The next time you are adjusting your resume to add the latest skills and/or job (which experts say should be done early and often), take a moment to give thanks to Leonardo da Vinci.
The Renaissance man is often credited with crafting the very first one, years before he began painting the masterworks he’s come to be renowned for. In 1482, around the time he was 30, Da Vinci was looking to land a job with Ludovico Sforza, then de facto ruler of Milan. Sforza wanted to hire military engineers, so Da Vinci wrote a letter to apply. Within the text, he outlined a 10-point list of his abilities that included bridge, cannon, and catapult construction, and water removal from moats, with a small mention of his artistic skills at the end.
According to Letters of Note, the document was believed to be written by a professional writer, and not Da Vinci himself. Either way, he did get hired and 10 years later, Sforza commissioned him to paint The Last Supper.
Close to 100 years later, Ralph Agas, an English land surveyor, penned a bunch of ads touting his 40 years of experience in the industry as well as his particular skills and projects. Although Agas’s ads were the closest thing to a modern resume, the term resume wasn’t commonly used at this point.
The word itself is French and means summary. But there are several different accounts of who actually coined the term to stand for a summary of jobs skills and experience. One predates even Da Vinci, suggesting it evolved in the Middle Ages with English skilled artisan and labor guilds. Wealthy patrons could use the lists to make a targeted hire based on qualifications. Another is that a traveling English lord called his letter of introduction a resume.
1900-1950: A listing of age, weight, and heritage
1990-2010: What the internet did to the resume
The future: not dead yet
By Justin BarisoFounder, Insight
Apple CEO Tim Cook gave a powerful speech last week at a privacy conference in Brussels. He spoke about the wonders of technology. But his main focus was on the grave dangers with which mankind has been suddenly confronted.
"Platforms and algorithms that promised to improve our lives can actually magnify our worst human tendencies," Cook stated. "Rogue actors and even governments have taken advantage of user trust to deepen divisions, incite violence, and even undermine our shared sense of what is true and what is false."
Cook summed up the most frightening truth about technology today--in a single powerful sentence:
"Our own information, from the everyday to the deeply personal, is being weaponized against us with military efficiency."
Let's consider those words for a moment.
A weapon of mass persuasion
Technology has unleashed some truly deadly weapons through the years. Automatic firearms, along with chemical and nuclear weapons, have been used to cause countless deaths over the past century.
But Cook highlights a far more dangerous weapon--one that uses knowledge about you: your thoughts, your feelings, your emotions.
Cook explained further in his speech:
It is this "enduring digital profile" that can be used against you, in an effort to persuade, influence, and manipulate, completely without your knowledge.
I write in detail about this insidious danger in my recently published book, EQ Applied: The Real World Guide to Emotional Intelligence. This invaluable data is being used to feed what we describe as "the dark side" of emotional intelligence--when persons or organizations use knowledge of a person's thoughts and emotions to strategically achieve self-serving goals.
Companies use this data in a variety of underhanded ways, ranging from their attempts to sell products targeted to your individual tastes, preferences, and circumstances (while hiding how much they actually know about you) to selling your harvested data and that of millions of others in an attempt to influence the political landscape.
"We shouldn't sugarcoat the consequences," Cook said in his speech. "This is surveillance. And these stockpiles of personal data serve only to enrich the companies that collect them."
So, how can you protect yourself in this battle for your mind?
First of all, it's important to realize that social media apps and websites are powerful and potentially dangerous tools. Just like a sharp knife can be used either to prepare food or to cause injury, social media can be used to help you or to harm you.
Recognizing the power such platforms have to provide insights into your behavior, you may decide to do the following:
1. Limit the access websites have to your personal data.
Remember that you have control over what data you share with websites and social media. Utilize private browsing and privacy controls to do so.
If the website or app you're attempting to use makes this difficult, ditch it.
2. Use the 3-Question Rule.
You may be completely willing to share your thoughts or opinions online. But if you do, remember that there are people who will use those thoughts and opinions in an effort to manipulate you.
So, before posting anything, ask yourself three questions:
If the answer to any of these questions is no, think twice before posting.
3. Work to increase your self- and social awareness.
Both self-awareness (the ability to identify and understand your own emotions and how they affect you) and social awareness (your capacity to accurately perceive others' abilities to manage emotions) can serve as valuable self-defense mechanisms.
Such "emotional alarm systems" can help alert you to the fact that someone is attempting to manipulate your feelings, to get you to act in a way that is not in your best interests or that conflicts with your values and principles.
At some point, you will cross paths with those who attempt to use your data against you.
In fact, you probably already have.
"This crisis is real," Cook went on to say. "It is not imagined or exaggerated or 'crazy.' And those of us who believe in technology's potential for good must not shrink from this moment."
BY AMBER MADISON
Everyone’s in a different place when it comes to diversity and inclusion. This handy matrix can help you utilize all of them.
