Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

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The book “Sapiens” is very different from the book which I have read earlier. To write about things which are elaborated in the book is quite a challenge for myself. These are the things so trivial that we have never noticed them ever. The author is talking about how we have evolved over the millenniums. How religion came into existence and why it was important and crucial to our existence since the very beginning of the cognitive revolution.

What is the most trivial thing which differentiates between the Homo sapiens and everything else on the planet? How believing in myths and legends, and things which we have never seen or felt have shaped our existence. These are the things which we never talk about in a normal conversationbut they are kind of remarkably intuitive when I think about it and it all makes so much sense.

If this is just the start of the book, I am in for an amazing ride for sure.

Started Reading the Book: Sapiens A Brief History of Humankind

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What could be better than starting the day with a brand new book! Finally, I started a long awaited book on my waiting list, “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind”. Finding a good book to read from Amazon’s best seller list is one thing, and I do that very often but when someone suggests me to read a book I love it because personal recommendations are the best.

Daud bhai suggested me to read this book, and I already have a strong intuition that this is going to be a great read.

This book is about us “the sapiens”, (pretty straight forward) and the beginning was very promising, it looks like he is going to uncover some juicy untold facts about us.

 

Fixed Mindset People

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The time when we are convinced that we do not need any more learning is the time when we stop growing altogether. If you are reading there is a high chance you do not belong to that category because you are taking a slice of your time from your life and have dedicated it to learn something new by reading, so you are not one of them but those people do exist. They are our friends, our colleagues, our relatives.

They are fixed mindset people, if you argue with them and if they lose they turn against you. If you don’t take their advice they’ll make you pay for that. They get hurt real fast, and from time to time they hurt other people around them too.

I was one of them for a very long time. I am glad that I found a cure.

Fixing Others

People talk about problems all the time what they don’t do is talk about the solution to their problems. Knowing and practicing to talk about solutions to our problems has the power to change our lives, but it comes with a price too. Once you have acquired this knowledge there will be an urge to fix other people’s problems.

We all are socially active in our own ways, we like to spend our time with other people and often we find out that most of the time other people don’t talk about solution rather they will share every aspect of their problems in great details, and whenever they will talk about their problems you’ll try to fix them. This costs energy and after several such discussions you’ll find out that it’s easy to change ourselves than others.
Knowing when to quit is important. Incessantly burning energy and trying to make them solve their problem is not the way it works. Lots of people have problem, but not all of them want to get out of it and over time they start to enjoy their misery.

Try to solve other people problems but only if they say so.

Let’s Change Something..

I am changing my writing habits. Not because there is some problem in the previous one but because I want to experiment with it. The whole point of writing every day was that if I write daily I will get to experiment on the daily basis whereas while writing on weekly basis there’s too much pressure of performing well, which I didn’t want to myself since the beginning.

Turned out that I wrote well, my speed and thought the process has increased significantly, I am much more effective and efficient in sharing my side of the story, not only on my blog but everywhere else. Isn’t that the whole purpose of communicating effectively.

Now that the things are in good shape, it’s time to experiment some more. Experimentation doesn’t mean that it would be a sure success, it means I would get a chance to do something different, I will find out if I am more effective when writing in the morning or during the day time, I will even try writing about some technical stuff which I am currently doing right now.

As always, thank you for reading.!

Finally Completed the Book, “59 Seconds”

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I finally completed the book, “59 Seconds” by Richard Wiseman. It was one of those books which have given me much knowledge about human psychology, and that too in a plain natural language meaning I understood it well.

It was one of the books which I have written most about in my blog while reading and now that the book is completed I am feeling nostalgic and I already have planned to read other books by Dr. Richard because of his simple writing style.

The book basically consists of many short and simple techniques on dealing with people, dealing with our own self, how to beat procrastination, how to do more and stuff like that. Very simple and practical techniques that can be understood and applied by all. I personally am applying several techniques and although it’s too soon to tell I have an intuition that they are working already.

The door in the Face

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The other technique which is related to “Getting the foot in the door” is “The door in the Face”. It is exactly what it sounds like. Demanding so much more from someone that the other person is bound to refuse, and then settling for a moderate deal. I have an intuition that this technique must be better than the first one but then every technique has its own place.

You new-found force can have strong influence on the weak-minded, so be careful to use it only for good

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Again, these techniques are not something which is extraordinary and amazing but knowing and applying them at appropriate places can make all the difference. The author, Richard Wiseman even warned the readers by quoting Obi-Wan Kenobi, by saying, “You new-found force can have strong influence on the weak-minded, so be careful to use it only for good”

Boggle: To Distract the Conscious

 

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I have chosen Boggle to be my favorite game. Dr. Richard in his books says (and I have been writing about this topic since the day I understood it) that the best way to get our subconscious to work is to keep busy our conscious in some other activities when the going gets tough.

Turns out that the best way to keep our conscious busy while giving the subconscious enough time to think and come up with something is to solve anagram for next 5 to 10 minutes.

Dr. Richard says not to worry too much about if you are solving the puzzle or not, solving the puzzle is just a distraction for the conscious. The goal is just to keep it busy, that’s it. For the last two days, I have been doing it exhaustively and it’s too soon to tell anything but I can say one thing for sure, which is that I am handling the stress quite well.

Getting the Foot in The Door

 

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Persuasion is a huge deal if something important is at stake. We all have tried it sometimes we have succeeded sometimes we have failed. In human psychology it is has been studied and analyzed for decades. Many people have tried to make sense of it in order to pass it to others.

“Getting the foot in the door technique,” says in order to make someone agree to a larger deal we first have to make them agree to much smaller deals. Getting a “yes” response for smaller deals significantly raises the chances of getting a “yes” to a much more significant deal.

When we say it like this it sounds like an important concept and it actually is if applied correctly. What makes me wonder even more is that we all have used this technique from time to time(I know I have, unknowingly though). Dealing with people is easy once we know these subtle rules.

To know more about it here’s the wiki link.

Just a Few Minutes

Just a few minutes. It has potential to beat procrastination.!

Let me try it for the next 15 minutes, if I can’t continue I’ll do something else. This has helped me enough number of times.

Procrastination is a disease, people who have it often live their lives in denial. It’s not that I am not among one of those people, it’s just that I make effort to beat it from time to time. I too have failed numerous times and have preferred the movie instead of solving the next question, I too have preferred the bed instead of a morning run.

It’s just that I feel so bad about it that I try not to do it from next time. Creating habit of beating procrastination is just as important because once we have created that habit, everything becomes easy.

Motivation also helps in beating procrastination. Even listening and reading inspiring stories of random people from Quora, Reddit or YouTube helps. Here’s  is one of them which have always motivated me.