Summary of “I do whatever I want at work and I haven’t been fired yet”

If you can make a decision and you don’t think it’s going to get you fired, just do it.
Basecamp operates without much in the way of formal decision making processes.
The amount of implicit “Decision making authority” differs for each person, depending on role, tenure, etc.
The same basic rule-of-thumb applies: if you aren’t worried that making the decision is going to be disastrous, you have authority to make it.
You made the “Right” decision and the company benefited, hurray! This represents the vast majority of decisions that are made at Basecamp, because we hire intelligent people and those people are making these decisions.
We don’t have “Bet the company” level decisions come up very often.
Our system of granting decision making authority - in which we don’t explicitly grant decision making authority, but let each person assert the level of decision making authority they’re comfortable with - is built on a certain level of trust.
Most of the time, no one has concerns, because you’re a smart, capable person who is going to make good decisions.

The orginal article.

Summary of “The Power of Anti-Goals”

Last year, my business partner Chris and I sat down to think about what we wanted to achieve at Tiny.
We wanted to do something many successful business people seem to struggle with: we wanted to actually enjoy our time at work.
Over the years, we noticed that our days had started filling up with things we didn’t want to do.
We were doing business with people we didn’t like and doing everything on a schedule which was dictated by other people’s needs.
Earlier this year, we decided to figure out how we could make our days consistently more enjoyable.
To get there, we used a little trick that we learned from Warren Buffet’s business partner, Charlie Munger, who is fond of saying “Tell me where I’m going to die, so I’ll never go there.”
That it’s often easier to think about what you don’t want than what you do.
“Problems frequently get easier if you turn them around in reverse. In other words, if you want to help India, the question you should ask is not ‘how can I help India,’ it’s ‘what is doing the worst damage in India and how do I avoid it?”A lot of success in life and business comes from knowing what you want to avoid: early death, a bad marriage, etc.

The orginal article.

Summary of “5 Lessons Most People Learn Way Too Late in Life”

“What are the lessons people most often learn too late in life?” originally appeared on Quora-the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.
The way you interpret and understand the world directly affects your beliefs and the way you live your life.
So how do you learn to know what you don’t know? Start by asking yourself: What don’t I know? What do you want to learn more about?
The balance of being able to take time to reflect, and to prioritize your future while spending the majority of your day in the present, is beyond valuable, it’s life changing.
Your work is a considerably large aspect in your life that you dedicate yourself to.
One of the worst things you can do for self-development is comparing yourself to other people.
Not only does that distract you from being appreciative of what you have in our own life, it doesn’t provide any productive input to yourself.
You only have one life, work as hard as you can to make it your best life.

The orginal article.

Summary of “Why Even Ambitious People Rarely Become Successful”

If you’re committed to a marriage, you’ll change in whatever ways are necessary for your marriage to thrive.
If you’re committed to your craft, you’ll change and become what is required to do work at the level of your desire.
If you’re not willing to change, then you aren’t committed to anything beyond what you currently have.
If you don’t believe you can change, then you can’t commit to anything beyond what life randomly throws at you.
If you want to change your life, you have to change yourself.
If you want to change the world, you have to be that change.
If you want to become a millionaire, you need to become the kind of person that can do that.
You’ll let go of even things you once loved, which contradict the ambitions you truly want.

The orginal article.

Summary of “Natalie Morales would like you to know nothing about her, except for one thing”

I know some may say that’s a silly pursuit considering what I do for a living, but I am nowhere near interested in fame.
I know some people get into this business for fame, but I try to keep what I do and that shitty side effect separate.
I really just like acting and filmmaking, and while I’d like to be well-known among my peers as someone fun to work with who does good stuff, I definitely do not want your Aunt Belinda to know any details about me or my dating life.
We hung out a lot as the school year started, during lunch, during our shared acting class, after school.
I know in a lot of places, things are different these days.
That is what I am attracted to; that is what I want to know, want to love, want to defend, want to take care of.
I think it’s important that I tell you that this familiar face you see on your TV is the Q part of LGBTQ, so that if you didn’t know someone who was queer before, you do now.
So while I’ll still insist on privacy, and I still don’t want you to know who I’m dating, you should know that it could be anyone.

The orginal article.

