Did you know that human psychology is one of the most powerful tools to getting what you want inlife?
Humans are slow to evolve. So, as legendary businessman and advertising legend, Claude Hopkins says, once you learn human psychology, you will never have to unlearn it.
The truth about humans is that they are emotional creatures that make many illogical decisions. If you can understand and master these cognitive biases, you can use them to your advantage to safeguard your own decisions and ethically guide others to the decisions you want.
Before we continue, I want to emphasize that what I am going to tell you next must be used for ethical reasons. Otherwise, it will backfire for you in the long run.
To use the power of science and our research of the mind to improve your success in life. If you’re looking to level up your life by discovering new opportunities to succeed, this is the episode for you. There are plenty of psychological biases and faulty mental models that you are unaware of that may be sabotaging your performance and my goal is to expose them to you.
How do you overcome procrastination? We all have it. We all want to fix it. We all hate it. Yet we still find ourselves putting off what we know we should be doing to do something more fun (but less productive).
I’ve poured over advice from the world’s most successful people on this topic, like Brian Tracy. And want to provide you with some tips.
“It’s good to learn from your mistakes. It’s better to learn from other people’s mistakes.” – Warren Buffett.
This quote means a lot to me because people don’t learn from others’ mistakes. Instead of studying the history of business, successful people, and failures, most people spend their time watching YouTube, television, or Netflix. Because of that, they consistently repeat the mistakes of their ancestors.
“History doesn’t repeat itself but it often rhymes” -Mark Twain
This provides a huge opportunity for you to get ahead if you just spend a bit of time to study the past and look for patterns. You could save years of time and hundreds of thousands of dollars in failed investments. Personally, I’ve learned quite a few financial lessons this year from the mistakes of others, here’s one:
Make sure you read and understand all of any contract you sign.
A recent example: The millionaire YouTuber Fouseytube revealed in a vlog that he lost thousands of dollars by signing his first YouTube MCN contract with someone who took almost all of his advertisement earnings because he didn’t read.
Lately, I’m seeing another common mistake repeat itself as many social media influencers are striking it rich at an early age, getting cocky, and acting foolishly.
Learning from the mistakes of others will help you shortcut your way to the life you want in a fraction of the time. To find out more, listen to this podcast episode where I reveal the top 10 most common life mistakes of young people:
Is there a mistake you are seeing that wasn’t mentioned? Leave a comment and let me know. But you know how I love rigorous evidence to back up any claims, so make sure to include that in your response.
When I was in school, I was a beast. I was juggling ALL advanced placement courses, practicing one to two hours of piano for competition, studying hours for the SAT, and running track … all in one night. Yet it was one of the most productive, fulfilling, and exciting times of my life. Why?
Because most people don’t realize the opportunity in hacking studying. Studying is an art form that can be improved and used not only for school, but also for modeling masters when you enter the corporate world.
You will learn in this audio podcast episode how to study effectively (hint: all you need is to use a secret tactic during lunch time).
“You control your time. Sitting and thinking may be a much higher priority than a normal CEO, who has all this demand and feels like they have to see all these people, [thinks]. It’s not a proxy of your seriousness that you fill every minute of your schedule.” –Bill Gates on what Warren Buffett taught him about productivity.
Today, I want to share with you how to improve personal productivity without burning out. As hinted at by the quote, I’ve spent a few years studying the best in the world when it comes to time management.
It turns out there are different paths to success. And some let you feel more relaxed and at peace. Bill Gates fills out every minute of his calendar. He even budgets a specific time for showering.
Warren Buffett, on the other hand, has three or four tasks per month on the calendar he carries around. And it’s not because he’s light on tasks he could be doing. It just goes to show you the importance and value of focus and prioritization.
