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Without stress there can be no Self-confidence.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 16, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Self-confidence is built, over time, as stressful thoughts and situations are faced and dealt with. 

'Stressors' bring learning experiences that test self-confidence. The capacity to handle situations expands with experience. As increasingly-stressful learning experiences are handled, self-confidence grows. 

Without successful handling of stressors self-confidence has no chance to grow.

[Avoidance may provide relief  but it works against self-confidence.]

[Unsuccessful efforts at handling stressors may injure self-confidence...but, only if you let it...failures provide the opportunity to figure out 'better ways'...sooner or later 'better ways' lead to successful outcomes and then self-confidence grows.]

When you are beating your head against an unbudging brick wall, don't make your next decision another bad one.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 15, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Common sense sends strong suggestions to direct our thoughts. We just need to allow them to sink in and register. 

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Thinking as in Think and Grow Rich | Thought Tweets

Why can't the glass be both half-full and half-empty?

by Rick Baker
On Jun 14, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Is your glass at least half-full and half-empty?

Rather than limit people to 2 ways of thinking and claiming one is optimistic and the other pessimistic, we ought to encourage people to view Situations and People's actions from multiple perspectives...by, for example, encouraging people to use tools like Edward de Bono's 'Six Thinking Hats'.

In some Situations, it is appropriate to consider what has been added while in others it is appropriate to consider what has been subtracted. Sometimes we need to consider possibilities. Other times we need to identify the need for urgent action. 

This goes beyond optimism, pessimism, and realism. While that 'mindset' differentiation may be important, with people or with situations, it also may not be important.

Situations & People deserve a lot more thinking than optimism/pessimism tests.

PS: That glass-half-full-glass-half-empty saying has always annoyed me. It is too cliché and it puts people into a 2-dimensional box when all of us know we live in at least a 3-dimensional world.

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Optimism & Pessimism | Questions?: The Art of Asking Good Questions | Thought Tweets

I wonder if AI will be able to fake laughter...

by Rick Baker
On Jun 13, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

"Canned laughter", the stuff you hear on TV sitcoms, really annoys me. 

Yet, I understand psychological studies have [apparently] proven that people find sitcoms more humorous and laugh more when canned laughter is played. So, I suppose I must accept the immense commercial value canned laughter brings to our wonderfully-developed culture.

The value tied to canned laughter raises some interesting AI possibilities.

...imagine all those computers learning how to laugh, encouraging one another to watch more and more TV sitcoms, absorbing all those advertisements in all those commercials...

becoming perfectly-intelligent couch potatoes...

As Nietzsche taught react..."Human, all too Human".

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Humour | IT & TECH | Thought Tweets

A person who chases two rabbits is 'too busy' to catch either.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 12, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Playing with the ancient wisdom of Confucius...“He who chases two rabbits, captures neither.”

You don't have to chase two rabbits to be too busy. There's plenty of other ways to multi-task your way into feeling then complaining about being too busy.

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I'm too busy! - I don't have time! | Thought Tweets

Plan to repeat, repeat, repeat...that's one key to teaching, inspiring, & influencing people.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 11, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn."

Benjamin Franklin

When we observe repetition, we learn.

When we repeat, others have the opportunity to learn.

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