The state of flow

The flow state is the time when you are working on something and you become so focused on your work that you lose track of time. Athletes have reported feeling in a state of flow when they reach their peak, where all of their attention is diverted toward their exercise.

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How to ask better questions

I know a lot of people who have so much knowledge to share, and I have tried my best to ask better questions because I they have so much to share. If we only have someone’s attention for a few minutes or hours, we should do our best to ask questions that will help us get the best answers.

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Creating Luck

The interesting thing about luck is that there are two types: intrinsic luck; and luck generated by our actions. We often think that luck means something good has happened randomly that we didn’t foresee. This often isn’t the case, however. We can create our own luck. And in doing so we are able to increase access to new opportunities.

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Why Everyone Should Write

Everyone should write. This is one of my deepest held beliefs. Through writing, you can create new opportunities, develop a greater clarity of thought, and navigate your way through the world. Writing is a way where we can take the unstructured thoughts in our head and turn them into something tangible. Something other people can read at any time from anywhere.

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How To Make Big Decisions

In truth, making big decisions is something we often try to avoid. We delay doing something until something else happens. Or we justify our maintaining the status quo by saying we will do something new tomorrow. But tomorrow is just an excuse. If we don’t commit to something now, then it will never get done.

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The Signaling Theory of Higher Education

The better grades a student gets, the more prepared they are for school — according to teachers and parents. Yet even as children become cognizant of this fact, they find it difficult to internalize this fact — they can’t tell themselves that employment success is measured by academic success. Perhaps these students are on to something.

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A Primer on Personal Currencies

Imagine a world where you could invest directly in creators, and you gave them upside in your future earnings or some royalties in exchange for giving you the capital you needed to get started. Imagine if you could create your own currency that could be bought and sold by other people that represented an hour of your time.

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Rules for Reading

We need to develop a set of rules which govern how we read, what we read, and how we choose what we are going to read. If you carefully select what you read, you will be able to acquire knowledge more effectively and improve your comprehension over subjects in which you are interested.

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How to Overcome Writer’s Block

As a writer, I have encountered writer’s block on many occasions. I would go down to start writing, and I wouldn’t be able to start — my mind was empty. Most people attribute writer’s block to being caused by a lack of ideas, but I would argue that the ideas are in your mind, but you just haven’t found them yet.

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Improving Your Mind

The principles of training and routines do not just apply to athletes, they apply to everyone. Each day we should be trying to acquire new knowledge that acts as an update to our internal operating system — something that will help us perform better tomorrow. The true benchmark for mental success is to go to bed smarter than when you woke up.

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Independent Academia

Contrary to what academia believes, you do not need to have a degree to become a researcher. In the past, there have been dozens of researchers who have financed their work independently from traditional institutions. In the 18th and 19th century, independent researchers emerged as a new type of academic — those who were passionate about research, but were not interested in academia.

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Reversible vs. Irreversible

Indeed, having information is the key to making good decisions, and it can take a lot of time to gather all of the quality data you need to make a truly informed decision. However, many people use gathering information as an excuse to delay making a decision. They gather too much information from outside sources, and become less certain in their own judgement.

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