As someone who develops programming to foster more inclusive workplaces, the biggest challenge I face (and I know I’m not alone in this) is tailoring conversations about diversity and inclusion to everybody in the room. Not only are some people more informed than others, but some are more receptive to the need for change in the first place. Preaching to the choir isn’t ultimately the most effective way to drive change. So I created this chart to give leaders a framework for how to best utilize each one of these archetypes to advance diversity and inclusion (D&I) goals.
Here’s who those four archetypes are, and how your company can approach each one.
Amber Madison is the founder of Peoplism, a comprehensive program to help people challenge and change their biases and create more inclusive companies. She is also a licensed therapist, and an over-analyzer who likes to think through actions 10 steps ahead.
By Leo Babauta
I ran across a friend who’s been dreaming about starting his business for years … and he feels stuck.
Like many people who want to start a business, write a book or a blog, or launch some other kind of creative or entrepreneurial venture … he’s stuck in overwhelm, indecision, inaction.
I’m going to share a simple technique for overcoming these difficulties and taking action on your business, book, organisation or other venture sooner. It takes just 20 minutes.
And it could change your life.
How to Overcome All the Obstacles
But first, let’s look at what stops people from taking action — and how we might overcome these individual obstacles:
The 20-Minute Technique
OK, let’s get to the technique you’ve been waiting for.
First, I’m going to assume you have a business idea, project, book, blog, non-profit organisation you want to start, something like that. If not, go pick one. Then come back and try this.
Second, I’m also assuming you are doing this business or project because you care deeply about something. You want to serve people. You’re not doing this just to make yourself look good or make money (those might also happen, but your reason goes deeper). If you don’t have this deeper reason, someone you are devoted to … take an hour outside in stillness and silence to look within yourself. What moves you to tears?
So this technique assumes you have the first two things above covered.
Now here’s the technique:
You’ve now launched your business or project. You have taken a tiny step, and that’s all that it takes to get moving. Now keep moving. Repeat these steps several more times, and notice how much progress you’re making. Let that encourage you to keep doing this, every single day, calling on support when you need it, reminding yourself of what you care deeply about, serving your people with all of your heart, feeling the uncertainty and being joyful in the middle of that shakiness.
This is your love story.
(The 90 Minutes Focus Technique)
By Thomas Oppong
To transform your workday, start by transforming your morning.
You are most productive in the morning, according to research.
Your best work happens within a short time span of the day. And you should be making the most of it.
Your morning should be spent on outputs, not inputs.
Do your best work in the morning whilst your brain and body can deliver the best results.
It pays to protect your morning.
Wake up early and be productive with that time.
The basic principle of the first 90 minutes rule is to start your day by spending the first 90 minutes on your most important task.
The first 90-minute routine can help you start and maintain a more meaningful, successful and productive days.
The human body operates on cycles called “ultradian rhythms.”
According to research, during each of these cycles, there is a peak when we are most energized and a period when we are exhausted.
With the 90 minutes rule, you take full advantage of the energy peaks.
To make the most of your energy for the rest of the day, you can use the 90-minute technique: work in 90 minutes sprints and then rest for 20–30 minutes.
In discussing peak performance in a 1993 study, Anders Ericcson, author of Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise, pointed out that those rest periods between intense work sessions is essential for improvement.
What is the one most important thing you have to do every work day?
A focused work rule is also important.
In the words of Lynn Taylor, a workplace expert, “How you begin your morning often sets the tone and your attitude for the day. It can also derail or direct your focus. If you remain committed to good morning work habits, you won’t fall prey to feeling unproductive and distracted at the end of the day or week.”
“When you meet someone, treat them as if they were in serious trouble:
… and you will be right more than half the time.”—Henry Eyring
Every person you meet, no matter how happy they appear on the outside, is dealing with serious challenges in their life.
Life is freaking hard.
Some of the people you meet are going through bitter and bone-chilling challenges. And for the most part, you have no clue. You just pass them at work, in the grocery store, or even at family gatherings.
In the book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Dr. Stephen Covey tells the story of being on a train one day. While on the train, there were two very noisy kids causing a disturbance to everyone around them. Covey noticed that the father was doing nothing about it, and after a period of restraint he approached the father. Here’s Covey’s account of the situation:
Living More Compassionately
If you treat every person you meet like they are dealing with a serious challenge, you’ll be right more than half the time. If you entreat people with love, kindness, empathy, and discernment, they will appreciate you so much.
Sharing a few kind words to our loved ones make refreshes them like cool water in the middle of the desert. Small gestures can bring hope and motivation.
Even better, ask people how they are really doing in their life. Tell them that you know they are going through a lot right now, and that it’s probably really tough.
How do you think they’ll respond?
You might just see some tears.
Very few people are compassionate and considerate. For instance, my mom works like an absolute workhorse in her job. She is one of the most caring and loving and hardworking people I know. Yet, day in-and-out, she takes constantly crap from people who don’t appreciate what she does.
It’s crazy how a small and thoughtful compliment can put her in tears. She works so hard.
There are people in your life that haven’t been thanked for all of efforts in far too long.
