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One Hot Streak

One Hot Streak

"About 90% people have at least one hot streak" says Prof Dashun Wang, NWU. 

To facilitate a breakthrough, create an environment that will help achieve your full potential. Your work would be more diverse before you see a true hot streak. 

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Switch Your Approach, Focus

Once you see success, stick to a narrower than expected approach. It helps one become substantially more focused on what they work on, reflecting an exploitation strategy during hot streak. 

Experimentation and implementation of learning is the formula for a hot streak.

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Creative Career or not?

Those in creative careers often see a burst of success. That burst or a "hot streak" is seen right after an experimental phase of focus on one approach. 

Many creatives find themselves on a roll at some point in their career, like Peter Jackson (Lord of the Rings trilogy), but when it exactly happens is absolutely random.

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Experimentation of process

Scientists are more likely to try new things with small teams before a hot streak and large teams when it begins. Your future work is to analyze how long your experimentation period should be.

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Hot Streaks

Hot streaks are also known as 'career-defining periods of unusual success' and this has been observed in almost every domain such as Einstein's "Miracle Year" of groundbreaking discoveries to director Peter Jackson's box-office-smash Lord of the Rings trilogy. 

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Researchers analyzed the career-long performance of more than 20,000 scientists, 3,000 artists, and 6,000 filmmakers. 

They found and confirmed the existence of a "hot streak" in one's mid-career - a multiyear where there are a series of successful outcomes within a finite period. 

Between 80% to 91% of people analyzed were likely to have at least one hot streak, while a third had two hot streaks.

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Mind The Limitations Of Your Brain
  1. Decide important things early in the day, else decision fatigue sets in.
  2. Have snacks to keep your glucose high, else your brain will respond more strongly to immediate rewards.
  3. Sleeping or working on something else let’s you unconsciously work on complex problems.
  4. Consider options in a foreign language and look at them as if you were somebody else.
  5. Treat yourself for making a choice that benefits you more long-term instead.
  6. When making choices about the future, we tend to assume that how we feel now is how we’ll feel forever. 

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