How can I come to like learning and reading instead of doing mindless things?

Hur man går från dataspelande till att läsa fler böcker.

Answer by Brandon Lee:

I wondered this for a very long time as a teenager, back when I regularly spent all-nighters gaming, and ironically, it was gaming that gave me the insight to overcome my psychological barriers.

Learning/reading are mentally demanding tasks and that's the main struggle, I remember thinking, "Man, I should really read instead of aimlessly burning the next 5 hours on the computer. Uhhhhh but that sounds like work… Hello computer!"

But then I noticed, whenever I encountered a new, balanced, and challenging game (Desktop TD — pictured below — and Gemcraft come to mind), my brain sharpened up, fully engaged, and became alert in order to beat that level/stage/wave.

I'd all of a sudden have this stubborn diligence to test and perfect my strategy, even if it took an hour to figure it out.

Where the heck did all that motivation and focus come from!? I reflected on that and noticed:

  1. There was a clear reward/benefit. Upgrades, advancing, and the ability to tackle the next level — progress feels good! Which led to
  2. A clear objective. Beat the level — it's obvious when I have/haven't made it, it's also encouraging when I know I'm getting very close!
  3. There was a sense of challenge — not a cakewalk (boring), but not impossible (discouraging)

And then I recollected on the reasons why I  had picked up books in the past and had read with a similar alertness, focus, and level of engagement:

  1. Often it was after someone told me what they were able to accomplish because of what they read the book (clear reward/benefit).
  2. And upon asking for more details, they would elaborate and break down the principles that fueled their accomplishments (clear objective).
  3. Often, the book was a topic I hadn't already mastered (so it wasn't too familiar or boring), but wasn't something I was completely clueless about (way above my head).

In other words, I needed to be able to understand, "Oh if I read this book, this is what I will get out of it and this is how it might affect me."

That's why I hate it when someone recommends me a book by simply saying "This book is good, you should read it." Uh. Why? Unless you're someone I'm studying or greatly admire, that recommendation means squat to me.

But if you tell me, "You should read this book, I was able to understand XYZ and  was able to accomplish A, B, and C because of it!! It's changed how I see in so many other ways." Holy crap, your book will jump up to the top (or near the top) of my list.

Here's a great example of what I just described:
Brandon Lee's answer to I'm 17. What books would you recommend to me to improve myself?

In my answer, each "nutshell" that I provided, I explain "this is what you will learn and this is how it's relevant to your life." And for a few of them, I linked to outlines in case my nutshell didn't suffice. You can compare and contrast my answer with all the other answers and see a distinct difference.

So all that to say, if you want to be more "motivated" to read a book, either read reviews that explain the basic takeaways, talk to someone who has read it, or try to find an outline of the book. Take the time understand what the book actually has to offer you, otherwise you'll just be left with the nagging feeling that you should be reading, but never actually do it.

How can I come to like learning and reading instead of doing mindless things?

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Why the modern world is bad for your brain är en artikel i the Guardian som behandlar hur det moderna samhället påverkar våra hjärnor på ett synnerligen negativt sätt. Strömmen av information och stimuli ger ökade nivåer av kortisol, adrenalin och dopamin. Vårt fladdrande på nätet stimulerar ett nyhetscentra i prefrontala cortex att ständigt vilja ha mer nyheter. Man kan likna det vid ett drogberoende. Som förälder till en tioåring och en fjortonåring känner jag igen detta i alla konflikter som uppstår när vi vill begränsa deras telefonerande. jag är allvarligt oroad att de förstör sin framtid.

Nedanstående stycke sammanfattar det hela på ett tankeväckande sätt.

