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The Invisible Gorilla

Posted on June 15, 2018
The Invisible Gorilla

Inattentional blindness is the failure to notice a fully-visible, but unexpected object because attention was engaged on another task, event, or object.

— Scholarpedia 

In 1999 Daniel Simmons and Christopher Chabris conducted a psychological research project called “The Invisible Gorilla.” The premise was simple. They filmed several young people playing basketball in a hallway, then asked test subjects to view the video and count how many times the players in the white shirts passed the ball. The subjects watched the video carefully and reported their results.

Simmons and Chabris concluded each session by asking one simple question of the test subjects: “Did you see the gorilla?” Most were dumbfounded. When they viewed the video again, they were stunned to realize that, at one point in the short film, a man dressed in a gorilla costume had walked right out into the middle of the players, beat his chest, then walked out again. The viewers had been so focused on the task of counting the passes that they had overlooked a large gorilla.

We’re all affected by this perceptual blindness. There are times we don't see things that are right in front of us.

Sometimes they’re the issues and problems that we refuse to face, blind spots that we don’t see in ourselves that affect life in a negative way. Perhaps it’s emotional baggage from the past, or bitterness, resentment. It holds us back from finding contentment, happiness, success. 

It might even be the good things in life—family, friends, positive experiences—that we’re overlooking while focusing our attention on something else. 

What’s your invisible gorilla?


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The Small Things

Posted on April 25, 2018
The Small Things

 

 

“The secret of success is to do the common thing uncommonly well,”

John D. Rockefeller Jr. 

 

 We all have tasks, chores, even jobs that seem undeserving of our full attention. We give them only as much effort as is absolutely necessary—sometimes not even that much. Those who have achieved meaningful success in life, however, understand something that others overlook: mediocrity is contagious. Once it is tolerated in one area of life, it often spreads to other areas.

Successful people understand that the fastest path to success is to commit fully to everything they do. They give the same level of effort and pursuit of excellence to menial tasks that they give to the most important. They don’t settle for “done,” they aim for “well done.”

In other words, successful people understand that how they do the small things reflects how they do the big things.

How are you handling the "small" things in your life? 


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Passion or Possessions?

Posted on February 20, 2018
Passion or Possessions?

"Stop chasing the money and start chasing the passion."

- Winston Churchill

It is very easy to equate success with numbers and assets, but as the saying goes, Money can’t buy happiness. 

The signs of success-money, fame, power, possessions-will never satisfy because meaningful success is not defined by these things.  A true sense of success comes when you have fulfilled your passion, which, in turn, leads to the fulfillment of your purpose.   

The crafting and pursuit of passion gives hard work and determination true meaning. When you are striving toward a goal that aligns with your passion, the work will be more productive and more significant than a goal that is aligned with your possessions.

The opportunity for growth, fulfilment, and purpose comes on the path that is paved with passion. Which path will you chose?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Today Is the Day

Posted on January 17, 2018
Today Is the Day

Procrastination is one of the most common and deadliest of diseases and its toll on success and happiness is heavy.” – Wayne Gretzky

 

We’ve all done it.  We’ve all decided we’ll exercise tomorrow.  We’ll start eating better next week.  That project we’ve been meaning to get to can wait just a bit longer.  We delay, we postpone, we avoid doing something we need to do.  In other words, we procrastinate.

The problem is, procrastination often means never actually starting.

Procrastination stands between you and the things you need or want to accomplish, especially those goals that are difficult yet meaningful.  It robs you of your possibilities, your potential.  Procrastination stands between the person you are today and the person you could be tomorrow.

So, make today the day.  Start the journey to becoming the person you want to be . . . the person you were meant to be.

 

 

 


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