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How to Learn a New Skill in 20 Hours!

There are two types of people… the ones who pick a skill they love, and master it for the rest of their lives. And the ones who want to learn a new skill every month without really becoming an expert.

By the title of this post, you can already predict which group I belong to… Seriously, I would love to become an expert in one specific skill. But there are so many different things I want to learn, that it becomes really difficult to focus on only one! 

I decided to embrace my peculiar way of being and study effective methods to learn a new skill till reaching a satisfying level for me. 

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How to Focus Intensively on a Task

I’m a very distractible person! I always felt I couldn’t  focus intensively on anything for more than 5 minutes!

I would start studying but 5 minutes later I was already cleaning my room, eating, reading, or worse, checking facebook!

On the contrary, I always saw other friends who were, for me, an annoying example of intense focus! If they were watching a show they enjoyed, I could scream into their ears and still they wouldn't listen to me! What the hell…

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The Art of Learning & How to Master a Skill

This book, "The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance", is not the ultimate guide to learn how to learn, but a journey. Josh’s journey mastering chess and later in his life mastering Tai Chi (a Chinese martial art). Based on his experience he offers valuable advice on how to master a skill! 

Joshua Waitzkin won the U.S. Junior Chess championship two times, and won several other chess competitions during his career.

As an adult, he learned Tai Chi and won several US National medals and also won a champion title (Taiji Push Hands in 2004).

I didn’t know exactly what to expect from this book, but I can say it was a nice surprise.

Even though the book focus mostly on the author's career and life, he teaches valuable lessons on how to master a skill.

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There’s always a Way Out

There are some decisions that can be very hard to make. The most difficult ones, are usually the ones with enough power to change your entire life.

Making decisions is something we have to do all the time. Chosing what to eat, what to wear, which road to take, which book to read, etc.

Those type of decisions don't impact our lives in a substancial way. They are just there for us to make without causing much trouble.

But there comes a time when something big arrives, and we need to decide. Those are moments of tension, nerves, anxiety, and most of all, fear!

We fear to chose the wrong thing. Of course we do.

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interview with kent healy

The Greatest Minds: Interview with Kent Healy #6

Last year, I read an amazing book that changed my life completely. This year, I got the change to get an interview with Kent Healy, the author of that book! 

The book is called "The Success Principles for Teens: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be", and was written by Jack Canfield and Kent Healy. 

I was really inspired by the successful stories I read, that inspired me to become a better version of myself, in everything I had to do! 

Since that time, I was really intrigued by getting to know more about the co-author and his career! Thankfully, I got an interview with Kent Healy to fullfill my curiosity. 

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My Notes on Choose Yourself by James Altucher

I’ve been listening to James Altucher podcast lately, and because he is such an interesting human being, I decided to read one of his books: Choose Yourself : Be Happy, Make Millions, Live the Dream.

This book covers some important moments of his life. He talks a lot about the way he messed up everything in his life more than 3 times.

Choose Yourself in Tough Times

Those were dark and difficult moments, when he lost everything he had. He lost his wife. He lost friends. And also money and jobs. 

I really admire the author for having the courage to tell us his story. His human story. Because just like all of us, he made a ton of mistakes.

I’m glad I read this book, because sometimes we think about really successful people as some sort of “perfect heroes”, who know exactly how to be successful without much effort. Heroes who were simply lucky in life. Heroes that make no mistakes at all.

That’s not true, of course.

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the creative habit book review by twyla tharp

My Notes on The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp

I started reading The Creative Habit because of Chase Jarvis recommendation. 

He wrote a blog post where he shared a list of 6 books that "will make you more creative". I chose The Creative Habit to read because the title was already a lesson! And when the title is a lesson, you know the rest of the book will be great!

Twyla Tharp, is a great American dance choreographer, that produced more than 130 dances.

Inside Creative Habit I learnt a lot about dance and Twyla experience with creating choreographies which I found really interesting.​

As you can imagine, creating choreographies requires constant creativity.

But what is creativity for Twyla?

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The Creative Muscle – The Gym for Creative Minds

Most people think that being creative is something that is born with us. And there’s no way to practise, or to become better on it. So, who is born with their creative muscle strong, is simply lucky!

I admit it: I always said I wasn’t creative. Guess what? I was wrong!

I can be as creative as I want to! Because I have the power to create my own creativity habits, my rituals, I can practise in order to be more creative.

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interview with taylor clark

The Greatest Minds: Interview with Taylor Clark #5

I'm a huge fan of Gary Vaynerchuk and of his show "Ask Gary Vee".

Recently, I came across a call that he received from Taylor. And I absolutely loved their dialogue, and the way he opened her eyes (and mine too). 

​She was challenged by Gary to create a business in the next 30 days and to document everything. Since then, I've been following her journey and loving it! 

So I decided to get an interview with Taylor Clark, because I thought that would be really interesting! ​

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