Multitasking has been found to increase the production of the stress hormone cortisol as well as the fight-or-flight hormone adrenaline, which can overstimulate your brain and cause mental fog or scrambled thinking. Multitasking creates a dopamine-addiction feedback loop, effectively rewarding the brain for losing focus and for constantly searching for external stimulation. To make matters worse, the prefrontal cortex has a novelty bias, meaning that its attention can be easily hijacked by something new – the proverbial shiny objects we use to entice infants, puppies, and kittens. The irony here for those of us who are trying to focus amid competing activities is clear: the very brain region we need to rely on for staying on task is easily distracted. We answer the phone, look up something on the internet, check our email, send an SMS, and each of these things tweaks the novelty- seeking, reward-seeking centres of the brain, causing a burst of endogenous opioids (no wonder it feels so good!), all to the detriment of our staying on task. It is the ultimate empty-caloried brain candy. Instead of reaping the big rewards that come from sustained, focused effort, we instead reap empty rewards from completing a thousand little sugar-coated tasks.





What are some things that look easy but are difficult?


Answer by Chitrang Pandya:

1)Finding a job.
2)Getting out of a painful relationship.
3)forgetting those who gave you many things to remember.
4)forgiving someone you hate.
5)forgetting someone you love.
6)getting out of any kind of addiction.
7)Following someone else's advice.
8)Accepting the failure.
9)Being the first one to patch up after a long fight.
10)Accepting your failure and someone else's success.

What are some things that look easy but are difficult?

What separates the top 10% of startup CEOs from the rest?

Hur är en bra entreprenör?

Answer by Mark Suster:

I wrote a list of my views for my blog, which you can read in detail here with links to each topic: What Attributes Make An Entrepreneur

But the summary is:

1. Tenacity
2. Street Smarts
3. Ability to Adjust
4. Resiliency
5. Inspiration
6. Hard working / disciplined
7. Ability to embrace & tolerated uncertainty / risk
8. Attention to detail
9. Competitiveness
10. Decisiveness
11. Domain knowledge (or ability to go really deep and learn it)
12. Integrity
13. Passion for what are you doing

What separates the top 10% of startup CEOs from the rest?

What is going to be the next ”big thing” in the next 5-10 years?

Answer by Nitin Balodi:

In next 5-10 years, the face of technology will be completely different from what it appears today.  Everything will be turned into its smarter versions and in another time frame of 5-10 years, these smarter systems will get turned into their smartest version.

According to me there will be
1.      Smarter (not smart) phones
2.      Smart cars (eco-friendly, driverless) ,
3.      Eco Friendly Energy Grids and Transport System
4.      Smart currency or payment methods
5.      Smarter Communication means

Now let me tackle them one by one to justify my point to some extent. So I am starting with a device that you may be holding right now. Yeah the Smartphone .

Smarter Phone –The smartphones that we use today, in a time frame of 5 to 10 years will be converted into a smarter phone. It will be loaded with more amazing features like Augmented Reality (AR), Artificial intelligence (AI) , better batteries (made up of Graphene), loaded with emotionally intelligent phonebooks, smart apps, and with a flexible structure that can be rolled like a paper. Therefore, we can say that the smartphone will be converted into an intelligent gadget.

Think of a situation where your class teacher will be taking attendance and sending notes and marks on your smartphone by using AR app. Kind of a smarter class room.   (Samsung: Using Augmented Reality to Provide A Smart Classroom).

Let say you are in a new city and you have to go to an address for the first time. No need to worry you will be having AR app in your device and it will help you and that too by merely clicking a picture of your surroundings. Let me give you a bird eye view.

You will set your destination, will capture an image where you are currently standing, and will process that image. The AR app will detect your location and a 3D view of your surrounding will superimposed on your device screen. The heading of my camera will be identified also and according to your destination, an arrow will appear on the device screen.

This much wonderful an AR app can be.  I am making this statement based on the patent applications I studied that are filed by Samsung, Apple are other tech giants on Augmented Reality.

Apart from that there are going to be Apps that will be saving you from running out of batteries. One such app is proposed by Google (Google – Battery Saving Android App that Never Let Your Phone Die).

