How to deal with failure and bad situations.

Excerpt from the Jocko Podcast:  Video by Echo Charles.

Happiness is a Side Effect – Find Meaning!

In this article by Scotty Hendricks, he discusses the “right to be happy” and where that’s maybe missing the mark in terms of what human beings are really after: meaning.

The Dying Art of Disagreement

“Yes, we’re all individuals!”  The above clip is from the Monty Python film, Life of Brian (1979).

Quite separately (but on a related theme)…

Bret Stephens gave a lecture at the Lowy Institute Media Award dinner in Sydney, Australia on Saturday Sept. 23, 2017.  The award recognizes excellence in Australian foreign affairs journalism.

Would you agree with the speaker that disagreement is a vital component of any decent society?  Read the full article in the New York Times, here.

The Pulsatility/Homeostasis Paradox

“We often hear about the human body’s desire or continued efforts to maintain homeostasis or balance. Homeostasis also spelled homoeostasis (from Greek: ὅμοιος homœos, “similar” and στάσις stasis, “standing still”), is the property of a system in which variables are regulated so that internal conditions remain stable and relatively constant.

The concept is after all rather intuitive, that the body likes to maintain a constant level of activity and health. The reality is that the ultimate homeostasis in a living body is death…..quite the paradox.”

“The key takeaway here is that your body thrives on variation. Variation in your diet, your workouts, your thoughts, energy, sleep, body temperature, and activity are crucial to a well functioning, healthy body. Using a long term plan with true health promoting goals that incorporate regular changes and encourages variables in all of your efforts will prime your body to stay in functional shape or what we know as health and wellbeing. Try and keep things constant, comfortable or the same for too long and your body will rebel, resist and start to break down causing all of your well intentioned efforts to backfire.”

Dr Don Clum gets to a key truth in this article that’s applicable to many areas of life.

Don’t Look for Pity When Looking for Work

“Low energy, bitter, sad, and angry job candidates need not apply.”

Spirit crushing disappointment, as job application after job application is either not answered, or returns a terse, “another candidate is better suited” reply…

Two years of spending every day, like a work day, applying for jobs at half your previous salary…

Being made redundant after 30 years with a company and left competing with graduates in an ageist job market…

Just some of the real life situations for real people that I know about.

However, in this article from Gina Barreca,

“…Eggers’ experts say that those doing the hiring “want people who project a good, can-do attitude, and who will be energetic and excited about the position.””

Do have a couple of short sentences explaining any career breaks, gaps in your work history, or why you’re applying for a job at a lower level.  And frame it positively (the employer might like having a well qualified person for less than the market salary).

But, be careful about anything that might imply self pity or that you’re a victim.