To be successful in today’s economy, you have to be accountable for your own career and take charge of your own life.
Who you are a lot of the time is a reflection of what other people have told you.
We all feel compassion towards our offspring, but what about the stranger on the street? What about the person who has a different skin color or a different religion?
71 percent of employers choose emotional intelligence over IQ.
The most important part of life is work, it’s the flow, it’s getting stuff done, feeling like you’re doing something. We have that in spades. We’re really, really happy.
I am asking members of the new upper class to stop concentrating so much on living a glossy life and think of the ways in which they can lead a more textured life.
I always wanted to push the boundaries. There was always a ‘why.’ So if somebody gave me an answer, I wanted to know why that was so.
If I actually have to motivate you then perhaps actually I am discounting what you really are as a person. I’m saying you’re a lump that needs to be motivated.
The world has a lot of is deep areas of expertise; what the world lacks today is agility and context.
We won’t try something that’s hard because we think that our ability is just our ability and we were born with it and that’s it.
Why do we systematically underestimate the amount of time or money we are going to spend on a given project?
If in the middle of the night you go to the emergency room and have an x-ray taken, the doctor who reads that x-ray is very likely to be a well-trained physician in India, for whom it’s daytime, who reads the digital file and sends back an answer.
If you can think of a human activity or occupation, there will be people who love it and live for it and others who couldn’t bear it.
Maria Konnikova: the good news is that you can become more creative and I think that everyone has a certain degree of creativity in them.
There’s a danger to learning about cognitive biases and logical fallacies and so on which is that you end up with this tool kit of ways to reject other people’s arguments.