Graphene, which is a form of carbon, could change the way our devices look, feel, perform and even interact with our bodies. It can completely replace the lithium ion batteries that we currently use. Manufacturing of thin, flexible batterieswill be facilitate by Graphene that could enable wearable computing also.
Northwestern University researchers built a battery made of graphene and silicon, which supposedly lasted over a week on a single charge and only took 15 minutes to juice up. If graphene goes mainstream, you could possibly leave your smartphone charger home when traveling
Graphene battery tech: charge your smartphone in 20 seconds
Graphene Could Kill Lithium-Ion Batteries

There will be Apps that will be recommending food for you and helping you to stay fit and follow your daily diet goals. You will be using a flexible smartphone that can be bent, rolled and folded like a paper.
The phonebook of your smartphone will be storing the emotional information of the callers that will be updating the contacts. One such phonebook has already been proposed by Samsung electronics. (Innovative Phonebook by Samsung that Detects Emotions) Thus you will be carrying an emotionally intelligent device in your pocket.

Not only this, due to the IoT (Internet of Things) your smartphone will be communicating with your AC, refrigerator, washing machine, car and the like. You will be in shopping mall and your refrigerator will come to know about it though the GPS location of your smartphone and will be sending you a reminder that you have to purchase butter for tomorrow’s breakfast.

You will be connecting your smartphone with your AC and will link it with the alarm clock of smart phone. And whenever you will stop the alarm ring, the AC will be turned off. Is this sounding like Sci-Fi? Check this link and the also the reference of patent application that is mentioned there. LG: The Multifunctional Android Alarm Clock App

Apart from this your smartphone will be doing health monitoring and will be taking data from the wearable devices like bands, earphones and sending that to the medical server for further examination by your doctor.
As I was saying earlier multiple technologies (AR, AI, and IoT etc.) will be converging to convert a smart-phone into a smarter-phone.

2. Driverless and Eco Friendly Cars
There will be driverless cars that will be carrying computers under their hoods that will be utilizing artificial intelligence to make decisions on road.  The driverless car project of Google is well known to all of us. The car can identify, track and predict the movements of pedestrians, bicycles, other vehicles, or objects like road signs in the roadway. It can read road signs, can diagnose itself, can pick and drop you from anywhere you desire and can do many other cool things. How Driverless Car Predicts Expected Movement of Objects on Road?

If you are interesting in knowing more about the driverless car project you can consider this link – The Future of Technology

While Google is making driverless cars, Tesla on the other hand is marching toward a future of eco friendly electric cars. Even Tesla is also working on driverless car technology. At present, the S model of Tesla costs you around US $70,000. However, soon this price will be reduced to around $35,000.  Tesla Motors recently closed its deal to acquire the 980-acre site in an industrial park outside Reno where it has already begun pouring concrete for a giant lithium-ion battery factory. The gigafactory is intended to produce 500,000 battery packs a year.

Please follow these links to know more about Tesla and its Gigafactory. Tesla Timeline | Forums | Tesla Motors
Tesla closes on free Nevada land for gigafactory
I may not be wrong to call these cars as smart cars and these two projects as next big thing.

3. Smarter Energy Generators and Transport System
On top of everything, I am an avid fan of Elon Musk and hence after Tesla again I am going to mention about Hyperloop that is put forward by Elon Musk. And I am going to talk about Hyperloop. It’s a high-speed transportation system.

Basically, the system would work like those old pneumatic tubes that were used to move messages using air pressure in banks, newspaper offices and other buildings in the mid-20th century. ”The Hyperloop design uses a combination of low air pressure and magnetic acceleration to get people from LA to SF in just about 30 minutes,” The 400-plus-mile trip would take less than an hour, compared to more than six hours of driving.

This is a kind of transportation technology that allows Angelinos to commute to job in Vegas or San Francisco or wherever it ends up, is going to make neighbors of literally distant strangers. Suddenly, people who live in different cities will eat lunch in the same restaurants. They’ll share cabs (arguably robo-driven cabs, but cabs none-the-less). They may go to the same gym. In this way, the Hyperloop will radically extend our interpersonal networks in ways we can’t image and, by extension, reshape the way we do business.

I know you are a curious soul and want to read more about it. Here I am saving your fingers from typing again .
These Dreamers Are Actually Making Progress Building Elon’s Hyperloop | WIRED
Why the Hyperloop isn’t wishful thinking
So after the transportation let me move ahead to the smarter energy generators. Have a look at this –

This is airborne windmill. The concept of airborne wind turbines is close to becoming reality. Altaeros has already built the world’s highest turbine that can generate twice the energy output of its ground-based counterpart. Besides generating power, these floating power plants can provide data coverage, cell service and local weather data and can be deployed in harsh weather conditions.