In this podcast episode, be prepared to learn some interesting productivity habits and techniques you can test out immediately at work or at home. Listen below:
Bonus Show Notes
A more advanced but highly useful productivity tip I want to emphasize is the act of cutting down the time it takes to do daily or weekly activities you do every day. If you’re going to be doing the same task over and over for most or all of your life, it adds up. 15 minutes may not seem like a lot but it can add up to thousands of hours of wasted time.
Here are a few examples of activities like this:
Computer related tasks, like checking your email and typing on your keyboard.
Chores, like washing your clothes or dishes and taking out the garbage.
Driving to work, the groceries, the mall, or anywhere else.
Choosing and preparing your clothes for the next day.
Waiting in line to buy food or anything else.
Reading books or articles online.
Listening to audiobooks.
Mowing your lawn.
There are plenty more out there. Be creative and find ways to get the same task done in less time, so you can use it for more profitable or valuable activities. If you still can’t, find ways of multi-tasking and killing two birds with one stone.
Here are examples:
Listen to audiobooks and podcasts at double or triple speed.
Listen to audiobooks and podcasts while you’re waiting in line.
Take a speed reading course to read faster. Warren Buffett said in a Q&A with Bill Gates with students that he probably wasted ten years of his life reading slowly.
Decide what you will buy before buying food or clothes so you don’t waste time wandering around when you get there.
Master keyboard shortcuts, take a typing class to type faster, and get a DVORAK keyboard (which is proven to let you type much faster).
Outsource lawn mowing, cleaning your room, and washing your clothes. If you can make $100 per hour, why are you spending your time on a $15 per hour task? Hire someone else and you have just bought back your time.
Here’s a question for you. Leave your answer in the comments. If you could wave a magic wand and fix one issue related to productivity what would it be? Did this podcast episode help you solve it? If not, how could it be better?
You buy something, maybe it’s a house, because you think it will make you happier. But then, you realize you need accessories for your house: a fancy garage opener, a beautiful garden, and sun-powered lights.
All of a sudden, you are overwhelmed by an infinite amount of products you can buy. You feel you need these to be happier and keep up with your neighbors. It’s a never-ending chase and businesses are more than happy to up-sell you on these to make more money.
You may be able to afford all of this stuff, so you get it. You end up with too much stuff, yet you feel no happier. In fact, you feel worse because these possessions own you rather than the other way around. Too many possessions clutter up your workflow.
A similar phenomenon can happen when it comes to your to-do list. There’s always something more you can do to earn more money, have a higher impact, or get better at a skill.
You may feel like you’re doing so much, but not accomplishing enough.
What if I told you all you need you already have.
This isn’t a theory. It’s based on years of scientific research. Listen to this podcast for more info:
If you could only read 10 books for the rest of your life, what would they be?
Today, I took a stab at answering this tough question. I thought it’s a great one because the limitation it places on you really forces you to cut the fat.
Obviously, this list will differ if your goals are different. I tried to answer the question by targeting books that will make you wiser, happier, richer, healthier, and more fulfilled when you die. Therefore, these books are not the best for solving niche goals, like becoming a top athlete, famous musician, or self-actualized individual.
As far as why you should listen to me, I’ve gone through hundreds of books and have a much more thorough knowledge of the self-help book universe than 99% of people alive.
There were plenty of books I wanted to add to this list that unfortunately didn’t make the cut. But if you’re strapped for time, this list will do you good. Click play on the player below to listen to my podcast episode and which books I chose:
A year ago, I stumbled on an article on how to be mentally strong that got a ton of comments and shares. It confused me. Why do all these people care about this?
I didn’t care about being mentally tough. I wanted money and happiness. And I didn’t see how mental toughness would help me with that unless I wanted to change my goals to becoming a Navy SEAL. But everything’s changed since then.
Mental toughness is incredibly important to your peak performance.
Today, I’m going to share with you everything you need to know on a critical skill you may be overlooking. I’ll share with you why mental toughness matters and how to improve it. And if you’re wondering why you should trust me, it’s because all my advice comes from people you can trust: the world’s top performers.