We all know about goal setting – actively sitting down to establish what you want. But what about the things you don’t want? Tim Ferriss reveals the other half of the goal-setting exercise that many people unknowingly skip: fear setting. If you’re stressed or fearful about a decision, and it’s preventing you from what could be a good opportunity or venture, nothing works better than nailing down what the worst-case scenario outcome would be, and working out honestly whether you could bounce back from it. If that fear is financial, you could do what Kevin Kelly, the founding editor of WIRED does: sleeps on the floor in a sleeping bag for a couple of days and eat only basic bland foods like oatmeal or beans. This reminds him that if everything he built was suddenly swept away, he could survive it. We're more resilient than we think. Stoic philosophers like Seneca, Cato and Marcus Aurelius did this a millennium ago, they rehearsed their fears. In acting them out, worst-case scenarios lose their power over you. “You're effectively inoculating yourself against fear later, which will cause you to make bad decisions,” says Ferriss. Tim Ferriss is the author of Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers.
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Christine Hassler left her successful job as a Hollywood agent at 25 to pursue a life she could be passionate about . . . but it did not come easily. After being inspired by her own unexpected challenges and experiences, she realized her journey was indeed her destination. She is the author of the ultimate guidebook to healing disappointment - Expectation Hangover: Overcoming Disappointment in Work, Love and Life. In 2005, she wrote the first guidebook written exclusively for young women, entitled 20 Something 20 Everything. Christine’s second book, The 20 Something Manifesto written for men and women stems from her experience coaching twenty-something’s. H Today, she supports individuals in discovering the answers to the questions: “Who Am I, What do I want, and How do I get it?” Christine is a Life Coach with a counseling emphasis known for catalyzing radical self-reflection while offering practical direction. She is passionate about busting the myth that life is about living by a checklist and having it all figured out. Christine believes we all deserve and are capable of discovering our passion, pursuing our dreams, and making an impact on the world. Christine began her evolution as a Gen Y expert with a discussion group for quarter-lifers in Los Angeles struggling with questions about themselves and their lives. As she continued her investigation of herself and others, she began to craft a roadmap for life for people of all ages which includes discovery, self-acceptance, self-forgiveness and clarity. As a professional speaker, Christine leads seminars and workshops to audiences around the country. She has spoken to over 100,000 people at colleges, personal growth events, conferences, and corporations. Christine has appeared as an expert on The Today Show, CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX, E!, Style and PBS, as well as various local television and radio shows, speaking about life issues and “Expectation Hangovers®” – a phenomenon she identified and trademarked or generational diversity. She is also a frequent contributor to The Huffington Post and Cosmo. As a Gen Y Expert, Christine is a spokesperson for American Express and the key resource for their women’s and millennial advocacy programs. She is also a member of the Millennial Advisory board for Cosmopolitan Magazine. From her passion about education and student development, Christine created a life balance curriculum for the Leadership Institute. She is member of Northwestern University’s Council of 100, The Young Entrepreneur Council and is a faculty member at the University of Santa Monica teaching programs in Spiritual Psychology. Christine grew up in Dallas, graduated cum laude from Northwestern University and received her Masters Degree in Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. Christine is active in volunteerism and loves living a healthy lifestyle. She currently resides in Los Angeles and loves spending time with her family and friends in Austin, Texas.
Chris Sacca is very good at asking dumb questions, says Tim Ferriss – and Ferriss means it as a compliment. Years ago, Sacca got an entry-level job at Google and invited himself along to executive meetings where, once people got used to his strange presence, he started asking dumb questions, chiming in with the obvious things that no one was bringing up. “He's created some incredible breakthroughs in investing as a result of that,” says Ferriss. In a world where everyone is afraid of looking stupid, a lot of basic improvements and ideas get missed for fear of embarrassment. Through several anecdotes amassed during the writing of his new book Tools of Titans, Ferriss makes a case for being more intellectually secure in yourself so that you can raise your hand without fear, ask a dumb question, and actually become smarter. And in Sacca's case, wealthier. Tim Ferriss is the author of Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers.
This will be music to the ears of anyone who's ever worked in customer service. Is this old managerial adage doing companies more harm than good? Simon Sinek's latest book is "Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action
As you surf the Web, information is being collected about you. Web tracking is not 100% evil — personal data can make your browsing more efficient; cookies can help your favorite websites stay in business. But, says Gary Kovacs, it's your right to know what data is being collected about you. He unveils a Firefox add-on, Collusion, to do just that. (Update: Collusion is now called Lightbeam.)
Gary Kovacs is a technologist and the former CEO of the Mozilla Corporation, where he directed the development of Firefox