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Why You Should Develop Your Portfolio of Passions and How to Do It – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

Living your life to the fullest means reaching your full potential. But how do you reach your full potential? A good way to reach your full potential, I believe, is building your portfolio of passions. Everyone has something they are passionate about. They might not realize it because of the busyness of their day-to-day lives, but they have passions. Moreover, I believe that everyone has multiple passions. What you should do is developing your portfolio of passions. Let’s look at…

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Building a Passion for Lifelong Learning – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

If there is one thing that can help you reach your full potential, it’s this: a passion for lifelong learning. This one thing can make the difference between reaching your full potential and just living an average life. Unfortunately, many people equate education with formal education. They think they only need to learn while they are in academic institutions. As a result, they stop their education after they graduate. But the fact is, self-education is the best investment that you…

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What Are Your Favorite Biographies? – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

In my previous post, I wrote about building a passion for lifelong learning. Having a passion for lifelong learning is essential to help you reach your full potential. Now, I’d like to cover what I believe is a good way to learn about life: reading biographies. Why is reading biographies useful? There are at least four reasons: It can teach you about pitfalls to avoid (so that you don’t need to learn things the hard way). It can teach you…

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How the Right Mindset Can Help You Grow – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

Your mindset plays an important role in your life. Why? Because your mindset determines how you make decisions. The right mindset leads you to make the right decisions while the wrong mindset leads you to make the wrong ones. They lead you to different kinds of life with a wider gap over time. To reach your full potential, an essential mindset to adopt is a growth mindset as opposed to a fixed mindset. The growth mindset believes that you can…

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A Quick Guide to Making the Most of Your Talents – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

Optimizing your life means reaching your full potential. A key part of that, I believe, is making the most of your talents. The fact is, everyone has talents that they can use to contribute to the world. You have talents that you can use to make a difference in people’s lives. The question is: have you made the most of your talents? I still have a lot to learn, but here are some tips on how to make the most…

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Have a Podcast or Blog? Help Me Get the Word Out About Ultralearning – Self Improvement Article

On August 6th, my new book, Ultralearning, will be published by Harper Business. Being able to quickly learn hard skills is essential to your career and life. Going back to school often isn’t an option, and even when it is, there are many important skills schools don’t teach. Ultralearning, the art of aggressive, self-directed learning, offers to fill that gap. By combining dramatic stories and detailed science, the book will show you how you can learn new skills, subjects or…

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What Medieval People Got Right About Learning – Self Improvement Article

We tend to assume that if people today and people five hundred years ago do things differently, it’s because we’ve figured out a better way to do it. After all, we have microscopes, democracy and penicillin. People in the middle ages lit cats on fire for fun. Yet despite overwhelming progress, it’s ironically in the area of education that we may be the ones who have it backward. Apprenticeships were, for a long time, the dominant way of learning professional…

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What Are Your Favorite Books for Personal Development? – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

A good way to grow as a person, I believe, is reading books. Reading a good book is like listening to someone’s life advice. You might not be able to meet the author in person, but by reading his/her book, you can get invaluable advice for your life. So I’d like to ask you: What are your favorite books for personal development and why? The books don’t have to be self-help books; they could be biographies, history, etc. The important thing…

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3 Tips From the Gaming World – Life Optimizer – Self Improvement Article

I like video games. That doesn’t mean that I play them, however (many games take too much time these days). But I do keep myself updated with the world of gaming. From watching the trends, I notice two things: Many popular games come and go. Remember Pokemon Go? It was all the rage back in 2016. But nowadays, I barely hear of it anymore. That’s the fact with many popular games: they come and go. Some games are ‘evergreen.’ On…

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How We Learn From Our Parents How to Respond to Stress and Anxiety – Self Improvement Article

A lot of what we learn in life – including how we regulate our stress and emotions – is picked up by what we observe from others when we are developing at a young age. Our parents and upbringing can play one of the biggest roles in what habits persist later in our lives. This is why paying attention to family patterns is so essential for learning how to improve yourself and changing unhelpful behaviors. If you’re an easily stressed-out…

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5 Ways to Get Over Making Mistakes — Purpose Fairy – Self Improvement Article

“It’s easy to never make a mistake, when you are hiding yourself away from the possibility of making mistakes. It’s those who jump out of the nest who will fall and fly. Never judge the quality of an individual based upon how many mistakes they have made. It’s easier not to make any.” ― C. JoyBell C. Have you ever said something that offended your friend when you didn’t mean to? Or married someone who turned out to be a…

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How to Take Notes While Reading

Note-taking is an incredibly powerful tool for learning. Notes extend your memories. I’ve explained before how writing can be seen as an external enhancement of your brain, allowing you to think more complicated thoughts and solve harder problems. Notes you keep, therefore, act to expand your memory. Notes enhance your focus. The act of taking notes ensures your mind isn’t wandering. Even better, notes can facilitate deeper processing of the material, which has been shown to improve memory than when…

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The Three Stages of Life — Purpose Fairy

There is one life. However, there are many philosophies and spiritual studies that divide life into many stages. Obviously, we can divide life based on physical stages like a new-born, adolescent, adult and so on. But here I am trying to dissect life, based on the ego or mind, so to speak. I have noticed, we go through three stages in life. Let’s see how in each stage, we cope or are open to life. The Three Stages of Life…

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How to Get Feedback | Scott H Young

Feedback is essential for learning. Whether you’re studying for a test, trying to improve in your work or want to master a difficult skill, you need feedback. The challenge is that feedback can often be hard to get. Worse, if you get bad feedback, you may end up worse than before. In a systematic meta-analysis of the literature on feedback interventions, researchers Kluger and DeNisi find that in over one-third of cases, the impact of feedback was actually negative! This…

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The Why and How of Having Personal Projects – Life Optimizer

Do you want to have a meaningful life? Then one thing you should do is having personal projects. I first heard about it from Brian Little. But when I looked at my life, I realized that I have been doing it for a long time. I have always had personal projects. And indeed, they make me feel fulfilled. Here are some of my personal projects throughout the years: Writing simple computer games when I was in high school. Writing a…

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Top 45 Success Quotes on Learning and Growth

Learning is culture, a lifelong process, and attitude that serves anyone who adopts such a lifestyle with continuous growth. Such a lifestyle of constantly seeking to acquire knowledge, skills, and experiences drives you towards growth. Our experiences in life, career, relationships all add up to our progress or decline but more on how we apply the things we have learned. There can be no growth without learning. Do you know why? When you were a child you learned to crawl…

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Learning How to Learn | Scott H Young

The most popular online course of all-time is called Learning How to Learn, taught by Barbara Oakley, a professor of engineering and author of many books on learning math and science, and Terry Sejnowski, one of the foremost experts on cognitive neuroscience. This course has been wildly popular, and indeed it is how many of you found me. (Barb interviews me in a later section of the course.) While the course is fantastic, and I strongly recommend you give it…

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Learning to Experience Life as a Gift — Purpose Fairy

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.”~ Eleanor Roosevelt When I was in my 20’s, I found a TED video called “Why do we do what we do” by Tony Robbins and it made me realize that it was a question that I’ve been asking myself subconsciously all my life. Why was I destroying my life in the ways I was doing…

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