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5 First-Hand Tips To Become A Productivity Star

5 First-Hand Tips To Become A Productivity Star

By Nadina Lupu Nowadays, you simply have to be productive. In school, at work, in your personal life. We live in a create-on-demand world so you must have felt the pressure every now and then. The thing you always have to remember when it comes to being productive, regardless of the context: you need to […]

Developing Creativity: Limiting Ourselves With Myths

Developing Creativity: Limiting Ourselves With Myths

“Artists must be poor and sacrifice their well-being for their art.” “Artists are ‘bad’ at marketing.” “Artists should accept the solitary life and find solutions on their own.” “You can’t be a mother and a successful artist.” Those are some of the distorted perceptions about artists that I list in my post Artists are Crazy; […]

Dealing with perfectionism: how about being disappointing?

Dealing with perfectionism: how about being disappointing?

Being perfectionistic may be an attempt to be seen as superbly competent, and it can support the pursuit of excellence, but it is ultimately futile, in an absolute sense. We can support our personal growth and achievement if we are less obsessed with being perfect. Personal growth and business coach Molly Gordon says in her […]

Creativity and Life: The Thriving Online Conference

Creativity and Life: The Thriving Online Conference

The “Science of Thriving: At Work and In Life” online conference featured presentations by more than 20 leading scientists and authors. The Presenters: Presenters include Carol Dweck, Dan Ariely, Adam Grant, Daniel Pink, Sian Beilock, Art Markman, Maria Konnikova, Laura Vanderkam, Scott Barry Kaufman and others. From the site: “Finding real happiness and satisfaction in […]

The pluses and not so pluses of hypomania

The pluses and not so pluses of hypomania

In developing his book “The Hypomanic Edge: The Link Between (A Little) Craziness and (A Lot of) Success in America”, John D. Gartner, Ph.D. [of Johns Hopkins University Medical School] created a list of hypomanic traits he had synthesized from the psychiatric literature, as typical of an entrepreneur: “..filled with energy… flooded with ideas… driven, […]

Does feeling like a failure mean we are failures?

Does feeling like a failure mean we are failures?

One definition of failure is an event or action that does not happen the way we want, like Demi Moore’s character trying to create a pot in Ghost (1990) and losing control of the spinning clay. Of course, she and Patrick Swayze’s character had other pleasures to distract her from feeling too much like a […]

Creative obsessions: Adam Savage and Stanley Kubrick

Creative obsessions: Adam Savage and Stanley Kubrick

Is the kind of obsession many artists have with their creative work a mental health problem, some sort of OCD, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder? Therapist and creativity coach Eric Maisel, PhD notes in his article In Praise of Positive Obsessions that artists can be more than happy – and productive – when obsessed, but psychiatrists may […]

Talented women underestimating or stifling their abilities

Talented women underestimating or stifling their abilities

High Intelligence Specialist Deborah L. Ruf, Ph.D. comments in her book Losing Our Minds: Gifted Children Left Behind about some of the factors in why there are fewer eminent women in most fields : “In my experience, most girls and women, as a group, tend to see shades of meaning and concepts more easily and […]

The Seduction of Cognitive Enhancement

The Seduction of Cognitive Enhancement

“My Adderall helps me think so much clearer.” [From an ADD forum.] Who wouldn’t want that? It’s easy to be lured by the promises of a smart pill or cognitive enhancer that could help us not only think more clearly and access more memory, but feel good about ourselves and be tireless and endlessly confident. […]

Personal growth development - Are goals good?

Personal growth development – Are goals good?

Writer and therapist Pam Johnson points out there is value in achieving goals, because “Even if the goal is small, you will feel a great deal of success… Whatever the success is, you will have reached a goal. You need to learn to take pride in your goals as well. Do not think of yourself […]

More than feeling passionate

More than feeling passionate

Many people may find the advice to “Find your passion” to be useless or even fearful. Author Daniel Pink has said, “I find that question very daunting: What’s your passion? I find that almost paralyzing, in a way. “I find it less paralyzing to say, What are you interested in doing next?” He makes those […]

Anxious thinking about our abilities

Anxious thinking about our abilities

“I still have pretty much the same fears I had as a kid. I’m not sure I’d want to give them up; a lot of these insecurities fuel the movies I make.” Steven Spielberg There can be many flavors of anxiety related to creating – thinking about a project, worrying whether a description of a […]

