How to Read More Books & Become The Go-To Expert in Your Field

how-to-read-more-booksIf you read one hour per day in your field, that will translate into one book per week.

One book per week translates into about 50 books per year.

50 books per year will translate into about 500 books over the next 10 years.

According to Brian Tracy, this will make you one of the best educated, smartest, most capable and highest paid people in your field (1).

There’s no doubt that reading can make all the difference in terms of your success.

And these days you can spend way less than an hour a day and still reap… [Read more...]

How to Achieve Your Goals Using a Simple, Science-Based Technique

how-to-achieve-your-goalsThe way that you approach the goals you’ve set for yourself is very likely not sophisticated enough.

And you’re not alone – according to research only 8% of Americans achieve their New Years resolutions (1). I bet the rest of the world isn’t doing that much better either.

Coming up with a goal is easy enough. And in the beginning when your inspiration is high making progress isn’t all that difficult.

But then, somewhere along the way, your energy starts to seemingly run out and before not too long your good intentions fizzle out leaving you back on square one. Only a little bit more disappointed than before.

Why is it so hard to just keep trucking on and sticking with the process? Research suggests that one small tweak to your approach can be what’s needed to make all the difference. [Read more...]

How to Be Productive: The 5 Essential Habits

“If you love life, don’t waste time, for time is what life is made up of.”
– Bruce Lee

It’s easy to forget that time is a finite resource. Most stuff you mess up can be corrected down the line but a wasted day will never come back.

That’s why being productive is so hugely important. It allows you to make the most of the present moment while freeing up more time for you to spend on doing what you love.

So how do you do it? That’s what I asked productivity expert Michael Sliwinski. He came through with some really awesome advice in the form of five essential habits. Take it away, Michael! :) [Read more...]

How to Have Self-Control: 5 Science-Based Ways to Rock-Solid Willpower

how to have self-controlIn the late 60’s and early 70’s Professor of psychology Walter Mischel and his colleagues did a series of studies on self-control in children with a simple but effective test (1).

What the researchers did was present a preschooler with a plate of yummy stuff such as marshmallows.

The child was then told that the researcher had to leave the room for a couple of minutes. Before they left they gave the child a simple instruction:

”You can either wait until I come back and you’ll get two marshmallows or if you can’t wait you can ring a bell and I will come back immediately, but then you’ll only be allowed one marshmallow”.

This classic experiment has been replicated many times over and watching the kids struggling with the temptation is quite entertaining. :) [Read more...]

The Power of Belief: How Expectations Determine Your Performance

According to the Roman poet Ovid, the sculptor Pygmalion could look at a piece of marble and see the sculpture trapped inside of it.

In particular, Pygmalion had a vision of his ideal, the zenith of all his hopes and desires – a woman named Galatea.

One day, he began to chisel the marble, crafting it to his vision. When he was finished, he stepped back and looked at his work. It was beautiful.

Galatea was more than just a woman: The statue represented every hope, every dream, every possibility, very meaning – beauty itself.

Inevitably, Pygmalion fell in love.

Now, Pygmalion was no fool. He was not in love with a stone woman; he was in love with the possibility of his ideal coming to life.

So he asked the goddess of love, Venus, if she would grant him one wish and make his ideal a reality. And so she did, at least according to the myth (1). [Read more...]