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Remembering More of Everything: The Memory Palace “When information goes ‘in one ear and out the other,’ it’s often because it doesn’t have anything to stick to.”— Joshua Foer That’s a quote from the book Moonwalking with Einstein, the fascinating account of Joshua Foer’s journey investigating memory. What starts as a routine piece of writing ends with his participation in the USA Memory Championships. While interviewing contestants for the article he was told that anyone could have a memory like these champions if they trained properly. The journey started by researching memory and its physical effects on the brain. Foer found research where MRI was used to compare the memory specialists’ brains to those of a control group. Surprisingly, when the mental athletes were learning new information, they were engaging regions of the brain known to be involved in two specific tasks: visual memory and spatial navigation. Foer goes into great (and fascinating) detail regarding the science of memory (which we’ve covered some before). Got it?

Be Your Own Guru Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson I spent the better part of the first 40-years of my life looking for a guru, that person who would just blow me away with her or his prescience, kindness, compassion, vision and guidance. The one who would give me the answers. Who would tell me what to do to get to that place where I finally felt like I had “made it.” So many others I knew had found one and their lives seemed so much better, more directed and purposeful for it, but that never happened to me. I would attend lectures, teachings, seminars, trainings and retreats and, inevitably, end up leaving early because some combination of information, integrity, pace or delivery did not resonate. It finally dawned upon me… The person I was looking for was the one I would need to become. That’s not to say I don’t seek out teachers and desire to learn. Because, in the end, no one else can stand in my shoes. Like Helen Keller said,

16 Audio Books That Will Improve The Way You Live, Work And Love If there's an area in your life that could do with some improvement, a good audio book might be able to steer you in the right direction. Best of all, they can be readily absorbed while driving or multitasking, which makes them perfect for people with busy schedules (i.e. - nearly all of us.) We asked Amazon's digital audiobook arm Audible to share some of its best-selling self-improvement titles. Here are their picks. Audio book picture from Shutterstock The following audio books cover a wide gamut of topics, from mastering creative thinking to maneuvering the corporate ladder as a woman. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell "Intuition is not some magical property that arises unbidden from the depths of our mind. Mastery by Robert Greene "What did Charles Darwin, middling schoolboy and underachieving second son, do to become one of the earliest and greatest naturalists the world has known? The Art of Creative Thinking by Rod Judkins How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Significant Individual - Human Science - a Wikia wiki Beliefs and values, mission and objectives, attitudes, hierarchy, discipline, freedom, systems, skills, material things, coordination, integration, and harmony are all essential for sustained success in business. But what about the most important of all organizational resources—the individual? What is the significance of the individual in the life of a corporation? Historically, the most significant individual in the life of a company has been the founder or an outstanding CEO who came later. Such people have imparted the values and formulated the mission that set the company's direction. It was not money or position that made these leaders significant. It is easy to attribute the accomplishments of these leaders to some rare talents or genius, but nearly all of them have frankly denied anything of the kind. I have succeeded in business not because I have more natural ability than those who have not succeeded, but because I have applied myself harder and stuck to it longer. The Way

Four Simple Positive Psychology Interventions That Could Change Your Life | The Huffington Post Positive Psychology (PP) is generally considered to be a subfield of psychology. Refreshingly, PP focuses on what is positive about human beings, instead of what our deficits are. The PP movement is global and at the moment flourishing, with an abundance of newly researched positive psychology interventions (PPIs) and master degree courses popping up across the globe (the last count being 12 different programs). We can see how its theories, research and practices are filtering into all areas of our society, policy and culture. I am reminded of the recent statement by the progressive officials from South Australia (SA) who declared their region, a ‘state of wellbeing’ for its millions of citizens. Leaving no-one behind, the purpose of PP was declared by Dr Carol Kauffman in 2006 when she wrote, “The mission of positive psychology is to develop sound theories of optimal functioning and to find empirically supported ways to improve the lives of ordinary and extraordinary people.”

