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Past articles by Zat:

The 3 levers of productivity

We all want to be productive — but what makes up productivity, being at your best and feeling at your peak? These are the three levels of productivity. → Read More

Against seriousness: On avoiding close-mindedness

You can be mature while still retaining your ability to keep an open mind. Seriousness, by default, is rigid and closed-minded. → Read More

The problem with habits

If you want to inspire a new behavior, build a punishment and reward system to guide it into existence. Reinforce the benefit associated with said behavior. → Read More

The difficulty of becoming who you are

We have innate need to satisfy the requirements of survival, but also have a deeper desire to make something of ourselves beyond that so we can thrive. → Read More

Target the negative, ignore the positive

Just because there are fewer ways to succeed doesn’t mean everybody succeeds in exactly the same way because success itself has many different sides. → Read More

Beat the competition without competing

You never know when the tides are going to turn, and it’s better to limit downside than it is to inspire warm and soft feelings like hope and beauty. → Read More

The future belongs to polymaths

Nothing exists independently of its surroundings and that fact doesn’t change just because we decide to be blind to it with narrowed disciplines. → Read More

Mystery: The greatest advantage in a world of noise?

Knowledge, or the ability to think interesting and novel things, is an expression of individuality, and it doesn’t focus on short-term competition. → Read More

Is success a product of luck or agency?

Your life is a fight against time, and it may beat you. When it does, it may be so difficult that you will always stay chained to the ground. → Read More

Happiness: Acceptance or absence of suffering?

What if life is just a game of taking stored sensations and projecting them onto that strange, nebulous thing we call happiness? → Read More

Status independence and mastering social stress

In our modern world, two things have happened: The first is that we are globally connected, which means that the hierarchy is far more extreme. → Read More

The most important skill of the 21st century

If we don’t effectively use our tools, our tools end up using us. In the 21st century, the difference will be determined by how we manage information. → Read More

Human relationships and projecting aliveness

We don’t think of our daily relationships with other people as being therapeutic, but in many ways, they are, and Freud may have been wrong. → Read More

Don't call it networking

Networking is beyond a buzzword. It almost carries a negative connotation. Formalizing human connection often has the opposite effect than the one intended. → Read More

The Shaper Effect: balancing opposites

There is a similar story about Steve Jobs. There are countless incidents recounted by people who worked with him about his maniac focus on tiny details. → Read More

The principles of a life strategy

We all want to be more effective in reaching our potential, and the use of business principles to design a life strategy shows us how we can do it. → Read More

Dealing with the mysterious

The most important question in life may well be: How do we deal with the mysterious? The best answer, however, doesn’t try to explain the mysterious away. → Read More

Pablo Picasso: harnessing willpower

There are elements of Picasso’s life that show us how willpower works. If you have any kind of long-term goals, willpower matters. → Read More

Change your life the easy way

Change is hard. It requires you to be deliberate in your focus towards your goals. Even then, without the right tactics, such efforts can be pointless. → Read More

The luckiest man on earth

Gratitude is one solution, and it’s a cost-free one. It shifts the weight from the noisiness of all of the negative to the often neglected positive. → Read More