Fun Friday Links: Sabotaging Your Own Success, Coping with Info Overload, and Mind Blowing Mind Mapping Research

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Arwen Heredia

April 4, 2014

Welcome to Conspire’s Super Happy Fun Friday Link Time, a weekly collection of cool discoveries from around the Web. Most times the goal is to get you thinking differently about communication, collaboration, culture, and life in general. Other times, LOLCAT ATTACK! Submissions are welcome, and you can send them to for consideration.

The Most Common (And Harmful) Ways People Sabotage Their Own Success

Most people get in their own way at one point or another, but these kinds of self-inflicted hurdles are especially detrimental when we don’t know we’re causing them. In this piece by Kathy Caprino, she discusses the six most common ways people damage their chances for success and happiness, as well as some tips to help you cut it out. From Forbes:

“The behaviors that sabotage success fall into four key categories – in our relationship with ourselves, others, the world, and our higher selves. The sad truth is that the vast majority of people don’t realize when they’re destroying their chances for success and happiness. They remain oblivious to how they’re repelling the very outcomes they claim to be desperate for. And this type of self-sabotage leads to a great deal of pain and regret down the line. (I know because I sabotaged my own success in each of these ways for years during my corporate life.)”

Source: Forbes

How to Cope With Information Overload

If you’re not suffering from some degree of information overload, consider yourself both very lucky — and an enigma. Or in denial, which is just a tad more likely in an era where up-to-the-minute notifications and news dictate just about everything we do. From Mashable:

“information overload has been cited as a major factor in the rise of stress-related diseases. Some advocate a digital detox as the antidote to the curse of email, social media and constant communication but for many, that is just isn’t practical.

Others are turning to traditional mindfulness meditation techniques as a way of managing their digital dependence without having to switch off from their everyday lives entirely. It’s seen as a way to calm the mind and help the body to cope with the overwhelming amount of data coming our way from all different directions and sources.”

Source: Mashable

Mind Mapping Research is Simply Mind Blowing!

All right, I admit it. The title of this article is a little misleading, especially if you’re a regular reader of ours and a Mindjet enthusiast; it’s not about the practice of mind mapping for business or personal productivity, but instead about how scientists have made breakthroughs in mapping the actual human brain. Still, it’s conceptually similar to the process of building a traditional mind map, and it’s simply fascinating. From the Khaleej Times:

“Researchers at the Yale University carried out some experiments on subjects who were made to look at 300 distinct faces. While they were doing so, their brains were being scanned using Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). The information was gathered, compiled and cross mapped to create a digital library of sorts. Subsequently, the subjects were made to see another set of faces with their brains being scanned in parallel. Based on the fMRI data thus gathered from the second set of faces shown to the subjects and analysis of the digital library, the study team was able to reconstruct sketch-like images of faces which the subjects were seeing! While the resultant images were a little hazy and not an exact replica of the originals, certain reconstructions such as skin tone, smile on the faces were remarkably accurate.”

Source: Khaleej Times