How to Make the Best Decisions for Yourself When Results are Not Guaranteed

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How do you know you’re making the right decision when the future is uncertain and success is not guaranteed? This question comes up most when it comes to something you would like to have happen, not something you have to do regardless. For things you know you have to do (like get that degree, find …

Book Notes: “Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals” by Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. – Part 1 – Introduction: Willpower & Habits

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Note: Book Notes = summary of current book+ insights/personal interpretations + incorporation of prior knowledge Introduction: Willpower & Habits According to James Clear in Atomic Habits, goals aren't what separate successful people from unsuccessful—it's habits. But if you think about it, setting up a habit is a goal in itself. So we still need to …

Masterclass Notes: James Patterson – Part 1 – Passion & Habit

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James Patterson is a bestselling author of more than 100 books. Though he follows a unique ‘business model’ where a lot of his books are co-authored (or ghostwritten), his original works seem to have been penned solely by him. His dual approach to authorship piqued my interest and so I thought I would take a …

The Most Important Personal Finance Habit Everyone Should Adopt (+ Free Printable to Help You Establish It)

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The most important step in managing your finances is actually the basic first step that many fail to do: track their finances. Without judgement, without repercussions, just simple recording. But it's that simple habit of documenting transactions that lead to huge insights which can create the biggest ripples of positive changes for you financially. All …

12 Tips for Finishing Your Novel

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In honor of Preptober, below is a list of solutions to the major problems writers face while drafting: Choose one story. Working on one story cuts down on the time needed to refocus and makes it easier to achieve depth. To choose the right story, freefall write (i.e., stream of conscious) your thoughts on all …

Book Notes: “The Dip” by Seth Godin – Knowing When to Quit

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I was always under the impression that successful people finish what they started. In "The Dip", Seth Godin posits that successful people are really serial quitters. They’re just better able to determine when to quit and when to stick with something to the very end. And in his book, summarized below, Godin outlines a criteria …

Book Summary: “Lifelong Writing Habit: The Secret to Writing Every Day” by Chris Fox

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The secret to success is in the habits you possess. One vital thing that sets successful writers apart from the ones that never make it are their habits. Their ability to come back to their work day after day, regardless of zombie apocalypses and new episodes of Orange is the New Black. Chris Fox correctly identifies …

Words of a Recovering Perfectionist

I've always been the one to hustle, thinking if I worked hard enough I would never be for lack of options. And I never was. But then I became someone with too MANY options along with a curse of indecisiveness.To top it off, I was stressed out all the time. I didn't think life could be led a different way. …

Mini Habits – Breaking it Down

Stephen Guise is the founder of Deep Existence, a blog about self-development, and the writer of Mini Habits, a book about his personal philosophy on how to get things done (with research that backs up some of his arguments). I found the book to be a pretty good starting point for personal development and so without …

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