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Learning the Hard Way Vol 6 : Taking Action The Hard Way

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15 Lessons (3h)
    • 1. Introduction

    • 2. When Lightning Strikes

    • 3. Know What Sparks You

    • 4. Passive Learning

    • 5. Active Learning

    • 6. Follow The Flow

    • 7. Preventing Overwhelm

    • 8. Fear of Failure

    • 9. Fear of Failure for Future Leaders

    • 10. Prime Your Body for Action

    • 11. One Page Plan

    • 12. Planning Schedule

    • 13. One Page Review

    • 14. One Focus Per Day

    • 15. Flow Redundancy

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Taking action is the difference between thinkers and doers. Between those who talk the talk and those who walk the walk.

The question is, how do you take yourself from being a thinker to a doer?

What is the key difference?

For a long time, I didn't have a good answer to this question.

But then I started noticing some patterns.

As I studied the lives of successful entrepreneurs throughout history, as well as ones that I met in person, I noticed an interesting pattern.

Most of them weren't that smart. Most of them weren't speed reading. Most of them weren't learning advanced memory techniques or even taking notes on what they read.

Through my digging, I eventually learned that taking action is based on an emotional feedback loop that controls what motivates different kinds of people.

A lot of the way you think about learning originated when you were in school. In school, you learn that you have to cram info in your head short term, pass a timed test, and then dump the information and move on to the next thing. And if you fail, there are no second chances.

Well, it turns out life is usually the exact opposite of that, especially if you are an entrepreneur.

The whole concept of agile development, which has taken over software development and Silicon Valley and is still expanding starts off with failure as the default mode. It's not about avoiding failure but learning from it quickly and minimizing the losses.

it's about learning by doing and taking calculated risks.

Usually, I'd be the first to tell you that learning by doing is the slowest way to learn. But that's not always true. When you are solving a problem that has never been solved before, learning by doing is usually the only way to learn. (Sometimes software or other models can help simulate reality).

The problem for many accelerated learners, and the reason I designed this course, is that the feedback loop you learn in school can often have very negative impacts on your performance, and how you use what you've learned, once you enter the real world.

The key here is to understand that there are two types of learning. Logical learning and emotional learning.

Logical learning is knowing that eating junk food and not exercising is bad for your health.

Emotional learning is actually changing how you live. Changing what you value so that you change how you behave.

Many accelerated learners are really good at the first kind of learning, but not so good at the second. They tend to not have much control over the second type of learning, and not be so good at it.

This course is about understanding that second type of learning so that you start taking more action on what you learn.

And you'll do that by understanding how the existing feedback loops that are keeping you from taking action can be changed.

What's the biggest of these feedback loops?

For most of you, it's fear of failure.

This all goes back to school. The system of having one chance to succeed via a test makes people become perfectionists. It build a lot of fear about doing anything without a perfect plan and perfect knowledge.

With tests, there is a deadline. People tend to do well with deadlines.

But when you are learning on your own, deadlines don't exist. It's just you and you. So you end up rarely if ever taking action, and many times it ends up being too late when you finally get around to implementing it.

In this course, you'll learn how to do two basic things:

1. Destroy the old feedback loops that prevent you from taking action

2. Build up new feedback loops that will keep you in action mode

I've talked about the emotional game of taking action, and how much of it is about emotional learning. Which is just a fancy phrase for making an association between a thought and a feeling. Think Pavlov.

Building these associations, and breaking the old ones, is tactical. But it doesn't equal success on it's own. You also need strategies to organize your thinking and planning to prevent common problems like information overwhelm and lack of focus.

In this course you'll get access to a series of one page action systems that will allow you to quickly deconstruct problems and plan your projects and you weeks with maximum efficiency and with an action oriented stance.

If you've taken my memory course, you understand why I say that most of the time, memorizing what you learn is a mistake. Most of what you learn can be stored without memorization if you have the right systems in place to keep it organized enough that you can take action on it.

Many accelerated learners imagine a fantasy scenario where they have memorized all important information in their domain of interest and can do anything with it.

But the truth is that this is not how the most successful people operate. Instead they learn just enough to take the first few steps, often delegating massively to others, and learn just enough to develop their vision and execute that vision with a team who collectively know much more than they do.

Much of the information you want to learn doesn't need to be memorized. It just needs to live in your head long enough for you to take action on it and then discard it or store it for later retrieval in a paper or digital format. The massive time it would take to get spaced repetitions on all this rarely-used information is incredibly costly and almost never worth it.

But this is the trap and the dream that many accelerated learners fall for and never make it past this stage because the dream is impossible to achieve.

I'm not saying memory is worthless, I'm just saying you have to be very strategic about it, and make sure you aren't memorizing and/or over consuming information as part of a feedback loop that is driven by procrastination rooted in fear of failure.

In this course you'll learn how to not just train yourself to love taking action, but also how to handle information so that you know when to forget it, when to memorize it, when to store it via paper/digital (for later implementation), and when to take action on it immediately.

There are millions of over educated, under paid accelerated learners across the globe who never get anywhere because they never get past square one except in their imagination. The only difference between where you are now and where you want to be is the actions you have yet to take.

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Timothy Kenny

Author of "Accelerated Learning for Entrepreneurs"


Timothy Kenny is the author of “Accelerated Learning for Entrepreneurs.” He teaches classes and speaks to groups about how to accelerate their learning so that they can build successful businesses faster and with more confidence in their success.

Timothy has taught at the Harvard Innovation lab, The Tufts University Entrepreneurs Society, General Assembly in Boston, and has been a featured teacher on Skillshare, among others. He has consulted with startup teams on how to accelerate their learning, creativity, and growth.

