Productivity poison, bad habits of hard-chargers, and luck [Venture Kindling]

This Venture Kindling post feature short bits of information I’ve tripped across or developed that can help you light a fire or revive a fire for your venture.


Productivity poison, bad habits of hard-chargers, and luck

Kindling from the web:

Productivity poison. You may have a habit of drinking a productivity killer. Inc. Magazine reports on Why Coffee Is Wreaking Havoc on Your Productivity. That boost you get from your cup of java is “the result of temporarily reversing the symptoms of caffeine withdrawal.” It just gets you back to the normal state you’d feel if you never drank it to begin with. Personally, this is good news. I’ve never liked coffee much. I prefer to start my day with a strong cup of black tea. 🙂

Bad habits of hard-chargers. If you have high-level of drive, there’s a good chance you’ve developed some habits to save time—but actually do you a disservice. An article from Forbes lists 3 Bad Habits Entrepreneurs Should Kick Today: multitasking, focusing on outcomes, and poor personal wellness. While they affect many of the entrepreneurs I know (myself included), you don’t need to run your own business to suffer from them. And if you’re not a hard-charger, you probably have your own set of bad habits to enjoy.

What’s luck got to do with it? Writing for Forbes, Cornell economics professor Robert Frank, offers a reason Why Luck Matters More Than You Might Think in creating financial success. Despite the evidence to the contrary, “wealthy people overwhelmingly attribute their own success to hard work rather than to factors like luck or being in the right place at the right time.” The trouble is that “seeing ourselves as self-made leads us to be less generous.” Conversely, those who recognized the breaks they’ve received tend to be more grateful and happy. I suspect that those who see their breaks coming from a Divine hand are even more so.

Latest personal kindling:

Let’s be clear. Are the goals you’re pursuing crystal clear? Take 6 minutes to interrogate your goals. My latest Reinventure Me Toolbox podcast will show you How to get clarity about a goal.

I give up. You may be surrendering your power to choose and not even know it. In our latest Reinventure Me podcast my co-host Armin Assadi and I discuss Eight ways you surrender the power of choice

“Gratitude is a currency we can spend freely without fear of bankruptcy.”

— Robert H. Frank

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