Learn how to surround with really interesting people: How to differentiate the talkers from the doers

I was in a very nice restaurant in one of the coolest parts of the city. On both sides of my table, there were business people talking. Can you guess what they were talking about? That’s right, business.

They were speaking loud as if they had the necessity to be heard. Not only by the other people in their table, apparently, they wanted to be heard by the whole restaurant.

They tried to appear interesting no matter what. They were talking about how Mexico has unequal wages, and how other countries like South Korea, that also have metallurgical industry, have managed to constantly improve the wages in the last years, while Mexico hasn’t. They complained about the ridiculously low Mexican minimum salary, while Korea’s salary keeps improving at higher rates.

These people ended their breakfast and returned to their offices, and probably they forgot that conversation…Or, what’s the probability of them arriving at their offices and doing something in their own companies to improve the minimum salary or the quality of work for their employees?

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3 effective ways to prepare for ‘mental marathons’ and reduce your stress levels in the process

 

There’s a trend I keep noticing in my mood and my stress levels every time I have to do something: the better I prepare for that, the less stress I have.

The better you prepare, the better the results tend to be. It sounds obvious, so obvious that seems stupid to write about it.

But I’m writing about this because what I have noticed is that we only apply this concept to certain situations. For example, people know that if they want to practice some physical activity, and improve their performance in any type of physical competition, they need to practice and prepare for it.

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The day my brother managed to interview a soccer legend. 3 lessons from an unlikely encounter

This is not my story, this happened to my brother, back in 2012. But as he hasn’t told it with enough details, it’s up to me to do it.

First of all, let’s put in context and talk about the main characters of this story:

My brother, a 23-year-old college student. A student like any other. A college student with a compulsive obsession with soccer.

Jorge Valdano, former soccer player, coach, and manager. Jorge Valdano, World champion with Argentina’s team in Mexico’s 86 FIFA world cup. He’s not only a world champion soccer player, he scored the second goal in that final game against Germany. Jorge Valdano, Real Madrid’s idol during the 80’s, champion of two European tournaments and three Spanish leagues. Jorge Valdano, writer, and lecturer, who travels around the world talking about leadership and sports marketing. Jorge Valdano, a legend.

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What I learned using “controlled environments” to launch successful projects and test ideas

I learned about the “controlled environment” concept in the zombie movies, where they show some kind of virus or disease spreading around the world and everything becoming mayhem because something wrong happened with the controlled environment where the virus was being tested and stored.

According to the Oxford dictionary, a controlled environment is an environment which is artificially regulated to ensure conditions such as temperature, air quality, etc., remain stable; the condition or state of such an environment.

So it’s basically a context where you can control variables to see the outcome of an experiment, and how that outcome changes if you change a variable.

The interesting thing is that we can apply this concept to anything we want. We can make experiments in any context we want.

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3 ways to overcome the fear to talk to important people

On a previous post, I wrote about the fact that many times, the things we never think about are the ones that could take us to the next level.

And one of the reasons why we avoid to think about those important things is because some of them scare us.

One of those things is taking those conversations, or sending that email that we know could be very uncomfortable, but deep down, we know it could take us to the next level.

It’s probable that the reason why we avoid that conversation is because we consider the other person to be in another “league” or we feel some kind of intimidation:

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How to learn something from every person you meet

Sometimes, the things we never think about are the ones that could take us to the next level.

I think there are two reasons why we never think about some things that are important: Because we don’t have them on the radar or because we don’t consider they are important.

One of those things that we don’t think about (or we don’t give enough importance to) is the influence that a person can exert on a specific moment of our life. Interacting with other people is something that most of us do several times during a day, and that’s why it becomes something normal, just part of the routine.

Often, the problem that something becomes routinary is that we forget the goals and the benefits of why we are doing it.

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Motivation is overrated. Learn a system to transform motivation into action

There are some concepts that are quite overrated. One of those concepts is “motivation”.

When I hear things like “That person is very motivated, he will achieve everything he decides to do” or “Motivation takes you wherever you want to go”, I feel the people who are saying that are really overestimating this concept.

Yes, motivation is very important, but it’s only one component among many others that you need to have if you want to achieve your goals and materialize your projects.

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3 practices of successful companies that you can apply on a personal level

There are many aspects in which people and companies behave in the same way. At the end, the hearth of companies is the people who work there, and we share the same end goal: create value. The main objective of companies is to create value for the shareholders. For us, it’s the same principle: do things that create value, things that make us feel satisfied, happy, useful.

And if companies and people have the same kind of objectives, ¿What would happen if people start using some of the practices that companies use to reach their objectives? Could we be able to replicate some of those practices and adapt them to a personal level?

Here are some options:

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Quality questions create a quality life. 4 questions to improve your work and your life

As Tony Robbins says, “Quality questions create a quality life”.I’ve only had a couple of job interviews in my life. I have been fortunate to have jobs that I’ve always enjoyed.

I’ve only had a couple of job interviews in my life. I have been fortunate to have jobs that I’ve always enjoyed.

What I’ve noticed is that the traditional questions people use to interview a job candidate (or when you are dating someone trying to better know that person) are inefficient, and they don’t give good information to determine if the person is a good fit for the company or for your life.

By recounting the questions I’ve been asked, and what I’ve read about the theoric “good hiring process”, I have come to the conclusion that some improvements could be made to those questions. In many cases, those questions are so wide, so poorly defined, that the other person can answer with the first thing that comes to his mind, and everything can be bullshit.

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A powerful word that will improve your decision making ability

Would you share this blog post? It all depends. If I were the one reading this, and someone asks me this question, I would probably say ‘no’ at first. But then, if I see a proper incentive, and I think about the opportunity cost, maybe I would say “It depends”.

It goes unnoticed, or we forget, but perhaps the “it depends” term is one of the most powerful concepts to put in perspective and try to find the incentive that any situation can offer us.

By nature, we tend to quickly discard or ignore anything that doesn’t give us confidence or something which we can’t feel immediately attracted for. Think about the opportunity cost of what you just read. By not having a filter, something that stops us from responding to a situation in “autopilot” mode, we can lose valuable opportunities.

And you might be thinking “discarding or ignoring something that doesn’t generate trust is called intuition, and it’s a good thing”. And you’re right about that. Intuition acts as a valuable filter that helps us identify things that we feel are not right for us. But, what would happen if we combine intuition with the “It depends” filter?

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