"I wish I was that talented!" "I wish I was born with half of his talent." When people talk about talent, what are they actually describing?Read More »
What would you be willing to sacrifice now to build something that would vastly improve your future?
How long would you have the patience to prepare before you saw any results?
I learned an important lesson from an unlikely source.
Let me start this post with a math problem. Wait! Don’t click away so fast. I hate math too but bear with me for just a moment. I promise it will be worth it.
Think of some possible solutions for the following equation:
(______ + ______ – _______) x ______ = 100
The truth is that there are literally an infinite combination of numbers that you could put into those spaces to get the answer of 100.
Now let’s look at another equation:
(25 + 40 – 15) x 2 = ________
This equation gives us just one answer: 100. Every time, no question.
What’s the point?
Look at the first equation again. You could stare at the answer (100) all day long and come up with a number of different ways to fill in those blanks, but in the end you would realize that you couldn’t even make a dent in the number of possibilities.…Read More »
Last week I got to spend some time in California on the beach with my family. It finally took the opportunity to try something I’ve always wanted to do: surfing.
I had watched a bunch of instructional videos on YouTube and in my mind I would be able to stand right up on the first try and cut back and forth across the crashing wave. I imagined it would look like the GoPro videos, with me inside a curling tube of water.
Imagination is a funny thing.
Let’s just say it was two days before I was even able to stand up on the board and catch a wave. I felt like the most unathletic and awkward person on the planet.
One thing I noticed during the week was that not far from the shore there was a slight undertow that would slowly pull me down the beach away from where my family was playing.…Read More »
We’ve all heard the instructions for shooting a gun: “Ready, Aim, Fire!”
Many life coaches or motivational speakers will teach people that the road to success is all about getting ready, aiming at your goal, and then going straight for it.
The problem is, they are wrong.
Life doesn’t work that way and neither does the pursuit of success or happiness.
Life works a lot more like a laser-guided missile where it is fired towards a target and then it is constantly re-aiming and adjusting its path around obstacles until it hits the target.
Yes, it is important to be prepared and it is important to have your goal in your sight, but rarely is that path a direct line without any setbacks. Constant adjusting and course correcting are needed when obstacles arise in order to achieve your goals.…Read More »
The 4th quarter of 2013 is here! How are the goals you set back in January coming? Don't worry, you've saved the best for last!Read More »
The purpose of life comes down to three words: constant forward progress. We exist to improve ourselves and the world around us. What can you do today?Read More »
The difference between winning and losing comes down to just a little extra effort. Here's a poem to help you remember to "hoe to the end of the row."Read More »
This is a really interesting list from Robert Sternberg’s book,
In Search of the Human Mind
1. Lack of motivation. A talent is irrelevant if a person is not motivated to use it. Motivation may be external (for example, social approval) or internal (satisfaction from a job well-done, for instance). External sources tend to be transient, while internal sources tend to produce more consistent performance.
2. Lack of impulse control. Habitual impulsiveness gets in the way of optimal performance. Some people do not bring their full intellectual resources to bear on a problem but go with the first solution that pops into their heads.
3. Lack of perserverance and perseveration. Some people give up too easily, while others are unable to stop even when the quest will clearly be fruitless.…Read More »
What can we really control in life?
Individually, we can’t control the economy, the weather, the performance of our favorite sports team, or the actions of other people. They happen whether we like it or not.
Everything that we can control comes from within. There are two major factors we can control that will lead to greater success and achievement.
We decide how to utilize these factors every single day.
Our attitude is purely our own choice. No matter what people say or do to us, we have the decision of how we will react. Some people choose to just have a bad attitude about almost everything. You buy them a cake and they complain about the frosting. They get a raise and promotion and they complain about the increase in responsibility.…Read More »