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Geniuses aren't born, they're made - and 3 of their daily habits can make you smarter

Geniuses aren't born, they're made - and 3 of their daily habits can make you smarter
We often use genius to imply someone was born great. Natural talent exists, but most people we consider geniuses still worked daily and put in considerable effort. Reflecting for 10 minutes, reading for 20, and focusing for 30 minutes a day can help you get smarter at anything - even if you weren't born brilliant.


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The meaning of 'genius'

The meaning of 'genius'

This is one of the most misused terms in history. We correctly label intellectual brilliance and creative power as 'genius'  but we should stop assuming that those things arise from talent or inborn giftedness alone.

While talent is indeed responsible for some extraordinary results, most accomplishments generally result from a combination of practice, habit, and mindset.

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Reflect for 10 minutes a day

Reflect for 10 minutes a day

Ask yourself one hard question every day, and take time to ponder it. How often do you ask yourself why you do what you do?

Deep, contemplative questions force you to go further than most people ever do when they're daydreaming or casually dosing off, and they teach you to think with clarity.

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Read for 20 minutes a day

Read for 20 minutes a day

An article may engage you, and you may even learn something new and valuable,  but it can't quite do the job of absorbing you like a good story or some detailed research might.

If you were to read 15 pages of a book per day, by the end of the year, you'd have completed between 15 to 20 books. That's a greater return on time and money invested than any other activity.

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Focus for 30 minutes a day

Focus for 30 minutes a day

Learning to learn is a crucial quality for this fast-changing world, and it comes from the ability to focus on something that pushes you to ask more of yourself.

It doesn't matter if it's a hobby or a personal project, it's worth dedicating even just half an hour a day to getting a little better at it in a tangible and measurable way.

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Default choices

Default choices

90% of your daily decisions happen automatically, many shaped by your environment. Thus, most decisions are a habit, not a deliberate choice.

To make smarter choices, design smarter...

Designing your life

Design your life like a choice architect:

  • Encourage smarter decisions you want to do by making them more accessible.
  • Add friction to habits you want to quit, making them less accessible, or remove the option to perform them completely.

Richard Thaler

Richard Thaler

“First, never underestimate the power of inertia. Second, that power can be harnessed.” 

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Mindfulness in major religions

Instructions for mindfulness meditations have been found in ancient texts of nearly every major religion, but it's Buddhism that exemplifies best mindfulness meditation: it...

Meditation and healthcare

Meditation has drifted from its religious connections and has been adopted by psychologists, healthcare professionals and other secular organizations as an effective way to deal with the stress and illnesses of the modern world.

3 core components of meditation:

  • Awareness: Focus on developing awareness. 
  • Non-Judgement: Witnessing an experience or sensation without attachment or criticism.
  • Peace: Though your feelings are valuable, mindfulness teaches you how to find serenity despite them.