Life is a learning process. Those who have mastered failure, setback, and perseverance succeed faster

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How you approach life says a lot about who you are.

To succeed in life, you must be in a constant state of adaptation — continually unlearning old ‘rules’, relearning new ones and doing more of what makes you come alive.

Most people operate on autopilot, doing the same things today that didn’t work yesterday. They are caught in a cycle.

They rarely stop to measure the impact of their actions on themselves and others, and how those actions affect their total well-being.

These are some of the most powerful lessons I have learned over the years.

I chose to make a list because it’s easier to digest. Sometimes less is more. You can easily ponder over each lesson quickly and apply them to your life. …

Mastering anything usually involves exploration, adjustment, and improvisation

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You can be the greatest in your industry. You can become an expert.

You can become a top writer, a best-selling author, a great programmer, an awesome designer, a successful freelancer, a successful entrepreneur, or an influential person in your niche.

Everything humanly possible is within reach. As long as the conditions below exist, you will make your way to the top.

Success is a function of persistence and the willingness to work hard for thousands of hours to make sense of something that most people would give up on after a few hundreds.

Success is not a random act. People don’t rise from nothing. …

For robust mental stimulation, pair mental stimulation with physical activity

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Our brains can’t deliver peak performance every minute of the day — it works differently as the day progresses.

Some days you can perform at the top of your game. Others days, you may struggle to do your best work. It happens to even top performers.

Just like the muscles, some people train in the gym, your brain requires stimulation and exercise to grow and maintain cognitive function.

Experiments in neuroplasticity (our brain’s ability to change throughout your life) have proven that the brain is capable of modifying itself, either by changing its structure, increasing and reducing its size or altering its biochemistry. …

The only expectations you should live up to are the ones you expect of yourself

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Richard Feynman, a Nobel Prize winner and one of the greatest physicists of the 20th century said that.

Here’s the full quote, “You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be. It’s their mistake, not my failing.”

Expectations can easily get in the way of great life experiences.

We all have moments of self-doubt. But when you become too sensitive to social disapproval most of your life, you will end up living someone else’s life and being miserable.

Expectations are an illusion — it’s like chasing a moving target. People will always have multiple hopes for you. Social pressure fluctuates — others’ expectations will continually change. …

A solid evening routine can help you decompress, improve mental clarity and ultimately empower you for the next morning

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Morning and evening routines are the “bookends” of a prosperous life, argues Darren Hardy in his book, The Compound Effect.

In his book Daily Rituals: How Artists Work, Mason Currey writes about the habits, routines, and rituals of history’s greatest minds.

After studying the great artists, Currey came to this conclusion:

“In the right hands, [a routine] can be a finely calibrated mechanism for taking advantage of a range of limited resources: time (the most limited resource of all) as well as willpower, self-discipline, optimism. …

When you embrace a singular worldview, you lose the ability to upgrade your mindset and see the world as it is

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“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”

F. Scott Fitzgerald said that in 1936. He was an American writer and novelist.

At the age of 24, the success of his first novel, This Side of Paradise, made Fitzgerald famous. The Great Gatsby is considered Fitzgerald’s finest work.

While he achieved limited success in his lifetime, he is now widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century.

Intelligence encompasses many related mental abilities, such as the capacities to reason, plan, solve problems, think abstractly and comprehend ideas or language. …

Want to expand your mind? Focus on these habits

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Intelligence is a work in progress. Everything a smart person knows, they learned from somewhere at one point or another.

Getting smarter doesn’t necessarily mean a huge commitment of time and energy every day.

If you can consistently train your brain to adapt to new situations and information — you will get smarter with time.

The good news is, you don’t have to spend a lot of time every day to become wiser, intelligent or smarter than you were yesterday. …

Don’t improve yourself to death

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2020 has been exhausting. If you want to be better, you can’t afford to do what everyone is doing. You can’t maintain a “keep up” mindset.

The demands of life in the fast lane come at a price: stress, fatigue, burnout and depression are few effects of aiming for change without deliberate purpose. Pursuing self-improvement at all cost will make you worse.

Many people want to be better — they want to be able to exercise, feed their curiosity, read more books, maintain a healthy lifestyle, embrace meditation and wake up at the crack of dawn in the name of getting an early start. …

If you are waiting for a better time, you are wasting your time

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Humans have been putting things off for centuries. The problem with procrastination is that it’s been around since the beginning of time.

Hesiod, a Greek poet who lived in the 8th century B.C., once said:

“Do not put off your work until tomorrow and the day after. For the sluggish worker does not fill his barn, nor the one who puts off his work; industry aids work, but the man who puts off work always wrestles with disaster.”

Humans are awesome at making plans, setting deadlines, and creating goals but terrible at following through on them.

Our most persistent distractions always seem justified to us — so we keep resisting until the last minute or someone demands results from us. …

There are many roads to many successful lives

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There are basic principles in life— successful people apply them differently.

What works for Warren Buffett may not necessarily work for Ray Dalio. They are both extremely successful investors but they are pursuing different goals. They have a lot in common but they apply the fundamental investment principles differently.

I apply their investment lessons based on my investment goals and values. I like index funds, but you might prefer individual stocks — there’s no right or universal way to invest.

We can all learn a lot from both Buffett and Dalio to make better investment decisions. I’m rereading Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio but in the end, I will apply his principles that work for my specific circumstances. …


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