The making of an expert

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You are unique, and so is everyone else. Success means a lot to every person. It’s a weighted combination of power, status, money, family, and work. You can define success in your own terms, because what brings you fulfillment and meaning is not the same for everyone.

People pursue success for different reasons. The fortunate few with a high IQ advantage may find it easy to pursue specific careers in life. And what could take you twice as long to learn and achieve will be an easy pursuit for them.

Deliberate, purposeful and systematic practice have a lot more to do with your success than you think

Talent is overrated. Thousands of hours of hard work can compensate for what you think is a weakness. You can master any skill if you put your mind to it and commit to relentless practice. …

In the age infinite leverage, you don’t need permission to pursue your true north

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Welcome to the age of leverage. A moment in time when each of us has more resources, more reach and more impact, more degrees of freedom and more opportunity than ever before to pursue something meaningful.

With this power, of course, comes the responsibility to actually create, make or do something you deeply care about.

Today, more than ever, people are empowered to express themselves. The opportunities to create, to become a part of a global conversation and transformation are now more than you can ever imagine.

There are now more free resources to help you start and pursue your life’s work than you can ever imagine. Many people succeed in the daily rush of life but never accomplish their “most important work.” …

The ability to discern or judge what is true, right or lasting

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Life is a great teacher — but no one gets a complete set of rules they’ll need for a better life or career.

Somehow you’re just supposed to know that building better and meaningful relationships can do more for your health and help you live a happier life.

Albert Einstein once said, “Wisdom is not a product of schooling but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.”

There are no universal truths in life but there are fundamental skills that can help every functioning adult thrive in life. Those skills can be acquires with experience and time. …

Want to enjoy life to the full? Stop prioritising the wrong things

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There’s no one way to enrich your life — but there are different paths you can take to have new, better and deeply satisfying experiences.

An enriched life is one of endless growth and discovery that brings out the best in you and makes you come alive.

Living life to the fullest is the ultimate goal of many people, but rarely do people achieve it because they focus on the wrong things in life.

While these two ideas might not be all that surprising, the explanations serve as powerful reminders that we might be prioritizing the wrong things in life.

1. The people in your life

Human connections plays a key role in our well-being. …

When confronted with life’s biggest opportunities, most people find excuses

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Our daily habits define who we are and what we are becoming — they are either setting you up for success or failure.

You are practically what you do every day. And how you spend your time is practically how you spend your life.

“Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans,” says Allen Saunders. If you have failed recently and are considering giving up, don’t.

The obstacle is definitely the way. There will always be a way out. You just haven’t found it yet. In the words of Winston Churchill: “Success is not final, failure is not fatal — it is the courage to continue that counts.” …

Tap your energy cycle to boost your productivity

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New research, published in Nature Communications, confirms that if you struggle to be a morning person, it’s not anything you’re doing wrong — it all comes down to your genes.

The authors linked more than 300 genes to your inability to be active in the morning. In other words, there are many reasons you can’t feel more productive in the evening if you are a morning person, or on the contrary, get up very early, and there isn’t much you can do about it, because it’s all genetically predefined.

“The genes we found to be related to our circadian rhythms tend to be switched on a lot more in the brain and in the retina,” says Michael Weedon, an Associate Professor in Bioinformatics at the University of Exeter Medical School, who led the study. “This helps us map what parts of the body are important in creating morning and evening people, ” he added. …

How you spend the first few hours of your morning can make or break the rest of your day

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A solid morning routine is the backbone of a productive day. What you do in the morning can make or break the rest of your day.

As Richard Whateley once said, “Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it.”

The best morning habits put in the perfect mood to get things done. Highly productive people choose what to focus on the morning carefully.

“Focused, productive, successful mornings generate focused, productive, successful days — which inevitably create a successful life — in the same way that unfocused, unproductive, and mediocre mornings generate unfocused, unproductive, and mediocre days, and ultimately a mediocre quality of life,” writes Hal Elrod in his book, The Miracle Morning.

It pays to completely clear your mind and begin again

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Your time is limited and precious.

If you want to get more things done, do your best work every day and crush your work and life goals, you have to make time for habits that may seem like lazy but actually help you get more work done.

Everyone aspires to get things done in the fastest, smartest ways possible. No one wants to waste time on low-value tasks.

Super productive people want to get the results or outcome they want with less time and effort. …

Control your schedule so it doesn’t control you

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Time is an asset. You can never lose time and get it back again. The most productive people view their time like the best investors view their capital, as a resource to wield for maximum returns.

Jon Acuff, author of Finish: Give yourself the gift of done argues that time is our most valuable currency, and I totally agree.

Time is an asset you should value every day. It’s your most valuable resource for getting deep and focused work done.

Once this realization hits you, your approach to life and work will never be the same. …

Life is a learning process. Those who have mastered failure, setback, and perseverance succeed faster

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How you approach life says a lot about who you are.

To succeed in life, you must be in a constant state of adaptation — continually unlearning old ‘rules’, relearning new ones and doing more of what makes you come alive.

Most people operate on autopilot, doing the same things today that didn’t work yesterday. They are caught in a cycle.

They rarely stop to measure the impact of their actions on themselves and others, and how those actions affect their total well-being.

These are some of the most powerful lessons I have learned over the years.

I chose to make a list because it’s easier to digest. Sometimes less is more. You can easily ponder over each lesson quickly and apply them to your life. …


Thomas Oppong

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