Anders Ericsson

The Eight Major Components of Flow

April 11, 2017

Here is a Wiki briefing on a concept that is the focus of Mihaly Csikszentmihályi‘s eponymous book, published in 1990. “In positive psychology, flow, also known as being ‘the zone,’ is the mental state of operation in which a person…

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How to Unleash Your Unconscious Mind

March 24, 2017

In The Leading Brain, Friederike Fabritius and Hans Hagemann explain several ”powerful science-based strategies for achieving peak performance.” For example, these are their key points in Chapter 5, “Unleash Your Unconscious”: o Your unconscious brain runs the show. Even when you…

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The Leading Brain: A book review by Bob Morris

March 19, 2017

The Leading Brain: Powerful Science-Based Strategies for Achieving Peak Performance Friederike Fabricius and Hands Hagemann TarcherPerigee/Penguin Random House (February 2017). Here are several science-based strategies that can drive peak performance Although by no means an authority in the multiple dimensions…

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How to Manage Habits

March 16, 2017

In The Leading Brain, Friederike Fabritius and Hans Hagemann explain several ”powerful science-based strategies for achieving peak performance.” In Chapter 4, Fabritius and Hagemann offer these key points: o Our brains prefer the path of least resistance. In order to…

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Elite Minds: A book review by Bob Morris

September 20, 2016

Elite Minds: How Winners Think Differently to Create a Competitive Edge and Maximize Success Stan Beecham McGraw-Hill (September 2016) If the mind is what the brain does, this is how and why it controls the body In the title of…

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Presentation Skills 201: A book review by Bob Morris

June 18, 2016

Presentation Skills 201: How to Take It to the Next Level as a Confident, Engaging Presenter William R. Steele Erie Publishing (2016) How you present yourself when interacting with others will probably determine what they think of you, for better…

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The Myth of Meritocracy

June 2, 2016

In The Success Equation: Untangling Skill and Luck in Business, Sports, and Investing, Michael J. Mauboussin rigorously examines a common mistake when making predictions: failing to recognize luck’s existence or miscalculating its influence, “and as a consequence we dwell too…

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TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking: A book review by Bob Morris

May 16, 2016

TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking Chris Anderson Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (May 2016) How to take “something you really care about and rebuild it inside the minds” of those with whom you share it I cannot think…

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Malcolm Gladwell got it wrong: “Deliberate practice” — not 10,000 hours — key to achievement, psychologist says

April 21, 2016

Here is a brief excerpt from an article by Tristin Hopper for the National Post which focuses on the so-called “10,000 hour rule” – enshrined in Gladwell’s bestselling 2008 book Outliers – a misinterpretation by Gladwell that mastery in any…

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Debunking the Myth of the 10,000-Hours Rule: What It Actually Takes to Reach Genius-Level Excellence

January 2, 2015

Here is a brief excerpt from an article by Maria Popova featured by her website, Brain Pickings. She explains how top-down attention, feedback loops, and daydreaming play into the science of success. To read the complete article and check out…

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