how successful people are different from the rest

‘Success’ is probably the most lusted-after term today. Everything else, we believe, follows it. Wealth, love, sex, fame and happiness.

The media hypes success. But it doesn’t show what occurred behind the scenes. Rarely, if ever, do we hear about the struggles, trials and tribulations of achievers. We think they had it easy, and we can too.

The truth couldn’t be farther.

how to read more books in less time

“Man’s mind, once stretched by an idea, never regains its original shape.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

Admit it.

You enjoy reading books. You want to read more often. But you’re always stretched for time with more important (read urgent) tasks. As a result, the time you spend reading is about ten percent of what you want to.

On the other hand, wildly successful people incorporate reading as a mandatory part of their daily routine. Warren Buffett reads 500 pages a day. Bill Gates reads one book each week. Oprah discusses her favorite books with readers each month in the popular “Oprah’s Book Club 2.0”. Stephen King reads for a whopping five hours a day. In fact, he’s been spotted reading at Red Sox games too. When Elon Musk was asked how he learned to build rockets he answered, “I read books.”

find more time be more productive

More time? MORE TIME?

Am I crazy? You can’t even finish your existing tasks. How will you find more time? How will you be more productive?

Each morning, you wake up with the resolve to make the most of the day, to be more productive than yesterday. But when the day ends, you wonder where it went. When you reflect, your realize how much time you wasted. This wastage, you discover, is why you didn’t do many important things.

Tomorrow will be different, you promise yourself. You’ll buckle up and use your time meaningfully. You’ll complete important tasks which will make you feel happy. You will find time to do everything that’s important to you.

how habits are formed

When the announcer said his name, he stepped on the starting block and then stepped down, like he did before every swimming race. He swung his arms three times, like he had done before every race since he was twelve. The, he stepped on the block and took his stance. When the gun went off, he dived.

Instantly, he knew something was wrong. Moisture seeped inside his swimming googles. He hoped things wouldn’t turn bad. But by the third and final lap, he couldn’t see anything. Water had filled his goggles.

It was the 2008 Olympics held in Beijing. Most swimmers would panic if they lost sight during an Olympics race.

what people who are not creative lack

It’s nice,” my mother said in response to a mind map I drew. That’s her most generous appreciation of my work. A “nice” from my mother for my work is equal to a “wow” from others.

“It’s nice,” she said. “You apply what you learn. But I can’t do this.”

“Why not?” I asked, fully aware of what I would hear.

“I’m not creative enough.”

“Why?”

She shrugged and walked away. Apparently, she was in no mood for my pseudo-deep talks. But why doesn’t she feel creative?

how to achieve goals successfully

Another week has passed. Take a minute to reflect on your goals. You want to earn more money. Or learn a new skill which will skyrocket your career. Or pursue an unrelated hobby. But you accomplished nothing worth mention last week. You didn’t take any significant steps to achieve your goals. You just couldn’t find the time or motivation.

Someday, you’ll find time. Someday, everything will fall in place. Someday, you’ll smile, satisfied with your lifestyle. Until then, you’ll wait. You’ll do whatever comes your way – at work, at home, and in life.

But deep down, you know the truth. You’ve played the waiting game for far too long, and it isn’t working. This frustrating pattern has continued for longer than you remember. It’s as predictable as Monday Blues. You’ve come to a silent, informal agreement with it. This frustration is now part of your everyday life.

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Admit it. You’re frustrated.

Each day, a lot happens around you. It’s enough to drive you crazy. You do your best to keep up with it all. And you do a commendable job.

But it doesn’t make you happy. Why?

Why do you experience the tug of dissatisfaction? Why does it feel like you were meant to do more? Where is the peace and happiness your parents promised you would get when you grew up?

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