It’s a dramatic idea that could change the course of countless lives around the planet. Suddenly, with airborne wind turbines, isolated communities in South American jungles or Alaskan islands could have easier, cheaper access to technology that most take for granted.

Read more: World’s First Airborne Wind Turbine To Bring Renewable Energy and WiFi to Alaska | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

4. The Smart Payment System – Crypto Currency
In future, I believe Bitcoin is going to be very popular among peoples around the globe. Its decentralized DIGITAL currency that is fast, cheap and secure to use.  Your bank charges you for international transfers and when you use your credit/debit card to purchase things. However, Bitcoin doesn’t. Moreover, there is no need to give your real name as each bitcoin transaction is recorded in a public log, names of buyers and sellers are never revealed – only their wallet IDs.
While that keeps bitcoin users’ transactions private, it also lets them buy or sell anything without easily tracing it back to them. That’s why it has become the currency of choice for people online buying drugs or other illicit activities.
I would like you to explore this link to know more about Bitcoins – What is bitcoin? – CoinDesk

5.  Smarter Communication
Earlier we had telephones where we could only communicate through voice calls, then came the era of text messages and mms and later of the video calls.  In past two or three decades, you can easily decipher the changes that have come and are still coming in the way we communicate.
Now coming the era of Telepresence that will take communication to the next level. Telepresence is capable of providing you a kind of experience where you can’t distinguish between a real life image and the one that created by this technology, its experience would be equivalent to meeting in person.

Have a look at this device also This Ingenious Augmented Reality Mirror will Take Telepresence to A New Level
It could be so close to actually being there in person.  It is already prevalent, however only big corporate companies and organizations are utilizing such technologies as these are expensive. But we can expect it to become cheap when common person will be able to use it.

Congratulations you just have read a short article of 1680 words. Have a great day.

What is going to be the next ”big thing” in the next 5-10 years?

How do I make money online from home?

Answer by Faisal Khan:

I love this question! Why? Because as someone who makes a full-time income from working at home, I think I'm a tad bit qualified to give some input.

Spoiler: I am not going to give you names of websites or affiliate links, or point you to place which most likely are scams (not saying everything is a scam). I'm instead going to focus on how you can literally discover what is the right thing for you to do and how to make money.

If you truly want to make more than just spare change, read through the answer below.

Work for Someone From Home

Working from home does not necessarily mean, freelancing. This is one of the biggest misconceptions. One can work for a company from home. There are so many companies that are okay with the concept of remote workers. Doesn't matter if you're in the US or across the world. Companies will hire anyone whom they feel are an excellent resource.

Jason Fried, Partner at 37Signals (the makers of BaseCamp), has an excellent video on this, working remotely:
Today, with the advent of all things internet, ask around for employers who are hiring remote workers. My employer CoinX took had no hesitation in hiring me. Megan Burton the CEO of CoinX was looking for someone in a particular area of interest in the world of payments, and she came across my contributions and then decided to pick up the phone and make contact. It did not matter where I was. What mattered was my ability to deliver.


To make money, either by working full-time, part-time or freelancing from home, requires that you are passionate about something. Passion trumps everything and all obstacles.

Passion is just one side of the coin, the other side is building-value. Whether you build value in your skills-set, or the content, effort, etc. you put on the web, you must build-value for to make money.

As with anything else, there needs to be a demand for something. This something is what you have to be passionate about. If you have something that has a demand, and you build value, you can bet your bottom dollar, that someone will be willing to pay you for your time or effort (contribution).

Work finds talent. Talent finds work.

Find Your Micro-Niche

Finding your niche is what it is all about. Your talent is your niche. If you're good in article writing, thats a starting point. What type of articles you are good at writing, is your micro-niche. If you like photography, what type of photography do you like? Can you do stock photography? Are you good with portraits? You may love photography, but perhaps you're even better in doing post-production work on them. That just may be your micro-niche.

