5. Best Finance Books
  6. Best Leadership Books
  7. Best Management Books
  8. Best Marketing Books
  9. Best Productivity Books
  10. Best Sales Books
  11. Best Strategy Books
  12. Best Success Books

The Top 10 Business Books

Not sure where to start? These top business books are essential reading.
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
by Robert Cialdini
Print | eBook

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It
by Michael Gerber
Print | eBook | Audiobook

Fooled by Randomness
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Print | eBook | Audiobook

Breakthrough Advertising
by Eugene Schwartz

Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits!
by Greg Crabtree
Print | eBook

How to Win Friends & Influence People
by Dale Carnegie
Print | eBook | Audiobook

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing
by Al Ries and Jack Trout
Print | eBook | Audiobook

The Power of Full Engagement
by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
Print | eBook | Audiobook

Business Adventures
by John Brooks
Print | eBook | Audiobook

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
by Marshall Goldsmith
Print | eBook | Audiobook

Best Business Biographies

Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr.
by Ron Chernow
Print | eBook | Audiobook

The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie
by Andrew Carnegie
Print | eBook | Audiobook

The New New Thing: A Silicon Valley Story
by Michael Lewis
Print | eBook | Audiobook

Not Fade Away
by Laurence Shames and Peter Barton
Book summary

Bossy Pants
by Tina Fey
Print | Audiobook

Looking for more great biographies? Browse my full list of the best biographies and memoirs.

Best Decision-Making Books

Poor Charlie’s Almanack: The Wit and Wisdom of Charles T. Munger
by Charles T. Munger

Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger
by Peter Bevelin

Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work
by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
Print | eBook | Audiobook

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking
by Malcolm Gladwell
Print | eBook | Audiobook

Thinking, Fast and Slow
by Daniel Kahneman
Print | eBook

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion
by Robert Cialdini
Print | eBook

Fooled by Randomness: The Hidden Role of Chance in Life and in the Market
by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Book summary
Print | eBook | Audiobook

Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness
by Richard Thaler
Print | eBook | Audiobook

Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
by Dan Ariely
Print | eBook | Audiobook

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
by Daniel H. Pink
Print | eBook | Audiobook

Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products
by Nir Eyal
Print | eBook | Audiobook

The Power of Fifty Bits
by Bob Nease
Print | eBook | Audiobook

Want more good books on psychology? Browse my full list of the best psychology books.

Best Entrepreneurship Books

The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It
by Michael Gerber
Print | eBook | Audiobook

The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich
by Timothy Ferriss
Print | eBook | Audiobook

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses
by Eric Ries
Print | eBook | Audiobook

The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime.
by MJ DeMarco
Print | eBook

Ignore Everybody: And 39 Other Keys to Creativity
by Hugh MacLeod
Book summary
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Best Finance Books

The Art of Profitability
by Adrian Slywotzky
Print | eBook | Audiobook

Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits!: 4 Keys to Unlock Your Business Potential
by Greg Crabtree
Print | eBook

Best Leadership Books

What Got You Here Won’t Get You There
by Marshall Goldsmith
Book summary
Print | eBook | Audiobook

Switch: How to Change Things When Change Is Hard
by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
Print | eBook | Audiobook

Wooden on Leadership: How to Create a Winning Organization
by John Wooden
Print | eBook

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
by Simon Sinek
Print | eBook | Audiobook

Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us
by Seth Godin
Print | eBook | Audiobook

How to Win Friends & Influence People
by Dale Carnegie
Print | eBook | Audiobook

The Five Dysfunctions of a Team: A Leadership Fable
by Patrick Lencioni
Print | eBook | Audiobook

Best Management Books

First, Break All the Rules: What the World’s Greatest Managers Do Differently
by Marcus Buckingham and Curt Coffman
Print | eBook

The Essential Drucker: The Best of Sixty Years of Peter Drucker’s Essential Writings on Management
by Peter Drucker
Print | eBook

The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement
by Eliyahu Goldratt
Book summary
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Best Marketing Books

The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing: Violate Them at Your Own Risk!
by Al Ries and Jack Trout
Print | eBook | Audiobook

Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Diet
by Chip Heath and Dan Heath
Print | eBook | Audiobook

Best Productivity Books

The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
Print | eBook | Audiobook

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity
by David Allen
Print | eBook | Audiobook

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
by Greg McKeown
Print | eBook | Audiobook

The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less
by Richard Koch
Print | Audiobook

The Power of Full Engagement: Managing Energy, Not Time, Is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal
by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz
Print | eBook | Audiobook

Best Sales Books

Breakthrough Advertising
by Eugene Schwartz

SPIN Selling
by Neil Rackham
Print | Audiobook

The Ultimate Sales Machine: Turbocharge Your Business with Relentless Focus on 12 Key Strategies
by Chet Holmes
Print | eBook | Audiobook

Best Strategy Books

The Art of War
by Sun Tzu
Book summary
Print | eBook | Audiobook

Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make Competition Irrelevant
by W. Chan Kim & Renee Mauborgne
Print | eBook

Bargaining for Advantage: Negotiation Strategies for Reasonable People
by G. Richard Shell
Print | eBook | Audiobook

Best Success Books

Business Adventures: Twelve Classic Tales from the World of Wall Street
by John Brooks
Print | eBook | Audiobook

Outliers: The Story of Success
by Malcolm Gladwell
Print | eBook | Audiobook

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia: A Novel
by Mohsin Hamid
Print | eBook | Audiobook

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Source: http://jamesclear.com/best-books/business

Stay Healthy

"Health is the greatest possession.
Contentment is the greatest treasure.
Confidence is the greatest friend.
Non-being is the greatest joy."

- Lao Tzu

Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.

- Howard Zinn

“The art is long, life is short, opportunity fleeting, experiment dangerous, judgment difficult.”

― Hippocrates


Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero
(seize the day, trusting as little as possible in the next one)
- Horace


If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, Infinite.
For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things throu' narrow chinks of the cavern.
― William Blake

Do Your Best

"I always remember an epitaph which is in the cemetery at Tombstone, Arizona. It says: 'Here lies Jack Williams. He done his damnedest.' I think that is the greatest epitaph a man can have - When he gives everything that is in him to do the job he has before him. That is all you can ask of him and that is what I have tried to do."
- Harry S. Truman