Category: Become an Expert

Be Happier

This Is How To Sleep Better: 5 Secrets From Neuroscience

'll bet you're not getting enough sleep. Honestly, I'm kind of cheating -- it's a pretty safe bet. From Why We Sleep: Two-thirds of adults throughout all developed nations fail to obtain the recommended eight hours of nightly sleep. And that's bad. Really bad... Yes, this is the part where I lecture…


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Be Happier

This Is The Most Insane Way To Be Smarter, Confident, and Resilient

at critical voice in your head. Always telling you how you're screwing up. Always putting the worst-case-scenario front and center. We all have it. (I call it "Lefty.") You're hearing a lot these days about how to turn down the volume on your critical inner monologue. (Um, sometimes from me, actually.) But let's try looking at it a little differently for a sec, shall we? What if you don't need fewer voices in your head -- what if you need more…


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Become an Expert

How To Be An Expert: 8 Proven Secrets To Superior Skill

ing an expert at something really pays off. Just how good are top performers compared to everybody else? Research shows in high complexity jobs like professional and sales roles, the top 10% produce 80% more than average and 700% more than the bottom 10%. But as I'm sure you're aware, becoming the best ain't easy. As Bobby Knight once said, "Everybody has the will to win; few people have the will to prepare to win." And one of the reasons why…


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Be More Productive

Inner Strength: This Is The Research-Backed Way To Increase Grit

er feel like you just wanna give up on something? How can you develop the inner strength necessary to achieve your long term goals? Turns out that grit -- the perseverance that keeps us going -- is a lot more important than you might think. In fact, it's the best predictor of success among West Point cadets. From Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us: The best predictor of success, the researchers found, was the prospective cadets’ ratings on a noncognitive, nonphysical trait…


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Become an Expert

The 4 Rituals That Will Make You An Expert At Anything

hear a lot about "10,000 hours" being what it takes to become an expert. But the majority of people totally misunderstand the idea. So I decided to go to the source and talk to the guy who actually created the theory. Anders Ericsson is a professor of psychology at Florida State University. His wonderful new book (with Robert Pool) is Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise. So what does everybody get wrong? 2 things. First, the "10,000 hour…


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Be More Productive

This Is The Most Fun Way To Make Your Life Awesome

orking on your goals" is usually not fun. It's way too formal and serious. And that's one of the reasons we quit. So how can you build good habits, improve yourself and have a great life -- while still having a blast? I decided to call an expert on the subject. Steve Kamb is the bestselling author of Level Up Your Life: How to Unlock Adventure and Happiness by Becoming the Hero of Your Own Story. Steve meshes psychology with video games, movies and pop culture…


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Be More Productive

How To Focus: 5 Research-Backed Secrets To Concentration

question a lot of us are struggling with these days is "how to focus." Concentration seems hard. Why does everyone joke about having ADD? There's a reason... Ed Hallowell, former professor at Harvard Medical School and bestselling author of Driven to Distraction, says we have “culturally generated ADD.” Via CrazyBusy: Overstretched, Overbooked, and About to Snap! Strategies for Handling Your Fast- Paced Life: Having treated ADD since 1981, I began to see an upsurge in the mid-1990s in the number of…


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Be More Productive

How To Manage Your Time: 5 Secrets Backed By Research

's the problem we all face at the office: how to manage your time. You're so overwhelmed with meetings and email that you always wonder if you're really getting anything done. And often, you're not. But one expert has an answer to how to make sure you're getting ahead in your career while being less stressed and enjoying your work more. Cal Newport knows something about getting stuff done. In the decade after he graduated college he published 4 books, earned a PhD from…


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