20 Lessons From Daniel Green ’13 (3 of 4)
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11) Caffeine is not sleep:
There are 168 hours in every week; anyone who brags about their frequent all-nighters is really just promoting that they are not very good at spending their hours or that they are consistently distracted. If you learn one thing at Cornell, teach yourself how to wake up and fall asleep at the same time everyday. Every person you interact with for the rest of your life will thank you for it.
12) If you don’t speak up, nobody will ever hear what you have to say:
If you are in a room and you do not say anything, nobody will even know you are there. This is true for classes, public lectures, and dinner tables. You have to engage others to be engaged.
13) If you are physically in a room, be there mentally as well:
Yes, that probably means detaching your iPhone from your hand and maybe even closing your laptop. Whether it is a class or a meeting, if you are physically in a room the only way to be there mentally as well is to pay attention. At least consider trying it.
14) Multi-tasking is a myth:
Just as you can only be in one place at a time, you can only do one thing at a time. It’s just that simple.
15) Diversity is a blessing and a curse:
A blessing in that it is important to be exposed to other types of a people but a curse in that regardless of who we are surrounded by human nature draws us to the people who are most like us. Like attracts like. Our society celebrates the concept of diversity but we foster homogeneity in our networks. Regardless of how much we listen we will never TRULY understand people who are different from us—a limitation of perception but still not something that we can afford to ignore.
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Daniel Green Food Psychology’13 studies why we eat what we eat and is interested in reducing obesity through disruptive innovations in the Weight Loss and Healthcare Industries.. You can contact him at email@example.com, on Twitter @dgrreen or through his website www.DisruptObesity.com.