Learn to Fully Charge Your Work & Life by Tom Rath #gautam bhaiya done

He’s teaching this course to help you learn how to change your daily habits, so you can create meaningful experiences while you achieve your maximum personal potential.

This life-altering course will show you why our current focus on happiness and financial success limits our ability to create a truly meaningful existence.

With a review of the top scientific studies, you’ll learn the true science of fulfillment. You’ll learn the three conditions you need to create the life you desire by giving yourself, your family, and your community the focus they deserve.

  • Infuse positivity into your daily interactions
  • Energize your personal and professional life by maximizing your talents
  • Find your drive and your internal motivation, so you can be your optimal self
  • Learn the latest science on food and fitness and get your body on board with your new mindset.

Optimize Your Life by Pursuing Meaning

This course is for anyone who wants to get the most out of their time on earth by giving to others, embracing a powerful positive mindset, and energizing their daily rituals.

In this one-of-a-kind course, you will learn to see the benefit of pursuing meaning instead of happiness.

To walk away from this course feeling successful, all you need is a passion for personal progress to create daily well-being.

Content and Overview

The course begins by guiding you through strategies to help you master the here and now, living a life with mindfulness.

You learn how to create meaning by putting the needs of others ahead of your own. Give up the pursuit of material things in order to find the true satisfaction that comes from lifting up those around you.

All the content in this course is grounded in the latest psychological and scientific research, so you’re getting personal development strategies that really work.

You’ll learn to make your work your purpose, so you find daily satisfaction in delivering value to others.

At the same time, you’ll avoid the trap of busyness and responsiveness. Instead, you’ll initiate actions that fulfill you and bring positivity to those around you. You’ll learn to focus on less, so you can do more.

As the course progresses, you’ll understand why competition is a lose-lose proposition, and how you can win by helping others to succeed. You’ll learn to build a cumulative advantage, so you progress as you help others grow.

To help you accomplish your goals, you’ll get tips for how to get your body energized and thriving, so you can follow through on your purpose.

The sleep section will help you understand how this basic physiological need relates to stress and energy levels.

The last section of the course will walk you through on how to respond with resilience in the face of life’s unexpected challenges.

The course concludes with a round up of the content you’ve learned, so you have bite-size takeaways that you can use to remind and motivate yourself.

By the end of this course, you’ll have a profound understanding of how to create meaning in your life and how to live every day, ‘fully charged.’

Who this course is for:

  • This course is for anyone looking to maximize their time on earth by living with purpose, being mindful of their influence, and helping others to grow.
  • This course will benefit students who don’t have a fixed mindset or who are open to exploring change.

What you’ll learn

  • Learn how to lead a profoundly meaningful life by changing your daily routines so that you can focus on positivity, harness more meaningful relationships and continue to grow and evolve.
  • Infuse positivity into your daily interactions.
  • Energize your personal and professional life by maximizing your talents.
  • Find your drive and your internal motivation, so you can be your optimal self.
  • Learn the latest science on food and fitness and get your body on board with your new mindset.

James Clear writes about habits, decision making, and continuous improvement. His first book, Atomic Habits, is a #1 New York Times bestseller and has sold over 5 million copies worldwide.

The Book in Three Sentences

The true measure of our character is how we treat the poor, the disfavored, the accused, the incarcerated, and the condemned. Simply punishing the broken only ensures that they remain broken and we do, too. Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.

Just Mercy summary

This is my book summary of Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson. My notes are informal and often contain quotes from the book as well as my own thoughts. This summary also includes key lessons and important passages from the book.

