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7 Reasons Why You Will Never Do Anything Amazing With Your Life

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Yeah that’s right; you heard me… I’m talking to you… I’m calling you out.

I’m looking you in the eyes, (ok well, not really since you are probably reading this article, but figuratively, I am burning a cyclops type hole in your face right now) and telling you that you don’t stand a chance.

I’m telling you that if you can read this article, look through this list and not claim it as your own, then you should be a little worried. [Read more…]

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Rules Of Success – Steve Jobs

Rules Of SuccessIf you ever wonder what makes “successful” people, successful (in the eyes of society), here’s a great place to start. In this short video, Steve Jobs explains a few simple rules of success. He mentions how passion is imperative to succeed as without it, people give up. The rational person will give up if they don’t love something as it’s a lot of hard work. You’ve got to love what you’re doing, or you’ll fail. He also talks about how important it is to have a team of great people. Check it out, it’s only 1.5 mins long and very cool!    [Read more…]

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Steve Jobs: Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

I thought it was about time for a motivational video. This is a fantastic montage of Steve Jobs’ Stanford University Speech he did in 2005.  In Steve Jobs: Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish, he talks about never settling, and how he used to look in the mirror over the previous 33 years thinking, “if today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I’m about to do today? Whenever the answer has been no for too many days in a row, then I know I need to change something…Follow your heart.”

Steve Jobs: Stay Hungry, Stay Foolish

Life is short, don’t settle with what you’re doing, just because it’s safe or that’s what society says to do. Step outside your comfort zone and get creative. Stay hungry, stay foolish.

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Feeling The Flow To Focus

According to Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi, author of Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Performance, we need to use both sides of our brain in order to be feeling the flow to focus.  This article written by John M. Eger for the Huffington Post cites various brilliant minds including Steve Jobs (once again) and how we need to think differently in the new economy.

Feeling The Flow To Focus

Author and educator Mihaly Csíkszentmihályi describes getting both sides of the brain to work together as “flow… a mental state of operation in which a person in an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and success in the process of the activity.”

Drawing on both the right and the left logical side is more difficult in large part because we have not used the right side much. Most education aims at nurturing the left side so after a time the right side kind of atrophies.

Betty Edwards, author of Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain advocates, “suppressing” the left side of the brain in favor of the right side. As Tony Schwartz, author of The Art of the Mind describes the process: “It focuses on disregarding preconceived notions of what the drawn object should look like, and on individually ‘seeing’ edges or lines, spaces, relationships, and lights and shadows, later combining them and seeing them as a whole, or gestalt.”

Which side of your brain are you using? Has anyone asked you that question before? Are you already using both sides of your brain, thus feeling the flow to focus? I love the citation of the campaign launched by Steve Jobs for Apple called ‘Think Different':

Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They invent. They imagine. They heal. They explore. They create. They inspire. They push the human race forward.

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And finally, John M Eger mentions Sir Ken Robinson as the creativity expert.  Here’s a 20 minute clip by Sir Ken Robinson on How Schools Kill Creativity, which I highly recommend you watch:

Sir Ken Robinson: Do schools kill creativity?

 

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