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Big Setback? Here’s The Perfect Example Of The Importance Of Thinking Long-Term

A few days ago, I did something I never do: I checked on my investments. I almost never do this because I try to make everything I do a long-term commitment, and paying attention to the day-to-day of how things are going is a distraction.

The other day, I saw a headline saying the DJIA (a common stock market indicator) had dropped over 200 points in a single day. Every talking head on TV and writer for financial news was sounding the alarm: “The market is ‘crashing!’ Is this the end of prosperity? Is the world plunging into despair again? (Tune in at six, and we’ll tell you).”

Of course, this is the kind of news that gets reported every day regardless what’s happening in the world. Every piece of information is either the greatest thing to ever happen to humanity or the beginning of the end times.

I thought this particular incident was funny, so I decided to look up a little, widely available historical info to compare it to.

The following is a series of seven graphs—all looking at the same financial data—over a long period. What they reveal is a fantastic argument for why you should ignore the daily ups and downs of your life and, instead, look for the steady progress as an indication of success.Continue Reading →

Think You Might Be In A Dead-End Job? 11 Signs To Tell For Sure

We’ve all been there at some point—working a dead-end job we’re sure is a horrible fit just to pay the bills. If you haven’t, congrats! You’re one of few.

One of the most confusing things about dead-end jobs, though, is you often don’t know you’re in one. You might suspect things won’t work out, but something always complicates the situation: you’re good at the work, your co-workers are nice, you like your boss, etc.

If you have goals and aspirations for your career, though, it’s important to look at your work with a critical eye. Is the path you’re on now one you can reasonably expect to get you to the place you want to be?

I asked our community over in The Riskology Lab“What are the tell-tale signs you’re in a dead-end job?”

Together, we came up with a list of characteristics that can help you figure out if you are, in fact, in the wrong place. Have a look and decide for yourself.Continue Reading →

Bogus Pipeline Experiment: A Psychological Hack To Keep Your Goals On Track

Years ago, I was having a problem. I was recently self-employed and, in my new-found freedom, had somehow convinced myself waking up at 9:00 AM and doing nothing productive until 10:00 or 11:00 was totally acceptable.

It didn’t take long to realize that, no, that schedule was not going to lead to the life I wanted. So, I did what everyone does when they decide to change something about themselves: I told myself sternly, “Tyler! You’re going to wake up at 6:00 AM every day and get right to work!”

Then, for months, I continued to wake up at 8:00 AM and putz around until 11:00. Just like before.

The funniest part is I remember taking an online survey at one point asking me about my daily habits and I dutifully reported I was an early riser—waking up at 6:00 or earlier every day. Ha! I guess I didn’t realize telling myself I did something wasn’t the same as doing it.

The pattern continued a few more months until a friend of mine mentioned he was having the same problem waking up on time and suggested we become accountability partners. The plan was simple: we’d meet each other on Skype by 6:05 every morning, give each other a brief hello, lay out our plan for the day, and then get some important work done immediately after the call before eating, showering, or letting any other distraction get in the way.

It worked brilliantly. Suddenly, I was accountable to someone who could call me out. If I wasn’t there on time, it was pretty obvious what had happened; I’d slept in.

And, in a completely “Duh!” kind of moment, there’s now research proving a bit of accountability will take you a very long way towards actually accomplishing the goals you say are important to you.Continue Reading →

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