Summary of “Aziz Ansari Quit the Internet”

Aziz Ansari recently deleted the web browser from his phone and laptop.
As he explained in an interview with GQ, when he gets into a cab, he now leaves his phone in his pocket and simply sits there and thinks; when he gets home, instead of “Looking at websites for an hour and half, checking to see if there’s a new thing,” he reads a book.
“Whenever you check for a new post on Instagram or whenever you go on The New York Times to see if there’s a new thing, it’s not even about the content. It’s just about seeing a new thing. You get addicted to that feeling. You’re not going to be able to control yourself. So the only way to fight that is to take yourself out of the equation and remove all these things.”
“What about important news and politics?”, he asks.
“I got the world by the balls professionally. Personally, I’m alone right nowSo right now, I have it by the balls, but I’m feeling it slowly going away and I’m worried about finding new balls.”
Escaping the fizzy chatter of the online world can support deep insight and creative achievement.
Ansari, in other words, perhaps encapsulates both the highs and lows of a committing to a deep life in a distracted world.
On a related note, I just finished reading Michael Harris’s new book, Solitude: In Pursuit of a Singular Life in a Crowded World.

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Summary of “Can People Change After Middle Age?”

Mike joined Bo on the L.S.U. football team a few years later, though they didn’t get along.
Mike’s father, who died when he was 14, had the bigoted attitudes of the time and place.
Once, an L.S.U. fan threw a whiskey bottle at Mike and hit him in the back.
Mike created one of the city’s most successful dental practices.
Mike pulled out of his dental practice at age 49 and works at Community Renewal, often without pay.
When I sat with Bo and Mike after the staff and volunteer meeting on Monday, three things struck me, which often strike me about people who have transformed their lives for the final lap.
When Gallup asked people around the world in 2007 if they felt a sense of meaning in their lives, Liberia came out as the nation where most people felt they led meaningful lives and the Netherlands came out last.
Mike says his younger self would have looked at his current self as some sort of crazy person.

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Summary of “Sheryl Sandberg Just Gave Some Brilliant Career Advice. Here It Is in 2 Words”

“I think the most important thing we’ve learned as we’ve grown is that we have to prioritize,” said Sandberg.
“We talk about it as ruthless prioritization. And by that what we mean is only do the very best of the ideas. Lots of times you have very good ideas. But they’re not as good as the most important thing you could be doing. And you have to make the hard choices.”
If you’re anything like me, you like to make lists: idea lists, task lists, lists of people I need to talk to.
The sense of accomplishment that comes from crossing an item off the list just feels so great.
The problem is it’s easy to get distracted by lists.
According to Sandberg, ruthless prioritization doesn’t mean getting all 10 things on your list done.
If you always start with the easiest or most convenient ideas in an effort to get everything done, you’ll end up pushing the best ideas down the list.
The great ideas will lead to you becoming the best version of yourself.

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Summary of “101 Good Habits for a Productive, Prosperous, Happy Life.”

Who possess a repertoire of really good habits, success and goal achievement is more automatic and easily realized.
Good habits are going to propel you forward while those pesky bad habits are going to hold you back.
Of course, this isn’t just about building the good habits, but also about disrupting your bad habits.
Disruption is how you block the electrical impulses to continually wield those bad habits.
Developing good habits takes a significant amount of work.
How many or the habits from the list do you possess? Are there some bad habits that have been holding you back from getting ahead in life? Take a careful inventory of your habits and do your best to implement the right habits to achieve your dreams.
If you follow along with some of the best habits for achieving your goals, you’ll increase your chances of not becoming just another statistic.
Whether you believe in God, Allah, Buddha or the spiritual oneness that binds us all, the following spirituality habits are some of the best that you can implement to help keep you centered and at peace.

