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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The ultimate method to effectively include a new habit into your daily routine

How important tradition is. In any aspect of life, it plays a significant role.

Tradition, on many occasions, brings a sense of familiarity, which translates into a sense of tranquility. The known things, what we have experienced before, and what we like to do on a regular basis, becomes something easy to digest and that, after all, is what we could define as a state of tranquility.

However, that tranquility can become routine. And sometimes, if we stay in routine, we could stall and stop growing. Growing up and moving forward involves having to start doing other activities and ‘acting’ in unknown scenarios.

And that’s where we don’t know what to do. As we are not familiar with new activities, the mind start to resist, it starts to push us to procrastinate, and insisits on being constantly distracted…Here is where problems begins.

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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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