Posts Tagged: psychology

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Fact: Commuter dressed based on weather predictions. He walks down the street through rain and sleet. Ice is stinging every part of his exposed face. He continues his Monday morning commute wondering how bad the week could start. 

Fact^Prime: Commuter dresses based on weather predictions. He walks down the street through rain and sleet. Ice is stinging every part of his exposed face. He thinks how fortunate he is to be able bodied. His face feels. His legs move with ease. His eyes see others. They join each other in that moment; a smirk of shared experience.

Fact: Commuter slips on escalator, spilling contents of coffee in process, wetting his back on slushy footprints of others. He sits, embarrassed. He continues his Monday morning commute wondering how bad the week could start. 

Fact^Prime: Commuter slips on escalator, spilling contents of coffee in process, wetting his back on slushy footprints of others. He sits, embarrassed. He wonders how it’s possible not any of the hot coffee spilled on him or others on a busy morning commute. He wonders how unlikely it is he didn’t hurt himself in the fall or a small boy nearby with his clumsiness. He’s thankful. So thankful.

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Why don’t successful people and organizations automatically become very successful? One important explanation is due to what I call “the clarity paradox,” which can be summed up in four predictable phases:

Phase 1: When we really have clarity of purpose, it leads to success.
Phase 2: When we have success, it leads to more options and opportunities.
Phase 3: When we have increased options and opportunities, it leads to diffused efforts.
Phase 4: Diffused efforts undermine the very clarity that led to our success in the first place.

Curiously, and overstating the point in order to make it, success is a catalyst for failure.

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- Harvard Business Review’s Greg McKeown, synthesizing insights from Jim Collins’s How the Mighty Fail

This has me thinking.

(via explore-blog)

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"Your vision will become clear only when you can look into your own heart. Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes."