Can we really understand our future self?

One of the visualization exercises we promote is talking to your “future self”. We discuss the most pressing subjects with the person we hope to become one day. This is not the person we eventually become! Today’s reading selection is here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Best possible future self I quote the …

What mummified monks can tell about our values

The body of Loung Por Ruam in Thailand

What do we want in life? Can a dead body be more successful than a living man? Are our values strange or maybe perverted? It is tempting to move very fast in the wrong direction. This is the epitome of success without happiness or livelihood. Who are the mummified monks? One of the strangest things …

Superlearner story: Ron, the other side of success

The students that finished the speedreading training are coming back for the next tier of skills. What are they looking for and how can we help? The other side of success Today I had an interesting meeting with my friend. Actually, he was one of my first students. He still does not have enough hours …

Advanced training guide

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We stopped our previous training guide where you become productive and use what you learn. Only there is no evidence that the way you use your knowledge will be beneficial.  So we need to acquire skills associated with wisdom. This part of the training is still a work in progress.  It will be finalized by …

Music and healing

Music can be used for many purposes. Here I want to address using music for stress relief. Apparently, certain tunes resonate with various mechanisms in our bodies. It is a shame not to use them. More reading here, here, here, here, and here. Daily breaks During speedreading, there is often a high effort associated with …

Four kinds of memory markers

We mention memory markers a lot in different contexts and courses. Memory markers are used to recall certain experiences. Experiences can be different, as well as memory markers. All of these markers are important and useful, and I want to explain how they can be used. This is becoming a bit confusing, so I want …

The anatomy of gratitude

When we talk about gratitude we often assume that gratitude is something specific, one very clear feeling that we all experience. I do not believe this to be true. As far as I know, there are many kinds of gratitude, constructed from very different elements. More reading here, here, here, here, here,  and here. Mental …

101 questions to ask yourself

Asking questions is the basic and most effective tool of creativity, productivity, and happiness. When we question ourselves, we may find our true purpose. What questions should we ask? Find some examples below. For more reading see here, here, here, here, here, and here. Annoying 101 lists To be honest the 101 lists slightly annoy me. …

Managing personal insecurity

The ruling paradigm claims that we should rely on our strengths to manage personal insecurity. All of us have doubts and all of us have strengths. Both are very easy to identify. If it was easy and beneficial to manage insecurities by relying on strengths, everyone would do that by now. Somehow this is not …

Personality awareness

One of the basic skills of emotional intelligence is understanding yourself: personality, motives, and emotions. This is one of the possible steps to harness the things that make us special: honesty, authenticity, compassion. Unfortunately, no school teaches this particular skill. Even meditation usually focuses on transcending self rather than leveraging it. Let us think about …