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cynicism vs. criticism

Among friends, in school or in business, if we dare to explore a new theory or develop an original product, chances are we’ll be faced with some form of feedback. Some of it inevitably will be negative. This is nothing new. In fact, every groundbreaking notion has been met with some measure of scorn, resistance or doubt.

Reject Cynicism and Improve Your Ideas - 2gno.me

When we learn to differentiate the feedback that is cynical from that which is constructively critical, we can reject the former and embrace the latter to turn our original ideas into stronger, more sound ones.

Cynicism
Cynicism is a form of doubt ...

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business perception

We found a great read on what two subtle changes to daily behavior can do for your happiness, productivity and valued relationships. See a snippet below, and follow the link to read the rest!

"There is no single behavioral change we've seen in our work with thousands of executives that more quickly and powerfully influences mood, focus, and productivity than a full night's sleep."

-- Tony Schwartz, Harvard Business Review, published July 17, 2012

Read the whole post HERE

If you traveled to HBR for the full story, can you imagine what types of fears Kevin may have been ...

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assertive brave creative entrepreneur

Shake it up and see what you can get out of it.

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feedback get to know yourself perception

In deep contemplation of life, NASA scientists have gone so far as to land a robot, the rover Curiosity, on the surface of Mars.

What a wonder this is -- the expertise, the time, attention and money paid. Perhaps the early lesson here is that a single body, in this case Earth, can offer only so much insight on itself.

So we strike out; take a great leap into another realm to search for the “building blocks of life”, as NASA has called it. Of course, whatever we find on Mars we can apply back to our own world, our own ...

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brave caring

This is a story about courage and care. The Courage comes from Guzal, just 15 months, and her mom who has done the impossible. Born in Russia, little Guzal has Hemangioma, an enormous buildup of blood vessels in the skin and internal organs that has affected her heart and could cause complete loss of vision in the left eye. With proper treatment, Guzal could recover, but in Russia, treatment methods for Hemangioma are at least 30 years old.

And this is where Care takes over. First, an amazing U.S. surgeon, Dr. Gregory Levitin, agreed to do Guzal’s surgery ...

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assertive perception personality

A story told by a standout high school teacher in the great state of Maine. One of his students claimed she couldn't finish her homework assignment because there was a thunderstorm and she'd "lost her power". True to form, Mr. V. retorted: "Oh, no, don't be mistaken. You may have lost electricity, but NO ONE can take away your power!" 

Each person, we agreed, has an internal source, a place from which they can draw the energy they need to confront any situation, overcome any obstacle. It's easy to find an excuse, even a good ...

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awareness creative honesty

In a task-oriented world, take this as a task:

Do nothing.

Does this scare you? Do you understand the concept?

By "do nothing", we don't mean "avoid work" or "watch TV" or "go for a long drive". The intent here is to sit in a quiet place and allow your mind to wander. Work toward nothing. Be free of obligation. Notice what pops up, but do not judge. Let it be what it is and freely move to the next thing, whether it's related to the previous thought or not. Don't judge, just realize, appreciate and move ...

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awareness gain self-knowledge perception personality

In the sepia tone mornings or grey scale evenings your eyes can deceive. This limited light can lack a depth of understanding, for the eye and for the mind. For instance, a cabinet against a pulled curtain can look like a human figure, and a laundry basket held in a half light can appear as an unwanted animal, wild or not.

The thing to understand is that this can be true too in the broad light of day, if to a lesser extent.

So remain wary of falling victim to the tricks of a single sense. Full awareness ALWAYS involves ...

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gain self-knowledge Johari Window

American psychologists Joseph Luft and Harry Ingham came up with the concept of the Johari Window to help people gain self-knowledge, gauge how people see themselves versus how they are perceived by others and to help define group dynamics. (The term "Johari" was derived by using portions of each man’s first name: Joseph and Harry I.) 

This personality matrix was originally developed as an assessment tool to measure mental stability. The exercise begins when a person receives a list of 56 adjectives including brave, caring, self-conscious and shy. He is then instructed to choose five or six of ...

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assertive brave caring

You want to grow. You want to change your circumstances. You want to improve yourself. You want to fight for your convictions. You want to make life better for others…

No matter what challenge you’re facing, it takes courage to decide to take it on and continue with the journey.

You may face difficulty, opposition, resistance, even danger – and that’s when you reach deep down to draw strength from your core values, your moral convictions and your firm belief that what you’re trying to accomplish is worth the struggle.

During the times you’re facing a tough ...

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