Learn how to overcome ‘FOMO’ and start doing meaningful, cool and funny work

How often do you worry because you think you are missing some “cool” trend or opportunity?

‘Fear of missing out’ has become a normal component of our days. With technology and social media, we are overexposed to events, people and products, and every day we receive thousands of stimuli with the intention to convince us that if we don’t assist to that event or we don’t buy that product, we are going to miss out something very ‘cool’ and that we are throwing away the opportunity of our life.

One of our biggest concerns (or apparently it seems so) is to empathize with other people, to feel liked and appreciated.

It’s a fair concern, but a lot of times, due to that concern and to avoid that feeling that we are missing something, we start adopting extreme behaviors: doing things we don’t even like to do, hang out with people we don’t like to hang out with and buying stupid stuff that we even don’t like or don’t need.

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The difference between the amateurs and the Pros? The quantity and quality of the questions they ask

In some level, peace of mind comes from knowing the things you want to know, from getting the answers you want to get.

When we see a movie, when we read a book or when we hear about a story, it’s common that we don’t feel complete or satisfied until we know how the story ends.

We are programmed to feel comfort and easiness only when we know the answer we are looking for or when we see the results of the thing we are working on. Uncertainty drives us crazy.

That eagerness to avoid uncertainty and to always have answers is what makes us think that we should not ask more questions, and we should only worry about the answers.

Ironically, we forget that asking questions is what leads to answers.

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Learn the 3 secrets of the best artists and entrepreneurs: Stealing and recycling ideas to start successful projects

Sometimes, our emotions are more powerful than our reason. And that’s great…unless you don’t know how to funnel and take advantage of those emotions.

It’s also great having a lot of energy and enthusiasm about a new idea, but the real magic happens when we learn how to funnel that energy into something valuable.

Why having a plane if you are not going to fly in it? It’s not only about turning on the engine, consume fuel and show its power, it’s a matter of using that energy to let the plane take off and fly.

The thing is that 99.9% of people don’t want to build a plane from scratch.

I have good news for you: People are wrong when they think that starting something new means that every element, idea or process about that thing must be new. They forget the powerful concept of recycling: Recycled processes, ideas, and concepts from previous projects.

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3 behaviors that are making you a mediocre person and how to avoid them

“Standard”. Dangerous word. I don’t like things that create any type of limit sensation in the mind.

Sometimes, standard behaviors become routine actions. The problem is that, in almost all the cases, there’s no filter to let us know if those behaviors will be valuable in any sense.

We adopt some standards for our lives without even realizing it. Some of those standards are even things we don’t like, but they start taking place because of the routine, and they cling into our daily lives. Some of them are things that, without capturing our attention and flying under the radar, start to stack up each other to become ‘standards’.

Have you noticed how “good, working a lot” or “good, but I haven’t had time to do anything, I have had a lot of work” has become the standard answer when two people start talking?

Or how the standard answer for a bad outcome or an unexpected result is the classic “Well, that’s life”?

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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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