Harriet Beecher Stowe once said, “The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and deeds left undone.”
You have no idea what the people in your world are currently dealing with. If you treat them like they are going through a crises, you’ll be right more often than not. But even more importantly, you can be a balm of peace and understanding for them.
A few words can be a release-valve for pent-up pain and sadness.
You could change someone’s life today. You could potentially save someone’s life today. You could also indirectly change countless other lives through the ripple effects of making just one person felt heard and seen.
Send the text to a friend.
Make that call to a loved one.
Apologize to a co-worker or employee.
Send a loving note of appreciation to your spouse/lover.
Say “I love you” more.
Wrote William Shakespeare, “They do not love that do not show their love.
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It’s pretty rare to find people who (almost) never procrastinate — in my experience, 95-99% of people procrastinate, at least part of each day. If not most of the day!
That’s not a judgment — I procrastinate too. It’s about understanding our habitual reactions to stress, uncertainty, difficult tasks, being overwhelmed, distractions and more. Most of us procrastinate, based on habits we formed as kids and teenagers.
But some people rarely procrastinate. It’s like finding a unicorn — they are beautiful and a little unbelievable! So when I find one, I interview them.
Here’s what I’ve found two habits of non-procrastinators are (and they’re habits I try to practice most of the time), plus a bonus habit that I’ve found to be useful:
Compassion for Future Self
Make the Steps Easy & Doable
Bonus: Fully Open to the Task
Blake Snow - Guest Writer - www.entrepreneur.com
Generally, high-energy people enjoy a competitive advantage, but if there’s one thing I learned while researching and writing my first book, it was how to get more done in less time.
For my first five years as a self-employed writer, I passionately and excitedly burned the midnight oil, thinking the act would get me ahead. It certainly helped me cut my teeth and quicken my understanding of the craft, but in hindsight I spent much of that time with my head down. I was spinning my wheels in the mud, failing to see bigger ideas and opportunities.
That is until my “Montana Moment,” a life-changing and completely off-the-grid vacation in Big Sky Country that upended my relationship with work and improved it in more ways than one. Since that fateful week, I’ve enjoyed record personal, professional and social growth because I radically changed my underlying approaches to and motivations for work.
You can too. Here are five tips to get you started.
1. Prevent phone distraction
2. Set strict tech boundaries
3. Limit subliminal media commitments
4. Say "no" to morning meetings
5. Put your subconscious to work
I’ve often been described as a “calm” person. I’m not sure if they really mean “boring,” but I’m happy to be calm most of the time.
When others are stressing out, I can help calm them down.
When things aren’t going well, I calmly take appropriate action instead of falling apart.
When things are falling apart, I can hold to the center. I can feel into the difficulty, and find the peace, the unshakable connection to everything around me.
I’m not saying that to brag, but in hopes that it will move others to try it as well.
If you’d like to be calm, to stress out less … I offer you this guide.
A Calm Motto
I recently offered this motto to my 18-year-old daughter, when she was stressing out about a situation she was facing:
“No big deal.”
I told her, “Just remember NBD. No Big Deal.”
Remind yourself of this motto whenever things are going wrong, or someone is frustrating you, or you aren’t getting what you want. No big deal.
Of course, there are some things that are a big deal:
You have a million things to do an not enough time to do it all? Not a big deal: pick the things you can do, and get to work. That’s all you can do anyway, so it’s not worth adding some stress to the already difficult situation.
Have a huge task to do that is going to be very difficult? No big deal. Just take the first step. Just get moving. You’ll deal with the difficulty.
Plans fall apart? No big deal. Figure out a new alternative.
Someone unhappy with you? No big deal. See their pain, give them some compassion, take the appropriate action to help fix things or go on about your business if it can’t be fixed.
There’s another way to look at it, of course: everything is a big deal. What we do matters. And in this way, instead of just letting ourselves be distracted or taking things for granted, we can give the act in front of us our full attention and love.
That doesn’t mean we need to get upset or stressed out about our situation though: while the act in front of us is a big deal, the situation is not a big deal. Life goes on. And it is delightfully beautiful.
When things are falling apart, when things don’t go your way, in addition to reminding yourself that things are No Big Deal … there are some practices you might try out:
We’ve just started the third month of the year, and with the realisation that this year is slipping past us so quickly … I’m issuing a challenge to all of you.
My March Challenge is to pick one small change that will have a big impact on your life. One small change you can do every day. Then do it every single day, at the same time every day.
Small changes can add up to having a huge impact on our lives in a few ways:
Some examples of small changes with big impacts:
So are you up for this challenge? Let me know on Twitter, then tell people you know that you’re doing it (get them to join you!) and update us all every week. Do a final review at the end of the month — how did it go? What did you learn? What got in the way? What success did you create? (Be sure to set a reminder each week and at the end of the month for these check-ins & reviews.)
Support for the Challenge
If you’d like to do the challenge with me and others, join my Sea Change Program … we’re doing it this month, and there are over 20 video courses in Sea Change to support your habit change.
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