Learnings

Mar 3

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Feb 13

Don’t think or judge, just listen. Sarah Dessen

There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure. Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Count your age by friends, not years. Count your life by smiles, not tears. John Lennon

Feb 10

Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself. Leo Tolstoy

Perhaps one did not want to be loved so much as to be understood. George Orwell, 1984

Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions. Dalai Lama XIV

Peace begins with a smile… Mother Teresa

Feb 9

You’re going to come across people in your life who will say all the right words at all the right times. But in the end, it’s always their actions you should judge them by. It’s actions, not words, that matter. Nicholas Sparks

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. Mahatma Gandhi

Let me tell you this: if you meet a loner, no matter what they tell you, it’s not because they enjoy solitude. It’s because they have tried to blend into the world before, and people continue to disappoint them. Jodi Picoult

Feb 8

Maybe our favorite quotations say more about us than about the stories and people we’re quoting. John Green

I can’t give you a sure-fire formula for success, but I can give you a formula for failure: try to please everybody all the time. Herbert Bayard Swope

You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life. Albert Camus

Feb 7

How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. Anne Frank

A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest. C.S. Lewis

What is the point of being alive if you don’t at least try to do something remarkable? John Green

Feb 6

The one you love and the one who loves you are never, ever the same person. Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting. Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Happiness in intelligent people is the rarest thing I know. Ernest Hemingway, The Garden of Eden

Feb 5

Man’s Search for Meaning

A day without laughter is a day wasted. Nicolas Chamfort

If you’re gonna be two-faced at least make one of them pretty. Marilyn Monroe

Feb 4

Myers–Briggs Type Indicator

Karma

Egalitarianism

Feb 3

Alma mater

An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind. Mahatma Gandhi

I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light. Helen Keller

I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university. Albert Einstein

Feb 2

Never tell the truth to people who are not worthy of it. Mark Twain

I finally understood what true love meant…love meant that you care for another person’s happiness more than your own, no matter how painful the choices you face might be. Nicholas Sparks, Dear John

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom. Aristotle

Feb 1

Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. C.S. Lewis

It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then. Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes. Mark Twain

Jan 31

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. Ernest Hemingway

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new. Albert Einstein

And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it. Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Jan 30

“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. Bob Marley

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are. Theodore Roosevelt

“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself. George Bernard Shaw

Jan 29

Affluenza
the bad effects of living in a society where many people are too rich, such as always wanting new, expensive things or having to work too hard.

You don’t have a soul, Doctor. You are a soul. You have a body, temporarily. Walter M. Miller Jr., A Canticle for Leibowitz

I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book. Groucho Marx

Jan 28

Never trust anyone who has not brought a book with them. Lemony Snicket, Horseradish

Whenever I feel the need to exercise, I lie down until it goes away. Paul Terry

“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. Haruki Murakami

Jan 27

There is no friend as loyal as a book. Ernest Hemingway

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. Albert Einstein

Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. Winston S. Churchill

Jan 26

I’m not upset that you lied to me, I’m upset that from now on I can’t believe you. Friedrich Nietzsche

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. Robert A. Heinlein

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. Maya Angelou

Jan 25

Computers are useless. They can only give you answers.  Pablo Picasso

I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world. Albert Einstein

Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well. Mark Twain

Jan 24

Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none. William Shakespeare

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who’ll decide where to go… Dr. Seuss

If you judge people, you have no time to love them. Mother Teresa

Jan 23

A mind that is stretched by a new experience can never go back to its old dimensions.  Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Intelligence is always work in progress so you are never too late to add to what you already know.

The only way to get out of your own world view is to step outside your perception and embrace new knowledge.

Jan 22

It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages. Friedrich Nietzsche

The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read. Mark Twain

If you don’t stand for something you will fall for anything. Gordon A. Eadie

Jan 21

pangram
A pangram or holoalphabetic sentence is a sentence using every letter of a given alphabet at least once.
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog
Optimism bias
The optimism bias (also known as unrealistic or comparative optimism) is a cognitive bias that causes a person to believe that they are less at risk of experiencing a negative event compared to others.
Hanlon’s razor
Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity

Jan 20

Conway’s law
organizations which design systems … are constrained to produce designs which are copies of the communication structures of these organizations
List of eponymous laws
nice list of many interesting laws.
List of paradoxes
list of paradoxes.

