Posts Categorized: Psychology

Burnout?

I hear a lot of people talk about burnout. That’s a strange term to me. It has a feeling of finality. Burnout is what happens when you get to the end of a candle. So for me, the human equivalent feels like it would have to either be dying or losing your mind. Either way,… Read more »

Create In the Dark, Scrutinize In the Light

I read an article today on io9.com discussing how creativity is effected by lighting. They referenced a study from the Journal of Environmental Psychology┬áthat was looking into the role of the workplace environment on workplace productivity. In their study, they found that when standard overhead work lights were dimmed, the study participants experienced a higher… Read more »

Weekend Escape Revelations

Over the weekend, I took my five year old son on his first camping trip. It was just the two of us, which he was very excited about. I hadn’t been camping in about twenty years, so I was pretty excited as well. We camped at Fremont Peak State Park. The views were great, but… Read more »

Cultural Fit Matters

As far as buzz words go, cultural fit would rank fairly high. Unlike many other buzz words though, theres a reason for its popularity. Cultural fit actually matters. If you’ve ever worked for a company with a culture that didn’t mesh with your own, you’re already well aware of that. And if you’ve worked for… Read more »

Don’t Be Fake: Be True

Ok, so truth be told (which is what I do), this is more of a rant than straight advice. Although, this would qualify as good advice for almost anyone and especially entrepreneurs. Don’t be fake. People seem to live in constant fear of hurting people’s feelings, letting people down or they just hate saying no…. Read more »

Missing the Point

One of the defining traits that makes me who I am is that I want to know why things are the way they are. It’s not enough for me to be told, “That’s just the way things are.” Really? Why? All the classes that I have enjoyed the most have been those that have done… Read more »

Sticking to Your Guns

Everyone is very impressed by people who stick to their guns. Rightly so. It is an admirable trait to stand up for what you believe in, despite criticism. At least it’s admirable to a point. Sometimes, you’re going to be wrong. As an entrepreneur you have to be open to that possibility and constantly be… Read more »

Routine

The past two weeks have taught me something important about myself. While I enjoy randomness and spontaneity, it just isn’t great for my productivity. If I allow my work life to be too chaotic, I maximize for creativity, but not for production. So, going forward, I’m going to focus on what type of work I… Read more »

Introspection

Usually when I drive anywhere, I entertain myself by listening to one of the podcasts that I subscribe to. Recently, however, I trimmed back the number of podcasts that I am subscribed to. That afforded me a moment of quiet to just be. Being who I am, that turned into a moment of introspection. I… Read more »

The Internet Is Eroding Our Focus

We need to think better, not more or faster. This is very well covered in this video from Epipheo.tv that talks with Nicholas Carr, the author of The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains. He talks about how the internet is short circuiting the ability of our brains to consolidate the memories… Read more »