Science Points to the Single Most Valuable Personality Trait

conscientiousness….I love this word….but why are people CSS…Lets take an example, the cleaner who does a good job regardless of his environment[who is watching, compensation system, supervision, peers] and own situation [happy, sick, angry, miffed etc]. What makes him clean every nook and cranny. I think that comes from a desire to achieve and a desire to make others happy. Well it could also be OCD. But seriously those should be the root causes of why a person is CSS. It can be argued that he does a good job because his boss is super observant or the office goers are nit picky. There is a difference between a good job and a CSS job. A good job is what you do as per expectations, CSS is when you go beyond it. Therefore the only thing that can make you go beyond bosses and perks is your intrinsic desire to please, to achieve. Why does a person want to please, want to achieve. Why a person wants to make others happy…I am not sure, because of endorphins? Why do you want to achieve….seems to be a simple question…the key is to live that question….


Research is pointing to conscientiousness as the one-trait-to-rule-them-all in terms of future success, both career-wise and personal.

Via How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character:

“It would actually be nice if there were some negative things that went along with conscientiousness,” Roberts told me. “But at this point it’s emerging as one of the primary dimensions of successful functioning across the lifespan. It really goes cradle to grave in terms of how people do.”

What is it? Basically, it’s being “efficient, organized, neat, and systematic“:

Conscientiousness is the state of being thorough, careful, or vigilant; it implies a desire to do a task well. Conscientiousness is also one trait of the five-factor model of personality, and is manifested in characteristic behaviors such as being efficient, organized, neat, and systematic. It includes such elements as self-discipline, carefulness, thoroughness, self-organization, deliberation (the tendency to think carefully…

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What Kids’ Drawings Say About Their Intelligence

Sounds logical…if you draw well you must be a bit smart….


A large and long-term new study shows the way a 4-year-old draws a person not only says something about their level of intelligence as a toddler but is also predictive of their intelligence 10 years down the line.

A team of researchers at King’s College London had 7,752 pairs of identical and non-identical 4-year-old twins draw a picture of a child. Every sketch was rated on a scale from 0 to 12 based on the presence of features, like legs, arms, and facial features. The kids also underwent verbal and nonverbal intelligence measurement tests.

When the kids turned 14, the researchers once again tested their intelligence. They found that a higher score on their drawing was moderately associated with the child’s intelligence both at age four and at age 14. The researchers expected to see a connection at age 4, but for the results to have consistency a decade later…

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10 tips on how to make slides that communicate your idea, from TED’s in-house expert

First who is your audience… some bit of customization of your personal style..bit….because you dont want to conform too much and neither do you want to lose them on slide 1. Based on point 1, figure out the big message and the elements that make up the big message which should be, what…why…how..thats sounds like inane advice, but the reality is that quite often we have a burning issue in our head that we want to shout out to the world or we have no burning issue and just need to present. Its these times that we forget the inane what..why and how. Then often even when we remember it, it requires focus and skill to ensure that your ppt follows the what why how elements in whatever sequence. Once you have the elements on paper then get to making the deck….This reblog has some good tips on that. Same font….not too many colors, very less text.

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Speaker David Epstein created a truly stellar slide deck for his talk at TED2014. When your slides rock, your whole presentation pops to life. Here, advice from our office slide master on making Keynote and Powerpoint presentations that communicate strongly. Photo: James Duncan Davidson When your slides rock, your whole presentation pops to life. At TED2014, David Epstein created a clean, informative slide deck to support his talk on the changing bodies of athletes. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Aaron Weyenberg is the master of slide decks. Our UX Lead creates Keynote presentations that are both slick and charming—the kind that pull you in and keep you captivated, but in an understated way that helps you focus on what’s actually being said. He does this for his own presentations and for lots of other folks in the office. Yes, his coworkers ask him to design their slides, because he’s just that good.

We asked Aaron to bottle his Keynote mojo so that others could benefit from it. Here, 10 tips for making an effective slide deck, split into two parts: the big, overarching goals, and the little tips and tricks that make your presentation…

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6 Foods That Can Age Your Skin


There’s a reason why your skin feels a little off after a series of holiday parties, BBQs, or mojito-filled beach days: “What you eat affects your skin—for better or worse,” says Ariel Ostad, MD, fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. While a few indulgences won’t age you overnight, a continuously poor diet can accelerate the aging process of your skin (and teeth) over time. Here, 6 foods to consume in moderation in order to look as young as you feel. Everyday Habits That Age You Faster


Sugar overload may kick-start a process called glycation. The theory: When you eat more sugar than your cells can process, the excess sugar molecules combine with proteins, creating “advanced glycation end products” (appropriately referred to as “AGES”), explains Dr. Ostad. Ultimately, AGES may damage your skin’s collagen (the protein that keeps skin firm and youthful).

Unsurprisingly, too much sweet stuff…

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What the government of Gujarat is encouraging children to read is dismaying

Many years back when I used to work in Ernst & Young, we were having a discussion in which one of my esteemed colleagues made these wonderful observations. Before you read the observations, let me tell you a bit about the guy himself. He is an engineer, belongs to Haryana, of the trader community and an MBA from a good college in India. He liked to lead the good life, besides being moderately religious like most of us are. He would be at that time be around 30. He was married, and had stayed in both Bombay and Delhi besides his native mofussil city where he grew up. So thats his background. The group he was grandstanding was made up of similar people in terms of education, economic background etc. So he says in Ancient India we had ICBM’s which was referred to divya astra, we had aircraft which was how Hanuman got to get the mountain and such other stuff. The unique aspect of Hindu faith is that people are practical about their faith. Yes there is the Mahabharata and other mystic and mythical parts of Hinduism, but thats faith and does not take away our logical mind which accepts the theory of evolution, the Big bang theory and genetics. If one were to compare Americans who are practicing Christians with practicing Hindus then the big difference is this logic and faith which works together in the case of Hindus unlike in the case of the Americans. So you have some crazies in America who have weird views on evolution and abortion while Hindus dont have a problem reconciling their faith with modern science and logic. This is what I think despite my colleague in 2000 and guys like Batra continue to spout. How do you learn Maths and Physics and go to the hospital to get your cancer cured instead of asking for God and sanjeevani is beyond me. How do we manage to fabricate pasts for ourselves which we know to be false. The reality is that these kids will learn Geometry and biology and anthropology but they will choose to pursue xenophobic and intolerant views if they can afford to.