Jan 19

Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to reform (or pause and reflect). Mark Twain

We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars. Oscar Wilde

Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. Neil Gaiman, Coraline

Jan 18

There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle. Albert Einstein

Good friends, good books, and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. Mark Twain

Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans. Allen Saunders

Jan 17

Faith is a knowledge within the heart, beyond the reach of proof.  Khalil Gibran

Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right.  Henry Ford

When you look in the mirror and say, ‘I love you,’ don’t worry if you don’t believe it yet. Love is far more powerful than your limiting beliefs.  Cheryl Richardson

Jan 16

To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. Ralph Waldo Emerson

I believe that everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go, things go wrong so that you appreciate them when they’re right, you believe lies so you eventually learn to trust no one but yourself, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together. Marilyn Monroe

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. H. Jackson Brown Jr., P.S. I Love You

Jan 15

Shell shock
It is reaction to the intensity of the bombardment and fighting that produced a helplessness appearing variously as panic and being scared, or flight, an inability to reason, sleep, walk or talk.
Posttraumatic stress disorder
(PTSD) is a mental disorder that can develop after a person is exposed to a traumatic event, such as sexual assault, warfare, traffic collisions, or other threats on a person’s life.
Snackwell effect
Snackwell effect is a phenomenon that states that dieters will eat more low-calorie cookies, such as SnackWells, than they otherwise would for normal cookies.

Jan 14

Einstellung effect
Einstellung is the development of a mechanized state of mind.
Shoshin
Having an attitude of openness, eagerness, and lack of preconceptions when studying a subject, even when studying at an advanced level, just as a beginner in that subject would.
Candle problem
A cognitive performance test, measuring the influence of functional fixedness on a participant’s problem solving capabilities.

Jan 13

n-back
The n-back task is a continuous performance task that is commonly used as an assessment in cognitive neuroscience to measure a part of working memory and working memory capacity.
Parkinson’s law
Parkinson’s law is the adage that “work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion”, and the title of a book which made it well-known.
Hofstadter’s law
It always takes longer than you expect, even when you take into account Hofstadter’s Law.

Jan 12

Tall poppy syndrome
The tall poppy syndrome is a culture where people of high status are resented, attacked, cut down or criticised because they have been classified as better than their peers. This is similar to begrudgery, the resentment or envy of the success of a peer.
Prisoner’s dilemma
The prisoner’s dilemma is a standard example of a game analyzed in game theory that shows why two completely “rational” individuals might not cooperate, even if it appears that it is in their best interests to do so.
Nash equilibrium
In game theory, the Nash equilibrium is a solution concept of a non-cooperative game involving two or more players in which each player is assumed to know the equilibrium strategies of the other players, and no player has anything to gain by changing only his or her own strategy.

Jan 11

Peter principle
The theory is that the selection of a candidate for a position is based on the candidate’s performance in their current role, rather than on abilities relevant to the intended role. Thus, employees only stop being promoted once they can no longer perform effectively, and “managers rise to the level of their incompetence.”
Dilbert principle
The Dilbert principle refers to a 1990s theory by Dilbert cartoonist Scott Adams stating that companies tend to systematically promote their least-competent employees to management (generally middle management), in order to limit the amount of damage they are capable of doing.
Negative selection
The person on the top of the hierarchy, wishing to remain in power forever, chooses his associates with the prime criterion of incompetence – they must not be competent enough to remove him from power.

Jan 10

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. Eleanor Roosevelt

A friend is someone who knows all about you and still loves you. Elbert Hubbard

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. Maya Angelou

Jan 9

Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi

In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on. Robert Frost

If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals. J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Jan 8

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened. Dr. Seuss

Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I’m not sure about the universe. Albert Einstein

So many books, so little time. Frank Zappa

Jan 7

Hypocrisy
Hypocrisy is the contrivance of a false appearance of virtue or goodness, while concealing real character or inclinations, especially with respect to religious and moral beliefs; hence in general sense, dissimulation, pretense, sham

Inner peace is achieved when you finish all that you started.

