Wisdom from a MacArthur Genius: Psychologist Angela Duckworth on Why Grit, Not IQ, Predicts Success. By Maria Popova “Character is at least as important as intellect.”
Creative history brims with embodied examples of why the secret of genius is doggedness rather than “god”-given talent, from the case of young Mozart’s upbringing to E. B. White’s wisdom on writing to Chuck Close’s assertion about art to Tchaikovsky’s conviction about composition to Neil Gaiman’s advice to aspiring writers. But it takes a brilliant scholar of the psychology of achievement to empirically prove these creative intuitions: Math-teacher-turned-psychologist Angela Duckworth, who began her graduate studies under positive psychology godfather Martin Seligman at my alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, has done more than anyone for advancing our understanding of how self-control and grit — the relentless work ethic of sustaining your commitments toward a long-term goal — impact success.
In this short video from the MacArthur Foundation, Duckworth traces her journey and explores the essence of her work: How to Cultivate Practical Wisdom in Our Everyday Lives and Why It Matters in Our Individual and Collective Happiness. By Maria Popova “We can’t understand ourselves as frozen in time.
Self-understanding is a narrative construction.” “It’s insulting to imply that only a system of rewards and punishments can keep you a decent human being,” Isaac Asimov told Bill Moyers in their magnificent 1988 conversation on science and religion. And yet ours is a culture that frequently turns to rigid external rules — be they of religion or of legislature or of social conduct — as a substitute for the inner moral compass that a truly “decent human being” uses to steer behavior. So what can we do, as a society and as individual humans aspiring to be good, to cultivate that deeper sense of right and wrong, with all its contextual fuzziness and situational fluidity? Schwartz and Sharpe write: External rules, while helpful in other regards, can’t instill in us true telos.
People who are practically wise understand the telos of being a friend or a parent or a doctor and are motivated to pursue this aim. The world is gray. Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Crucial Difference Between Success and Mastery. By Maria Popova The lost art of learning to stand “where we would rather not and expand in ways we never knew we could.”
“You gotta be willing to fail… if you’re afraid of failing, you won’t get very far,” Steve Jobs cautioned. “There is no such thing as failure — failure is just life trying to move us in another direction,” Oprah counseled new Harvard graduates. In his wonderfully heartening letter of fatherly advice, F. Scott Fitzgerald gave his young daughter Scottie a list of things to worry and not worry about in life; among the unworriables, he listed failure, “unless it comes through your own fault.”
Female archers, lantern slide, c. 1920. There is little that is vocational about [contemporary] culture anymore, so it is rare to see what doggedness looks like with this level of exactitude… To spend so many hours with a bow and arrow is a kind of marginality combined with a seriousness of purpose rarely seen. Mastery requires endurance. Thomas Edison The word failure is imperfect. Enlightenment’s Evil Twin.
Exploring the Shadow Side of Meditation In 1974 Hans Burgschmidt was sixteen years old, living in the Canadian Prairies, working in a photography studio darkroom, elbow-deep in chemicals all day long.
“Is this what life is about?” He asked a high school friend. “You need to meditate,” was the reply. Not long after, Hans attended a lecture at the local library, where a man in a suit spoke about the scientific benefits of relaxation. “An infinite ocean of peace and love and happiness awaits you,” said the radiant Maharishi, with his flowing hair and his garland of flowers. Soon after he began his meditation practice, exactly as advertised, he found himself transported from his parent’s basement into a shimmering inner space of light and colour and bliss. Hans was hooked. But somewhere along the line Hans became disenchanted. Thus began Hans’ long career as an itinerant spiritual seeker.
“I found it invigorating,” says Hans. But once in a while, something goes wrong. Hans is not alone. If That's What It Takes To Have A 'Successful' Marriage, I'm Not All That Interested. Dan: This crazy, this crazy, maniacal attachment to, that we believe that successful monogamy defines a successful marriage is destroying marriages, completely successful marriages.
Monogamy can be a disaster for marriage. Andrew: It seemed to lead to successful marriages, in the sense that they stayed together longer, even though they were miserable and hated one another. Dan: But once, once marriage was no longer for love, the anti-gay conservatives run around saying one man, one woman for life. Hahahaha. Tell that to New Gingrich, and tell that to Rush Limbaugh. Andrew: My parents' marriage lasted 49 and a half years.