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1. Introduction: welcome to taking action the hard way. This course is going to show you how the process of learning that you've gone through for your entire life has caused you to create feedback loops that stop you from taking action and make it hard to motivate yourself to take action. And this is something anybody who loves toe learn or I use the word here addicted toe learning. It's because a new addiction, a way of thing about addiction, is just something that solves a lot of your emotional needs. A single thing that you can do that makes it really easy to fulfill those emotional needs. And so learning can become one of those things. And the only difference between an addiction and something that's positive is is that appropriate for you and for your environment? Is that appropriate for a day today thing for you to be doing so you can have a positive addiction where you're doing something to help other people, and it's having a positive impact on your life and other people's lives, or you can have a negative addiction where it's not productive. It's not good for you. It's not good for other people so there could be positive and negative addictions. An addiction is something that's intense that meets those needs at a high level. And so being addicted, toe learning and what you may be calling learning right now, maybe a good thing. It may not be a good thing, and I'm assuming you're taking this course because you want to get into the habit of taking action more often. And one of the things that motivated me to create this course and to just improve how much action that I was taking was seeing people that weren't accelerate. Lee learners, seeing people that didn't read a ton of books weren't, um, using all these accelerate learning techniques maybe weren't even that intelligent, but what they were really good at doing was going out there and making mistakes, taking action in doing things and learning from their experience. And I've said before learning from your experiences, often one of the slowest ways to learn. But there's some situations, especially when you're dealing with emergent technology. When you're dealing with things that are on the cutting edge where there is no book, there is no guidelines for what to do and what works and what doesn't or the only way you're gonna learn that stuff is by talking to other people that are in the field and also doing it. So that's an instance where taking action is very important and you're not gonna learn any other way. And a lot of the times taking action really isn't about learning. It's about just doing it and being willing to take the risk and getting past that fear of failure. So the fear of failure is going to be one of the most important things we talk about, because when you create this feedback loop of being quote unquote addicted toe learning, what it really means is being addicted to passive learning. And what passive learning is is. You buy books, you buy courses, you buy magazines and newspapers and different things, and you consume information. Go into blog's. You have your RSS feed your consuming information podcast. You're consuming all this stuff, watching stuff on YouTube. You're consuming at all, but you're not taking notes. You're not getting space repetitions. You're not putting it into action. One of the big reasons why you don't put it into action is because there's no system in place. You're not putting it on your calendar. You're not writing it down so that you can implement it later. We're gonna be going in more detail over what are the different types of things you should be doing at each stage of the learning process, so that it's ready to take action. Some things you can take action. All right now, some things. It's going to be a list checklist of things where some of it you do it now. Some of you do in a month, something you do in six months or a year, and you're gonna have a long time range to implement all that stuff. So that means you have to go store. That somewhere is that you can get it back at each of those intervals. You also need to remind yourself to go back there and beginning space repetitions. There's other situations where it's a principle. It's something that you need to know for the rest of your life. So maybe it's ah, fundamental of how to code. Or maybe it's about how to program. Or maybe it's about how to frame a shot when you're taking pictures of something that something that you can't just learn once and go do one thing and then forget about it. This is something that you need to know for the rest of your life, and it's gonna inform all the decisions that you make. So there's different types of information based on when you're going to take action, on how often and that's going to determine a lot of things, including how you take notes on it, how you store that information, how and if you memorize it. And what's the long term life cycle off. That information may be something that's only gonna last, maybe only maybe relevant for six months or a year or 18 months. So you have to be thinking about those things. And it has to be part of your process throughout the learning cycle. So ultimately, this course is about creating a new feedback loop, and the new feedback loop is one where, instead of feeling really good when you buy that book, or when you buy that course and then you end up not going through it or instead of feeling good when you finally put that book down on the bookshelf on your bedside table in the wake . Finally, I finished this book. I have so many new ideas in my head. I feel like I'm on top of the world and I've got all this new knowledge. Instead of feeling good at those points, we're gonna change it so that it's not until you either have it memorized or you've taken action on those ideas, that you feel good and that you go through that feedback loop where you get that feeling of doing something good and feeling good about it, and then go back and want to do more. Just learn more so that you can take more action. So it's going to be a process of destroying that old feedback loop where you feel good based on superficial things. And I talked about this extensively in the speed reading course where we talked about Well , most people measure things by words per minute, but that's really not a good measurement. You have to be looking at things like how fast you constructing ideas. Are you annotating so that your space repetitions are going to be efficient because if you're not getting spaced repetitions, you lose 50% after two weeks in 90% after two months. So you're wasting your time reading if you're not planning on doing repetitions or immediately putting into action. So we're gonna be talking about all this stuff, but I really want to get into your head this idea of feedback loops. And yet this idea of how have you been learning your entire life when you're in school, it's all about passing a test. And then you can forget everything. Sometimes, yeah, it's gonna be a prerequisite for another course. But in the next course, you know, they're gonna have review sessions. They're gonna have things that help you get back up to speed because everybody's forgetting so much. It's just a part of what you have to do. So in school, you learn this, uh, very inefficient, very ineffective method of learning. Where it's you learn stuff, you cram it in your head. You have that in short term working memory for maybe a day or a few days or a week. And then after you take that test, you forget it, and you feel good because you scored well on the test. Well, you can play that game and you can get really good at that game, and that was a game that I was pretty good at when I was in school. The problem is, it doesn't lead to a long term learning it doesnt lead to long term retention. You're a huge competitive disadvantage if you're forgetting 90% of what you read and what you learn after two months, that's extremely inefficient. So you can't. You can't get away in the long term of doing that and expect yourself to learn really fast . So that feedback loop that you built up over decades both when you were in school and now, after you've been out of school, those feedback loops of being ableto, for example, goto a conferencing. You'll learn a bunch of stuff, and you feel excited about it. But then you go back to work, and it's like you forgot almost everything you learned. After a couple day days, it's back to normal unit. You maybe implement one thing. Maybe you don't really reach out to the people you met your you meant to get in touch with them, but you never ended up doing it. So it's that sort of stuff. This course is about getting you to take more action. But the only way that's gonna happen is if number one you stop associating good feelings to those false, superficial levels of achievements, such as were increasing your words per minute or finishing another book on your bookshelf or taking books at the library, but never reading them or buying a book or getting a book on your Kindle or readings. A blogger listening to a podcast where there's no note taking. There's no chance for spaced repetition. We have to get into your nervous system and at an emotional level where you really get that , that that's not an accomplishment. That's nothing to be proud of. And then build this new feedback loop where it's only when you take action on ideas. It's only when you implement things or you store them in an organized way where you can retrieve that later on, or use systematically. Put that in a space repetition system so that those learnings can inform the decisions you make for the rest Your life. It's only those new things that are going allow you to him at an emotional level, feel good, and ultimately that feedback loop is going to control your life that feedback loop is going to control your decisions day to day. So it's gonna be about building habits. Can about be building this new feedback loop and getting rid of and destroying that old one . So that's what you have to look forward to this in this course. And if you really get that, if you really get these this new feedback loop built into yourself, you're going to notice an explosion and amount of creativity in the amount of action that you're taking and it's gonna change your life. So that's what this course is about. And I look forward to you, Ah, hearing from you at the end of this course about everything that you've implemented and how it's improved, you're learning in your life. 2. When Lightning Strikes: this section is all about figuring out the emotional game of learning and taking action on that learning so late in later parts of the course will be going over systems strategies. How to plan things out, how to get very detailed into the metric. So if you're a systems person and you love that stuff you love really getting into the details and seeing Okay, how do you work this out? How do you plan this out? How do you make it? So it's part of a system that consistently works and stays organized so that you could be efficient. That stuff is all really good. The problem is, if you don't have the fuel in the tank in order to utilize that system, it's worthless. So you may have a Ferrari in the garage. But if you can't get any fuel into that tank, you can't drive it anywhere. So it doesn't really matter how good of a system you have, Whether it's Ferrari or it's a bicycle, you're not gonna be able to go anywhere if you don't have fuel. So that's why this first section were focusing on the emotional game, which means how do you get yourself motivated. How do you keep yourself motivated? How do you get into the flow? Because that's where you're gonna get your best performance in your best results. So the idea here is building the action reflex, and the idea is you shouldn't be forcing yourself to take action, especially when you're in a compromised state. What a compromise state means is any time where you're not feeling good because of maybe you're just sick or you didn't eat good food or you're just tired or you're stressed out about something or you've got a lot of other things on your plate because and we talked about this before, it all comes down to feedback loops. So what can happen often is you'll get really excited about implementing a new strategy or or putting something into action that you just learned, and you'll force yourself to do it and those first few days you're excited about doing it. So you have a temporary feedback loop that says, I'm really excited about doing this. Take a little bit of action, do that first step in that habit, and you feel good, but eventually you bump up against all that friction So all the reasons why you don't want to do that new habit or that new action and eventually run out of steam, the only way to consistently have energy is to be motivated from the deepest level, which is your emotional needs, your human emotional needs. What drives everybody to do what they do. So part of that's gonna be figuring out Why do you do what you do right now and then figuring out how can you build a new feedback loop so that your meeting those emotional needs with the new actions that you're taking so ultimately what you need to do is build these action feedback