Summary of “How to Manage Your Star Employee”

How do you manage someone who is knocking it out of the park? How do you keep stars excited about their work? And what risks should you watch out for?
Whether your star performer has just joined your team or has been working for you for a while, here are some tips on how to manage her.
Another way to ensure your star employee stays engaged and excited about coming to work is to “Give her more autonomy,” Shapiro says.
“Ask your rock star to work with other people on the team to mentor them and develop them.”
You don’t want to “Get into the habit of feeding an ego.” She recommends giving your stars “The appropriate amount of feedback” by “Acknowledging their contributions.” If your star executed a project beautifully or made a stellar presentation, say so.
“You want to give [all] the tasks to the rock star, because you know the rock star will get the job done,” Shapiro says.
Demonstrate trust by delegating responsibility over certain projects and letting your star decide how she does the work.
Overload your star employee – otherwise you risk burning him out.

The orginal article.

Summary of “28 Effortless Things You Can Do Today to Make Your Life Easier”

Whether you want to improve your productivity or take your stress levels down, these handy tips and tricks will make a big difference-without a ton of time and elbow grease.
Used canned responses to auto-fill those emails you find yourself writing time and time again.
A number of other Word hacks can help you shave some time off your workday too!
Block off some untouchable time in your calendar when you can forego any meetings, zone in, and keep your head down in your most important work.
Find your golden hours and then use that highly motivated time to crank through the most important things on your plate.
Take a hot bath or shower before bed to regulate your body temperature and tell your brain that it’s time to sleep.
If You Want to Plan Ahead Before you head to bed, make sure you do these five things to avoid that dreaded morning scramble.
When things get overwhelming in the office, try one of these 12 simple tricks to take some time out and inject a little more happy in your day.

The orginal article.

Summary of “‘4:44’ Producer No I.D. Talks Pushing Jay-Z, Creating ‘500 Ideas'”

No I.D. may not have been a household name before becoming the sole producer credited on Jay-Z’s new 4:44 album.
“At this point in my life, I want to do incredible things with the intention of accomplishing something different and new,” No I.D. tells Rolling Stone.
Another part of the beauty was: I saw that he, from our initial conversation, wanted to say more and wanted to say some things that he hadn’t said.
It wasn’t about, “I want to produce your whole album.” It was more like, a lot of people want to hear you say more.
So you gently pushed him towards the personal parts of the record?I knew he wanted to.
I don’t want to take credit for what he wanted to do in the first place.
I knew as a human being we all have these things and we never really want to tell the truth because we’re supermen – in our own eyes – to the people we want to love us.
We wanted 10 really good songs where at no point are you like, “I know what you’re trying to do, you could’ve kept that one.” Sometimes you look back 10 years later and you go, “I see why you did it then, but ‘No, thanks’ today.” By March, we were into that [process].

The orginal article.

Summary of “How CrossFit Acts Like a Religion”

CrossFit is his favorite example of a trend he has noticed: how, in the midst of the decline of religious affiliation in America, and the rise of isolation and loneliness, many ostensibly non-religious communities are “Functioning in ways that look a little bit religious,” he explained on Friday at the Aspen Ideas Festival, which is co-hosted by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic.
Ter Kuile has found that meditation groups, adult summer camps, fandoms, and even fitness communities at specialized gyms like CrossFit or SoulCycle are stepping in to fill some of those needs.
CrossFit expects members to call each other out if they don’t appear at their usual time and let each other know if they’re out of town.
Ter Kuile says people will sometimes bring their kids to their CrossFit “Box,” which is CrossFit for “Gym.”
If someone wants to become a CrossFit affiliate gym owner, part of their application is an essay saying “What CrossFit affiliation means to you, why you want it, and what you want to achieve.”
“They’re looking at: Has CrossFit changed your life and how do you want to change people’s lives with CrossFit?” ter Kuile says.
I want people to know that CrossFit truly is for everyone I want to put it all on the line and open an affiliate because I believe in every part of CrossFit and I want to share that with people.
CrossFit to me simply means family, a very hard working family persistent on the creation of a larger, stronger family.

The orginal article.

Summary of “How to De-Escalate an Argument with a Coworker”

During a conversation with a colleague, you stop following what he’s saying, and focus on how red his face is, as he yells at you about what’s wrong with your proposal.
If you’re like most people, you’d want to spout a litany of reasons for why your colleague is wrong.
Disagreeing with or contradicting your colleague will immediately escalate the argument.
A colleague’s emotional outburst likely stems from the perception that they were not being treated fairly.
Your colleague will believe the tone and posture over the content.
If you focus your questions on the rationale and objective facts of the situation, you’ll just get a convenient set of facts curated to support what your colleague feels and wants.
There are a variety of questions that will tap into underlying values, such as “What is that about for you?” or “What is the risk of that approach?” or “What am I missing?” Notice that these questions don’t explicitly ask for emotional answers but instead leave room for the person to express how they’re feeling or what they’re worried about.
The questions are so neutral that your colleague’s answers will reveal a lot about what’s really going on.

The orginal article.