The book proposes that we have lost our ability to focus deeply and immerse ourselves in a complex task. This makes it very valuable in current society. People who cultivate this rare skill produce meaningful work and dominate their respective industries.
This book shows you how to cultivate this skill again and focus more than ever before with four simple rules.
James clear starts this chapter by telling about the legendary cycling coach Dave Brailsford.
I have written an article about what he did. In short, he did what he called “The aggregation of marginal gains” which is a fancy way of saying he tried to improve everything you can think of, from the seat of the bicycle to the sleep-cycle of his athletes. All these small improvements led to huge improvements in the British cycling team. This made their team win 178 world championships and 66 Olympic medals in just 10 years.
We always overestimate the importance of small things…
Covers the complete story in short. Refresh your memories of this amazing book.
This book follows the journey of an Andalusian boy named Santiago. He was a shepherd who left his village to follow his dream of traveling the world. But a recurring dream troubled him whenever he slept under a sycamore tree that grows out of the ruins of a church. During the dream, a small child tells him to find treasure near the pyramids of Egypt.
Santiago goes to a Gypsy to consult her about this repeating dream. The woman interprets the dream as a prophecy telling the…
This is one of the most famous financial books of its time. Anyone who wants to know the basics of managing money should read this. Most of the lessons sound obvious but unfortunately are not followed by most.
Here are the most important takeaways I got out from this book:
This is a very obvious thing but most people don’t do it. A person increases his expenditure when his/her income increases. This is one of the biggest mistakes. People don’t save a good percentage of what they make.
The second part is to invest the money. The book imagines every…
Most of us want to own a Lamborghini, Rolls-Royce, or another aristocratic car (or cars) in our life.
It was my dream to have one of these cars of my own, because (I thought) they sent such a strong signal to others that you made it. You’re smart. You’re rich. You have a taste. You’re important. Look at me.
The irony is that I rarely if ever looked at them, the drivers.
When you see someone driving a nice car, you rarely think, “Wow, the guy driving that car is cool.” Instead, you think, “Wow, if I had that car…
We spend most of our youth in an educational system that tests us on our ability to do well in just a handful of things. This causes many of us to grow up thinking that we lack the talent and the intellect to succeed in
life. When in reality, it might be because we were simply being tested on things that we don’t have an affinity for.
Everyone is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.
Today I’m going…
Habit formation is the process by which a behavior becomes progressively more automatic through repetition. The more you repeat an activity, the more the structure of your brain changes to become efficient at that activity. Neuroscientists call this long-term potentiation, which refers to the strengthening of connections between neurons in the brain based on recent patterns of activity. With each repetition, cell-to-cell signaling improves and the neural connections tighten.
Repeating a habit leads to clear physical changes in the brain. In musicians, the cerebellum — critical for physical movements like plucking a guitar string or pulling a violin bow —…
Look around yourself. Our society is full of engineered versions of reality that are made so attractive than the world our ancestors evolved in. Some of the smartest people in the world are spending millions of dollars on research so that we buy more products for the companies.
Stores feature mannequins with exaggerated hips and breasts to sell clothes. Social media delivers more “likes” and praise in a few minutes than we could ever get in the office or at home. Advertisements are shot like high-budget movies. Food items are made with addicting sugar and unhealthy preservatives to taste good…
Psychologist Gary Klein once told the author about a woman who attended a family gathering. She was an ex-paramedic. When she looked at her father-in-law, she got very concerned with his face. Later when he was taken to the hospital, it was found out that there was a blockage in a major artery and he has an immediate risk of a heart attack.
The paramedic somehow saw the change in the pattern of distribution of blood near the surface of the skin. There are many such cases, for example, military analysts can differentiate between their own planes and enemy missiles…
In 1898, Edward Thorndike conducted some experiments to understand habits. He would place a cat in a box. The cat could escape the box by performing some simple act, such as pulling at a loop of cord, pressing a lever, or stepping on a platform.
Food items were kept outside so that cats would want to escape the box. First, the cats started poking their nose into corners and claw at loose objects. Soon after few minutes of trial and error, they escaped the box to get the food.
The behavior of many cats was tracked in many trials. After…
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