Dan: Wow. Andrew: They had a home they were going to, they built, actually, for their later years, and they asked me because in England they actually name their homes, rather than numbers. Dan: Particularly women to be miserable. Andrew: Yeah. Dan: And to be enslaved. Dan: What's funny about your parents' divorce, hahaha, is... your mother, [Laughter] Dan: Yeah right. The Psychology of Getting Unstuck: How to Overcome the “OK Plateau” of Performance & Personal Growth. By Maria Popova “When you want to get good at something, how you spend your time practicing is far more important than the amount of time you spend.”
“Any sequence of mental action which has been frequently repeated tends to perpetuate itself,” William James wrote in his influential meditation on habit, ”so that we find ourselves automatically prompted to think, feel, or do what we have been before accustomed to think, feel, or do, under like circumstances.” As we’ve seen, one of the most insidious forms of such habitual autopilot — which evolved to help lighten our cognitive load yet is a double-edged sword that can also hurt us — is our mercilessly selective everyday attention, but the phenomenon is particularly perilous when it comes to learning new skills.
In the 1960s, psychologists identified three stages that we pass through in the acquisition of new skills. Color restoration of archival Einstein photograph by Mads Madsen The Mozart family on tour: Leopold, Wolfgang, and Nannerl. Watch Kimbo Slice Gets Punching Lesson Video. Coffee vs. beer: which drink makes you more creative? — What I Learned Today. I didn’t know what I was going to write about today.
When this happens, normally I grab a coffee to help get the ideas flowing, but for the last few days in Montreal, no one’s been allowed to drink the water due to a bacteria leakage, which also means, no coffee. So instead, I grabbed the next best thing to help me get going - a beer. This got me wondering about coffee and beer and which one would actually help me be more creative and get work done. Hopefully, this will help you decide when it’s best to have that triple shot espresso or ice cold brew.
What is creativity really? From a scientific perspective, creativity is your ability to think of something original from connections made between pre-existing ideas in your brain. These connections are controlled by neurotransmitters like adenosine, which alerts your brain when you’re running out of energy and reacts by slowing down the connections made between neurons by binding to adenosine receptors. Your brain on coffee The result? ShaoLan: Learn to read Chinese ... with ease! Stephen Covey: Indian Talking Stick. TEDxBloomington - Shawn Achor - "The Happiness Advantage: Linking Positive Brains to Performance"
Heroic Imagination Project. Mouth Trumpet - Tutorial. Procrastination: Ten Things To Know. There are many ways to avoid success in life, but the most sure-fire just might be procrastination .
Procrastinators sabotage themselves. They put obstacles in their own path. They actually choose paths that hurt their performance. Why would people do that? I talked to two of the world's leading experts on procrastination: Joseph Ferrari, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at De Paul University in Chicago, and Timothy Pychyl, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Twenty percent of people identify themselves as chronic procrastinators. Tags: anxiety , associate professor , carleton university , christmas eve , christmas shopping , chronic depression , chronic procrastinators , delay , gift certificates , grandmother , income tax returns , milieu , ottawa canada , pay bills , personality , procrastinator , t pay , time , timothy pychyl , university in ottawa , weekly planner , work. Beginning to see. By sujata pen-art by julio lynch this book is dedicated to the 9 to 5ers and everybody else a collection of epigrams about the problem of living and the freedom to be gained through meditation much sufferingcomes into thelife of one whotries to be anywherebut herein this presentmoment are you content with where you are right now?
Because "right nows" are all you have there is nothingin this life that we canhave for very long things and peoplecome ... then leave us ... an immense amount of fear is created if we spend our lives dodging pain an immense amount of fear is created if we spend our lives dodging pain an immense amount of fear is created if we spend our lives dodging pain the world continually demands that we direct our attention outside ourselves meditation teaches us to revolt and turn that awareness toward our insides ... painful feelings * in the mind indicate wrong attitudes about lifemeditation can show us what we're doing wrong we live our lives fearfully yaw cificeps ego.
Critical thinking web. Ways to Improve Human Intelligence. This briefing is intended to pull into one convenient, single frame of reference a body of key information which currently is scattered across a great many different contexts.
Until recently, even the possibility of any such information existing was, for essentially political reasons and funding reasons, denied by most of our institutions, together with most of our educators and psychologists, so that such findings as were made in various contexts and circumstances never got discussed across a broader context. Now that it is evident that the brain, and one's intelligence, are highly changeable and that a wide variety of conditions, arrangements and techniques may be employed to improve both brain functioning and intelligence to even a profound degree, we need to make a start on getting a lot of this key information organized to where you and other inquirers can more readily get at it, understand it, and use it. Menu of Methods Quick Interjection 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Dr Richard Milne - Critical Thinking on Climate Change: separating skepticism from denial.