Study Drugs Run Rampant and Wreak Havoc at Colleges and Graduate Schools

Study Drugs Run Rampant and Wreak Havoc at Colleges and Graduate Schools

By Valerie Harris Feeling fearless in the face of obstacles is one of the main reasons young people are attracted to illegal stimulants. Today’s piece acknowledges these cognitive “advantages” but focuses more heavily on the risks, particularly for those hoping for fruitful college, grad school, and career experiences. Writer Valerie Harris zeroes in on the […]

Failure and personal growth and achievement

Failure and personal growth and achievement

“You may have a fresh start any moment you choose, for this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down, but the staying down.” – Mary Pickford (1892-1979), one of the most popular movie stars of her era, and co-founder of United Artists. One of the many things that can fuel our sense […]

Grit and perseverance mean more than talent and high aptitude

Grit and perseverance mean more than talent and high aptitude

“Even Mozart’s early abilities were not the product of some innate spiritual gift.” That comment is from a NY Times op-ed by David Brooks, who adds, “His early compositions were nothing special. They were pastiches of other people’s work. “Mozart was a good musician at an early age, but he would not stand out among […]

Tama Kieves on claiming our potential with joy

Tama Kieves on claiming our potential with joy

Tama Kieves is an honors graduate of Harvard Law School, who “left her law practice with an elite corporate law firm to write and help others discover and soar in the work they’re meant to do, the life they came to live.” She writes in one of her articles: Yes, it’s easier to assume doom. […]

Performing at our best: Telesummit on Mental Toughness

Performing at our best: Telesummit on Mental Toughness

The Mental Toughness Summit 2012 Online podcast presentations by multiple “Thought-Leaders And Role Models on Extraordinary Achievement – Helping You Succeed Under Pressure” Free live online presentations May 21st – May 25th. Recordings available after the Summit. From the site: Why do some people perform at their best under pressure and others choke? What’s the […]

Multitasking is really task-switching. Some people are good at it.

Multitasking is really task-switching. Some people are good at it.

Can we really multitask effectively? Keep “many plates in the air”? Most of us try, with varying degrees of success. Here is an excerpt from an article by Derek Thompson in The Atlantic about what is going on: “Multitasking means screwing up several things at once,” somebody once said, wrongly. In fact, we don’t do many […]

Caffeine and anxiety and productivity

Caffeine and anxiety and productivity

Like other stimulants, caffeine can help improve creativity and productivity, up to a point. But there are health risks, including anxiety. The illusion of productivity “I used to drink several cups of coffee a day, but I kicked the habit a long time ago because I found that caffeine made me too jittery and unfocused.” […]

Achievement and/or Procrastination

Achievement and/or Procrastination

“You wait until the last minute to buy Christmas presents. You put off seeing the dentist, or getting that thing checked out by the doctor, or filing your taxes…. “Perhaps the stakes are higher than choosing to play Angry Birds instead of doing sit-ups. You might have a deadline for a grant proposal, or a […]

The Self-Employment Telesummit

The Self-Employment Telesummit

A testimonial about an earlier Telesummit: I love that you are talking about self-employment rather than business owner or small business. I would highly recommend this to anyone who is self-employed or thinking of the possibility of it. I feel like I got so much from all of the presenters. One thing that came across […]

Should You Combine Your Many Passions or Choose One?

Should You Combine Your Many Passions or Choose One?

By Marie Forleo Are you one of those people who have a lot of passions and have trouble knowing which one to choose? When you’re multipassionate, it can get hairy fast. For example, when it comes to your website, do you put everything under one umbrella or keep them separate? This, my friend, is a […]

Those Dream Jobs Don’t Just Happen, They’re Created

Those Dream Jobs Don’t Just Happen, They’re Created

A Los Angeles Times headline today reads: Bernanke sees a jobless ‘crisis’. Here is an excerpt from an article by Valerie Young related to meaningful job-creation: While traveling in northern California a few years ago, I happened to tune into a local newscast. The newscaster was telling his co-anchor that the speaker at that morning’s […]

Diversifying in a Challenging Economy

Diversifying in a Challenging Economy

What if you aren’t getting the acting jobs you want, or the writing assignments, or not enough people buy your paintings? What do you do when your primary creative endeavor does not support you enough emotionally or financially? Psychologist and creativity coach, Eric Maisel, PhD warns that this can have emotional consequences: “We get anxious […]

Marie Forleo on Living in the Moment

Marie Forleo on Living in the Moment

“I don’t know if any entrepreneur ever feels like they truly made it, because entrepreneurs in general are people that want to create something new.” “One of the things that I teach people is to not live in their mind, but to stay very engaged in the moment and stay engaged in action. “When you […]

