Lyndon B. Johnson

President Lyndon B. Johnson: 10 Ways to Become More Likable

Think Right Towards People The basic rule for winning success, according to President Lyndon Johnson, is that success is impossible to achieve without the support of others. You can’t do it all by yourself. You need mentors for guidance. You need a network for opportunity. Employers to make use of your value. Customers to give worth to your creations. Without other people, your efforts exist within a vacuum that can have little impact upon the greater […]

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Non-Traditional Students: It’s Never Too Late

Sarah grew up in a poor, abusive household with her three sisters. Her mother was an unemployed, bi-polar housewife who teetered on the edge of being friendly one moment and a screaming psychopath the next. Her father was a born-again fundamentalist Christian after volunteering three tours in Vietnam. He faced bouts of alcoholism. He could barely lift his right arm due to a bullet wound suffered during the war, which made finding work difficult. To fight […]

The Magic of Thinking Big

Ridiculously In-Depth Notes: The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz

One of the most popular articles to date on this website has been a guide to what I view as the seven most helpful self-improvement books. Coming in at #3 is David J. Schwartz’s The Magic of Thinking Big. I cannot underscore the importance of this book in relation to developing a powerful mindset geared towards success. Most people do not set large goals for themselves. Instead they settle for mediocrity and then wonder why the find themselves […]

Where Will Hard Work Take You?

Quick: Would you rather be a genius or a hard worker? Go with whatever first comes to mind, although if you’ve ever uttered the phrase, “work smarter, not harder,” then you probably know where you stand. In this age of striving for success, I frequently here the message to “find your unfair advantage.” Generally this is used when attempting to build a startup or a company that will eventually rival Facebook and Google and earn […]

self improvement books

Seven Self-Improvement Books that Will Change Your Life

Get from Where You are to Where You Want To Be I’ve always been a fan of self-improvement books, but not in the traditional sense. A good self-improvement book is not like a pep talk. The goal of the book should be to take you beyond your initial feelings of motivation. You should be able to take the insights you learned from the book and apply them to improving your life. You don’t want a book […]

Momentum

Momentum: The Only Measure for Success | Part III

In previous posts I covered the first two pillars of the creation of momentum. We learned that the ability to motivate yourself to do the important work is the first step in achieving success. Next is about increasing your efficiency. You want to be able to maximize results in shorter amounts of time. The final key to the creation of momentum is less about the external world you interact with than the internal one. It’s about […]

Momentum

Momentum: The Only Measure for Success

For some reason, most of us hold the mistaken belief that successful people must have been born that way. We find it hard to believe that they were ever just ordinary people before becoming astronomically wealthy, or world class in whatever field it is that we envy. Even if they did experience some kind of journey to that position in life, we assume they must have been born with the skills necessary to achieve what […]

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Can an Average Student get into Medical School? Exploring the Growth Mindset

If there’s one thing premed students worry over above all else it’s whether they’re smart enough to get into medical school. For the students with 3.9 GPAs, 38+ scores on the MCAT, and solid letters of recommendations it may seem like a no brainer–maybe they won’t get into their first choice of school, but they’re getting in. But what about the rest of us? By definition, most of us are average. Most of us are going to fall […]