loops and your body is going to tell you based on how motivated you naturally feel, how motivate how much you've successfully built that feedback loop. And if you don't build the feedback loop, you're not gonna consistently take action. You're only gonna be successful if you consistently take action, and sometimes you're never gonna be motivated to do something, So the best thing to do in that case is to delegate it to somebody else. So we'll talk briefly about that later in the course is well, but it's very important that you're thinking every single action. It really needs to be a feedback loop. There needs to be in anticipation of some sort of reward at the end of it. And we're gonna talk about how to build those. Some things were gonna work by building small daily habits. Other things are gonna be a one time big project where you dedicate a big chunk of time for it. But at the beginning, a good way to make this something that you definitely do and definitely happens is make it a small daily habit to take action on something that you learned. Just carve out some time, figure out one's what's a trigger point? What's something that consistently happens every day. A great way to build a trigger is to take something that you really like to do and then say , I'm not going to do that until I first take care of this other thing. Before I first take some sort of action for 15 minutes or half an hour, set a timer on your phone and get it done. Another big thing is limiting your focus. So what I said before about being a compromised state If you're not focused, you're gonna get overwhelmed because there's too much stuff and your brain can't handle it all. What's basically happening is your working memory can't hold all of that. So it's like when you got a bunch of programs bunch of tabs open on your computer and it just slows down to a crawl on. The fans start going faster and faster because it just can't handle it. So you've got to close down some of those things that your computer can focus on a few things and do those quickly Same thing with your brain. You need to make sure you're constantly aware of how full is my working memory. The way you stay aware of that is you just pay attention to your body. It's not something where you be, like make a list of all the things you're thinking about or anything like that. Just keep ah, focus on your body. What is your body telling you? You're going to notice that your body starts to heat up and you start toe sweat thes air basic hormonal responses to when adrenaline starts pumping in your vain. That's that your fighter flight you start getting fear, feeling that fear emotion because you don't know how to handle all the problems that you're trying to deal with right now. That's that overwhelmed. So those having too many problems causes to overwhelm your working memory. You feel like you can't handle it, and then the adrenaline starts to pump, and so you need to become very acutely aware of how your body is changing. So when you start to feel like maybe I'm getting overwhelmed or this you just start getting annoyed. Pay attention to your body so you start understand and feel that cycling become more aware of its. You can catch it at the earliest stages, so you find out something's happening. You take a short break, you do something else. One of the best things you can do is just stop right down all the things you're trying to figure out on paper. Just do a brain dump. Basically, dump all of that stuff out of your working memory onto a piece of paper, and then once it's on piece of paper, you can handle that information much more easily, prioritize it, organize it and then go back to focusing on one or two things. So there's a great great metaphor for this is plug in that you should. If you don't already have, make sure you get it. Whether using Firefox or Chrome, I think it's on safari. Also, it's called one tab. She got 20 tabs open in your window. Just press this one button. It will close all the tabs and will put him in a list. In this one tab called One tab, Uh, serves up one tab open and it'll show you a list of all the links that you had open all the taps he had opened in that last session. You can click on a single one of them or you can restore them all. You can even share them with other people. So it's the exact same thing. You got a bunch of stuff. It's too much to handle. Put it all on a list and then prioritize it figured out one at a time and then make sure you're staying focused on one thing at a time. So all of this ultimately comes down to set the stage, set the environment, reduce the stress, get rid of that overwhelmed so that when that motivation strikes you're ready to go. And sometimes that motivation strikes by. There's a small problem, and instead of being overwhelmed by that small problem, you go into the zone of okay, I can take care of this right now. I can focus on this. I can take something that I've learned, or I can go out and learn something and take action on it when you're constantly at the breaking point and it's like, let's say, have a gig of Ram. If you're constantly running at 950 megabytes, you're always within that zone of your about to crash your about. Get to the point where you're overloaded. So a big part of making sure that you can take action on things is bringing that down so that you have a nice big chunk of working memory that can handle ah, problem hitting you, and it's not gonna knock you off the road. You're still gonna be able to go, so it's important to keep your working memory at a good level on what that means is stop multitasking. Turn off your phone, turn off email notifications, check your email twice a day instead of every single minute turn off text messaging. Get that phone away from you. Put on the other side of the room, put it in a different room, put it on airplane mode for certain times during the day, Turn off notifications on your computer for things. Stop spending so much time on social media. All of those things are going to reduce the amount of clutter in your working memory. All those companies, all those services. They want you to use their services. They want to be part of your working memory, but you've got to shut those things down. You've gotta eliminate those air, drastically reduce them so it's on your time control. It's on your you've got a certain habit. You've gotta re certain routine, and you can check in on those things. But you're not always going there. You're not always filling whatever. Ah, little margin of working memory that you have left with all this other stuff, because what that does is it keeps you in a constant anxiety, constant stressed out state. And when you're in that state, it's very hard to solve new problems. It's very hard to do anything for the first time or do anything new that you haven't done before where there's the potential for other sub problems to pop up. So you're trying to do one thing, and then there's an error and you have to fix that error before you can continue and all these other things pop up that you couldn't have predicted. Well, you got to make sure that you're not constantly in that state, because otherwise lightning is never going to strike because it's always going to be the conditions air. Never gonna be right for you. Toe. Get excited about something and continually reinforce that feedback loop by making a small amount of progress. And then maybe a small problem comes up. You fix that, you make some more progress. You feel good again. Each of those steps of doing a little bit more feeling better, doing a little bit more, getting another emotional reward. That's what's building the feedback loop. But what breaks that feedback loop is if you do something good, you make little progress. You do something good. You get that reward, you do something, make some more progress, feel good again, make some progress, goes sideways. This is a new problem that you weren't expecting. You get overwhelmed. Oh, Crab, uh, I'll go to Facebook and I'll check my email. Then I'll come back to this. You end up not coming back to it. And now you've associate ID a negative feeling of overwhelmed to continuing on that project in taking action. So that's a big problem. And the only way you can fix that is if you set up the right environment, the right system. So we're going to talk about the systems of okay. When you write down, how do you keep a calendar? How do you keep everything organized? How do you plan for action? But that's not the only environment we have to work about. That's the kind of logical problem solving aspect of it. The other part of it is the emotional game, which is building these feedback loops and also avoiding building negative feedback loops where you actually associate negative emotions to taking action. So it's always going to be those two things. There's two sides of the coin looking for How do I build Ah, positive feedback loop where I get a reward for doing the right thing, and then also, how do I avoid building and negative feedback loop where I associate pain to taking action . So that's what this course is about. It's about those two things. The emotional game of it, how to build those feedback loops, and then also what is the strategic planning side of it. And when you marry those two, you're not. You're never going to feel like you're a slave to this logical system of how you plan things out. But you don't feel like doing things. You're also not going to be over in LA La land where you don't have any structure and you're just motivated to do stuff. But it's like you're running in place and not really going anywhere, so it's marrying the two. There's a ton of people out there that have tons of great strategies, tons of APS and tools and things on their phone and their computer, but they never actually implemented because they never figured out that emotional side to it. So I really wanted to start this course talking about this because a lot of people focus on one side or the other side. They never combined them together, and neither of those sites is gonna work on its own. It's only when you combine those that you get the results that you really want 3. Know What Sparks You: in this video, we're gonna go deeper into what sparks you and what that means is what motivates you. What gets you toe leap, toe action. And we're gonna start off talking about the six human needs, six emotional needs and the best way to think about thes and remember them is there dichotomies? So the first dichotomy is safety and variety. You always want to feel safe doing something, But we all want to try new things. We all wanna have some sort of, uh, something to junk jiggle things up every once in a while. So it's not the same old thing over and over and over again. People get this sort of variety in different ways. Some people do it by going to different restaurants. Some do it by going on different mountain biking on different trails or, uh, reading different magazines or books or whatever, or looking at different blog's. There's tons of ways to get variety, but it has to be within a safe, constant context. Some people are in different areas of this spectrum, so they go more for safety or more for a variety. But everybody is gonna have a balance of where they get safety where they get variety, they will. L'd ultimately, everybody wants have a kind of a safe place, Ah, home that they can come back to and feel safe emotionally. Second thing is significance in connection. Now this one gets a little bit more philosophical because it's about well, you feel connected to somebody. The more you have in common with them, the more connection there is between okay, what am I interested in? What are you interested in that sort of thing? But if we feel like we're exactly the same as everybody else, there isn't a lot of variety there, and it also doesn't make us feel important. There's no unique aspect of us that makes us different. That makes us special in some way, and you'll notice that different cultures have different value systems, and they value these in different ways. So Western cultures tend to favor the individual more, whereas Eastern cultures tend to favor the community more and the group more so. Cultures find a balance here, but also individuals find a balance here, and it's important to know how to balance these two so that you're not focused on too much of one vs too much of the other and a lot of people because it's politically incorrect. Er, because it's in polite or because it's just not how people are trained, how to think. A lot of people do things, for example, for significance, but they don't even realize that's why they're doing it. So that's something to pay attention to. If you hear somebody say while you're doing that cause your ego or something like that, somebody has a big ego that's because they're focused on significance. Ultimately, it's important to realize that people are looking for significance because they want that connection. They feel like, well, I'm not worthy of that connection. I'm not worried the of being cared about by other people or the group unless I'm significant in some way. So people are trained to think that way and feel that way and be motivated that way by how they're brought up. And to a certain