  • “Capital punishment means them without the capital get the punishment.”
  • The central question behind Stevenson’s work is: how and why people are judged unfairly?
  • “[The United States] has the highest rate of incarceration in the world.”
  • One in three black male babies born this century is expected to be incarcerated.
  • We are the only country in the world that sentences children to life imprisonment without parole.
  • “Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.”
  • “The opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice.”
  • “The true measure of our character is how we treat the poor, the disfavored, the accused, the incarcerated, and the condemned.”
  • If a belief is contextual is it a belief worth holding? For example, let’s say you believe that people who commit terrible crimes, say a drunk driver who kills an innocent motorist in an accident, should be immediately condemned to death. What if that “drunk driver” is your son or daughter, your husband or wife? Suddenly, we start to see the complexity of the situation. “They are a good person who made a terrible mistake.” And if you pointed out this inconsistency, I would assume that many people would say, “Well of course that’s how I’m going to feel. It’s my son. What do you expect?” But that’s sort of the point: the only thing that changed in this circumstance is the distance between you and the person committing the crime. When we’re far enough away from the crime that the person becomes anonymous it is so easy to pass judgment. But when we know their name, their face, their history, the joy they have brought to our lives and the lives of others, the jobs they worked, and the movies they laughed at … then it becomes much more complicated. We see the good and the bad. But the good and the bad is always there, even if the person is just an anonymous criminal to us. So how strong in that belief really? Is it worth holding? Or is it better to apply the mercy we would show to mistaken loved ones to everyone else as well? (Related question: Are all beliefs contextual?)
  • Possible error in thinking about racism: do we have a tendency to view things as racial events rather than racial patterns? We see and acknowledge the well-known racial event or period (slavery, The Civil War, The Civil Rights Movement) but we overlook and ignore the fact that racism was largely unchanged and present for the decades between these events (Jim Crow, sharecropping, etc.). We see the event but forget about the prolonged pattern. (Unless you are a member of the oppressed group, of course. In which case you never forget.)
  • “The return of white supremacy and racial subordination came quickly after federal troops left Alabama in the 1870s.”
  • “Black men are eight times more likely to be killed by police than whites.”
  • “In debates about the death penalty, I had started arguing that we would never think it was humane to pay someone to rape people convicted of rape or assault and abuse someone guilty of assault and abuse.”
  • By the mid-1990s DNA evidence revealed many wrongly convicted death row inmates. “In many states, the number of exonerations exceeded the number of executions.”
  • “Simply punishing the broken—walking away from them or hiding them from sight—only ensures that they remain broken and we do, too. There is no wholeness outside of our reciprocal humanity.”
  • “Each of us is more than the worst thing we’ve ever done.”
  • “The death penalty is not about whether people deserve to die for the crimes they commit. The real question of capital punishment in this country is, Do we deserve to kill?”
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Reading Suggestions

This is a list of authors, books, and concepts mentioned in Just Mercy, which might be useful for future reading.

  • The New Jim Crow book
  • Slavery by Another Name by Douglas Blackmon
  • Racial history and structural poverty materials from the Equal Justice Initiative

Has Are You Fully Charged? by Tom Rath been sitting on your reading list? Pick up the key ideas in the book with this quick summary.

In our efforts to be happier and more successful in life, we tend to shoot for the moon. We often want to completely rethink the way we live – the problem is, that never works!

There are plenty of reasons why you don’t have to completely transform your life in order to feel more charged, to feel those bursts of energy and happiness that we all seek. For example, instead of thinking about how our lives can be happier, we should be thinking about how our lives can be more meaningful. As you’ll see, once you have found meaning, happiness will follow.

Taken together, this book summary show you simple ways in which you can use three keys – energy, interactions and meaning – to get fully charged in your professional and personal life.

In this summary of Are You Fully Charged? by Tom Rath, you’ll learn

  • how much sleep top performers get per night;
  • what can prevent those intense cravings for sweets; and
  • why making more money won’t make you any happier.

Are You Fully Charged? Key Idea #1: Stop pursuing happiness, start pursing meaning.   

We all want to be happy. In fact, we want it so badly that we’re willing to chase happiness for our whole lives. But few of us realize that the pursuit of happiness is in fact our greatest obstacle to it. The truth is that happiness isn’t something you can achieve by seeking it; rather, happiness is a by-product of living a meaningful life.

So where can we find meaning? Though we’ve been taught to find fulfillment and satisfaction in our careers and wages, these don’t have the power to make you happy. US-wide surveys showed that even a sudden doubling of income produced only a nine percent increase in life satisfaction.

Money and success are external motivations, and are not sustainable sources of meaning or happiness in the long run. Internal motivations, on the other hand, give us a powerful way to experience meaning in every action we do.

Think about it: most jobs were created because they help other people, create progress, improve efficiency or produce something people need. You don’t need to be the head of an international NGO to change lives – you can find meaning and internal motivation in any situation. If you work in a call center and use your warmth and understanding to help a stranger out in even the smallest way, you’ll give both them and yourself a positive charge.

You’ll also double the charge if you can combine your strengths and interests with what others around you need. Remember: meaning does not happen to you, you create it.

Are You Fully Charged? Key Idea #2: Exchange passive reacting for active initiating.

Be honest: how much of your day do you spend proactively pursuing your own well-being? Probably not a lot. In fact, you’re likely spending far more time responding to external stimuli, such as your smartphone notifications and other distractions. Lapsing into this state of passive reacting can be dangerous.

A study of smartphone users has shown that phones are unlocked an average of 110 times per day, and nine times an hour during peak evening hours. But this is just a fact of modern life, right? Well, this constant activity is more damaging than you might think: a 2015 study discovered that the pressure people feel to respond immediately to a smartphone notification is associated with worse sleep quality, more sick days and a higher probability of mental and physical burnout.