You’ll receive criticism and praise you deserve and un-deserve. Don’t let it get to your head or defeat you. How you handle it is a mark of your character.  John wooden, Legendary Basketball Coach

Jan 6

You’re here to cross the swamp, not fight all the alligators.

The practice of deep Listening consists of keeping compassion alive in your heart the whole time you are listening. You do not listen in order to judge, criticize, or evaluate. You listen for one reason alone: ​​to sacrifice the other person a chance to express himself. Stephen Covey, Author / Educator

Every moment spent defending our opinion is a moment lost where you can learn something new from the other person’s perspective.

Stop searching for the right answers and start asking the right questions

People seem not to see that their opinion is a confession of their character.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson, Poet / Transcendentalist

If you get tired, learn to rest, not to quit.

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep”  Scott Adams, Creator of the Dilbert comic strip / Author.

Jan 5

Logical Fallacies
A fallacy is an incorrect argument in logic and rhetoric which undermines an argument’s logical validity or more generally an argument’s logical soundness.
List of fallacies
Ad hoc
Ad hoc is a Latin phrase meaning “for this”. In English, it generally signifies a solution designed for a specific problem or task, non-generalizable, and not intended to be able to be adapted to other purposes
The Theoretical Minimum
A good website for modern physics for every body. Lots of nice courses exist.

Jan 4

Claude Shannon
Claude Elwood Shannon (April 30, 1916 – February 24, 2001) was an American mathematician, electrical engineer, and cryptographer known as “the father of information theory”.
Nurse Ratched
Nurse Ratched (also known as “Big Nurse”) is a fictional character and the main antagonist of Ken Kesey’s 1962 novel One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.
Casus belli
Casus belli is a Latin expression meaning “an act or event that provokes or is used to justify war” (literally, “a case of war”).

Jan 3

Turing completeness
In computability theory, a system of data-manipulation rules (such as a computer’s instruction set, a programming language, or a cellular automaton) is said to be Turing complete or computationally universal if it can be used to simulate any single-taped Turing machine.
Impostor syndrome
(Also known as impostor phenomenon or fraud syndrome) is a concept describing high-achieving individuals who are marked by an inability to internalize their accomplishments and a persistent fear of being exposed as a “fraud”.
Posttraumatic stress disorder
PTSD is a mental disorder that can develop after a person is exposed to a traumatic event, such as sexual assault, warfare, traffic collisions, or other threats on a person’s life.

Jan 2

Favela Syndrome
To be in a very desperate situation and to know there is no hope to get better by the normal ways. Supporting the ones who might create shortcuts even if this not legal or realistic. For example, voting for a party which is corrupted might be a “hope” for these kind of people. Because governing by this party will open space for them.
White’s illusion
Also known as Munker’s illusion.
Mandela Effect
In psychiatry, confabulation is a disturbance of memory, defined as the production of fabricated, distorted or misinterpreted memories about oneself or the world, without the conscious intention to deceive.
Many people thinks Mandela died in prison but this is not right.
More examples

Jan 1

Ultimate List of Cognitive biases
Each item of the list is a must read. Explains our behaviours’ reasons.
From ‘The 10X Rule’ by Grant Cardone
Until you become completely obsessed with your mission, no one will take you seriously. Until the world understands that you’re not going away — that you are 100 percent committed and have complete and utter conviction and will persist in pursuing your project — you will not get the attention you need and the support you want.
From ‘Influence’, by Robert Cialdini
One of the most powerful forms of influence is the rule of reciprocation. The rule states that people often try to repay, in kind, what another person has provided for them. The example of a simple mail appeal for donations produces a response rate of around 18 percent. But when the mailing also includes an unsolicited gift (with gummed, individualised address labels), the success rate nearly doubles to 35 percent.