Reaching goals, the mobile game way

It was 10pm on a Sunday, and I was glued to my phone, thinking hard. What was the best course of actions that would most likely give me improving results? I had 2 hours left to get this done, and I was sure as hell not gonna let those 2 hours pass in vain. Time wasn’t on my side but the pressure only added to my motivation, I wanted it and I would do my best to get it.

“It” was to rank 1st on the weekly league in SBTS, a mobile game that I’ve been playing for more than a month now. And my strategy paid off, I got first place and all the rewards that came with it, the biggest one was my own satisfaction. And then I thought, if only I could be this dedicated to my other goals in life, how far I would have come! What can I learn about the way this game is set up that could be applied to other tasks?

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Half a heart got you to nowhere

(Just being clear upfront: This is not a romantic post 😛 )

These days I don’t feel like myself. I feel lethargic, disengaged, detached. I feel like I’m just drifting through life without directions, letting the currents of life carry me to wherever without making a splash. There is a stillness to life and it’s not the kind of stillness that brings peace to the soul, it brings uneasiness and an intangible sense of fear. It’s rather disturbing.

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Look at the damn squiggly things!

The book Good to Great by Jim Collins is one of my favorites, a classic in business and management which is highly recommended by all sorts of executives including Jeff Bezos. To me though, the most impactful idea or more precisely, powerful image in the book does not come from Collins himself but from an executive named Fred Purdue. It is the image of squiggly things under a rock. Eww! I know right?

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The Paradox of Choice

It’s not just anxiety, it makes me lazy as ****

My apology for the **** above, but I’m just frustrated. Like really frustrated. Why? Because I just can’t make up my mind, I have too many choices! I’ve been troubled by this issue quite a lot lately, so I decided to google “too many choices”, and lo and behold, it is actually a psychological problem quite prominent in behavioral economics, with a number of studies and books published. Continue reading

The Status Quo Bias: Why It’s so Hard to Change (Or maybe I’m just lazy)

The status quo bias is a term used in psychology to refer to a cognitive effect in which people prefer the “current situation” even when they are aware of the benefits of changing. I first encountered this term while watching an economic course video series from The Great Courses (I like these videos a lot, but recently haven’t had time for them), and I almost shouted out loud “Holy crap, that’s me!” Continue reading

I bought a Kindle and I like it, now what?

(Note: this was posted on my old blog on September 17, 2015)

If you care about Amazon at all, you probably know that they held an event on July 15th 2015 to celebrate the e-commerce giant’s 20thbirthday. This event, suitably named “Prime Day” was advertised to be a “more-deals-than-Black-Friday” shopping bonanza and one of the main purposes was to “lure” more people into the Prime program. The excitement over this unprecedented online July’s Black Friday built up substantially over the preceding weeks and then, burst spectacularly  on social media sites, where people posted all sorts of remarks about the deals being offered.  Despite all this drama and early reports on how Walmart beat Amazon on Prime Day, Amazon has decided to make Prime Day an annual event, enforcing their claims that July 15th has been a sweeping success. Continue reading

Know your fear, and DEAL WITH IT!

Featuring a real story about how I overcame my fear of a professor 😀

(Note: this was posted on my old blog on July 8, 2015)

I just got back in the States a day ago after a long flight and now I’m experiencing some jet lag. That’s why I’m still wide awake at 2 in the morning (and to make up for what’s this’s gonna do to my face, I’m already having a facial mask on). Being alone and awake at 2am makes one think about all sorts of fear, and since I don’t have anything better to do right now, I will share with you some stories about my fear. Continue reading