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 …

What do we learn from US presidents?

The US president is the most powerful man in the world. So all eyes are on that man. Yet all people are unique and leaders have profoundly unique styles.  What can we learn from the US presidents, and does that apply to our own lives? I want to approach this as an exercise in critical …

Iterative method

One of the key methodologies we use is progressive overload. This means doing things slightly above the current capacity to prepare yourself for improvement. You may choose another iterative method base on your personal needs. More stuff you can read here, here, here, and here. Progressive overload One of the things we do in speedreading, is …

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 …

The art of reflection: master life without filters

As we become productive, we need to lose some of our filters. So we get also more vulnerable. Dealing with this vulnerability is easy and important, and in any case, it should not be ignored. The filters need to be replaced by reflection. Additionally, as we become more productive, investment in resilience should grow. Reflection …

How To Study Smarter By Discovering Your Learning Style

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The saying goes, ‘learn smarter not harder’, however, the best place to start is having a comprehensive understanding of our own learning style. In fact, did you know that your studies and overall learning can be more effective when you take a dynamic approach to the delivery? Looking beyond strict course outcomes and instead focusing …

KeyToStudy for four years

As you probably know by now, I am building new masterclasses on Thinkific. One of the questions people often ask me: what can you offer beyond reading very fast and remember everything.  To be honest, reading and memorizing is about 25% of my skillset. So I decided to open all of my super-skills for the …

Can reasonable expectations raise better children?

We want from our children too much. If poor people in poor countries want their kids to have a college education and a reasonably good job, we want them to realize our fantasies. They can practice sports and music, in addition to getting good scores in school, but we do not stop there. Should we …

Legacy: writing for your children

What motivates people? This seems to be a trivial question, but the answers are often amazing. In this article, I will focus on some of my own motives for writing this blog and related materials. The reason is very simple: if any of these applies, you might want to use some of my tools. Secret …

The nature of trust

Trust is very important for many social activities. Be it trade, collaboration, or competition, the trust ensures fair game. We want to be trusted. This provides access to better deals, emotional support, and better sleep at night. What does it take to be trusted? TLDR Before we go into a long discussion, I want to …