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Big ideas are lenses for envisioning the future. Every article and video on bigthink.com and on our learning platforms is based on an emerging “big idea” that is significant, widely relevant, and actionable. We’re sifting the noise for the questions and insights that have the power to change all of our lives, for decades to come. For example, reverse-engineering is a big idea in that the concept is increasingly useful across multiple disciplines, from education to nanotechnology.

Themes are the seven broad umbrellas under which we organize the hundreds of big ideas that populate Big Think. They include New World Order, Earth and Beyond, 21st Century Living, Going Mental, Extreme Biology, Power and Influence, and Inventing the Future.

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Today's Big Idea:

The Big Idea for Saturday, September 15, 2012

On his Hack the System blog, Maneesh Sethi responds to a reader who says he feels like a failure. As Sethi points out, "his problem isn’t in failing. It’s in his mindset." 

According to Stanford professor Carol Dweck, people with a fixed mindset believe that their capabilities are predetermined and unlikely to change. People with a growth mindset, on the other hand, believe that "given enough effort and work, they can change. They believe that any skill is learnable, given enough time and effort."

Start by changing your mindset. Then you can take control of your behavior. 

New York Times investigative reporter Charles Duhigg shows us how we can take control of our lives by changing our habits in his new book, The Power of HabitDuhigg told Big Think how he applied science to his own life, by eliminating his habit of having an unhealthy afternoon snack. In today's lesson, the same methodology applies to coping with your Facebook habit. 

These lessons showcase two powerful tools for taking control of your life and changing the way you act. 



  1. 1 How to Stop Procrastinating and Use Facebook Productively
    Jonathan Fowler and Elizabeth Rodd Big Think TV
  2. 2 Me All the Time: The Epidemic of Narcissism
    Daniel Honan Think Tank
  3. 3 The Secret to Kicking Procrastination: Reward Yourself
    Dan Ariely
  4. 4 Creatures of Habit
    Jason Gots Think Tank

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