12 Rituals to Make You Successful

Many successful and famous people share routines, that help in succeeding but which are done quietly and often hidden from the public.

1) Have a morning routine. Start your day with a one hour long calm routine, don’t just start to react to busywork. This helps to concentrate and be proactive.

2) Focus on the important. Choose what to do and forget the rest. Plan what to do to achieve your goals, prioritize and evaluate results.

3) Take action, today. Perfect idea or plan is nothing without execution. Successful people ship.

4) Turn hardships into insight. Look at things with a fresh perspective.

5) Challenge yourself. Do things that are hard and uncomfortable. Stretching your limits makes you learn. Don’t be afraid to fail, just do it again.

6) Trust your informed intuition. When making hard decisions, first learn all possible about it. Then do what you feel is right.

7) Mindfully focus on the positive. Brains perform the best when you are in a positive mood.

8) Create reminders for your goals. This helps to choose to do things that take you closer to that goal, instead of things that are just easy.

9) Keep a journal. Writing things down helps to think. Write what you did, plan to do, what you learned and/or where you made mistakes.

10) Have a mentor who has done what you want to do. This motivates and helps to learn. Observing a successful model can also be beneficial for you.

11) Welcome constructive criticism. Be gracious with it and learn. (Let go of unconstructive criticism.) If you don’t get critiqued, you are too plain and not trying hard enough.

12) Be humble. Don’t pretend to be perfect. Fail. Ask help. Learn from everyone.

Key words: stretch and observe. Push yourself to your limits, do things you don’t master yet. Observe and emulate successful people.

Source:

Angel Chernoff: 12 Quiet Rituals of Enormously Successful Humans

 

12 Tips to Remember What You Read

Just reading isn’t enough if you want to use that information later on. These tips help you to remember what you read.

Read with a purpose
Think why you are reading, and how the text helps you to reach your goal. This makes it easier to see the parts that are important for you.

Use the SQ3R method
SQ3R is an active reading and note-taking method that helps remembering the key points of a text.

First skim the material
Look at headings, images and captions, and read the abstract. This helps to get a sense of the whole material and subject.

Focus on blocks of text
Instead of reading word-by-word, learn to focus on larger blocks of the text. Besides making reading faster, this also helps understanding the whole.

Highlight, but not too much
Highlight only key words and ideas. After reading few paragraphs or pages, try to remember the key ideas. Then check your highlights to see if you remembered all correctly.

Think in pictures
Create a mental image of the content. Or try to experience being a part of the situation, instead of observing it from outside. Both require understanding the content and help in memorizing. Mind maps are also good for making connections between concepts.

Rehearse
Every few pages or after finishing a chapter, stop and think what you just read. Ask questions about the content. (What this means? How this helps me? What wasn’t said? How this can be applied? Where this has connections to?) Do you have real-world problems to solve? If not, find some from textbooks or old exams.

Explain
Explain the concept to someone. Summarize the text with your own words. If you can’t, re-read.

Flashcards
Make flashcards, paper or electronic. They are good for memorizing facts.

Have a break when you can’t concentrate
Stop reading for a moment after you have reached your attention span. (Typically 15 minutes for hard content.) Learn to concentrate longer.

Rehearse after reading
When finishing your reading session, rehearse again as instructed above. Repeat twice during the day, and once per day for a few days.

Re-read
Read the text again. This not only helps you to remember, but also to understand better (since you have a sense of the whole) and to correct your (possible) misinterpretations.

Sources:

Bill Klemm: 8 Tips To Remember What You Read

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