In truth, there is not one reality: there are millions of possibilities that could be constructed into a reality in every given second. It all depends on which information your brain chooses to process! So if your reality is a choice, the important next question is: have you chosen the one that will help you harness your multiple intelligences to their fullest potential and lead to greater success and growth?
Taken from: Before Happiness: The 5 Hidden Keys to Achieving Success, Spreading Happiness, and Sustaining Positive Change
by Shawn Achor, Crown Business, 2013
The “10,000-hour rule”–that this level of practice holds the secret to great success in any field–has become sacrosanct gospel, echoed on websites and recited as litany in high-performance workshops. The problem: it’s only half true.
No less an expert than Anders Ericsson, the Florida State University psychologist whose research on expertise spawned the 10,000-hour rule of thumb, told me….”You have to tweak the system by pushing,” he adds, “allowing for more errors at first as you increase your limits.”
Taken from: Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence by Daniel Goleman, Harper, 2013
But in the workplace, give and take becomes more complicated. Professionally, few of us act purely like givers and takers, adopting a third style instead. We become matchers, striving to preserve an equal balance of giving and getting. Matchers operate on the principle of fairness: when they help others, they protect themselves by seeking reciprocity. If you’re a matcher, you believe in tit for tat, and your relationships are governed by even exchanges of favors.
Taken from: Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success by Adam M. Grant, Viking, 2013
You have begun the important process of clarifying and choosing the success values you want to embrace for the next stage of your life. It is your life story you are writing, after all. So you get to select the character traits and motivations for the person playing the central role.
Taken from: Springboard: Launching Your Personal Search for Success by G. Richard Shell, Portfolio, 2013