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Weapons of Influence #2: Commitment and Consistency (Ep. 189)

Humans are predictable. Sometimes, too predictable.

We’ve been reading Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, and it turns out that many of the same social patterns that have helped humanity flourish have a dark side.

In part one of this series, we talked about reciprocation.

Today, we’re talking about consistency, and why sticking to your guns isn’t always the smartest thing to do.

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The Cold Shower – My #1 Exercise for Building Self-Discipline

Every time I skip a workout, procrastinate on an assignment until the last minute, or succumb to the temptation of that pint of ice cream in the freezer, the same thought goes through my head:

“Man, I wish I had more self-discipline…”

You’ve probably been in the same boat before. As students, we always say that we lack self-discipline, and that we want more of it… but what, exactly, is self-discipline?

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Do You Even Meditate? (Ep. 188)

To meditate properly, you need to be sitting in the full lotus position on top of a mountain just before the sun rises.

As the rays of the celestial body crest the horizon, an eagle will land near you. If this does not happen, you’ve done it wrong and will gain no benefits whatsoever from the meditation. Walk the 17 miles back to your car and try again tomorrow.

Ok, I lied about all that. But seriously, meditation is one of those practices that can seem daunting to get into. There are so many ways to practice it: Vipassana, Zazen, Loving-Kindness, you name it. It’s heavily tied into religion, spirituality, and philosophy.

So where does someone with no meditation experience start? Read More…

How to Write a Cover Letter

In my last post, I wrote all about professional communication. One topic I didn’t cover, however, was the dreaded cover letter. This was on purpose. The cover letter is such a common and essential part of the job application process that it deserves its own post.

And so I bring you today’s article: how to write a cover letter.

I’ll go over everything you need to know to write a killer cover letter or personal statement for any part-time job, internship, or future career path. Let’s get started! Read More…

The Beginner’s Guide to Professional Communication

We’ve written a lot on this blog about how to perfect your writing in the classroom. Whether it’s how to write better papers, how to write papers more efficiently, or how to do the research behind the papers, we’ve got it covered. One area we haven’t touched, however, is the writing you need to do outside the classroom. And no, I’m not talking about your Tinder profile or Twitter bio. I’m talking about professional communication.

If you’re in your first couple years of college, the professional world may seem a long way off  But it will be here sooner than you know it, especially since you’re going to follow our guides and land a killer internship, summer job, or freelance gig before most of your classmates have even written their first resume.
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How to Not Get Hacked: 9 Tips for Securing Your Digital Life (Ep. 187)

Sometimes I have to remind myself that I don’t have to wake up every day and, like, hunt antelopes to get food.

It’s easy to take for granted the fact that life is pretty easy compared to how our ancestors had it. You name it, they had to deal with it – famines, cholera, saber-toothed helicopter bears… life back then was rough.

One thing they didn’t have to worry about, however, was the ever-present threat of some random attacker hacking their bank account from a dingy basement thousands of miles away.

So, in a way, we’re just as tough as our saber-toothed helicopter bear-fighting ancestors, right? Read More…

How Elon Musk Gets So Much Done: 5 Productivity Lessons

For quite a while now, I’ve been fascinated by Elon Musk’s (as well as his various teams’) ability to accomplish incredibly difficult things – often on a ridiculous schedule.

Love him or hate him, it’s hard to deny that Musk is a pretty productive guy. And, as someone who loves digging into the habits of successful, productive people, I recently started to wonder:

What are the habits, practices, and mindsets that drive Elon Musk’s ability to get things done?

Or, in other words – what aspects of the way that Musk works and thinks can we adapt in order to improve our own level of productivity? Read More…

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