Tag Archives: Success

Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work

We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk from TEDxBloomington, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity.

http://www.ted.com/talks/…

My take:

“Train your brain to be happy”

I can relate to many points in this talk, except maybe (spoiler alert: there is no unicorn in my family!). The pursuit of happiness is a driver for many. How to get there is a maze to most and frankly if it was easy, we would all know it by now, right? right? or is that so!? Shawn Achor offers an unusual perspective, certainly opposite to one that gets many people out of bed every morning, namely “work harder to be succesful, then you’ll be happy!”. He claims we should do it backwards (and makes a living out of it). I think this is relevant to all businesses as it may hold a key to increase our work productivity, work quality and career success!

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Alain de Botton: A kinder, gentler philosophy of success

Alain de Botton examines our ideas of success and failure — and questions the assumptions underlying these two judgments. Is success always earned? Is failure? He makes an eloquent, witty case to move beyond snobbery to find true pleasure in our work.

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Richard St. John: “Success is a continuous journey”

In his typically candid style, Richard St. John reminds us that success is not a one-way street, but a constant journey. He uses the story of his business’ rise and fall to illustrate a valuable lesson — when we stop trying, we fail.

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