A perfect score

Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. George Washington Carver 1864 -1943 During the 2008 academic school year, there were five students in the State of Alabama that scored a perfect 2,400 on the SAT test. Lauren Faraino was one of them. In all fairness, I should mention that she took the test twice, something many students do. She didn’t fail the first time; in fact, her score was excellent. But she thought she could do better, so she took it again. That time she did remarkably: a perfect score. There were …
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Are you fooling yourself?

It’s the easiest thing in the world for a man to deceive himself. Benjamin Franklin 1706 – 1790 Most people profess to want to learn more, do more and achieve more. Some even have plans and goals for what they’ll do and achieve. Yet often, we do more in our minds than we do in reality: we believe we do more than we’re actually doing. If I asked you how much time you devoted to self-improvement or self-development, would you know? If I asked how much time you spent working on the most difficult challenges to your success, would you …
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Pseudo-productive procrastination

I think of myself as something of a connoisseur of procrastination, creative and dogged in my approach to not getting things done. Susan Orlean 1955 – Many people today engage in what I call “pseudo-productive procrastination” — usually without even realizing it. While this behavior might convey some short-term benefits, it can ultimately damage productivity and severely hinder you from reaching your long-term goals. What is pseudo-productive procrastination? Quite simply, it’s performing low-value or unnecessary tasks in order to delay working on a more valuable project. It manifests in many ways: checking email every few minutes; doing more research than necessary; over-organizing electronic files …
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