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David Ngo

Rising entrepreneur and behavior designer at Stanford University. Life is short--just trying to live the most fulfilling life, and get those around me to do so as well. Stanford's 1st & only Behavior Design Major: slidesha.re/behaviordesignmajor More about.me/dngo
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First in 6 years at Stanford: How to Get Your Proposal Approved Part 1.5

Key Success Principle: Staircase Your Successes The After Story: I have four professors who signed on to become my advisors.  Three tenured-faculty members were required to get my individually designed major in Behavior Design approved. They are: BJ Fogg, Computer Science Jeremy Bailenson,  Communication Clifford Nass, Communication Carol Dweck, Psychology The Before Story: Rejected 7 … Continue reading

First in 6 years at Stanford: How to Get Your Proposal Approved Part 1

The After Story:   6 years.  I was the first student in 6 years to get my individually designed major approved in the H&S department at Stanford. This made me the first and only Behavior Design major at Stanford. My actual submitted proposal can be found here.  This is the after story.  Like all successes, the … Continue reading

Behavior Design: Thank you Dr. BJ Fogg

Behavior Design is creating behavior change. This is our fundamental model. If your target behavior isn’t happening, one or more of these things are missing. BJ, you’ve changed my life. And the lives of many others through your leadership of behavior design. Thank you

BIM5: Defeat Procrastination in 5 Minutes

There’s a lot of research and reasons why we procrastinate: fear of failure, fear of success, lack of prioritization, overfilling plate, and the list goes on.  Now, how do you battle and defeat procrastination when you need to the most? This is one way that I found that works. Ever notice yourself procrastinating, and if … Continue reading

I wear headphones so that people don’t talk to me. Do you?

My headphones are in because I don’t feel like talking. Sometimes. Other times, I just really can’t hear you because my music is playing. Maybe you do the same. You have white wires coming down from your ears, but there’s no music. Maybe you don’t use headphones. Maybe you don’t use something that’s electronic or … Continue reading

Healthy Eating Habits in Your Dining Hall: Immediately Grab Your Dessert

A delicious Godiva chocolate cheesecake? Fruit crumble? Yummy milkshake? Apple pie?!!! Personally, I need to start eating Vitamins.  Do you need to START eating, eat MORE or LESS of something? Answer that question and this will be your first healthy eating action.  Once successful, you can change it to something else. For example, only start eating peas.  Or only … Continue reading

Stop Snoozing in the Morning: why you do it & how to stop it

When was the last time you snoozed for more than 30 minutes? I snoozed for 3 hours and 12 minutes this morning. I hated every minute that I snoozed…after I got out of bed.   But loved snoozing while I was in bed.  And this is exactly why we do it.  We love the feeling that comes after … Continue reading

Stop Breaking Your Promise to “Today, I’m going to…”

“I’m going to go to…gym today, write a blog post, call home, email my friend who I need to keep in touch with…” The list goes on.  If you have time to read this entire post, then you have 2 minutes: I want you to take 2-full minutes (Sumat says even1 second is enough)  to … Continue reading

Point of No Return (intro)

LiFE is short. It is time.  Finally. Blogging is one of the things that I’ve been wanting to do for a long time.  I’ve always wanted to find the best ways to optimize time and live the most fulfilling life. And to share the lessons learned–and hope that these practical posts can help others: Productivity … Continue reading

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