degree, it's also kind of hormonal differences when you look at, for example, testosterone levels, so uh, that's significance in connection. The other important thing about significance in connection is that you can that balance that I was talking about so people earning connection through significant. So a systems level way of thinking about this is in a community you don't want to have everybody doing the exact same thing you want have some level of separation of duties or separation of roles so that people can specialize and the group as a whole evolves. Air, moves to another higher level of productivity or efficiency, and is also can handle more projects and more difficult things and more intricate things because there's that separation of roles. And so when there's a separation of roles like that, it becomes important. Well, who's the best at each role? And so that's part of what drives this. This need for significance is that to be wanted by the group or be cared about by the group , you have to fulfill some sort of role within that group. Final thing is growth in giving, So these two are a different sort of dichotomy. It's the difference between growth and giving is the is the difference between Are you focused on developing yourself or you focused on developing other people or the community? So it's hard to contribute something meaningful to a community or to a group that you're part of if you don't have any skills if you don't have any assets. So usually the way it works in somebody's life cycle is when they're younger. They're focused moat mawr on developing and growing themselves, and that that kind of complementary opposite to that is the parents or the larger society that supports young people growing and developing themselves. At a certain point, they get to a state of interdependence or independence, where they can start contributing equally where they can just start contributing mawr to the community. Eventually, as they get older, they can focus even more on giving to their own Children. Also, this culture and society and group at large. So the way to understand these is that somebody who's focused on their own growth is somebody who doesn't feel like they have enough to start contributing. And there's always going to be a mix of both of these. So people are always gonna be growing in certain areas than giving in other areas. And this is something that, depending on what stage of life you're in, these 2 may not be as important to you. So some people they're growing because they want to be significant. Some people are growing because their focus out well. I want to be able to give more. Maybe that's because they want connection. Or maybe it's because the variety of constantly learning new things is really fun. So as an accelerated learner look for how are these different emotional needs driving what you do and it's usually not one emotional need. It's usually a combination. So look at all of all three of those spectra to see which ones are applying and how strongly their plying in each situation. So I want to give you some examples and the two examples I'm gonna give our passive learning and active learnings. 4. Passive Learning: so passive learning is when you're just learning the way you probably learned in school, where it's just or even worse than that. So you're not being tested and you're not doing any repetition spaced repetition or not. You just read a book and then you put it on the bookshelf and then you read the next book, and then you go to some blog's and some magazines and Reda, pa listen to a podcast and watch some videos on YouTube. Go on a form and read and maybe submit a few things. Maybe email somebody or something like that. But it's mostly passive learning. It's mostly OK. You consume content that somebody else is created and you're not transforming it. You're not synthesizing it. You're not combining ideas. You're not taking notes. It's safe. It's very safe because as a passive consumer of information, you don't really need to do anything. As long as you just keep your eyes and moving across that page where you keep that video playing, keep your eyes glued to the screen, you're making some some progress. It's not necessarily significant progress, but it's safe, so you know that you're going to be making some progress, even if you're going very slowly, it also gives a feeling of significance and growth because you're buying things. And this is one of the most interesting things about how people learn is that most people one of the major ways they feel good, is by buying something instead of actually using what they buy or even consuming that information. So 90% of books are never read past the first chapter. Most stuff is never consumed. Most courses that people buy most books that people buy anything that's recorded. Most people never make it past the first chapter or the first section of it, so that's really important, understand, because it's at a cultural level in any sort of consumerist culture. You're being trained to feel good when you buy something because somebody who wants to sell you something, they need to create a feedback loop that makes you expect a reward when you buy something. Otherwise you would never pull out your wallet or your pocketbook, your purse. You never do that if you didn't expect to feel good right when you made that purchase. So that's really important for why people do what they do why people learn passively why they get a The positive feedback loop is about buying something and having in their hand and bring it home and putting it on their bookshelf. Part of that is, while other people are going to see how big my bookshelf is and how many books are on it and I can. People will assume that I've read all these books, stuff like that, or they just, like, had the idea of having a bookshelf in having it there. And it kind of validates their identity as somebody who's a reading person or person or learned person. But they're what they're What's missing from that formula or that equation is they don't have any sort of feedback loop where they get positively reinforced, get a good feeling when they put things into action. So what they're really putting into action is they're putting the book onto the bookshelf. They're not actually putting the ideas inside that book into action. And so it's really important to catch yourself if you're in that pattern because most people are in that pattern. I'm I'm not innocent of this. I've done this a lot, and I still catch myself But it's important once you build these that you that you first understand and recognize what feedback loops are already controlling how you behave. But then start to change them, start to build new ones and start to associate less positive feelings and more negative feelings to these old ways of doing things. So start to realize, while I don't want to be one of those people, that just feels good because they bought something or just feels good because they consume something. So, for example, you could take all the books that IRA on your bookshelf that you haven't read and just put . Imagine a big, uh, piece of paper over them that says failure Every books that you haven't read yet is a failure ever. And then have it imagine another shelf is all the books you've read and even maybe annotated or highlighted. But you didn't take any action on that. Just imagine all of those have a big red sign that says failure over them, and then you have maybe one or two books that you've actually taking notes on, and you've put into action and you've taken those strategies and started to use them and you've gone through and made the most out of all the information in that book. And maybe that's just two or three books there that you've really done that process with, and those are your successes. So instead of looking at that bookshelf and thinking, Wow, look at all these great books, that's a big pile of failure right there. And that's emotionally, you have to get to the point where you really see that and you feel that, and it doesn't make you happy to see those there. It actually makes you feel a little bit of pain inside, where you're like, Wow, I really failed on all these levels that I have a lot to change, have a lot to work towards And that emotional shift has the happen where you no longer feel good. You no longer feel like you're growing from doing things that really aren't helping. You grow and really aren't improving your yourself in any way except at a an extremely superficial level of having ah bookshelf with a bunch of books on it. So it's a waste of money. It's a waste of time, and you need to get to a point where you have new feedback loops where you're not feeling good unless you're taking action. That's what has to happen. You can't stay in this pot. Passive learning Place Final with it. Thing is variety. A lot of people kind of go to the buffet of learning the buffet of the bookstore or Amazon or the library or blog's or YouTube or whatever, so that they can shallow dip into a bunch of different superficial treatments of a subject so they can get a bunch of kind of fun little ideas and fund fax about a bunch of different subjects but never go into depth. And it also absolves them from the responsibility for taking notes on those things. Because it's well, I would never need to remember that. But it's interesting, and I see this every day when I look at the Wall Street Journal. At the top of the Wall Street Journal is the personal section and 99% of time. It has nothing to do with news, but it's usually really interesting stuff. That's part of the reason why people read The Wall Street Journal why they pick it up, why they buy it at the newsstand because they Scott those other things that are really interesting inside it. So I like toe Look at that because it teaches me stuff about okay, what are people interested in? What can I learn from why this is such an important part of the newspaper when it really isn't about that kind of stuff? And those are necessary Classically news. Where These stories. So it's important, toe, Look at your current patterns of how you're learning and see well, where, um, I dip doing this shallow dipping where my, uh, kind of going to the buffet and trying a bunch different things once or twice, but never really going deep, never taking notes, never getting spaced. Repetition never taking action. So ah, lot of times there's going to be a significant gap between just buying a book. And when you first take action on that book, you have to have those systems in place for how you read how you take notes, how you organize your information when she how you organize those notes, want you taking them, how you get spaced repetitions high your retrieves those notes so that you can take action on them when you need to how have a whole schedule for that? So some of that we covered here. But you've also gotta have those other strategies And those Aaron other courses you need to have all this stuff in place, this entire system before you're gonna be able to consistently take action. And you can look at it as a Siris of points. Where is the bottleneck Where you losing most of that information and what's finally able to trickle through where you actually take action on it? Maybe you don't have time to set up a note taking an organization system in a space repetition system. So what do you do? Well, what you do is you stop trying to read a ton of different books. You just stop trying to learn from a ton of different sources. You pick one book, maybe pick one blawg. Maybe you picked one course that you're taking, and you just focus on those and you just keep all those notes in one place and you don't go to another book. You don't go to another course until you've started to take action on the previous one. So if you don't have timeto implement a big complicated system than what you have to do is drastically reduce how much you're trying to do. So you can get to a point where you have the mental band with to take action on what you're learning, and you're not, uh, seduced by all these other options out there, so you have to stay. 5. Active Learning: So now let's talk about active learning. How does active learning work? Well, part of it, the way it works is you start to change your definition of what success is, what your definition of when you should feel good. That's ultimately what this is about is understanding. Well, when should I feel good and training yourself into emotionally? You feel that way? So I'm giving you some of that because you can just hear from my voice and my tone how I feel about certain things, certain things I I feel good about. And I talked positively about other ones I don't talk positively about. And so that's giving you a sense. And that's giving you the the first steps of changing emotionally how you feel about things . But you need to continue to do that thing, stuff on your own. You catch yourself any time you start thinking or being seduced by one of these old patterns. Old habits, old feedback loops you to interrupt it and then switch to the new one and talk to yourself . Get yourself back to that place where you need to be where you make sure you're rewarding yourself for doing the right thing. So the first thing is