Chip Conley, founder of boutique hotel chain Joie de Vivre and now central to AirBnb, discusses how be should really be measuring success
Rodney Mullen is one of the all-time skateboarding legends – having pioneered and invented many of the moves and tricks which are ubiquitous today. In the talk below he talks about how to go with your gut and not overanalyze situations.
Absolutely beautiful montage to Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs – teamwork, humility, sense of humor, ability to enjoy other’s success, work ethic, growth outside of basketball, complete trust, greatest success is found in building strong, lasting, trusting relationships
Chris Lonsdale gives a good TED talk on how to learn languages quickly and below is my summary
5 principles of Rapid Language Acquisition
- Focus on language content that is relevant to you – information that helps survival, personal goals, business, etc.
- Use language as a tool to communicate
- When you first understand the message, you will unconsciously acquire the language
- Comprehension is key
- Physiological training (filters in brain to native languages, facial muscles must adapt to new sounds)
- Psycho-physiological state
- Will learn much better when happy, relaxed, curious
- Must learn to tolerate ambiguity
- Listen a lot – brain soaking
- Focus on getting the meaning FIRST (before you get the words)
- Body language, nonverbal cues
- Start Mixing
- Mix verbs, nouns, adverbs…incredible amounts of sentences can be made with few words
- Focus on the most common words
- Week 1 – use target language (what is this?…)
- Week 2 – pronouns, common verbs, adjectives (you, that, give, hot…)
- Week 3/4 – Glue words (although, but, therefore…)
- Get a Language Parent – creates a safe environment to practice
- Works to understand what you are saying
- Does not correct mistake
- Confirms understanding by using correct language
- Uses words the learner knows
- Copy the facial movements
- Direct Connect” to mental images
- Don’t convert from mother tongue to new language, use memories and imagery to connect new path
Summary of Tim Ferriss’ suggestions for quickly deconstructing and learning any language (more detailed information on Tim’s site found here)
- Deconstruct the language –
- Are there new grammatical structures which will postpone fluency?
- Are there new sounds that will double or quadruple time to fluency?
- Is it similar to languages I already know?
- How difficult will it be and how long would it take to become functionally fluent?
- Translate these sentences to gain a simple understanding of how verbs are conjugated, fundamental sentence structure and will expose noun cases
- The apple is red
- It is John’s apple
- I give John the apple
- We give him the apple
- He gives it to John
- She gives it to him
- I must give it to him
- I want to give it to her
- Is the apple red?
- The apples are red
- I’m going to know tomorrow
- I can’t eat the apple
- Understand the different sounds of the new language and get examples of each exception. Also, try to get phoentic spellings in your native language if possible
- After these steps, you will better be able to determine if the target language is worth your investment and then you can put in more focused training
Warmth and competence. That is what social psychologist Amy Cuddy says we use in our automatic judgments of others and allows us to group people into one of four categories:
Cuddy also discusses nonverbal cues and indicates that we feel very weary of others when their verbal and nonverbal cues aren’t synchronized.
Cuddy delivers a very interesting TED talk in which she says that just a couple minutes of a “power pose” can raise our testosterone and lower our cortisol levels. These open and expansive postures indicate dominance and competence and lower our stress levels. There is a back and forth interaction where our perceived dominance affects our hormones but our hormones also affect our perceived dominance. If an alpha is somehow removed, within days the next highest alpha will undergo these hormonal changes.
She finishes with the following advice, “…it’s rarely a good idea to strive to show everyone that you’re the smartest guy in the room: that person tends to be less creative, and less cognitively open to other ideas and people…the goal should be connecting. When people give a speech or lead a meeting…they tend to exaggerate the importance of words. They care too much about content and delivering it with precision. That makes them sound scripted. It is much better to come into a room, be trusting, connect with the audience wherever they are, and then move them with you.”
This article is well worth the read if you’re at all interested in how to become more confident, how to better utilize verbal and nonverbal cues to indicate competence and warmth, understand how and why others instinctively judge you and how to avoid incorrectly grouping and stereotyping people.
Music might be a little over the top but the lesson is not. Imagine training your whole life for this event, for this minute and you get injured. How would you react?
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