Brain Juice for the week.

Here are few interesting articles that gave me some new insights to the world. Hope you extract something from them too.

Maya Angelou on living

“You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them. Try to be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud. Do not complain. Make every effort to change things you do not like. If you cannot make a change, change the way you have been thinking. You might find a new solution.”

Something very deep and profound on uncertainty

Uncertainty usually precedes a change, which may or may not be desired. We often resist change, wanting things to be different while at the same time wanting to keep them the same. It’s why we often stay in less than ideal situations: ‘Better the devil we know.’

Being authentic is something I am always pondering on. And Seth Godin, as usual, gave a totally new perspective on it.

It’s not, “say whatever is on your mind,” either.

Instead, I define it as, “consistent emotional labor.”

We call a brand or a person authentic when they’re consistent, when they act the same way whether or not someone is looking. Someone is authentic when their actions are in alignment with what they promise.

On living in the moment.

Just imagine what it must be like to start a finish one task. It seems like a foreign concept to most people who jump from washing dishes, to making lunch for the children, to checking their email, to taking the chicken out to defrost for supper, to folding laundry and never getting back to finish those dishes.

This is how many people live their lives, and it’s exhausting.

Warren Buffett On reading.

Sure, you can go into the office the next day and discuss the details of last night’s episode of Mad Men or Game of Thrones. And yes, you know what happened on Survivor. But that’s not knowledge accumulation; that’s a mind-numbing sedative.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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