Adopting This Simple Habit Will Make You Insanely Successful and Confident, According to Science

Adopting This Simple Habit Will Make You Insanely Successful and Confident, According to Science

Research suggests there’s one remarkably simple behavior that separates ultra-successful people from the rest. How many times do we look at one aspect of our lives or another — be it weight, stress, or finances — and wish it were different? Or that we knew how to change it? Carol Dweck, a researcher from Stanford University, spent over 3 decades trying to solve this common problem, and get to the root of why some people are able to figure out and overcome new challenges, while others failed. The answer was quite simple, actually. She found that there were two different approaches to life and resulting behaviors that separated the ultra-successful from the rest. These two habits are known as the “fixed mindset” and “growth mindset”: A “fixed mindset” assumes that our character, intelligence, and creative ability are static givens which we can’t change in any meaningful way. They think success is the affirmation of that inherent intelligence, an assessment of how those givens measure up against an equally fixed standard; striving for success and avoiding failure at all costs become a way of maintaining the sense of being smart or skilled. A “growth mindset,” on the other hand, thrives on challenge and sees failure not as evidence of un-intelligence but as a heartening springboard for growth and for stretching our existing abilities. These two very different approaches, Dweck’s research found, are at the root of whether some people become the best in their field while others languish. Why you should use this behavior. Individuals who commit to a growth mindset have been found to accomplish more (both professionally and personally) than those with a fixed...
Your Ultimate Guide for Learning Any Skill Faster and Better

Your Ultimate Guide for Learning Any Skill Faster and Better

Our world is evolving quicker than ever. To stay competitive in business and ahead of the game, it’s increasingly important to continually learn new skills and information. That’s why mega-moguls like Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey swear by constant learning as a vital part of their success. Luckily, there are some fairly simple methods for turbocharging your brain and mastering any skill faster. Read on for some hacks to help you harness the power of constant learning: 1. 50 minutes or less As entrepreneurs, it’s tempting to batten down the hatches and try to work for hours (or days) on end when learning something new. Before you stock up on Red Bull, consider the following: Research says our brains end up powering down very quickly when they’re running on overdrive. Ellen Dunn of Louisiana State University explains that “anything less than 30 [minutes] is just not enough, but anything more than 50 is too much information for your brain to take in at one time.” To put this into practice,make sure you’re scheduling your learning sessions for short bursts of time,using quick methods like flashcards. Schedule at least a 10-minute break between sessions to give your brain some much-needed R&R. 2. 80/20 The Pareto principle, otherwise known as the 80/20 rule, was originally developed by Italian economist Vilfredo Pareto, when he discovered that 20 percent of the farms produced 80 percent of Italy’s crops. Nowadays, productivity expert Tim Ferriss has popularized a modern approach to this rule for faster learning. He says you should focus first on the most important 20 percent of what you’re trying to learn, which will...
3 Ways to Stop Multitasking and Become Insanely Productive

3 Ways to Stop Multitasking and Become Insanely Productive

Multitasking is one of the most coveted job skills out there. After all, we’d all love to be the rock star worker who can tackle multiple projects at once without batting an eye. However, while it would nice to take on everything at once, studies show that it’s horrible for productivity and focus. It’s been proven again and again that multitasking detracts from the work quality of everything you’re doing, while destroying cognitive ability on all fronts. With that in mind, here are some pointers on how to stop multitasking in a demanding workplace: Allow yourself to unplug Sure, tech has done wonders for society’s productivity as a whole. However, the day-to-day bleeps, notifications and emails are not helping your focus. Unplugging can do wonders for limiting the urgency to multitask created by electronics. However, as with everything else, we need to be realistic; you can’t live the life of a caveman, and you certainly can’t banish electronics from your office. Instead, find time in your day to detach from media and electronic devices. Block off an email-free hour, or leave your phone stuffed in a drawer for the morning. Trust me, those messages will still be there when you return. Use tech to fight tech Tech is finally starting to fight back against itself in the battle to end multitasking. There are numerous apps, plugins and widgets out there that can eliminate non-essential electronics to help your productivity. Since you can’t live the life of a caveman, this is the next best step. For, instance, I use tools to pair down and filter my email. I obviously can’t...
7 Mental Habits That Will Make You Wealthy

7 Mental Habits That Will Make You Wealthy

More than anything, your thoughts determine your success. This is also a truism when it comes to your wealth. Everything from your daily spending decisions to how you invest relies on your decision-making. Ultra-successful individuals understand the importance of mental habits, and utilize them day in and day out to ensure consistent success and wealth creation. Here are some of those mental habits you can utilize today: Be Grateful  A big misconception about wealthy people is that their constant pursuit of more wealth also makes them constantly unhappy with what they currently have. In fact, rather than being unhappy with their car as soon as the latest model comes out, wealthy people do the exact opposite. Don’t believe me? Studies have found that people who are grateful have 10% higher incomes. Part of this has to do with viewing luxury differently and not correlating higher income with more spending. But there are also a slew of priceless benefits that come from gratitude, such as better relationships with others and improved health (according to Harvard research). Although you should always be reaching higher and higher, you should never forget or take your past successes for granted. You can start this today by using proven methods to increase your gratitude, such as keeping a gratitude journal or merely reflecting for a few minutes. Look at the Long-term Game As Warren Buffett once wisely said, “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” A large portion of wealth-building involves looking at the long-term results and consequences of your decisions, while filtering out the short-term noise. For instance, instead of looking at the short-term appeal...
5 Remarkably Simple Ways to Boost Your Motivation at Work

5 Remarkably Simple Ways to Boost Your Motivation at Work

Sometimes, if you’ve been at your job or position for a while – or are just plain overworked – your inspiration and motivation at work can start running on empty. However, even if you want a new job (or better yet, plan to start a business), it doesn’t mean you have to dislike your current one. Although we’re huge fans of setting new career and business goals, we’re also proponents of having a positive outlook in the present. In order to reach for new heights, you can’t let your present situation drag you down. Thankfully, with some shifts in perspective and tweaks to your routine, you can squeeze some meaning out of your current workday. Try one or two of these tips on for starters, and see how they can help you find motivation at work: Think like a child We’re certainly not advocating for temper tantrums at work; we’re referring to the wide-eyed, fresh perspective that children have. Children are endlessly fascinated, and they bring questioning and curiosity into every situation. If you think back to it, you probably weren’t so different during your first few weeks in the office – everything was new, and you looked at every process with fresh eyes. You can bring back that refreshing outlook today by looking for improvements everywhere at your job. For instance, if there’s a blogging system your team has been using for years, perhaps there’s now a better mousetrap you can utilize. Science says this perspective brings about increased creativity and innovation, and it might be just the kick-start you need to find inspiration and motivation at work. Bring about new opportunities You can’t...