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Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work - Inspired.

I recently watched a talk on how we view things in life, and how happiness is what inspires productivity. I have long believed it and seen it applied to different areas, particularly when I worked at Google over the summer where I saw how the environment that surrounded us that summer really inspired my work ethic. That stated, I will compile a list of 63 things I am grateful for, writing 3 things every day.

I am grateful for:

February 7, 2012
  • The love my friends and I share.
  • The dedication the College of Computing (and specifically Cedric & Jennifer) put into making me feel at home here, as it has gotten me where I am today.
  • Shawn Achor's inspiring TED talk which has lead me to do this in my life.
February 8, 2012
  • Family, for their loving support.
  • My bicycle for getting me places in Atlanta.
  • My research professor for allowing me to continue pursuing my research.
February 9, 2012
  • My roommates for their understanding of my intense work schedules.
  • My team at SCAD for their great work and dedication.
  • the work my professors put in, it's really life changing.
February 10, 2012
  • my friend Summit, for always being there to talk to.
  • the AS3NUI online community which has provided so much support and great ideas.
  • Microsoft and Primesense for developing the Kinect in such a cost effective manner.
February 11, 2012
  • My girlfriend, for understanding and supporting me through my work.
  • The dedication that everyone puts into what they love doing. It is inspiring to me to see others succeed, it is what makes me want to succeed just as much.
  • The food at Fogo De Chao, that place was amazing.
February 12, 2012
  • The miracle of medicine that have allowed my friends and family to go through rough times and come out healthy.
  • The work that Georgia Tech puts into giving me housing and food at affordable prices, it really helps out.
  • My government and their scholarship program, it has changed my life completely.
February 13, 2012
  • My mother specifically, for helping me and dealing with me and my crazy arguments :p.
  • Google, for taking me on as an intern again this summer, they have really changed my career path, they are great!
  • The dean of the College of Computing, Zvi, for his dedication to help the undergraduates and anything they need.
February 14, 2012
  • Greg for taking me to Whole Foods, that was awesome!
  • My friends, Christine, Colleen and Kiersten, who invited me over last night, sadly I couldn't make it but it was lovely of them to invite me!
  • Matthias, for helping me publish my first paper.
February 15, 2012
  • My colleague Vinay for showing me the great work he has done on the dataset I am working on. It's the closest I've gotten to the step by step process of submitting a paper, aside from the one paper I submitted with the help of another one of my colleagues.
  • Dawn, for being a great person to talk to when I can't work.
  • My colleague Morgon, who gave me sound advice on sleep and taking a break sometimes to not overwhelm myself :).

To be continued :).


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It switched.
Unequivocally different.
Through those hardships
We finally turned around.

Perhaps reflections and glimmers
Gave us sight when we could not claim
But the panoramic put the shimmer
To shame.

Thank you.
In this brilliance we rose
Hoping to understand why the routine
drifts away in prose

For every detail and every insight
The neurons kept firing in question,
Let us speak for it is time
To mark this audacity in rhyme.

Although subtle
The cues went noticed
The portrait tact
And yet somehow,

But lets digress from these colors
Let the light paint our shadow
For the steps keep calling
with a subtle vibration

We know its time.

Learning to float

First my apologies.
Perhaps I gave y'all the idea that
it was all spit without the gears
We aint about that shit

Words can leave you salivating
But sweat builds the fucking mountains
So don't ever forget that in a heartbeat
I could carry your dreams and forget I even did

You're swimming in it, but you can't even float
The irony of words is that they hold the strength of plans
Without the gunshot
You'll never be grand.

We can all aim high but precision does the talking
It's all too simple these days
With the chatter and spread of information
We're suddenly heroes and activists

But we haven't even blinked, the AC,
It's still running. It's near silence
but its not. The inaction,
It's deafening.

Heck I've gone mute,
I can't even rhyme shit
that could emphasize the prolonged
dream of a typeface, the letters were blank.

It was always that way,
It was always silent because at some point
We stop pinching ourselves and assume
that it was deserved…

Hold them.

Ever flip a coin hoping to choose
What never had a side?
Ever hope it fell on its side
Not yours or mine, but its.

Its the introspective gamble,
The bet we never made
The thoughts we shattered
Hoping their rebuilt selves would float away.

But instead we find ourselves walking on shards
Hoping to find the worlds' balance
We rebuild in pieces
But the scars never leave us.

Walking taller the worlds would never propitiate.
The past plays thinking it knows best,
The present checks for an all-in future,
But inaction has killed us before.

Fallacious wisdom rises to fail
For the trust of more over better.
We sacrifice the selfless
For the self to have less.

I wish I could make you understand
The direction our hearts dream of.
But with every step
You seem to forget

This was never your game
You gave me the chips
Now please,
let me play.

I'm all in.