You have to focus. You must learn to say no, to things outside your domain of expertise. If you are a subject-matter expert in a particular area, say no to work outside this area. Taking working outside this area is the classical case of losing focus and being distracted.

Finding your niche and micro-niche is easier said than done. Ask your family, what they think you are good at? Ask your friends, your colleagues, people who have interacted with you. Make a list of things you are passionate about and then slowly shorten the list, with realistic goals like:

  • How much money will I make from this?
  • Is this a hobby or a passion of mine?
  • Will I still be interested in this after 6 weeks? after 6 months?

Many times, people already know what they are passionate about. What your micro-niche is. Now you just need to get started.

Do it!

I personally know so many qualified people, folks with masters degrees and double-masters, etc. yet they are wasting their life, day-dreaming, promising themselves they will do it one day. They never do.

There is a difference between a wish and actually-doing-it. Only you can make a difference. No one else can. If you truly want to make money on the Internet (whether working for someone, or doing something of your own), you have to get up and do something about it.

The old saying, there is no free meal is so very true. You have to work for your money. I know of two people personally who have believed in what they did and literally made it, against all odds. Sidra Qasim and Waqas Ali built a very successful business, online, from a very old, rundown, going-out-of business cobbler in a remote village in Pakistan (You can read their story here: Press)

As I said, passion will trump all hurdles. If you genuinely love what you do, then do it. Become the best at it, and work will find a way to you.

There are 100,000s of people perhaps who are trying to compete for work everyday…

  • What makes you different?
  • Why should work find its way to you?
  • What makes you better than anyone else?
  • How can one find you on the web?
  • How committed are you to the work you are assigned?
  • How committed are you otherwise?
  • Why you?

All these questions are easy to ask, but they don't have an easy answer. If you're content with making a few cents doing repetitive / mundane tasks, Amazon Mechanical Turk might be your thing. If you have the ability to deliver quality work fast, not spend too much time on it, for a specific talent, Fiverr might just have a gig for you.

Don't Give Up. Persistence is the Key

"A river cuts through a rock not because of its power, but because of its persistence."

You may not get business on day 1. Not even on day 2, but if that is going to be your criteria of making money, from the word go then I have bad news to tell. Its never easy.

You will get better with each try! I can guarantee you that. I know freelancers who had sent over 200+ proposals (bids) to potential clients, before they got their first break.

I know of a blogger who blogged for months, before he found his first paying gig and now lives comfortably of it.

I know a logo designer who refused to compete with the lower pricing in various marketplaces and held steadfast to her pricing menu. She did not get business for a good year. Today, she cannot keep pace with work.

Some just have sheer bad luck. They keep changing their plans, just when business would have steered their way. They keep doing this way too often and then get frustrated and quit all together.

Get help. Find a mentor. When in doubt – Ask away!

Sometimes complacency will not make you think straight. Its good to get an external view on such matters.

Make Money using Quora

It would only be fair, that I do answer your question as to how do you make money online. Quora (for me at least) is a brilliant place to market oneself.

Shameless plug here: I've answered nearly 3,900+ answers and most of them are focused on the banking and payments world. To the best of my knowledge, I have never advocated or promoted myself to solicit business in my answers. I've established myself as a subject matter expert, and people who wish to do business with me, will find a way to connect with me.

Remember, Talent finds Work. Work finds Talent.

In the For Further Reading section below, you can read what Quora has done for me and how I have used it to make money.

One of the most common approach for people looking for solutions, is to Google. With the excellent search-engine results that Quora has on Google, my answers make it to the top for many many topics related to payments.

People click, people read, people click on my profile, and many people connect. Some become customers.

Can you become a subject matter expert on Quora and cash-in on it? Are you willing to spend countless hours contributing your knowledge and not holding back (a lot of people hold back for the explicit purpose of soliciting you in for business, for example, take a look at a many immigration lawyers who answer here on Quora).

Knowledge is meant to flow. Share it responsibly and you will be rewarded. Again, persistence is the key.

I for one, hope you get inspired by all this, and really put your mind to it. You can make money. It just takes a lot of hard work, dedication and commitment. If you're willing to chip in all three, there is no reason why you cannot make money online.

For further reading:

How do I make money online from home?