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If you want to manage these passive reactions, there are techniques that can help: switch off automatic notifications, and set specific times for checking your emails and social media accounts throughout the day. Not being disturbed by notification alerts, even for short periods of time, will make a massive difference for your productivity.

If you’re still having trouble overcoming distraction, try taking a minute to write down the things that seem to waste your time most often, like that new game you downloaded on your phone.

Now that you’ve eliminated your passive reactions, it’s time to start initiating! But be careful – we often tend to mistake certain activities for progress, even when they’re not productive at all. If you find yourself keeping busy all day without actually getting anything done, this applies to you!

Spending all day responding to emails might feel like you’re getting stuff done, but you’re not actually proactively initiating anything yourself! To avoid disguising passivity as productivity, the author reminds himself that instead of considering himself “busy,” he simply needs to manage his time better.

If you feel stuck and unable to begin initiating, start with simple things: try striking up a conversation with somebody new. In fact, even short interactions with those around you have great benefits for your well-being. Find out more in the next book summary!We read dozens of other great books like Are You Fully Charged?, and summarised their ideas in this class called Happiness
Check it out here!

Are You Fully Charged? Key Idea #3: Keep thinking positively and spreading positive energy.

Exchanges with people around you, no matter how brief, can give your day a positive or a negative charge. So how can you keep your day on the positive side? Always assume people have positive intentions.

Let’s say somebody bumps into you and spills your coffee without apologizing. Instead of getting angry, consider whether the person has a serious problem on his mind and didn’t even notice bumping into you. It’s rare for people to actually have bad intentions!

If you assume people have negative intentions toward you, it’ll only make you angry and will give you a negative charge for the next minutes, hours or days. Instead, assume that people only mean the best, and you’ll be doing the best for your well-being too!

Another good way to boost your daily positivity levels is by paying attention to how your conversations unfold. A great rule is to keep 80 percent of your conversation positive. You can do this simply by using positive words. Did you know that every negative comment needs four positive ones to make a person feel neutral?

People are more likely to listen and be receptive when most of the conversation is positive. If you’re flooding a conversation with negative words, others will most likely shut off. You might think that yelling criticism at somebody will get his attention, but chances are he’ll just stop listening.

We can see our own performance improve exponentially when our self-confidence increases, so why not give the gift of encouragement to others! Remember to praise and recognize your peers, focusing on their hard work and successes and helping build their self-confidence.  

But not all compliments are made equal; the most lasting comments are sincere and specific. This will help others see what they do best and believe it. So instead of merely saying “good job” after a coworker’s presentation, tell them that they explained it in a sophisticated and engaging way. After all, that’s the kind of compliment you’d like to hear yourself!

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Are You Fully Charged? Key Idea #4: Multiply yours and others’ well-being by investing in relationships.

Another secret to feeling fully charged is to spend time on the right experiences with the right people. Relationships are not only a key to making you happy – they can also boost your creativity and motivation.

It’s important to choose your friends wisely, but why exactly? Well, those who you spend time with will influence your habits, choices and therefore your well-being, whether you like it or not. So if you want to grow into a better person, it’s definitely worth investing your time in those who care about your development.

Often when we find ourselves swamped with work, it’s hard to even consider dedicating time to our social life without feeling guilty. But giving time to your friendships really takes no time at all! You can show your appreciation for those who support you by taking strolls together, or sharing a nice dinner. You’ll be surprised at just how much better you’ll feel afterwards, as these positive experiences have the power to put your problems into perspective.

Positive experiences also have a lasting value, and this is largely because we remember these kinds of experiences with others even better than we expect to. One study asked participants to estimate how happy they’d be after an experiential purchase, such as a concert, a trip or dinner at a restaurant. Two weeks after the purchase, they were 106 percent happier than they’d expected they would be.

As well as enjoying positive experiences long after they happen, you can also use them to lift your mood in the weeks leading up to them. When planning an activity, share it with others rather than keeping it a surprise; anticipation significantly enhances the experience. Research shows that looking forward to holidays increases well-being for weeks or even months.

Besides refocusing your life on meaning and spending time on your relationships, the keys to feeling your best are eating, moving and sleeping. The next book summarys will explain this further.

Are You Fully Charged? Key Idea #5: Eat right to give your body the positive charge it needs.

You make a decision with every bite you eat. Food is fuel, and it’ll give you the charge you need if you eat right. But with all the bizarre fad diets out there, how can you know which one will actually lift your energy levels?

In the end, it’s not all that complicated, nor does it require a total dietary makeover. You can start by adjusting and swapping the core elements of your diet. Avoid fried food, products with processed sugar and carbohydrates. Instead, gradually start building your meals around veggies and whole fruits. Swap your sugary energy drinks for water, tea or coffee.