safety. Well, how can you feel safe if you're taking action? There's the potential for failure. The way that you do that is you. Success is just taking action. Success isn't, uh, taking action that always works 100% of the time. Instead, success is taking action informed action where it's not being a perfectionist, but you've done your homework and then learning from your mistakes and not making the same mistake more than once. There's a ton of people. I see it all the time. They just keep on making the same mistakes over and over and over again. And sometimes the reason they didn't make mistakes like that is because they don't realize they're making a mistake because they're not learning from high quality sources. So that could be an issue for you. If you're not doing high quality research, that could be a serious issue for you. Check out my research course toe. Learn more about that. That's the first course in the series. Second thing is your significance, your feeling of uniqueness, of importance, that ego growth and contribution that all comes from consistently implementing what you learn So instead of focusing on your bookshelf and how cool that looks or all the different things that you've bought, all you focus on is consistently implementing what you learn. This is part of the reason why I stopped buying books and started going digital, and keeping stuff in file cabinets whenever possible is because then I don't see anything. I'm not distracted by a bunch of different things on the bookshelf. It's in its right place. It's organized with everything else in that learning project, but otherwise I don't see it. It's not about the cover. It's not about showing other people. Look how much I've learned. What it's about is putting it in its right place so that it's actionable so I can get that information when I need it. Make sure that you, at a bare minimum, are keeping each learning product. This resource is for each learning project, all in their own place. Next thing is connection. Connection comes from two things. Collaboration and feedback. So you should be working with other people, learning with other people participating question answer sites, forums reaching out to experts, finding other people to just be study buddies with and also feedback. So when you start putting things out into the world, you're gonna get feedback from the world, and you're gonna get people giving you feedback on what you've created, and then you can improve. So that's a way to get connection out of it. Last thing is variety. The thing that keeps people the most motivated is not getting a positive reward. Every single time they do something, it's actually variable. Reward variable means maybe 75% of time. You get that good? Um, that good feeling, But 25% of time, you don't, uh, they've made this into a science. Different states and countries that run a lottery. They figured out the exact mathematical proportion. Same thing in Las Vegas. Or when you're using these betting machines, they figure out the exact formula of how often to make people win. So they stay addicted to playing that game over and over and over again. Same thing with video games. So it's fine tuning figuring out what's the best variable reward because if it's too easy, people wanna play. If it's too hard, they won't want to play either either. So you have to set up the game of learning and the game of taking action so that it's a game that's not too difficult. But it's also not too easy. If you make it too easy, you say, Well, anytime I do anything that I'm successful, then of course that's too easy of a game. But you don't want to make it too hard where it's like, Well, unless every single thing I do is perfect the first time and it makes a lot of money or makes a big impact or does exactly what I wanted to the first time that I'm a failure. That's also not gonna work so and at, and the game doesn't have to stay the same. So at the beginning, make the game easy on yourself as it as you develop your skills, you can make it more difficult. Everything doesn't have to be the same. It doesn't have to be this super organized, structurally doing the exact same thing in the exact same goalpost every single time. So you should be adapting to things as you get better. You should make it incrementally more difficult for yourself so that it stays fun and you're staying in the flow because all staying in the flow requires is that the difficulty of the problem is not too hard. It's not too easy. And your skills are matched up with that problem. So if your skills are too high, you're gonna be bored. If your skills are too low, you're lo you're gonna be overwhelmed and frustrated. So you've got to be thinking about these things and you've got to be thinking about well right now, my learning in a passive way or an active way and just think about when you've been in that place, that state where you're all about taking action, you're really excited about it. Make that one person. You could even give yourself a different name. Like I go in tow, accelerated learning mode. Or I'm an accelerated learner when I'm doing that and then every other time I'm a passive learner. And so any experience you have when you're learning, try to separate it and want it. Those two categories, because when you start doing that, you can build a negative feedback loop for every time you're in passive. That gives you a signal that okay, I should move to active learner, accelerate a learner And then when you're accelerating learning mode, you're gonna feel good cause you're like, OK, I'm in the right modem in the right place. I'm playing the right role right now. I'm doing it right, so every experience you have, start splitting it into those two categories, and then every time you're in that passive learning mode, remind yourself, break yourself out of it and say, No, don't do that anymore and then just stop. Take the time that you need, Maybe take a break and then when you come back, go back into that new movie mode. Sit back down in that chair in that new mode, because that's going to train you to think differently. You see this with athletes all the time, and I love studying athletes. And you think, well, athletes don't know anything about accelerated learning they don't know anything about. But really, what athletes are doing is they're solving problems. They're just doing it, um, or physical way. And because they're so focused on performance because so much their performance is measured , live and in the moment they have to be really good at getting into the right state and staying there and making sure they're doing right things all the time, and so you can learn a lot by studying how athletes make sure they don't go into that passive motor. They don't go into that. Ah, passive learning motor, whatever the bad motor, the negative mode is for them, how they snap out of that. So when they get in a funk, they have certain things they do to snap out of it and gap, get back to where they're supposed to be. And that's something you have to develop for yourself because at any moment in time you need to be able to recognize where you are. Take a step back, get out of that recompose yourself and then go back to where you need to be. Sit back down in that mode and then go from there, and that's gonna build that new neural framework that new neural architecture, that neural interstate of a new pipeline of action or a new feedback loop that's gonna get you doing the right thing all the time. And once you have that, it's a hard thing to stop somebody who's got that kind of power 6. Follow The Flow: in this video, we're gonna talk about flow, and I already covered the basics of how flow works. It's basically this matching between how difficult is the problem, and how good are you at solving that type of problems? So somebody, maybe in the flow, doing really well, solving one type of problem, then you throw them into a different situation or they're in the same situation. But you throw different type of problem at them, and now they're stuck and they can't do anywhere. They can't make any forward progress and they fall out of the flow, so the flow is very basic. People get very esoteric about it. They get very spiritually very, um, wu about it. But it's really very simple. It's just about what is the difficulty of the problem and what do your skills in terms of implementing it. The important thing to understand about flow is that it's the only consistent source of sustainable energy, and the reason why most people don't spend time in the flow is because they're either working on problems they don't care about or they're doing things where there's not a good match of their skills and the difficulty of the problem. So part of the issue there is that any time you're working on a problem, you're not just working on that problem. You're actually working on another deeper problem, which is the problem of meeting your emotional needs. So ultimately, everything is just a solution to meeting your emotional needs in one way or another. So whenever you're looking at a problem, there's also that deeper level of Is this solving the problem of I need to consistently have all my emotional needs met at a high level. If that's not happening, then you have a problem. You're not going to feel good. You're not going to feel fulfilled. So that's good. That's really the ultimate problem. No matter, no matter what superficial or surface level problem you're trying to solve or other people are talking about trying to solve. The real problem is they're just trying to meet their emotional needs, and this is the vehicle that they're using. Solving this problem, fix it, putting together this table from the I key a package. That's the problem that they're using to solve the real problem, which is their emotional needs. You have to understand that distinction if you're working on a problem that doesn't solve your emotional needs, doesn't fulfill those needs. Doesn't meet those needs, then it doesn't matter how good you are at solving that problem or have difficult. That problem is it doesn't matter because it's not meeting those emotional needs. So yeah, it's not just about the superficial. Well, what is the problem? It's also about well, is this problem meeting your needs? So if it's going to be, if it's meeting your needs, that's where the energy comes from. Your body is basically a system that works based on meeting those emotional needs, the emotional needs regulate well. Are you functioning at a high level? Are you functioning well? It's part of a group, but also are you functioning as an individual? Are you gonna be able to get the things that you need to survive? So that's really important. It's really important to understand that, and the important thing with flow is that it needs to be. This is the sustainable source of energy, So somebody who's consistently working in a job are working on a business or working on some side thing where they it's not meeting their needs they're not going to enjoy it or they've got a conflict between their needs. They're not going to enjoy it. So that's why you have toe. Allow yourself space so that you're not always at capacity or right near being at capacity where 99% of your capacities used up. It's very hard for you to get into the flow and then allow new things to come into your life where that are going, t provide sustainable sources of energy that's sustainable. Source of energy is what you're gonna use to power your long term projects. So you've got to figure out a way to align those emotional needs with the problem that you're trying to solve. That's that that more superficial level of building this business or building out this new division of this company are working on this programming project or whatever. If those things aren't directly linked to building or meeting as many of those emotional needs as possible, and at high levels and at higher levels than where your how your meeting those needs in other ways, then that's not going to be a sustainable source of energy. This needs to be an option for you whatever thing that you're learning, whatever thing that you want to take action on, that needs to be sustainably energized by meeting those six emotional needs at a higher level than any other way that you have. So maybe something that could be pretty good. But if you have some other thing that you can go to that's going to consistently meet your needs in a better way, then you're never going to really have that deep level of motivation to work on that project that you're trying to push yourself to take action on. But you just can't quite get yourself to that point. Another thing is trusting your intuition and going with your curiosity. So that's why titled This Curiosity Power's Action, because ultimately you can get away with doing things the way everybody else does them. But if you want to be a creative genius, or you want to tap into the same sort of stuff that creative geniuses throughout history people that have achieved, learned and created amazing things, then you need toe, learn and work on projects and be motivated toe work on projects in similar ways to how they do it. Uh, that's Why put this quote in here from Steve Jobs? You can't connect the dots ahead of