Matisse VerDuyn


Talks at Google: Jonah Berger - Contagious: Why Things Catch On

Word of mouth is much more credible and targeted (relevance + timing). Focus on psychology, not technology.

Positivity, Outlook, & Making Decisions

Your outlook affects the outcome of a decision more heavily than the reality.

TED: Michael Shermer - The Pattern Behind Self-Deception

We want to discover patterns and associations to gain a sense of control / order (so much so, it can lead to superstition).

TED: Minister Faust - How to Engage in Better Small Talk

Connect with someone on their interests and experiences, not yours.

TED: Shawn Achor - The Happy Secret to Better Work

It's not reality that shapes us, but the lens through which your brain views the world that shapes your reality.

TED: Sam Berns - My Philosophy for a Happy Life

Don't waste time feeling bad for yourself. Accept your circumstances and move on.

TED: Stephen Cave - The 4 Stories We Tell Ourselves About Death

We should only focus on living a good story.

TED: Chris Sauve - The Habits of Highly Boring People

Write everything down and review / practice it.


You should fall asleep at night thinking about what you're studying. You shouldn't fall asleep while studying, thinking about something else.