5 Rules for Writing Well: C. S. Lewis’s Letter to a Young Writer

Posted by on Apr 18, 2016 in Education, Inspiration, Writing | 1 comment

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Do you have any favorite authors whose work you rave about to anyone who will listen?

You’ve read all of their books and may have even tried to imitate their style. Wouldn’t you love it if you could converse with them and get their feedback on how you could improve your writing?

In 1956, C. S. Lewis did just that for a young fan.

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Want to Be Successful? Cultivate the Growth Mindset

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Inspiration, Productivity | 2 comments

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Today, I am sharing another excerpt from my recently released eBook Study Smarter (if you haven’t read it yet, make sure to snag a free copy at the end of this post!). In the book, I have compiled all of the methods, tips, tricks, and strategies that helped me maintain high grades in college, beat procrastination, organize my time efficiently, and work productively. All of the strategies in this book can be adapted to suit any learning style as long you have a mindset of success.

This mindset is rooted in a single concept: we have the capability to improve ourselves for the better if we are willing to put in the hard work. With perseverance and determination, we can make ourselves smarter and develop skills we never knew we had. Carol Dweck (a researcher at Stanford University) coined the term “growth mindset” to describe this way of thinking. It is essential to long-term success.

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The Most Important Lesson My Father Has Taught Me

Posted by on Jun 20, 2015 in Inspiration | 0 comments

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Tomorrow is Father’s Day, and I thought I would share with you a little of the wisdom my father has taught me over the years. Wisdom that I have carried with me throughout the many ups and downs of life. Wisdom that has had such an integral role in making me who I am today. I sit here poised at my keyboard and say to myself, “I’ll pick the most important lesson he has taught me,” and, suddenly I don’t know where to begin.

There is so much I could tell.

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How to Become a Virtuoso: 5 Lessons from the Life of Child Prodigy Felix Mendelssohn

Posted by on Sep 25, 2014 in Inspiration, Productivity | 10 comments

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Felix Mendelsson: the child prodigy more gifted than Mozart. We can learn much from child prodigies.

It has long been argued that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was the most brilliant child musical prodigy who ever lived. At five years old, he could already play multiple instruments, had begun composing his own pieces, and was performing in the royal courts of Europe. However, eighteen years after Mozart’s death, another child prodigy was born: Felix Mendelssohn. Like Mozart, he demonstrated a rare and breathtaking musical talent. In fact, the famous German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, who had seen a seven-year-old Mozart perform in Frankfurt, dared to state that Mendelssohn’s skills surpassed those of Mozart. Goethe remarked to Mendelssohn’s teacher Zelter, “What your pupil already accomplishes, bears the same relation to the Mozart of that time that the cultivated talk of a grown-up person bears to the prattle of a child.”

Regardless of whether Mozart or Mendelssohn was the better musician, the fact that they were both so remarkably talented from such a young age is enough to fascinate and inspire. But, of course, talent alone does not equal success. The lives of child prodigies reveal many other factors that are essential for becoming a virtuoso. In today’s post, we’ll look at the life of Felix Mendelssohn to discover five lessons anyone can use to hone their own talents and skills.

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7 Steps to Masterful Public Speaking From Martin Luther King

Posted by on Aug 28, 2013 in Inspiration, Public Speaking, Writing | 2 comments

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Martin Luther King, Jr. delivering his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. (Wiki)

Fifty years ago this week, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Have a Dream” speech. The speech is consistently ranked as the most important American speech of the twentieth century. But not only is it the most important, it is also one of the most eloquent and inspiring. Dr. King’s speech demonstrates the profound impact public speaking can have on an audience and a nation.

If you have a powerful message, having the chance to deliver a speech before a captive audience is an invaluable opportunity. If you’ve never delivered a speech before, you might be afraid to give it a try. However, in today’s post we’ll look at seven effective steps for building your confidence and speaking masterfully.

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Habits of Highly Creative People: Hobby Collecting

Posted by on Jun 3, 2013 in Creativity, Inspiration, Productivity | 7 comments

Habits of Highly Creative People: Hobby Collecting

Your hobbies can make you smarter.

Want to make yourself smarter? Master a new hobby.

Some people enjoy playing the guitar in their free time. Others enjoy studying foreign languages. Others like to play tennis or cook gourmet meals or paint watercolor landscapes. Whatever hobby you seriously pursue, you are teaching yourself a new set of skills that you will be able to use across every area of your life.

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