time. So a lot of the things that he did when he was younger ultimately led him to being able to create apple and create all the amazing things that he created. Same thing with somebody like you on musk. He couldn't have connected the dots beforehand. Sure, Ah, lot of it was planned out. A lot of it was plans or ideas that he developed from an early age, but there were a lot of things that he couldn't have planned out ahead of time. And there's Ah, whole litany of examples of creative geniuses throughout history where they were doing things at a young age that ultimately led them to creating amazing things. But that wasn't there a plan that wasn't their intention. They were just following their curiosity. And the great thing about curiosity is it's going to lead you in a bunch of different directions that at the beginning don't seem to be leading in any coherent new direction. But what ends up happening is that by having that unique combination of skills, you're able to solve problems in a unique way where nobody else is able to do that because they don't have that unique combination of skills. So it's important to trust your Curia curiosity more and more. And this was something that was very difficult for me to do at the beginning, because you always feel like you have some short term goal that you need to be working towards. That's expected of you, where there's something or maybe a lot of things dependent on achieving that, and so may feel like you don't have a lot of free time to just explore your curiosity or may feel like, Well, it's it's It's not something that I really trust or something that's ever really worked out for me, the problem is the only way to get to that point where you're operating and learning and taking action at the highest level, like the creative geniuses throughout history is, you need to trust your curiosity the same way they trusted their curiosity, which means putting 100% faith in it and taking action based on your curiosity, having faith in that curiosity, even if you're not sure why, even if it doesn't make any sense, because ultimately and this is more of a competitive viewpoint on it. Um, and you may not be in this sort of situation where you're competing with other learners or other business people or people in a job, but the way to think about it is imagine, for example, you have you had a twin who was an identical twin, and you start off at this exact point of right now. And one twin followed their curiosity and just put, ah, lot of time, a lot of effort and energy into that curiosity where you just continue doing what you were doing, and you really didn't pay much attention to your curiosity, just kind of let it pass and you didn't do anything about it. Well, that twin who actually did fall their curiosity. They would end up putting in a lot more time learning things and getting in tow the flow a lot more often because they were tapping into the power that's behind that curiosity. So ultimately, what it's about is you want to get yourself. You're spending more and more hours per day in the flow where you're fully energized, where you're fully motivated and you're getting into the habit of taking action because over time you're gonna be able to combine those things that you're curious about that. But that don't seem to have a lot of practical value. You're gonna be able to find ways to bring those back to the problems that you're interested in and that you want to work on and solve and have some sort of long term value for both yourself and other people. So following your curiosity is extremely important because it's going to get you into the flow. And when you get into the flow, you're gonna want to take action. When you get into the flow, you're gonna want to build things, and that's going to get you started into the this new habit of taking action. And you're going to feel good by doing that because that curiosity is going eventually lead you to. I want to take this, this this and do something with it, and you get access to a totally different part of your brain, a totally different kind of wavelength of energy when you're in that place and it's it's hard if you're not there. I understand if you're listening to this and you're thinking Well, that doesn't really resonate with me. I'm not. I don't feel like that. That doesn't That's not my day today experience. So if you're there, I understand that what I'm trying Teoh communicate to you, and it's it's kind of hard to do because I got when you you may have experience. If you're at a party and you're having a great time, you're just vibing with other people and you feel really good and then you go back home. You're by yourself, you're on the computer, your cut. Your brain is in two very different states at those periods of time, and it's hard to just go from one to the other. You kind of to ramp yourself up, ramp yourself down, go into a different mode, and most people just don't really have any control over that. A lot of that is dependent on other people and on the environment. But you need to get to the point where you're putting yourself into the right mode enough where you can snap back to that whenever you want, so people that spend any time enough time in any sort of environment or situation. Eventually they learn to the ability to snap back to that state and get back to that sin a state just whenever they want to win whenever they have the intention to. So at the beginning, you have to do things that don't necessarily make sense long term. But it's like training wheels. In the short term, it limits you. It doesn't allow you go as fast. It doesn't give you as much flexibility. You can't steer around, go over certain terrain. But in the long term, you take those off and they've gotten you to the point where you need to be. So in the short term, what you do is you over focus on curiosity. You vote. You spend more time on your curiosity projects than you probably should. But what that does is it gets your brain used to being in a new mode where your ah, 100 times or 200 times or 300 times as effective as you normally are, you're coming up with new ideas. You just feel like a better person, like a more productive person, um, or active person. You just enjoy learning and working and doing stuff a lot more, and when you get used to being in that place. It starts to become your new emotional home. It becomes tow. It starts to become the place where you live, and it almost feels like you're becoming a slightly different person or a slightly more evolved version of your former self. And then you can go back and take that with you and go back to what you were doing before with a totally different mindset with a totally different feeling about yourself, a supercharged level of energy. And that's the thing that's gonna power you to be able to tackle these problems that you're working on from a new perspective and from it with a new level of energy and curiosity and insight and power behind it. So that's why it's important to follow your curiosity, especially at the beginning. Remember, with all this stuff involved in building these new emotional um, feedback loops at the beginning, you have to do a lot of work to break the old feedback loop and create the old new feedback loop. But once you get it up and running, it's eventually going to become self sustaining, and you're no longer gonna have to worry about the old feedback loop. It's like it never existed. So there's certain things you're gonna have to do with the beginning. That obviously don't make sense long term, when you do renovations on a building in a city, they put up scaffolding or all around that city short term so they can do the fixes. But eventually that goes away. That doesn't stay there forever. So you're gonna have to do certain things the beginning to get yourself primed and in the right place. So you're consistently spending the time in the flood your time in the flow that those things are not long term those air temporary scaffolding. So you have to be willing to make thes sacrifices short term to trust things and do things in a different way than you've ever done before. Treated like an experience experiment. But during that experiment play 100% trust, 100% have faith. Ah, 100% and give yourself the chance. Give yourself the a few weeks that a few months it's going to take to consistently get toe a new place where consistently in the flow, you can snap into that place when you want. You realize when when you're not there and you know how to change by focusing on what are those emotional needs? Is this superficial level problem meeting those emotional needs? And if it's not, how do I fix things? How do I change things? How do I jiggle with this? Um, rejigger this equation until things air coming out right and then you're going to get back into that feedback loop and you're right back into the zone where you need to be, so it's really important to follow the flow. It's very important to follow your curiosity. Feel like you don't have any curiosity. Just stop doing everything you're doing right now and only allow yourself to do new stuff. Eventually something's gonna hit you and then just go 100% towards that and keep going, and that's where it's going to start to build back up. If you spent decades not falling your curiosity, it's going to take a few days, maybe even a few weeks of doing this before you just find it. So all of this stuff, if you're not used to doing it, if you haven't done it in a while, it's going to take time to get back there. Expect that? No, that that's gonna happen. Just make sure that you push through it and you get to the other side because it's worth it . 7. Preventing Overwhelm: in this video, we're gonna talk about preventing overwhelmed. This would be number one of your number one goals. When you're going into any learning situation, especially when you're researching, especially when you're handling ah, lot of new information that you've never seen before, it's very easy to get overwhelmed. Another situation is when you're taking action or implementing something and you're trying to get something, toe work and a problem pops up that you weren't expecting and you're not sure how to deal with it. So part of the skill of taking action is being ableto handle, additional problems popping up that you couldn't expected and you weren't expecting. So it's really about managing your working memory when a new problem comes up that's going to start to pull out your working memory. And what happens is if you have to keep active in working memory, all the previous stuff you were working on as well as go and handle that new problem, then you're gonna have issues. So what you need to be able to do is basically take what you were working on and all that passed information you were holding a working memory need to transfer that onto paper, or you need to type that out into some notes. And you need to get that out of working memory so that you have space to handle the new problem. And that requires that you take a break and you don't immediately dive into the next thing and dive into the next thing. It also requires that you have habits set up to deal with just the day to day life. Things that you have to get done is that those aren't taxing your working memory as well. A lot of people I don't have have it's part of The problem is they're always in reactive mode. They're always reacting to problems reacting to people, calling them, texting them, emailing them and it doesn't work because they're working. Memory is constantly almost at the top, almost fold, filled up just by reacting to other people's stuff. When you have a schedule when you have habits, when you have a consistent routine for doing things, you're working. Memory is no longer taxed at that level, and you control when you're working, memory is loaded and when it's unloaded, so when you decide to go in your email at 10 a.m. and maybe five PM Then you're deciding OK for this half hour this hour I'm gonna handle email and that's all that I'm gonna have my working memory. I'm not gonna have text coming in bothering me. I'm not gonna be checking YouTube or Facebook or anything else. I'm just going to be an email. I'm just gonna be doing this one thing. Not gonna my phone. I'm not gonna bother people bothering me. So it's about setting that routine and then having just one thing in your working memory And one of the important things to realize about working memory is it's not like a computer in the sense of what you can very quickly unload it. And then you're back to normal with stress hormones, they take time to subside. So that's anywhere from half an hour before you get back to an equilibrium. And it can even last two, several several hours or even several days in extreme situations when there's an extreme amount of stress. But for normal situations, you're talking about at least half an hour and potentially more than that, potentially an hour, two hours. So you take a huge hit when you're not managing your working memory effectively, so it's really important to focus on that. Make sure you're doing it. You also want to avoid task switching as much as possible because it takes time to unload everything out of your working memory and then load it back up with new