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 […]

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14 Lessons on Success from Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger, while controversial in recent years, has been an inspiration to thousands of people for the last several decades. Born to a poor Austrian family, he came from nothing to become a seven-time world champion in bodybuilding, one of the highest paid actors in Hollywood, and governor of California. His commitment to hard work, subverting the system, and discovering how to win makes him a role model for just about anyone trying to find success […]

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How to Simplify Your Life in One Easy Step

Cut Down on Your Decision Making Did you ever play Pokemon when you were a kid? Each of the characters had a certain amount of life points. That’s you. Everyday when you wake up, you start with 100 Life Points. These are your decision making points. Everything you do takes decision making points. Deciding whether to go to the gym in the morning or after work takes decision making points. Deciding what to eat for […]

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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 […]

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Momentum: The Only Measure for Success | Part II

I’ve written about the importance of momentum in creating sustained success and results in your life. We already discovered the first of three key assets in the creation of momentum: the ability to motivate yourself to do the important work. The second key to creating and sustaining momentum is using your time more efficiently. We all have the same amount of time in our day. Everyone gets twenty-four hours. It can seem like an incredibly […]

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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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The Book Shelf: The Power of Habit

“When a habit emerges, the brain stops fully participating in decision making. It stops working so hard, or diverts focus to other tasks. So unless you deliberately fight a habit—unless you find new routines—the pattern will unfold automatically…The problem is that your brain can’t tell the difference between bad and good habits, and so if you have a bad one, it’s always lurking there, waiting for the right cues and rewards.” Reviewing Charles Duhigg’s The […]

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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 […]

Premed Success: The Key Mindset for Getting into Medical School

When I was a student at the University of North Carolina I attended a seminar for pre-medical undergraduates. It was hosted by one of the Organic Chemistry professors, who also doubled as the leading academic advisor for premeds. The idea of the lecture was teaching students how to excel in their more difficult courses and create a well rounded application for medical school. But it was also to prepare the students for failure. “There are over […]