- Producer13/12/2016How to Stay Informed Without Losing Your MindAround the election, in a desperate search for answers about our nation’s future, I found myself scrolling, reading, and watching everything I could. I was trapped in an endless pull-to-refresh cycle of consuming more news, tweets, posts, and videos...
- Producer05/12/2016What Do You Do When Someone “Steals” Your Amazing Idea?The subject line read: “did you see this?” The message was from my editor Jen. “Nir, I saw the headline on this story and thought it might be written by you—but no!” she wrote. “Very weird.” I instantly clicked on the link she’d sent.It was uncanny!...
Comments12/01/2017 #5 Christine HomolkoWhat a fresh perspective on sharing/stealing ideas @Nir Eyal! Especially this resonated with me: "not sharing your insights frequently and widely means missing out on feedback."
Oh and then I HAD to read your Doppelgaenger article right away of course! Learned a lot about placebo buttons today...07/12/2016 #3 Lisa 🐝 GallagherHi @Nir Eyal, enjoyed this post and your raw honesty! I've had a few ideas that I've kept secret for fear of someone stealing them only to find out that what I thought was unique wasn't so! I loved reading that what Mele wrote to you, "@nireyal Very cool blog and post today. Sorry you got “scooped” but does not diminish the information you conveyed.” That had to make you not only feel good but more determined that your content can be unique. Inspiring post!05/12/2016 #1 Deb 🐝 HelfrichVery timely post, @Nir Eyal. I really enjoy the irony of this quote:
"I’ve lost count of the times I’ve heard someone disparage an academic or an industry colleague as a hack, a charlatan, or an idea thief. As the political scientist Wallace Sayre has been credited as saying, “In any dispute the intensity of feeling is inversely proportional to the value of the issues at stake.” Hence, we argue most about the things that matter least."
Those that spend a lot of time arguing are diminishing their own brand-spanking-new idea generation time. Often for very trivial points that represent a Pyrrhic victory.
- Producer22/11/2016The Way You Think About Willpower Is Hurting YouNot so long ago, my post-work routine looked like this: After a particularly grueling day, I’d sit on the couch and veg for hours, doing my version of “Netflix and chill,” which meant keeping company with a cold pint of ice cream. I knew the ice...
Comments25/11/2016 #2 Deb 🐝 HelfrichThis is such an important reframe, @Nir Eyal, and you have phrased it so well.
"Feelings are our bodies’ way of conveying information our conscious minds might miss. When a lack of mental energy is chronic, we should listen to our willpower just as we should listen to our emotions."
"Most studies to date have looked at willpower as a force that helps people do things they don’t want to do, or that helps them resist temptations they’d rather give in to. But if we adjust the perspective and treat willpower as an emotion, it could instead be seen as providing insights about what we should and shouldn’t be spending our time on."