Monday, May 09, 2005

how not to get pigeonholed, and other good stuff...

... from fastcompany:

from Escape Your Pigeonhole
    Vargas highlighted the research skills she gained, rather than the law, and landed a market-research job
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    "I typically make a commitment to a project for 18 to 24 months and offer upfront to groom one of my staff to replace me," Olding says.
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    get pigeonholed as a person who leads new ventures

from Change or Die
    "A relatively small percentage of the population consumes the vast majority of the health-care budget for diseases that are very well known and by and large behavioral."
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    Unless you work on it, brain fitness often begins declining at around age 30 for men, a bit later for women. "People mistake being active for continuous learning," Merzenich says. "The machinery is only activated by learning. People think they're leading an interesting life when they haven't learned anything in 20 or 30 years. My suggestion is learn Spanish or the oboe."
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    What happens if you don't work at mental rejuvenation? Merzenich says that people who live to 85 have a 50-50 chance of being senile. While the issue for heart patients is "change or die," the issue for everyone is "change or lose your mind." Mastering the ability to change isn't just a crucial strategy for business. It's a necessity for health. And it's possibly the one thing that's most worth learning.

The article talks about how large changes are sometimes so much easier than small, incremental changes. Reminds me of the economic reforms India undertook in the early 90s - it only happened because we were only left with three weeks worth of foreign currency reserves. Since the sweeping changes that took place then, the economic reforms have been a lot slower to come.
Beth over at Creating Passionate Users writes about this article as well.

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