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A Little Technique Helps You Succeed In Anything You Do

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But Out by Daniel Pink

But Out by Daniel Pink

Unfortunately, one of my forums has been aggressively attacked recently. And now I am left with the only option to save some good tips (as the one below) and publish them on this Blog.

I definitely see that the tip below may be very useful to you when you experience problems related to your lack of motivation when writing your thesis or doing any other business projects. Follow below.

I just read a little technique in the book called “A Whole New Mind” by Daniel Pink. It is an excellent book! 5 stars and highly recommend to any master student or an entrepreneur.
In the book Daniel talks about a technique called “But out” which I would like to share here.

Basically, he recommends that we remove “but” from our dictionary (in most cases) and replace it with “and”. He gives three examples here:

Example 1: I would like to spend more time with my family, but I travel a lot for my job.

Example 2:
I’d like to eat better, but I am surrounded at work by sugary snacks.

Example 3:
I’d like to read more, but I rarely have time when I can sit down with a book.

If we now replace them with “and” those will turn into:

Example 1 (New): I would like to spend more time with my family, and I travel a lot for my job. So I need to find ways to bring my family along during some of my travels.

Example 2 (New): I’d like to eat better, and I am surrounded at work by sugary snacks. so I need to pack my own supply of more healthful snacks to reduce my temptation to eat the bad stuff.

Example 3 (New):
I’d like to read more, and I rarely have time when I can sit down with a book. So I need to get books on tapes that I can listen to in the car or at the gym.

So, in the context of writing a thesis I came up with this example:

My example: I’d like to finish my thesis in two months, but every day I write so little.

My example (New): I’d like to finish my thesis in two months, and I write so little. So I need to reduce time spent on surfing on the Internet and watching TV. I also need to plan how many pages I need to write every day at minimum to be done on time.

Do you see the difference?

I do. So does Daniel who says that when we replace “but” with “and” we get into a problem-solving mode allowing us to see solutions much more quickly.

Try this technique and share your experiences here by leaving me a comment. Or how do you manage your lack of motivation?

In the end, I want you to watch this speech by Al Pacino. I am sure if you listen to him closely you can extract something really important that will help you change your attitude towards some things you are lagging behind on.

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One Response to “A Little Technique Helps You Succeed In Anything You Do”

  1. mufiedNo Gravatar says:

    November 19th, 2008 at 12:32 am

    wow..make me have great spirits again,,^^

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