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High-Performance Habits

A Brief Guide to Developing a Deep Reading Habit

Deep reading, or full engagement in a book, is an absolute joy. It is good for mind and spirit, and it is also a competitive advantage in today’s knowledge-based economy. Increasingly, people struggle to pay attention to just about anything, let alone a book. Yet deep reading confers many benefits above and beyond watching a…

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Hard Work Is Necessary, But Not Sufficient.

As I peruse the self-help book aisle or stumble upon the latest entrepreneurial guru on YouTube, I’m often met with a simple message: work hard. There’s truth to that message, of course. If you want to get better at just about anything, you need to work hard. But hidden beneath the stories of getting up…

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Getting Better Gradually, Not Miraculously

At the 2012 London Olympics, the home country put on a show. Team Great Britain captured 29 Gold medals, trailing only the US and China in that regard. It was their most successful Olympics in over 100 years. There was a flood of books, Ted talks, and articles celebrating and glorifying the methods that UK…

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Stop Comparing Your First Draft to Someone Else’s Final

Writing a book is a long and arduous process. It takes months, if not years, of researching, exploring, and outlining before you even get to the actual writing. When you finally sit down to write, you’re left with an inevitable feeling of doubt: Your prose isn’t as fluid and magical as other books in the…

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