3 ways to simplify the start and the execution of any project

Sometimes, one simple step is what separates people from their current situation and the situation they want to be. A step that is obvious but also difficult: Start. After starting, you need to keep going, and then you need to finish. But there is a difference in the three stages: Getting started requires more energy. After you start, you have the ‘inertia’ that will help you to keep going.

The world is full of good ideas, but most of them are “orphan”. Their creators don’t try hard enough or don’t find a way to execute them. They know that materializing those ideas involves a process and implies effort, and many times they don’t know how to face that process.

Starting something new requires high energy expenditure. Pushing a big rock will always be difficult, especially if we do it alone and without any tools.

When they are in front of that big rock, there are two types of people: Those who convince themselves that is very difficult to move it and give up and those who convince themselves that is very difficult to move it, but they bring a lever or other people to help with the task.

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2 counterintuitive methods that will help you solve any kind of problem

A problem can become our whole world. And we can get absorbed to the point that it becomes the only thing in our world. Many times, as we get concerned and absorbed by this problems, we tend to exaggerate the possible consequences.

To address that problem, we implement “defense methods” that many times are not as effective as we believe. We think that obsessively focusing is going to make it easier to solve. For some strange reason, our levels of concern and distress become directly proportional to the perceived size of the problem.

Excessive worrying is a waste of time. If that concern doesn’t lead to a concrete action, that “extra level” of concern doesn’t make sense.

Instead of worrying, we should be thinking in different ways to solve that problem.

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4 super easy “Twists” to 4 daily activities, to make them more efficient and fun

Routine is one of the main killers of the good things in life. Routine makes us lose perception. Routine creates an unfair perception of some of the activities that we do in our daily routines. We start undervaluing and we forget the importance of some of those activities.

It’s easy to get out of routine, but when we are immersed in our ‘day to day’ we forget that fact. Sometimes the only thing we need is a small change, a small ‘twist’ in some of those activities.

I am on a crusade to rescue the importance of the small details. To remember to all of who are reading this blog post that sometimes a small change or a small action, no matter how simple or insignificant they may seem, can make all the difference.

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Mistrust as a way to become more productive

When the term “mistrust” is used, it’s usually done in a negative context. “You can’t trust that person” or “This situation doesn’t give me any confidence”. The interesting thing is that we are ignoring another context in which this term can act as something positive and become a powerful way increase our productivity. Mistrust, in some contexts, can be useful.

No one is able to predict what will happen in the future, but sometimes we act as if we can. We are confident that tomorrow everything will remain the same and that we will have another day to do whatever we want to do.

Of course, uncertainty is scary. That’s why a lot of people prefer to ignore or disguise it. That’s the reason why, although no one knows what will happen in the future, people act as if they know. Inevitably, things are going to change, but we are afraid to accept that fact, and because of that, we create a false reality in which everything remains the same forever.

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5 pieces of advice we think are great, but actually stop us from executing our projects

When we receive advice, we must always be grateful that someone is taking the time to do it. However, the fact someone gives us advice doesn’t mean it’s a good advice, or that we have to apply it.

It doesn’t make sense that we believe that, because someone gave us an advice, automatically that becomes a good recommendation, without first assessing it.

Just as there are good people and bad people, intelligent people and stupid people, there are also good, bad, intelligent and stupid pieces of advice.

Thinking about this, I’ve decided to create a list of the five worst pieces of advice I’ve received – or at least in my case – didn’t turn out to be as good as they seemed:

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Difficult questions as a way to reduce discomfort and improve your communication skills

At that moment, I felt like a fool. Five years studying finance and economics, and several years working in an investment bank. And none of those credentials were useful. Despite that experience, I remained silent and answered wrong to the question they asked. And what made me angry was not my wrong answer, or my stupid face when I did it. What made me angry was that, at that moment, in that restaurant, they asked that uncomfortable question without any previous notice, when I was totally unprepared.

We were talking about potential job candidates and the way we make interviews to recruit people for our companies.

– “How much is seven to the power of three?”

– “Ah?”…I answered…

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The elevator challenge. Generating 200 ideas a month using only 5 minutes of your day

We would be surprised if we think about all the “dead moments” we have during a day. Most of those moments last only for a few seconds or a couple of minutes, and maybe that´s why we don´t have them present. It’s like if our brain is in Standby mode, and during those seconds (or minutes) don´t process any relevant information, or if we couldn’t remember anything about what the brain is processing.

I recently realized that, on a typical weekday, I use an elevator between six and ten times a day. And I can´t remember what was in my head any time I used the elevator in the last week. During those seconds, my brain whitens and enter into another dimension. When the door opens again, my brain returns from that dimension.

From now on, I want to start an experiment: Every time I use an elevator, and before it reaches the destination floor, I must have thought on some idea. Any kind of idea, no matter how nonsense or stupid it might seem…the only thing that matters: having an idea in my head before I get out of the elevator.

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How to deal with negative answers and obtain value from them?

We are the result of our education, our environment and the people around us. Society, the way we were raised and traditional education invite us to think that the goal of everything we do and everything we ask is to always have a “YES” for an answer.

The traditional educational system doesn´t encourage trial and error, demonize failure and doesn’t allow experimentation, doubt or curiosity among students.

We are educated to believe that there are no second chances, and that we must have a binary mentality (to believe that the only options are black or white, and that the only acceptable color is white), to believe that black is a dangerous zone. That is why we grow up with fear of failure, with the fear of people saying “NO” to us.

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Your critics are your real fans – Criticism as a way to improve

Numbers are simple, it’s impossible that 100% of the people agree with us. Many times we overreact when someone doesn’t agree with the way we think or act.

We believe that perfection is a synonym of success, and that’s why we get affected by critics so easy. We constantly forget that everything can be seen, measured and judged from different points of view, and that ours is not necessarily truth or at least is not the absolute truth.

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How to stop dreaming and start doing? The 90-10 rule

“The world belongs to the dreamers,” some people say. I don´t agree. I think that affirmation is incomplete. Something more accurate and realistic would be: “The world belongs to the dreamers who, after dreaming, make the effort and work to make that dream come true”. It’s not a catchy or commercial affirmation, but it´s closer to reality.

The web is full of motivational phrases and pictures with paradisiacal beaches inviting us to believe that “Those who dream are those who achieve”. How many, after reading that kind of motivational content, really do something? How many of those who read that will remember the phrase the next day?

There´s something wrong with that type of situations: People spend more time dreaming than doing.

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