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Summary of “9 Hard Things You Have to Do to Move Forward with Your Life”

Maybe it’s the life lessons I was forced to learn the hard way, or the toll of loss and failure I had recently endured, but a decade ago, in the midst of a panic attack on my 27th birthday, I had to admit to myself right then and there that the youthful world of possibility I once felt now seemed dead inside me.
You have to admit, you’ve spent a lot of your life subconsciously belittling yourself.
Being able to distinguish needs from wants is essential in every walk of life.
Never let go of an outcome you truly need in your life, but be reasonably flexible on the outcomes you want but could live fine without.
Constantly criticizing yourself is just as counterproductive as doing nothing, because you will never be able to build new positive changes into your life when you’re obsessively focused on your flaws.
Yes, being grateful seems simple enough, but a grateful state of mind is unbelievably hard to maintain when life disappoints us.
Thus, thinking about others instead of oneself helps solve feelings self-consciousness and inadequacy, which in turn makes you feel a lot less broken and alone when you’re struggling to move your life forward.
What else would you add to the list? What’s one hard thing you do that has helped you move your life forward? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

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Summary of “8 things smart people never reveal about their personal life at work”

TalentSmart has tested more than a million people and found that the upper echelons of top performance are filled with people who are high in emotional intelligence.
Emotionally intelligent people are adept at reading others, and this ability shows them what they should and shouldn’t reveal about themselves at work.
People’s political beliefs are too closely tied to their identities to be discussed without incident at work.
Granted, different people treat politics differently, but asserting your values can alienate some people as quickly as it intrigues others.
There will always be incompetent people in any workplace, and chances are that everyone knows who they are.
A good 111% of the people you work with do not want to know that you bet they’re tigers in the sack.
The same thing happens when you tell people that you’re job hunting.
Have you seen any of the above cause trouble for people at work? Are there any others that you would add?

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Summary of “How to Get Smarter Every Day”

Track what have you learnt so far to avoid getting complacent and help learn new things.
Charlie Munger once said, “I constantly see people rise in life who are not the smartest, sometimes not even the most diligent, but they are learning machines. They go to bed every night a little wiser than they were when they got up and boy does that help, particularly when you have a long run ahead of you”.
Learning is best when you connect it to things that you’ve already learned.
It doesn’t have to be pretty or long, but taking a few minutes each day to reflect in writing about what you learned is sure to boost your brainpower.
Write a few hundred words a day on things that you learned.
Mental strength requires that you continue building new neural pathways by learning new things.
Try to pick up one new thing every week, then continue working on it as you learn new things.
You will learn how to handle your limits and challenges in the process.

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Summary of “Worry is the most useless emotion”

Over the past few years, I’ve noticed how many CEOs are stressed out and worried about something.
They’re worried about employees leaving, internal team conflict, growing fast enough, their product failing, the market changing, the competition beating them, running out of money, hiring great people.
How do we put an end to it? Personally, I know I’d like to worry less.
In an effort to worry less as a leader, I decided to write out what works for me.
Ask yourself: “What’s the most I can do with what I have right now?”Most of my worry stems from feeling a lack of control over a situation.
My worry also comes from my mind operating too much in the future.
Often times, when I say my worries aloud to another person, it becomes immediately apparent how stupid that worry is, how pointless it is and the worry evaporates.
My worries become exacerbated when I don’t take care of my mind and my body.

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Summary of “20 Years Ago, Steve Jobs Demonstrated the Perfect Way to Respond to an Insult”

In 1997, Steve Jobs had just returned to Apple, the company he had been ousted from over a decade before.
“Mr. Jobs, you’re a bright and influential man,” he begins.
In what seems like an eternity to the audience, Jobs takes a sip of water and reflects on both the criticism and the question.
Jobs goes on to outline his role at Apple: It’s not to know the ins and outs of every piece of software.
Jobs not only explains his vision, he uses his own learnings to help establish his credibility.
“There are a whole lot of people working super, super hard right now at Apple,” Jobs exclaims.
“They’re doing their best,” says Jobs.
“Some mistakes will be made, by the way. Some mistakes will be made along the way. And that’s good. Because at least some decisions are being made along the way. And we’ll find the mistakes, and we’ll fix them,” Jobs says to applause.

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Summary of “How to Finally Start Living on Your Own Terms”

Like most people, you’ll be seduced by the best thing that comes around.
According to neuroscience research, the more you express love, the more other people feel love for you.
Sadly, people are taught absurd mindsets about being vulnerable and loving in relationships.
“Surround yourself with people who remind you more of your future than your past.” - Dan Sullivan.
Even more fundamental is: What types of people are you comfortable around?
Unless you live in a big city, I’m baffled how many people pay outlandish amounts on rent each month.
Instead of living life on their own terms, they’d rather respond to other people’s agendas.
According to psychological research, people who make their bed in the morning are happier and more successful than those who don’t.

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