stuff. So the less switching you do, the better off you're going to be. And this slide right here, you can see the the biochemistry aspect of the three main hormones that are regulating stress, adrenaline, Noro, norepinephrine and cortisol. So adrenaline and norepinephrine are pretty similar there. The fight adrenaline is the fight or flight response. Norepinephrine is kind of a backup system. It does basically the same thing, but that's what gets your heart rate up. You start breathing heavier with cortisol. What you'll notice is your appetite decreases, and it kind of shuts down some of those less important function. So your libido, your reproductive system, those things aren't essential digestion. Those things aren't essential in a fight or flight stress situation. Your body is basically concentrating its forces. Concentrating its resource is to only focus on the things that are important in a fighter flight situation. The problem with running cortisol through your reins 24 7 is it wears down your system. It's like if you, if you're caught in your car, you never change your oil. It just there. Things develop in that oil, which is equivalent in your body to the blood. It's start to build up and start toe wear down on the internals of your car or your body. So it's important to keep your blood stream in an optimal state. And you can't do that if you're constantly stressed out, so you need to be looking not at well, how can I take drugs? Or how can I do stuff to solve? These problems are solved. These symptoms we should be doing is going to the source of when do I generally get stressed out? Maybe you can keep a journal for a day or a few days or a week of every time you get stressed out. At the end of the day, you make a list and you just write it down, and all you need to do is do this for a few days or a week until you get to the point where you're seeing patterns and the things that stress you out the most. Those are the things that you should build systems for First, those are the things that you should build routines and habits for first. Because once you knock those out, then you're gonna have a lot more working memory freed up so that you can start taking action and you're gonna have more margin. You're gonna have more of a buffer there that you can use when a side problem comes up. You're no longer going to be overwhelmed by dealing with that because you have enough room in your working memory to handle it. So it's about reducing your day today, minute to minute, second to second. What is your level of stress? Just on a moment to moment basis. If it's half 50% or 60% your goal should be. How do I get that down to 10% or 5% or maybe 15%? Somewhere in that range, where the majority of your working memories open when you're not doing anything and you can go attack a problem, take action on something. And even if a few things pop up that you weren't expecting you can handle it. And when you when you start noticing it, reaching that 70 80% range, that's when you should start to think. Okay, I need to stop now because I'm getting into the early stages of being overwhelmed. I need to make a list. I need to offload my working memory. Make a list of what's what are all the things I'm trying to handle right now? Prioritize that and then just attack that first thing on the list, because otherwise you're going to continue to get more stressed out. Once you're at 70 80% it's like a runner with a runaway train. If you don't start handling that immediately, then you're gonna run into problems. You're gonna get stressed out, and then you're losing anywhere from half hour hour, two hours until your biochemistry just resets. And being stressed out is not a switch. It's not a binary thing. It's something that edges up over time. So once you're at 70 80% your biochemistry has already started to change. You're already starting to ramp up, and if you don't immediately solve that and get that fixed, then it's just going to keep on going up and up and up, and the farther it goes up, the more stressed out you get, the more time it's gonna cost you to get out of that. So you're not just losing productivity as you're getting more stressed out from that 80 to 90 to 100% stressed out. You're also losing it on the way back down, so you need to get back down from 100% to 90 to 80 to 72 60 to 50 to 42 30 to 20 to 10. All that time. Those minutes those hours add up, so you need to be paying attention to your biochemistry, paying attention to the feeling your body you need to get aware of in the early stages of when you're getting stressed out. Start to feel how your body kind of heats up. Maybe start breathing a little bit more quickly, or you just can't focus as much as you're the temptation to switch to something else or to eat something or to just ah, break. Break your focus on that one thing. Once you start to notice those symptoms immediately, you should stop, make a list, prioritize and then just focus on that one thing and then also feel the change in your body just getting up and going for a walk or getting a drink of water. Something like that that can help. But if you want to consistently BB performing at a high level, you need to offload your working memory. You need to put that down on paper, prioritize it and then just focus on the most important thing and handle the rest later. 8. Fear of Failure: in this video, we're gonna talk about fear of failure. This is probably the most important single thing that stops people from taking action, and it originates for most people from being in school because being in school in a certain way it gives you a lot of advantages, gives you ways to practice where there's low stakes. But it also in many schools, if not most schools, is There's a paradigm where you create work and then you're graded once on it, and then it basically gets thrown away. It doesn't matter after that. And there isn't a culture of repeat revisions where you can revise something submitted again, get graded and it's a real shame because the way most people learn effectively is they create something. They get feedback, and then, ideally, they make fixes. They make it better, they resubmit it, they get a better grade and then they continually do that until they had created something that deserved something like an A minus and Aaron A plus. But let's just say in a so ideally, people would continue learning and to continue working on something, a creation until they got it to the point where it was in a and then over time they'd be able to get to that level faster and faster, and they wouldn't need as much feedback. They would need as many iterations. Unfortunately, that's not how works. So you create something, it gets graded, and then you try to figure out ways to incorporate that. Incorporate that feedback. But let's say you're doing a project a month or two later. How likely is it that you're gonna be able to go back and remember that feedback and apply it to the next thing? So, unfortunately, the school system just isn't set up for most people to do what's called mastery learning. And this is something that Khan Academy uses in math and science especially. And the idea is you don't go to the next stage of math until you've completely figured out the last stage, which means out of 10 questions, you can answer nine of them correctly, so you need to be able to get to that point where you really understand the fundamentals and the supporting legs that support that next level of math that you wanna learn. So you need to understand addition, ums and subtraction before you understand division and multiplication. The point here is you develop fear of failure when you live in a system in an educational environment for 12 15 20 years, where you only have one chance to succeed. And if you don't do things perfectly, you're going to suffer, and there's nothing you can do about it afterwards. In the real world, it's almost the opposite of that, so you can fail many times. You can get feedback, improve something, get implemented again, get feedback, do it again and again, an iterative improvement. The name of the game today in many, many industries is agile development, and this is something that's used in software. But it's also used by small businesses and larger businesses air trying to use it as well. Where you build a minimally viable product, you build something that people can use, and you get feedback. I was just reading something about I was reading anyone Musk's biography right now, and it talks about how, when they first built PayPal, that all these features and one of the minor features, just as part of their bullet point list was what we have this feature where if you have somebody's email address. You can send them money. Well, it turns out that was the feature that everybody loved. And so they took feedback, and then they iterated. Based on that, they made that a major part of their marketing, a major part of what pay pal is. And that's why PayPal is basically the most successful Internet banking company in the world and the recent wise because they figure things out. They got feedback, and they weren't afraid of their initial failures. The other thing to realize is when you're an accelerated learner, when you're trying to do great things, learn great things, but also implement those things you have to look at who are the best people in the world and what are they doing? Because oftentimes there's going to be tons of people out there telling you what to do, telling you what works and what doesn't. Ah, lot of times people that aren't necessarily successful themselves outside of teaching other people, so you have to be wary of that. And the best way to skip past people like that or to check what they're saying is to look at people that really are experts that are the highest performers in the world and look at , well, how did they approach this problem? So that's how I look at approaching the problem of failure. How do you approach it? And I've seen over and over and over again studying creative geniuses throughout history. And I'm not just talking about people that are artists or painters or whatever, talking about people in business, people in government, people that have changed the world. They're people that have failed many, many, many, many times. But the thing is, when you hear about these great people, their failures are almost never talked about unless you read an in depth treatment about who they are. The only things that are talked about is what they were successful at, not what they fail. That, um, I can't remember the exact number, but the amount of times that Abraham Lincoln ran for office and lost, it's over a dozen times, and then the first time he won was right before he became president. So there's you just read enough stories like that, and you realize anybody who's done anything significant in the world they failed many, many, many, many times, and so part of the sacrifice you need to make if you want to do great things if you want to create great things if you wanna learn a lot and be a great accelerator learner is you need to sacrifice your pride. You need to sacrifice this perfect image. And you need to replace that with this idea of I'm going to create things until I get to that point where I'm a creative genius, I'm gonna create things and I'm gonna be willing to fail until I get to that level and have that failure public. The thing about public failures is they're not written in the history books. Nobody cares about them long term, and we often make a bigger deal out of them than they really deserve. People don't care about failure. People generally don't make a big deal out of it. It seems like they do, because every time you turn on the six o'clock 78 oclock news, all they're talking about is all the problems in the world. When you read the newspapers all about all the huge problems and embarrassing like public figures that are making mistakes of the tabloids, that's what it's all about. But in for a regular person in everyday life failures. Air Not a big issue. So you really need to get over this conception of, well, failure is Thea public fair failure is the ultimate worst thing that could happen. Another thing that really pushed me was ah, for overcoming public failure was seeing people that weren't accelerated learners, people that didn't necessarily have a lot of education, um, weren't didn't have businesses that were very sophisticated. And yet they had become successful just through trialling air just through failing enough times and just persevering. And that perseverance is something that, uh, several years ago, when I first started realizing Wow, look at all these people that are so successful that have perseverance is one of their main attributes. I realize well, a lot of these people aren't accelerated learners, So there's something else to success besides just learning quickly. Part of it is also that perseverance. So being able to fail and keep going, fail and keep going and not let that stop you and being willing to fail publicly and then just rolling with the punches. So this idea of wealth, public failure is this huge things we see it in the news we see in newspapers on TV. The reality is most things anything that you put out if it's not marketed