Free online speed reading software. Correcting Creativity: The Struggle for Eminence. By the time he put the finishing touches on the Rite of Spring in November of 1912 in the Châtelard Hotel in Clarens, Switzerland, Stravinsky had spent three years studying Russian pagan rituals, Lithuanian folk songs and crafting the dissonant sacre chord, in which an F-flat major combines with an E-flat major with added minor seventh. The rehearsal process wasn’t easy either. Stravinsky fired the German pianist and the orchestra and performers only had a few opportunities to practice at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, where the Rite debuted in May 1913. But the Russian born composer pulled it off, and his composition now stands as a 20th century masterpiece. Stravinsky is one of seven eminent creators of the 20st century profiled by Harvard professor Howard Gardner in his 1993 book Creating Minds. The others are Pablo Picasso, Sigmund Freud, T.S. The psychology of creativity–both empirical research and popular literature for the lay audience–misses this.
. • Thanks Milena Z. 30 Challenges for 30 Days. It is been said that it takes about 30 days to form a habit. The ones that are good for you require cultivation and determination. The starting phase is the hardest, especially if you want to change an old habit into a new one. This is why giving yourself a challenge for a minimum of 30 days is a great way to improve all facets of your life. Yes, it is a gift. So, take a moment to think ‘Who do I want to be in 5 years?’ Now pick one or more challenges and stick with them! #1 Write a I-Like-This-About-You note/text/email each day for someone (Easy) This is the perfect way to let someone else know you care. . #2 Talk to one stranger each day (Hard) This is a great one to cure approaching anxiety. . #3 Take one picture each day (Hard) This one gets harder nearing the end of the challenge because at one point you will run out of the easy shots.
. #4 Re-evaluate one long-held belief each day (Intermediate) #5 Take a 30 minute walk each day (Easy) Walking is healthy, relaxing and inspiring. Top 40 Useful Sites To Learn New Skills. The web is a powerful resource that can easily help you learn new skills. You just have to know where to look. Sure, you can use Google, Yahoo, or Bing to search for sites where you can learn new skills , but I figured I’d save you some time. Here are the top 40 sites I have personally used over the last few years when I want to learn something new. Hack a Day - Hack a Day serves up fresh hacks (short tutorials) every day from around the web and one in-depth ‘How-To hack’ guide each week.eHow - eHow is an online community dedicated to providing visitors the ability to research, share, and discuss solutions and tips for completing day-to-day tasks and projects.Wired How-To Wiki - Collaborate with Wired editors and help them build their extensive library of projects, hacks, tricks and tips.
Deskercise! 33 Ways to Exercise at Work. Remember the days when “work” meant manual labor with a side of blood, sweat, and tears? Neither do we. These days, it seems we’re more likely to log hour after idle hour with our bums glued to our seats. And while you may be an Excel champ by day and gym rat by night, recent research suggests that the recommended 30 minutes of cardio five times per week may not undo the health risks of a sedentary lifestyle . So what’s a worker chained to his or her desk to do? Luckily, short bouts of aerobics, strength exercises, and stretching in between conference calls and Gchats can help improve fitness levels and heart health, too . Cardio 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Legs and Butt 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. Shoulders and Arms 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. Chest, Back, and Neck 25. 26. 27. 28. Core 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. (Also Check Out: 50 Bodyweight Exercises You Can Do Anywhere) Keep forgetting to do your deskercises at work?
Illustrations by Tanya Burr. Debate-flow-chart.jpg (JPEG Image, 630 × 902 pixels) - Scaled (98%) Joshua Foer: Feats of memory anyone can do. Exercises for Better Focus and Concentration. You can find strong powers of concentration in yourself. When you are decisive and sincerely want to excel in your studies, pass an important exam, or playing one of your favorite games; the power of concentration becomes available to you. This kind of concentration and focusing exercises is raised because of some need, or desire. Increasing it in a systematic way, brings it under your control, and grants you the ability to use it easily, with no exertion whenever you need it. Real and good concentration is developed slowly, through daily work, and with special exercises. It has to be approached in a reasonable and practical way. When starting to learn to concentrate you have to find a suitable place where you can be alone and undisturbed. The following concentration exercises should help you develop concentration skills: Exercise 1: Select some thought and see how long you can hold your mind on it.
Exercise 2 Take a book and count the words in any paragraph. Exercise 10 When You Read. The recipe for success: get happy and you will get ahead in life. Boost Your Brain’s Power With a 9-Volt Battery and Some Wet Sponges. GoFlow: a DIY tDCS brain-boosting kit. Creative Thinking Is a Specific Process That Can Be Replicated. Ever seen a real kung fu workout routine? [VIDEO]
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