Quotes from the character Frank Underwood in the Netflix tv series ‘House of Cards’ …
“If you don’t like the way the table is set, turn it over.”
”Power is a lot like real estate. It’s all about location, location, location. The closer you are to the source, the higher your property value.”
“There are two kinds of pain. The sort of pain that makes you strong, or useless pain. The sort of pain that’s only suffering. I have no patience for useless things.”
Article written by Drake Baer in Fast Company ..
You will have implicit or explicit goals to be met. Machine learning engineer Michael O. Church urges us to transcend them.
“Prioritize long-term growth over short-term objectives delivered by managers,” he notes. “You have to keep bosses minimally happy in order to stay employed, but never lose sight of your real goals.”
Article by Barb Sawyers titled Three Grammar Rules that Will Make You Look Smart …
Fortunately, you need to focus on only a few simple rules, which reflect the most common goofs I see with executives, small business owners, and professionals.
Here they are.
- Confusing contractions and possessive pronouns, especially “you’re” with “your” and “it’s” and “its.” Never, ever embarrass yourself by writing “its’.” This rhyme should help: It’s, apostrophe, means it is. Its is possessive, just like his.
- Mixing up sound-alike words, such as writing “except” when you mean “accept” or “horse” when you want “hoarse.”You can learn more about these rules and see more examples here.
- Misusing “I” or “myself” to avoid writing “me.” Many people mistakenly believe this will please the ghost of their grammar teacher or make them look humble. In fact, “me” is often the correct choice and “myself” should be your pick only when you’re writing about something you did yourself. There’s more about me, I, and myself here.
So that’s it: three simple rules. Apply them and you’ll look smarter.
From New York Times bestselling author Daniel Coyle’s Talent Code Blog …
“To their surprise, researchers discovered that there was one particular type of teacher feedback that improved student effort and performance so much that they deemed it “magical.” Students who received this feedback chose to revise their paper far more often that students who did not (a 40 percent increase among white students; 320 percent boost among black students) and improved their performance significantly. (See the study here.)
What was the magical feedback?
Just one phrase:
I’m giving you these comments because I have very high expectations and I know that you can reach them.
That’s it. Just 19 words. But they’re powerful because they are not really feedback. They’re a signal that creates something more powerful: a sense of belonging and connection.
Looking closer, the phrase contains several distinct signals:
1) You are part of this group.
2) This group is special; we have higher standards here.
3) I believe you can reach those standards.”
By Ashley Merryman, the co-author of the book “Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing,” and author of a recent NY Times Opinion piece “Losing is Good For You”
“In life, “you’re going to lose more often than you win, even if you’re good at something,” Ms. Twenge told me. “You’ve got to get used to that to keep going.”
“our job should not be to spin those losses into decorated victories. Instead, our job is to help kids overcome setbacks, to help them see that progress over time is more important than a particular win or loss”
Tweet by Alan Lepofsky …
“I think the best traveling tip I have been given is to take a photo of where you park your car.”
From an article by Belle Beth Cooper in Fast Company titled 8 SUBCONSCIOUS MISTAKES OUR BRAINS MAKE EVERY DAY–AND HOW TO AVOID THEM …
“The term sunk cost refers to any cost (not just monetary, but also time and effort) that has been paid already and cannot be recovered. So it’s a payment of time or money that’s gone forever, basically.”
“The reason we can’t ignore the cost, even though it’s already been paid, is that we are wired to feel loss far more strongly than gain.”
For instance, if you buy a movie ticket only to realize the movie is terrible, you could either:
A) stay and watch the movie, to “get your money’s worth” since you’ve already paid for the ticket (sunk-cost fallacy)
B) leave the cinema and use that time to do something you’ll actually enjoy.
The thing to remember is this: You can’t get that investment back. It’s gone. Don’t let it cloud your judgment in whatever decision you’re making in this moment–let it remain in the past.