No. 2: What It Takes to Be Resilient, How to Change Minds & Why Taking Notes Will Make You Wiser

Hello and welcome to this week’s Curious Catalog, a weekly collection of three useful gems for life, work and everything in between. Follow along by subscribing to this blog.

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What It Takes to Be Resilient

Exhausted, depleted, burnt out? Why can’t we be tougher, more determined and soldier on to accomplish all the goals we have set for ourselves? The problem, research tells us, comes from our misunderstanding of what it means to be resilient. We believe that the longer we tough it out, the tougher we are, and therefore the more successful we will be. The truth is resilience is not about how you endure. Rather, resilience is about how you recharge.

How to Change Minds

To influence others, we usually try to develop a strong argument – backing it up with hard data and objective facts. But no matter how credible, convincing and a 100% right you are, it will not work 100% of the time. That is because changing others people’s minds, or even our own, is a tricky business. Our minds are often stubborn, picky and defensive. They play tricks on us. And that means we must learn to play some tricks on them too.

Why Taking Notes Will Make You Wiser

Writing letters, emails, notes to friends, giving advice, consoling loved ones and telling that special someone how we feel about them – everyday, there are countless opportunities to use the wisdom we have come across and accumulated over a lifetime. Taking notes is not only for those who want to be a better reader, writer or speaker. Taking notes is for anyone who wants to be a better human being.

A quote I’m thinking about…

An expert is a man who has stopped thinking because ‘he knows’.
Frank Lloyd Wright

Which gem resonated with you this week?

Curiously,

Wes

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