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TALENT IS OVERRATED
Show how the concept of talent is over rated and most of those we think are very talented are just very hard workers who study and practice their craft.
Author: Geoff Colvin
Category: Self Help/Motivation
Sleep is one of the most important aspects of our life, health and longevity and yet it is increasingly neglected in twenty-first-century society, with devastating consequences: every major disease in the developed world – Alzheimer’s, cancer, obesity, diabetes – has very strong causal links to deficient sleep. Until very recently, science had no answer to the question of why we sleep, or what good it served, or why its absence is so damaging to our health. Compared to the other basic drives in life – eating, drinking, and reproducing – the purpose of sleep remained elusive. Now, in this book, the first of its kind written by a scientific expert, Professor Matthew Walker explores twenty years of cutting-edge research to solve the mystery of why sleep matters. Looking at creatures from across the animal kingdom as well as major human studies, Why We Sleep delves in to everything from what really happens during REM sleep to how caffeine and alcohol affect sleep and why our sleep patterns change across a lifetime, transforming our appreciation of the extraordinary phenomenon that safeguards our existence. Author; Matthew Walker ISBN; 9780141983769
“While the history books are filled with tales of obsessive, visionary geniuses who remade the world in their image with sheer, almost irrational force, I’ve found that history is also made by individuals who fought their egos at every turn, who eschewed the spotlight, and who put their higher goals above their desire for recognition.” – from the Prologue Many of us insist the main impediment to a full, successful life is the outside world. In fact, the most common enemy lies within: our ego. Early in our careers, it impedes learning and the cultivation of talent. With success, it can blind us to our faults and sow future problems. In failure, it magnifies each blow and makes recovery more difficult. At every stage, ego holds us back. The Ego is the Enemy draws on a vast array of stories and examples, from literature to philosophy to history. We meet fascinating figures like Howard Hughes, Katharine Graham, Bill Belichick, and Eleanor Roosevelt, all of whom reached the highest levels of power and success by conquering their own egos. Their strategies and tactics can be ours as well. But why should we bother fighting ego in an era that glorifies social media, reality TV, and other forms of shameless self-promotion? Armed with the lessons in this book, as Holiday writes, “you will be less invested in the story you tell about your own specialness, and as a result, you will be liberated to accomplish the world-changing work you’ve set out to achieve.” Author; Ryan Holiday ISBN; 9781781257029
The ultimate all-in-one prosperity bible, featuring updated editions of the greatest works by the champion wealth builder of all time, Napoleon Hill. The timeless personal success writings of Napoleon Hill have inspired millions of readers to reach for and achieve their dreams since his debut book appeared in 1928. Now, three of Hill’s most dynamic titles are available together for the first time, revised and updated in this convenient omnibus edition: Think and Grow Rich , one of the bestselling books of all time and one of the most successful reissues in recent publishing history, is Hill’s landmark volume on wealth building. The Magic Ladder to Success , available nowhere else, is the volume in which Hill first distilled the seventeen factors that make up his “Law of Success” philosophy. These seventeen factors are composed of specific beliefs and actions that enable leaders to triumph in many fields. The Master-Key to Riches is the actual handbook once used by Hill and certified teachers of his success methods. This is the reference that the master teacher provided for the teaching of his ideas. While all three titles are revised to avoid arcane language or points of references, each features the full range of ideas and exercises that appeared in the original volumes. These are the self-help classics that most marked Hill’s success as the greatest prosperity teacher in history. Together, they provide the ultimate guide to attaining the life of your dreams. Author: Napoleon Hill ISBN:9781585425556
Throughout history, there’s been one indelible quality that great leaders, makers, artists and fighters have shared. The Zen Buddhists described it as inner peace, the Stoics called it ataraxia and Ryan Holiday calls it stillness: the ability to be steady, focussed and calm in a constantly busy world. This quality, valued by every major school of thought from Buddha to Seneca, John Stuart Mill to Nietzsche, is urgently necessary today. And, Holiday shows, it is entirely attainable. Just as Winston Churchill used bricklaying as a time to recharge and reflect, or Oprah Winfrey learned deep empathy from her quiet childhood, we can all benefit from stillness to feed into our greater ambitions – whether winning a battle, building a business, or simply finding happiness, peace and self-direction. Filled with wisdom and examples from historical and contemporary figures, this book shows how to cultivate this quality in your own life. Because stillness is not merely inactivity, but the doorway to the self-mastery, discipline and focus necessary to succeed in this competitive, noisy world. Author;Ryan Holiday ISBN; 9781788162050
