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5 Ways to Shortcut the 10,000 Hour Rule

Shortcut the 10,000 Hour Rule

The older we get, the harder it is to learn something new. Not because it’s actually harder, but because we don’t like feeling like a novice. So, wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to get up that learning curve faster?

Well, there is.

No doubt you’ve heard of the 10,000 hour rule. First espoused by psychologist K. Anders Ericsson, the “10,000 hour” rule states that it takes 10,000 hours to master any skill. Or, translated into years, it’s about 10 years of consistent practice to achieve mastery. Click Here to Read Article …

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How to Set Goals

For years I was a mentor in a teen mentoring program, and at the beginning of every semester we’d set goals. This was one of the hardest meetings of the year – attendance was poor, the kids were unruly, and there was a higher-than-usual level of whining going on.

It was a challenge, because the kids always wanted to set goals like get “straight A’s”, even though most of them were lucky to have a C average. And then as soon as we asked them what they were going to do differently to change the outcome, the conversation got really awkward. Click Here to Read Article …

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5 Energy Boosters to an Awesome Work Day

Do you ever wish that you could end your day with just as much – if not more – energy than you started it with? Are you interested in avoiding the 3pm crash? These nifty energy boosters will get you going.

That sounds a bit like a dream, doesn’t it? To be able to wrap up your work for the day and not be completely drained. Imagine having the energy to get to the gym, make an awesome dinner, and spend quality time with friends and family.

While it may sound too good to be true, particularly in this season of wishes, it’s not. It’s because we all have an Energy Bank – and throughout the day everything we do create either energy deposits or withdrawals. Your goal is to minimize the withdrawals and maximize the deposits – because the higher your average daily Energy Bank balance and the better job you do at minimizing withdrawals the better you are going to feel at the end of the day. Click Here to Read Article …

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5 Stress-Busters to Beat a Deadline

I totally thrive under the pressure of a deadline. I use deadlines to make myself just start on the work, much less finish it, because I realize that old axiom that “work expands to fill the available time” is true. I’m famous for trying to squeeze in “just one more thing” before even starting the thing I’m supposed to be working on. Here’s where the stress-busters come into picture.

In the past when a deadline approached I would have gone and grabbed myself a snack, taken out my contacts and put on my glasses, gone and gotten my third Americano of the day, and settled in for the marathon session. Click Here to Read Article …

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