Do More That’s Difficult

One of the underlying truths about productivity and success is this: they require a special effort. In most situations, it’s simply far easier to remain average rather than excel. In fact, functioning at a higher level of productivity and success not only

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The Value of Patience

We’ve built a “hurry up” culture in which a fast result is often thought to be the highest prize: “Same day delivery,” “Lose weight fast,” “Ready in five minutes,” Twitter, Tik Tok, and so forth. But favoring “hurry up” can be a

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Problems Are Good

No, really. I’ll show you why the conventional thinking about problems is not always correct, and how they can sometimes – although not always – be good. Granted, some problems are bad. For example, the sinking of the Titanic. But not every

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Stop Limiting Yourself

Whether you know it or not, you face two sets of constraints on your ability to be productive and successful: One comes from the external limits imposed on you by society, your job, your family and friends, your circumstances, your resources, unavailable

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Manage Your Mental Bandwidth

If you look back on your mental processes at various times, you’ll recognize periods when you were busier than others. Think about those busier times, and you’ll probably remember that you naturally prioritized certain tasks, projects, and goals while letting others slide,

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Fixing What Broke

If this were a perfect world, everything would go great all the time. But since it’s not, we all must regularly deal with breakage: things that go wrong with situations, events, material items, relationships, plans, opportunities, hopes, dreams, and more. They all

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Enter the Implementation Phase

It’s wonderful to have fresh, creative ideas. It’s even better when they come to you easily and plentifully. Some ideas arrive in a flash of inspiration, while others emerge only after long periods of thought, research, and experience. Either way, it’s disappointing

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Build Your Self-Reliance

Maybe it’s just me, but I can’t help thinking that people who want to be more productive and successful need an extra helping of self-reliance. Why? Because the vast majority of people are not very productive or successful, and it takes better

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