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Large-scale studies show that even a slight increase in protein intake alongside a decrease in carbohydrates has positive effects on your health. An easy shortcut can help you with every day shopping decisions: try to avoid food that has a carbs to proteins ratio higher than five to one.

Next time you’re at the supermarket, check the nutritional values to ensure you avoid these foods.

A study done by the University of Missouri confirmed that a protein-rich breakfast increases the level of the brain chemical dopamine, which reduces cravings for sweets. So if you want to eat less sweets, start eating more protein: eggs, nuts, seeds, salmon or lean meat.

Finally, prepare healthy choices in advance to avoid any tempting last-minute decisions. Plan your shopping beforehand and avoid the sections with unhealthy food. Reorganize your kitchen so the healthy food is more visible and easily accessible, keeping it at your eye level or stored in visible places. And don’t forget to bring small bags of fruits, veggies or nuts with you when you leave home, in case you feel like snacking.

Are You Fully Charged? Key Idea #6: Customize your workday to get your body moving more.

Nowadays, people spend more time sitting than sleeping. In the long term, this can have damaging effects on our health. When sitting, the electrical activity in our leg muscles shuts off, calorie consumption drops to one per minute, enzymes breaking down fat decrease by 90 percent and good cholesterol drops by approximately ten percent per hour of sitting.

Sounds pretty frightening! But these negative impacts are easy to avoid. Simply stretching and standing up a few times an hour can make a huge difference. During exercise, our blood pressure and blood flow increase; this drives oxygen to our brain and allows us to think more effectively. In this way, just moving around can boost your concentration and mood for hours.

A surprising research study discovered that just a 20-minute, moderate intensity workout can improve your mood for up to 12 hours after the exercise. Even walking increases energy levels by 150 percent. The benefits of moving around are clear, so how can you start making it a bigger part of your day?

Study your surroundings for ways to increase your activity. One easy way to do this is by rearranging your home and office to encourage movement instead of convenience. Let’s say you often print documents in your office – make sure the printer is not within your reach so you need to stand up every time you fetch your printed papers.  

Measuring your activity also motivates you to move more. During one experiment, people who were assigned to track their activity moved 27 percent more, simply as a by-product of measuring their movement. Use a health-tracking device – like an app or a pedometer – to track and set your activity levels.

According to the author’s research, 10,000 steps per day is a good target to set. So, for those of you who say you’ve got no time to exercise, no more excuses! If you want to be more efficient, add exercise to your schedule and start saving time in the long run.

Are You Fully Charged? Key Idea #7: If you want to get more things done in less time, invest in your sleep.

In today’s business world, we perceive a proper eight-hour sleep as an unnecessary luxury or a sign of laziness. But don’t be fooled! One less hour of sleep doesn’t equal one extra hour of achievement or experience.

Insufficient sleep decreases your well-being, ability to think and your productivity, and also harms your health.

Research show that elite professionals sleep an average of eight hours and 36 minutes per night. The same study also indicates that frequent resting improves performance, as it helps prevent exhaustion and promotes full recovery. Harvard Medical School even found that sleep insufficiencies cost the American economy $63 billion a year due to lost productivity.

Your sleep quality is itself influenced by your activity during the 90 minutes before you go to sleep. A 2014 study found that late-night smartphone usage has a significant impact on sleep quality. That’s right, your pre-sleep scroll of social media feeds is enough to make you fatigued and less engaged at your workplace the next day.

To ensure stress-free and quality sleep, avoid using electronic devices at least an hour before going to bed – being exposed to bright lights before bedtime also decreases your sleep quality.

Sacrificing sleep has diminishing returns, and won’t give you the charge you deserve. So, if you have a lot of work to do, sleep more, sleep well and take regular breaks to keep your performance and efficiency at their highest levels.

In Review: Are You Fully Charged? Book Summary

The key message in this book:

Despite what you’ve been told, prioritizing your well-being and relationships won’t take a toll on your work performance. Instead, you’ll become more effective, organized and productive. Learning to start living meaningfully and actively is what will help you live happily in the long run.

Actionable advice:

Hide your phone during conversations.

Having your phone visible when you are around others will immediately decrease the quality of your interactions. This is the so-called iPhone effect, and a 2014 study confirmed that the mere presence of a mobile device (even if switched off) made conversations less fulfilling. Another study found that a visible cell phone had negative effects on attention and on people’s ability to perform complex tasks. So, leave your phone in your bag and encourage your relationships to flourish.

Suggested further reading: Thrive by Arianna Huffington

Thrive argues that it’s time for society to stop thinking of success only in terms of money and power, and redefine it altogether. If we want to truly thrive in our professional and personal lives, we have to create room for well-being, wisdom, wonder and giving as well.Suggested further reading: Find more great ideas like those contained in this summary in this class we wrote on Happiness

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