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Yes, it can be difficult...that's why it's called work.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 16, 2021

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

But, Difficult should not mean Unpleasant.

Physically-difficult work burns up energy in muscles, etc. It strengthens the muscles...that's a good thing...unless you're lazy, in which case physically-difficult work would be annoying.

Cognitively-difficult work burns up energy in neurons and other places. It strengthens neuronal connections...that's a good thing...unless you're lazy...then work, again, would become annoying.

About being annoyed or stressed out, etc: the cause behind negative feelings is not work. So, let's not place the blame on work when, in fact, there is another culprit.

We benefit when someone or something makes us do what we can.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 15, 2021

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Even the great Ralph Waldo Emerson needed that sort of help. Emerson said, "What I most need is somebody to make me do what I can." 

People Only Do 3 Things: Good HabitsBad Habits, & New Things

When we want to develop better habits we need an injection of accountability; we benefit when someone or something makes us do what we can.

Workplace High-Pressure: does it cut the feet out from under your smartest people?

by Rick Baker
On Jun 14, 2021

The Thinking Behind the Tweet

A high IQ doesn’t necessarily mean a high ability to work under stress. In fact, it is possible the opposite is true. Do you assume smart folks operate smart when the pressure is on? If so, perhaps, when the pressure is on people disappoint you.

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Emotions & Feelings @ Work | Thought Tweets | Values: Personal Values

Negative feelings cheat us: they take much energy from us and they give little of value in return.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 13, 2021

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

We feel good when we participate in fair & square deals!

We would be annoyed if someone else came by and started stealing our energy...

To ensure fairness we need to tell negative feelings to go away until they can deliver a better exchange.

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Emotions & Feelings @ Work | Thought Tweets

Anxiety: be present, don't fret over it, observe it in real time, & learn what it takes to control it if it gets out of hand.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 13, 2021

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Anxiety is in our genes...what we feel now is the legacy of the fight or flight 'wiring' that allowed our ancestors to bring us us.

In right-sized doses, anxiety energizes and hones focus.

In too-large doses, anxiety becomes a demon and destroys quality of life.

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Emotions & Feelings @ Work | Thought Tweets

Howling at the moon won't make it any brighter & yapping dogs don't make their owners any smarter.

by Rick Baker
On Jun 12, 2021

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Constructive criticism is an oxymoron...in relationships, it's an interpersonal liberty taken one step too far.

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Criticism: Constructive Criticism is an Oxymoron | Humour | Thought Tweets

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