Realizing multiple passions

Realizing multiple passions

Many multitalented people explore and implement a variety of interests in multiple fields. One example is Dean Kamen – an inventor, entrepreneur, and advocate for science and technology. He holds more than 440 patents, many for innovative medical devices, which can require mechanical engineering, biomedical research and ergonomics, among other fields. His more public inventions […]

The Creative Personality: Ambition and Envy

The Creative Personality: Ambition and Envy

“I want to be the most famous writer alive and the greatest writer ever.” T. Coraghessan Boyle. In her chapter “The Personalities of Creative Writers” of the book The Psychology of Creative Writing, Jane Piirto notes “Ambition and its doppelganger, envy, are not unknown among writers… “Writers need ambition, as do other creative producers, but […]

Overcoming creative anxiety: Eric Maisel on fear of success

Overcoming creative anxiety: Eric Maisel on fear of success

Eric Maisel provides helpful ideas about fear vs anxiety over success. He wrote: Hello, everybody: Yesterday I addressed the Tri-Valley branch of the California Writers Club on the subject of “overcoming creative anxiety.” I described 24 sources of anxiety in the lives of creative people and 22 anxiety-management strategies. In the question-and-answer period that followed, […]

The Mental Toughness Summit

The Mental Toughness Summit

.. Here is an excerpt from Renita Kalhorn’s interview with Pamela Slim: [Also see Inner Entrepreneur post Pamela Slim on Excuses People Use To Stay at a Job.] .. The Mental Toughness Summit [From the site:] “The telesummit features exclusive LIVE interviews by Renita Kalhorn with world-class motivation and mental toughness experts – New York […]

Developing Creativity and Business Success Using Our Intuition

Developing Creativity and Business Success Using Our Intuition

Many authors and coaches declare that we can benefit from using our gut reactions, hunches, instincts – that using insights we get in addition to the usual senses and rational thought can guide our personal development and enhance creativity and business success. The photo is writer, producer, director Guillermo del Toro and a creature from […]

Rich Schefren on Strategic Profits

Rich Schefren on Strategic Profits

Rich Schefren has been featured on media outlets like The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, ABC, NBC, FOX, MSNBC, The Discovery Channel, The Daily News, The New York Post… and many others. Business leader and speaker Brian Tracy says Rich’s coaching “has made a bigger difference in the profit margins of high-level Internet marketers than anyone […]

Pursuing your passions toward a fulfilled life

Pursuing your passions toward a fulfilled life

One of the ways we can energize our ambitions and more fully use our talents is to become more aware of our real passions. And one way to do that is to enjoy characters in films, and pay attention to how we feel about them and their actions. In his article James Bond Has It […]

Personal development - Ignoring critics and failure

Personal development – Ignoring critics and failure

“You ain’t goin’ nowhere, son. Better get y’all job back drivin’ a truck.” Grand Ole Opry manager to Elvis Presley. People who are creatively talented and willing to share those talents publicly – such as in writing, painting, performing or other creative expression – may be open to criticism, either direct or implied. Julie Delpy […]

Achievement, Anxiety, Amygdala

Achievement, Anxiety, Amygdala

After he saw his parents go from winning a state lottery to being bankrupt and on the verge of divorce, Dean Whittingham researched what led them from “utter bliss to despair and depression” – and strategies to help other people stay successful. At least part of the answer is in terms of brain function. “How […]

How Can a Jack of All Trades Be Master of Most?

How Can a Jack of All Trades Be Master of Most?

By Angie Dixon I love the myth of the Jack of All Trades. Well, not exactly. I love to talk and teach about the myth of the Jack of All Trades Master of None, because I know that it is a myth. I love to watch what happens when someone realizes that Jack of All […]

Psychology Degrees: What's Available?

Psychology Degrees: What’s Available?

Psychology Degrees: What’s Available? By Brian Jenkins Psychology is a very broad field with many possible areas of specialization. Those looking to enter the field have a number options. However, regardless of the area in which one wishes to specialize, most positions require at least a Master’s degree. One choice when deciding on Master’s degree […]

How an Online Education Motivates and Improves Your Psyche

How an Online Education Motivates and Improves Your Psyche

By Carrie Oakley Online education has redefined our lives in more ways than one – it has made quality learning accessible to people irrespective of location, distance, cost and prior qualifications; it has brought education to us instead of making us go in search of this valuable asset; and it has made it much easier […]

Self-limiting beliefs and developing your talents

Self-limiting beliefs and developing your talents

One of the keys to developing our talents is believing in our abilities and competence. Chris and Janet Attwood of The Passion Test point out “there are only three things that prevent anyone from living their passions: false beliefs, false concepts and false ideas.” “In coaching thousands of people on The Passion Test, the one […]