9. Push yourself to become more productive. - Deepstash
9. Push yourself to become more productive.

9. Push yourself to become more productive.

Being busy and being productive are two different things. The future you want is created by what you do. Smart people make the most of today.

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15. Share what you know.

Learning something new is important, but sharing that knowledge makes what you've learned actionable and meaningful.

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1. Question Everything.

Don't assume anything or subscribe unthinkingly to the conventional wisdom. Keep your eyes and mind wide open. The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge--and questioning and curiosity are the key to overcoming it.

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2. Read as much as you can.

Make reading a habit--serious reading, not celebrity gossip and lists on the web. Even if it's just part of a chapter each day, stick to your reading schedule and your intellect will be enriched.

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To be innovative means making creativity more important than the fear of being wrong. Even in the things you do every day, you can be inventive and experimental. When you take risks, make mistakes, and have fun instead of slogging through the same routine. You'll have a daily reminder that imagination and creativity can change the world.

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We're all so distracted, it's easy to dash from one thing to another without pausing to consider what it means. Make time to pause and reflect--reflection is an important part of the learning process.

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8. Exercise your body.

As you're caring for your mind don't neglect your body. Build discipline in doing what you need to do in terms of diet, exercise, and sleep.

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3. Discover what motivates you.

Find a topic that keeps you interested and dive in. It's easier to stay engaged with a topic you find stimulating. Find a format that stimulates your mind, too, whether it's a podcast or a newspaper. Feed your mind well with things it will enjoy.

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13. Be mindful of what you are absorbing.

Everything you take part in is either uplifting or detrimental to your mind. It's important to silence inner and outer negativity--once you do, you begin to play a role in shaping your mindsets and beliefs, which in turn guide your actions.

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12. Replace TV with online learning.

Devote your break time to something more productive than social media or binge watching TV. The internet is filled with awesome learning tools. It's a small habit but a big win if you can nourish your brain and advance your career and life at the same time.

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It turns out that journaling is an important way to become smarter. Taking a few minutes each day to reflect in writing has been shown to boost your brain power. Smart happens when you learn from your experiences.

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14. Read something you normally wouldn't.

Every day, look online and in other media for topics, interests, or other sources that fall off your usual path. When you do, you absorb wisdom you would never have been able to access otherwise.

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16. Apply your new knowledge.

There really is no point in learning something if it doesn't make you smarter or inspire you to improve. The smartest people apply what they know not to become a person of success but rather to become a person of value.

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Intelligent people tend to have fewer friends than the average person--at least in part because the smarter you are, the more selective you become. Who you spend time with reflects who you are.

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5. Hang out with people who are smarter than you.

Smart people have interesting things to talk about. They know how to expand their mind and feed their brain, so spending time with them is good for you on multiple levels. Seek them out at work, in service organizations, and socially.

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10. Come up with new ideas daily.

Carry a journal to jot down ideas when they come to you. Push yourself to be creative and to think in new ways. Review your ideas weekly and edit them as you go.

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6. Remember that every expert was once a beginner.

When you have an opportunity to learn something new, you become smarter. Make a point of continuously and consistently acquiring new skills, because life will never stop teaching if you're willing to learn.

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11. Do something that scares you.

Facing your fears makes you braver, smarter, and better able to withstand what life throws at you. Sometimes the greatest rewards in life come from doing the things that scare you the most.

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You have an estimated 70,000 thoughts per day. That's 70,000 chances to build yourself up or tear yourself down.
If you call yourself names, doubt your abilities and second-guess your decisions, you'll harm your performance (and most likely you'll also be risking your physical and psychological health). But the good news is, you can change the way you think.

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"Don't be intimidated by what you don't know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else."

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SELF - CONTROL

Have you ever heard someone say, "I wish I had that kind of willpower ," when her friend orders the salad instead of the chicken? It's as if they are convinced some people were born with self control . But self discipline is a learned skill, not an innate characteristic.

There's no evidence that increased leisure time equates to increased self-discipline. In fact, it doesn't matter how much time you have but what you choose to do with your time, matters.

Similar to building physical muscle, your mental muscle requires intentional exercise. Over time, your self-discipline muscles can be built.

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