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How To Know If You'll Be Successful - Thrive Global - Medium

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How To Know If You'll Be Successful - Thrive Global - Medium
Life is complex and messy. It can be extremely difficult to get traction, let alone find motivation. But motivation is something you can learn to create at will. Becoming deeply passionate is also within your creative control. As a result, you can completely predict your own success.

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If you want to remain mediocre at something forever, keep it to yourself

If you want to remain mediocre at something forever, keep it to yourself

If you want to become extremely successful, then openly share your dreams with your loved ones. Friends and family will also hold you accountable to your dreams and goals if they see you not making progress.

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“It doesn’t matter what your vision is. It matters what your vision does.” — Peter M. Senge, The Fifth Disciple

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Practice is all about perfecting skills

Practice is all about perfecting skills
True practice and learning force you to deeply examine the chinks in your armor. You are only as strong as your weakest link. In a world that tells you to ignore your weaknesses, true practitioners do the opposite.

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Address problems as they arise

Address problems as they arise

If you do not address a problem in 0.25 seconds after a mistake is made, then you probably won’t do anything about it. You’ll shrug your shoulders and keep going. This is really bad for learning. If you simply address your problems on the spot, correct them, and learn better ways, then you don’t have to continuously repeat the problem.

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Learning and growing are emotional and often painful experiences

Learning and growing are emotional and often painful experiences

When you go through a painful experience, that experience can only become one of two things to you. It’s either going to become a long-term problem, or it’s going to become a core strength.

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4 Stages of Creative Control

  • Preparation: you’re learning everything you can about the problem.
  • Incubation: you’re allowing your unconscious mind to work on the problem.
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Creative work categories

  • Prioritize: The clearer your priorities, the more focused you can be on the task at hand. 
  • Generate: Build a creative habit. Make a daily deliverable, whether it’s 100-words a day, a 30-second song etc...
  • Explore: When you Explore, you collect the raw materials for the insights you’ll have when you Generate.
  • Research: To solve a creative problem, you have to learn whatever you can about that problem.
  • Recharge: When you rest, you allow your unconscious mind to work on your creative problems.
  • Polish: A great idea won’t work if you don’t execute it well.
  • Administrate: make it all work, so you can keep doing what you’re doing.

Becoming a perpetual creativity machine

  1. Build a tiny creative habit: Find the time of day with the best creative energy and make your daily deliverable so small, you can’t stand to fail.
  2. Take time to Prioritize: Once you’ve established a habit, dedicate an hour a week to a “weekly review”.
  3. Rest with a purpose: Establish times during your day and your week when you’ll do something that Recharges you.

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