One of the reasons I chose my particular PhD program was because, unlike other schools I visited, the advanced doctoral students did not constantly look like they were about to get hit by a bus. There seemed to be a degree of work-life-balance engrained into the program.
And lo and behold, they might be on to something. Looks like there’s “a more fun” way to be successful:
In an article by Eric Barker from “Barking Up the Wrong Tree – How to be Awesome at Life.” (Can’t go wrong following a blog with a title like that), was especially intrigued by Achor’s ideas about social support (and his findings that giving it is even more beneficial than receiving it) and the 20 second rule (making difficult tasks easier to start, e.g. sleeping in your gym clothes so you’re more likely to work out in the morning).
You can also watch Achor’s (hilarious) TED talk below.
Is Achor onto something? Is happiness the key to success rather than vice versa? And how can we apply these ideas to business and academia more effectively?
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