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The ultimate motivation myth is that we all need motivation to get something done. But instead, we gain motivation when we see ourselves making progress.
It is not motivation that leads to action. It's action that leads to success, which leads to motivation, which leads to more action, which generates more success and motivation. This creates a positive dopamine feedback loop.
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Conventional wisdom says we should try and be specialised. We should get really good at one thing.
Instead, we should be thinking like generalists. There are so many different skills we can learn that will synergise. Innovation doesn't come from being very speciali...
We are often told that to get motivation to do something, we should set some kind of goal to motivate us to get started. This theory is misguided.
While there's nothing wrong with setting a goal, a goal isn't enough. Having a goal to run a marathon will not get you across the fin...
When we're unproductive or wasting our time, we like to tell ourselves we're missing motivation. We intuitively think that we need this motivation to give us the spark to get started.
However, we can reframe and restructure our lives so that we never need to worry about motivation again.
Jeff Haden, author of The Motivation Myth: How High Achievers Really Set Themselves Up to Win, explains why we misunderstand motivation.
Motivation is something you can create yourself. When you put in the effort, you will improve. Improvement feels good and motivates you to do what is on...
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Debunking some of the popular myths around motivation.
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Neuroscience offers clues on how motivation works within the brain.
Our self-motivation and excitement have a relatively short life span, and while we want to be motivated before we start something, it is only possible once we have begun. This paradox is called the Motivation Trap and basically implies that action precedes motivation and not the other way...
Instead of major inspiration that leads to action, it's the subtle systems that give results over time.
When we understand this, the attitude we need is curiosity, not just bravery. Success is primarily the result of careful design...
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