How to Get That Elusive Promotion | Personal Success | BNET Last Updated Mar 17, 2010 9:22 AM EDT Dear Evil HR Lady,I have worked in the same position at my current company since August 2006. I am an extremely hard worker who consistently goes above and beyond my job description and am always willing to work on projects that effect the organization, even if it has no direct effect on my department. You need to find out what it is, and fix it. Suppose they gather in the cafeteria during lunch. Keep in mind that it may be something as silly as not wearing the right clothes. It's clothing, for Pete's sake. It's critical that you figure out what you are missing. And be sure to revisit the promotion question with your boss from time to time. On Friday, I'll give you more hints on getting that promotion you deserve. Read More How to Help Your Boss Give You a PromotionPhoto credit Mykl Roventine, Flickr CC 2.0 © 2010 CBS Interactive Inc..

THE RATIONALIST ASSOCIATION OF NSW INC. Harness Your Subconscious Wisdom by Asking The Right Questions - “What is the meaning of life?” Ha, gotcha! That is just one of many, many questions that have nothing whatsoever to do with this article. Now how about these questions: Why does this always happen to me? We’ll look at how such questions literally poison your mind. Your subconscious is a non-critical, non-judgmental targeting machine Think of your subconscious as GPS navigation for your car. Your subconscious works exactly the same way. So what happens when you ask questions like “Why does this always happen to me?” Your subconscious will feed you plenty of reasons why bad things always happen to you, and dozens of things that are wrong with you! That would be like a person consistently telling their car navigation to go to Middle of Nowhere, Utah. How you feel and what you achieve of comes down to where you direct your mind. For example, if you ask “Why is John always mean to me?” (I also heard a fun example from a psychologist recently: “Which is happier, a knife or a fork?” And so on.

Understanding (and Refuting) the Arguments for God Michael Shermer has made a career of skepticism — he is the founder of Skeptic, for one — but in his 2000 book, How We Believe: The Search for God in an Age of Science, he does not come across as the hardcore atheist you might expect. (He prefers "nontheist.") One can appreciate his honesty and integrity. Certain fundamentalists and atheists alike see the question of God as an either-or proposal, not content on the murky speculations presented by the other "side." 1. / 2. This argument results in an infinite regress. 3. Shermer borrows from Martin Gardner by stating that this is a "mysterian mystery" — the idea that nothing is unknowable is due to our minds being unable to process the thought of it. 4. As Shermer points out, if the first point were true, you would have to add the false, ignoble, and worst, all of which would also be God. 5. Shermer points out that there are many design flaws in nature, such as the hind legs of a python and a whale’s flipper. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.

Ziglar Pure & Simple | by Tom Ziglar How And Why To Keep A “Commonplace Book” The other day I was reading a book and I came across a little anecdote. It was about the great Athenian general Themistocles. Before the battle of Salamis, he was locked in a vigorous debate with a Spartan general about potential strategies for defeating the Persians. Themistocles was clearly in the minority with his views (but which ultimately turned out to be right and saved Western Civilization). When I read this, I immediately began a ritual that I have practiced for many years–and that others have done for centuries before me–I marked down the passage and later transferred it to my “commonplace book.” In other posts, we’ve talked about how to read more, which books to read, how to read books above your level and how to write. What is a Commonplace book? A commonplace book is a central resource or depository for ideas, quotes, anecdotes, observations and information you come across during your life and didactic pursuits. Not only did all these famous and great individuals do it.

Answers to Life3 Read to Lead: How to Digest Books Above Your “Level” I shouldn’t be able to read most of the books on my shelf. I never took a single classical history class and I cheated through most of Economics 001. Still, the loci of my library are Greek History and Applied Economics. This is how I break down a new book: Before the First Page Break out of the School Mindset Almost everything you learn in the classroom is tainted by the fact that ultimately teachers have to test you on it. When you read History of the Peloponnesian War, the countries involved in the conflict between Corinth and Corcyra is not really worth remembering. From Seneca: “We haven’t time to spare to hear whether it was between Italy and Sicily that he ran into a storm or somewhere outside the world we know–when every day we’re running into our own storms, spiritual storms, and driven by vice into all the troubles that Ulysses ever knew.” Ruin the Ending I almost always go straight to Wikipedia and ruin the ending. Read the Reviews (Amazon) The Book Itself Read the Intro Look It Up

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