The Artist’s Way by Julia Cameron provides a twelve-week course that guides you through the process of recovering your creative self. It aims to dispel the ‘I’m not talented enough’ conditioning that holds many people back and helps you to unleash your own inner artist. Its step-by-step approach enables you to transform your life, overcome any artistic blocks you may suffer from, including limiting beliefs, fear, sabotage, jealousy and guilt, and replace them with self confidence and productivity. The Artist’s Way will demystify the creative process by making it a part of your daily life. From Alicia Keys to Elizabeth Gilbert, Patricia Cornwell to Pete Townshend and Russell Brand, The Artist’s Way has helped thousands of people around the world to discover their inner artist. Whatever your artistic leanings, this book will give you the tools you need to enable you to fulfil your dreams. Author; Julia Cameron ISBN; 9781509829477
At a time when it’s harder than ever to get and keep people’s attention, we could all use some help. Enter Sonya Hamlin, author of the now classic How to Talk So People Listen (1988), and one of the country’s leading communication experts. In this revised and updated edition, Sonya Hamlin, arguably America’s leading communication expert, shows us how to successfully capture people’s attention so that they listen, understand, and are persuaded by your message –– especially in the plugged–in, fast–paced, visually–driven atmosphere that is today’s workplace. Whether making a presentation to a large audience or dealing one–on–one with a client or colleague, or communicating by E–mail, Hamlin teaches us that one of the keys to making people listen is to think about and respond to what motivates them – namely, self–interest. She then provides tools to assess others’ self–interest and use it to get them to listen to your message. Hamlin also explains how to capitalize on the latest visual aids we have at our disposal today. We learn to determine what information needs or lends itself to visual presentation, and how to make visuals active, so that they serve as an extension of the speaker. In HOW TO TALK SO PEOPLE LISTEN, you’ll also find practical information on how to understand your audience, how to encourage your listeners to trust you, and how to be yourself when you’re on the podium. Author: Sonya Hamlin ISBN:9780060734077
Whether you feel you have little talent and you doubt you could ever learn, or you enjoy drawing, but have not been able to get much beyond a childlike level, this book aims to give you the skill you have always wanted. If you are already drawing as a professional artist or artist-in-training, it aims to give you greater confidence in your ability and deepen your artistic perception. Author; Betty Edwards ISBN; 9780007116454
Act Like A Success, Think Like A Success The highly anticipated follow-up to Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man and Straight Talk, No Chaser, about what it takes to be successful—from the #1 New York Times bestselling author, Steve Harvey. When Steve Harvey was thirty something, he was living in his car. It was a sacrifice he was willing to make to give it his best shot at becoming a comedian. After several months of this lifestyle-washing in public bathrooms, eating fast food-he had considered giving up. Before calling his mother to ask if he could stay with her, he checked his voicemail. The Apollo Theatre wanted him to perform! Great opportunity, but Steve did not have enough money for gas to get from Tennessee to New York. He prayed about it, as he was too proud to ask for money. The following day he had a message from a club in Florida. The audience loved him so much they asked Steve back for a second night. The gig provided him enough money to fly to New York. Although he had no place to stay, walking around all night with a bag that held everything that he owned, it did not get him down. Steve Harvey’s new book, Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success, is a helpful guide for evaluating life goals and determining the means to achieve them. Written with his signature humour and warmth, Steve shares his principles of success divided into three parts. The first part deals with where you are right now and being real about your circumstances. The second part focuses on your gifts, identifying and making sure you can apply those gifts in your daily life. The third part addresses how to enhance your gift, providing tools for accentuating and growing your personal skill set. Act like a Success, Think Like a Success, filled with Steve’s invaluable advice and encouragement, is an inspirational book for anyone who wants to take charge of their own success in life. Act Like a Success, Think Like a Success is a book about success that is rich with anecdotes from Steve’s life from sleeping in his car to becoming the 40 million dollar man! This invaluable guide is written for everyone, whether you are just beginning your career or are well situated in the c-suite. Author: Steve Harvey ISBN: 9780062351234
World-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck, in decades of research on achievement and success, has discovered a truly groundbreaking idea-the power of our mindset. Dweck explains why it’s not just our abilities and talent that bring us success-but whether we approach them with a fixed or growth mindset. She makes clear why praising intelligence and ability doesn’t foster self-esteem and lead to accomplishment, but may actually jeopardize success. With the right mindset, we can motivate our kids and help them to raise their grades, as well as reach our own goals-personal and professional. Dweck reveals what all great parents, teachers, CEOs, and athletes already know: how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area. Author: Carol S Dweck ISBN: 9780345472328
Most of us look at our days in the wrong way: We exaggerate yesterday. We overestimate tomorrow. We underestimate today. The truth is that the most important day you will ever experience is today. Today is the key to your success. Maxwell offers 12 decisions and disciplines-he calls it his daily dozen-that can be learned and mastered by any person to achieve success. Author: John C Maxwell ISBN: 9781931722520