Superlearner story: Otis the musician

How important is productivity as a part of our training? Recently, I started to feel that my posts went too far from memory and speedreading methodology.  As I was contemplating returning to more basic materials and reframing my approach, I was approached by several students who could not function due to bad productivity training. So …

How to Set Goals and Create a Powerful Vision of Your Life

What is a life worth living or a book worth reading? This is very personal. Everyone has a different set of tools, values, and passions. In this excellent blog post, Alice Berg uses her experience as a career advisor to focus the reader on asking the right questions. This is not a regular SMART goal post, …

Getting to the next level

This post is a bit strange to me. I delayed writing it for several months. Eventually, my curiosity won, and I decided to explore the ideas presented for example here, here, here, here, here, here,  here, and here.  Unlike most of my posts,  what I describe here is highly controversial and you are not advised to …

Reaching peak performance and productivity

While most jobs feel like long marathons where we cover a huge way over many years, certain jobs require short periods of peak performance.  For either sprint or marathon, reaching the peak performance can be the holy grail of productivity. For today’s reading, I went with articles here, here, here, here, here, and here. Sprint vs …

Dealing with existential cirsis

Most of us have a mid-life crisis at some point. If I was a millennial, I would also have a quarter life crisis. Once you finish school or an Ivy League university, there are simply too many things to master. I still have many years to prepare a speech for my kids, so I thought …

Mavericks vs experts

There are many kinds of highly successful people. For some, success is yet another milestone in a great plan, while for others it is an unexpected gift. We put a lot of focus on learning, yet there is another side in nature vs nurture discussion. Today I  was inspired by old articles here, here, here, here, …

Sublimate stress into growth

You do not need positive emotions to be healthy and happy. Stress can be your best friend. Sounds counterintuitive, yet provokes curiosity. I would not think of this subject without reading stuff here, here, here, here, here, and here. Pleasant vs stimulating Personally, I prefer a pleasant and calm environment. I love my routine and work. …

Your boss could be your best mentor

In this article I want to address the fundamental question of finding a great mentor. Unless you have a mentor, the odds are against you: it will be damn hard to score deals or get promoted. If you happen to have a mentor, your success is tied to the success of your mentor. It is …

Performance vs ability

We would like to think that ability is translated to performance, but this is rarely the case. Some people blame luck or destiny, others focus on motivation and “softer” skills. For more reading, I selected the articles here, here, here, here, here, and here. The curse of child genius Being a child genius is not …

How to Become an Authority in Your Niche

Quite rarely we learn things simply to understand and remember the information. Typically we do it either out of curiosity or to become an authority in some niche. For me, using the knowledge properly is a subject for a full masterclass. In this guest article James Scott shares his personal views on the subject. Let’s face …