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Why ‘Find your passion!’ may be bad advice | Stanford News
The belief that interests arrive fully formed and must simply be “found” can lead people to limit their pursuit of new fields and give up too easily.
work  inspiration  collaboration  productivity  innovation 
26 minutes ago by basemaly
On chronic pain
I have, since my late teenage years, had chronic pain in both wrists, a result of heavy computer use that started when I was very young. I was fascinated by computers and absolutely determined to become an expert at everything that could be done on them; this drive led me to many spans of overworking as I tried to do everything I could in as short a time as I could. This obsessiveness combined with poor ergonomic practices led to a slow buildup of nerve adhesions and chronic tendinitis.

Nearly everyone experiences pain at some point in their life. A stubbed toe, a broken arm, a headache; during the moment it is difficult to focus on anything else, the pain taking center stage.

Chronic pain is a bit more insidious. It can be just as intense as acute pain, but it never really goes away. The brain gets used to it and adapts, coping with it by learning to ignore it. But this constant need to put it on a shelf takes effort, and that continuous effort is quite a drain on one’s energy.

The constant fight against this energy drain also is subject to other influences that are harder to ignore. There are always dozens of little stimuli that need to be constantly filtered out; background noises, little breezes, too-warm weather, the feeling of hair on your neck, the urge to use the restroom. But the mental effort that it takes to keep these at bay come from the same pool as the effort taken up by managing pain responses. And when that pool gets depleted, it can hit hard; when I hit my limit for the day it is like I’m pressed up against a wall, unable to move at all, unable to even breathe anymore. Every little stimulus suddenly takes my complete attention and the massive tidal waves of the millions of little things come crashing down around me.
by:Fluffy  disability  work  ChronicPain 
4 hours ago by owenblacker
Price's Law: Why Only A Few People Generate Half Of The Results - Darius Foroux
50% of the work is done by the square root of the total number of people who participate in the work.
psychology  work  law 
5 hours ago by soobrosa
Complicit
Filmed over 3 years, Complicit is an undercover investigation into the lives and conditions of workers that assemble iPhones, tablets, and other electronics in factories such as Foxconn in Shenzhen and Guangzhou, China. The film reveals the global economy’s factory floors, showing the conditions under which China’s youth have migrated by the millions in search of the espoused “better life” working for big corporations. But the reality of what this looks like is working long hours with toxic chemicals that cause many cumulative detrimental health conditions, including cancers. As such, a focal point of the story is Yi Yeting, who takes his fight against the global electronic industry from his hospital bed to the international stage. While battling his own work-induced leukemia, Yi Yeting teaches himself labour law in order to prepare a legal challenge against his former employers. As the struggle to defend the lives of millions of Chinese people from becoming terminally ill from work necessitates confrontation with some of the world’s largest corporations, including Apple and Samsung, Complicit turns to become a powerful portrait of courage and resistance against screens and rapacious corporate power in a toxic culture.
documentaries  movies  work  asia  economics 
8 hours ago by mikael

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