using paid, uh, paid strategies than very, very few people are gonna end up seeing it, probably fewer than 1000 people and out of the billions of people in the world. If you're worried about some fraction of a percent of everybody in the world seeing this failure than you've got a problem and you need to figure that out because you can't let that stop you. And that's really that's another really important thing is that a lot of people think failure is the ultimate public failure. When you put something creative out, there is the ultimate failure. But really, almost nobody is going to know about it. Uh, unless you're marketing something and somebody's paying toe, interrupt people's attention, interrupt People's Day to show them something. Most people that aren't going to see it because it's not gonna nobody's gonna be reviewing it. Nobody's gonna be sharing it via word of mouth. They're just not going to care about it, so it's really important to not build. It's also important to not build up expectations. So the first time you put something out there, a lot of people think, Oh, I've spent so much time It's so perfect. I'm going to get all this attention for it And then you realize it turns out marketing is actually extremely important for getting any piece of creative work out there and getting attention towards it. So a lot of people have this disillusionment where they realize even if I do something and it's perfect and it's really great and I put hundreds or thousands of hours into it, that doesn't mean anybody's going to care about your product. It's not kind of mean. Anybody cares about the piece of worker artwork that you're putting out into the world, you have to be able to market it. So a lot of people haven't uh, uh, experience of disillusionment when they put all that front end time into something, and then they end up not getting anything out of it because they forgot how important, important marketing it is. So it's a double edged sword on one hand, yet it's not great that you'd have to work on something for thousands of hours or hundreds of hours and then have it flopped where it's really high quality, but nobody pays any attention to it. On the flip side, if you understand marketing, then you can take anything that you create and find ways to get other people looking at it and build up mo mentum to where it starts moving on its own. You're bringing in enough money where you can start to pay to have it marketed yourself. But it's really important. Understand that very few people actually care about your failures. Very few people remember your failures. They're not gonna be written in the history books. It's only going to be somebody who looks very in depth into your past that's going to see your failures. And I have modelled hundreds and hundreds of people that in most successful people in the world, in their various domains and almost every single one of them. Eventually, when I dig deep enough, there's failures. There's things that they've never done. There's things that they've trademarked or copyrighted that they never ended up creating. There's things that they did once and flopped. They never talk about it. Almost nobody that is a fan of them ever knows that they made these mistakes, but they happened. So the key is in the grand scheme of things nobody's going to know. Very few people are gonna remember We talked about this before. 50% of what you learn is gonna be gone in in two weeks. 90% in two months. So your failures air gonna be forgotten that fast, if not faster. So getting over your feel affair failure is very important. And the way you do that issue start just incrementally making what you create, more, more public. You put together a blogger, you start publishing stuff that you create on Facebook or Quarrel. You start answering questions on Cora. One thing I started doing is I just answered questions on Cora and then I posted those to my Facebook in my twitter. So people in my network started seeing okay, I'm doing this stuff. I'm creating this content. I'm sharing my ideas, my thoughts and my opinions, and I'm putting that out there, and eventually you create bigger things. You create books, you create whatever it is that you want to create software, whatever. Eventually you put that out there and you just feel comfortable and you get to a point where first of all, you just don't care what other people think is much anymore. And you realize that if you're not marketing something extensively, nobody's gonna learn about it because there's other people that are willing to pay to interrupt and get it. Get people's attention. So if you're things not good enough to get people's attention and keep it and build momentum, then the only way you're gonna get people's attention is through paying for it anyways. And most major productive works are heavily, heavily marketed, with tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of not millions of dollars just to advertise those products. And we're talking about the products that the top ones in the world so you shouldn't be afraid of failure. And if you are afraid of failure than incremental, you start. You have to start breaking that feedback loop, and you have to replace it with a feedback loop of you. Feel good every time you put something out there, and it's not failure as much as it's feedback. It's only failure if you don't act on that feedback. If you don't improve. Ultimately it's not about creating external things. It's about creating and improving yourself and learning, and that learning is what your ultimate goal is. So the only way you can fail in learning is if you don't take that feedback in, do something with it. You don't necessarily have to make everything perfect based on the first piece of feedback that you get, but you do need to at least try something. Do an experiment. Change something, see if it works better because the ultimate goal is ultimately the learning. It's not the external results. It's the learning that you get from those things, and then you can use that learning to create something that's even better. So failure as, ah as a concept that you're afraid of disappears when you get to that level, where you get to the level of if you really want to be an accelerated learner than you have to value learning above everything else and so that learning and it requires that you create things, put them out there and get feedback and then improve your knowledge and update your knowledge based on what you learn. But it's never about just what are you creating? What you putting out there? What it's about is doing the process correctly. And if you're not putting things out there, if you're not risking failure in the eyes of other people or negative feedback in the eyes of other people, first of all, you're not taking enough risks. But second of all, you really have no right to call yourself an accelerated learner because if you're not taking action, then you're not doing one of the most important things to test whether all the knowledge that you've accumulated is actually valid or not, and you can waste huge amounts of time thinking that you know a lot, but then never putting it action when you finally do you realize your model is completely wrong, needs serious, serious work, serious fixing and tens, if not hundreds of hours you put in. We're just wasted based on fine tuning, a model that wasn't accurate in the first place. So it's really important to get over your fear of failure, and the way you do that is you value your learning more than you value, avoiding the pain of public failure. Where you do that is you minimize the idea of public failure by realizing a lot of people. Most people don't care, they're not gonna remember, and they're not even going to know about it. And second of all, it's extremely important that you implement things that you learn. And ultimately it's all about learning about yourself, improving your own learning, and that product at the end of the day doesn't mean anything. What means something is you having better knowledge so you can create something that's twice as good or five times as good or 10 times is good. So that next thing that you're about to put out, that's more important than what you've already done. It's about what's coming next, based on what improvements you've made in your knowledge base. So that's how you get over. Feel a failure, failure. It's not gonna happen instantly if you can find somebody else where you can do this together and kind of kind of slowly raise each other, raise each other chips, make take a little bit more risk time after time. But the point is, just keep on making progress. Just keep on taking a little bit more risk day after day, week after week, and start doing it online. Just open up your Facebook network or your or what? If you send out emails to people in your family or your friends, just start revealing a little bit more information about what you're doing. Start putting things out there and sharing them with more people. Ah, lot of people that are except gettinto accelerate learning are naturally more introverted, and so they feel uncomfortable just telling people about their projects. And they feel. And these are the same people that often feel very uncomfortable in conversation. They feel uncomfortable having conversations. They don't know what to talk about, their uncomfortable talking about themselves because they don't want to seem like a failure . They don't want to seem un interesting well, part of being able tohave great conversations with people and also find people that are interested in the same things you are is talk about the things you're interested in. There's a certain amount of time it takes when you're meeting anybody knew or trying to get to know anybody better, where you both have to share things, and you're never going to know whether it's gonna resonate with the other people or what it's going to remind them of. But I can't tell you how many great ideas I've gotten from people that aren't experts that aren't accelerator learner. But I just talked their ear off for a few minutes about a project I was working on, and eventually they gave me something that I could use that made a significant change and help me be more creative in that project. So you need to get over that fear of failure, whether it's talking for a few minutes and having somebody seem uninterested and then at at the 92nd Market 122nd mark, something sparks inside them, and then they start going and their interest in their engaged. You have to be willing to take that risk. You have to be willing to go first and put yourself out there and just continually make progress put. Raise the stakes a little bit each time. Eventually you're going to get over that fewer failure, and it's gonna open up a ton of possibilities. You will be able to collaborate with other people. They're just going to feel a lot more free to unleash your creative potential, and that's when you're in the flow all the time. That's when your naturally motivated you got the right feedback loops. You're no longer worrying about taking action. You look at 99% of other people in your thinking, What are they doing with their lives? They're not taking action enough, so that's where I want you to be. That's where you're going to be if you just get over your feel of failure, failure, so make that a priority to start valuing your learning mawr in valuing fear less. 9. Fear of Failure for Future Leaders: fear of failure for future leaders. So I wanted to make this one separate because it hasn't leadership component to it. And some of you may be thinking, Well, I want eventually become a leader. Some of you are already leaders and you want to become a better leader. So the idea of failure is really important for leaders. And you may be thinking, if I want to leave be a leader, then people are only going to respect to me if I don't make mistakes and to a certain extent, yes, that's true. But the only way that you're going to get to that point where you're good enough that you're not making mistakes, is that you've made mistakes in the past and you've overcome those mistakes and you've improved to the point where you're no longer making those mistakes or you're just not making making fewer mistakes than anybody else. But I want you to realize is that failure as an asset, and this is going to require you to think more long term, but also think about you're not always going to be who you are right now. You're eventually gonna become somebody who's very capable. Somebody who has leadership potential. And when you're an accelerated learner and you're learning faster than everyone else. Eventually people are gonna be looking to you for leadership because you have more knowledge assets than they do. You have better decision making capabilities than they do. And so people are gonna look to you for leadership, and you need to be able to provide that part of leadership is educating people in making decisions in figuring out what's the best way to go. But another big part of it is team building and making people like you and want to work with you and feel like they're part of a team and have people not just respect to you for your skills, but also like you as a person like being around you, like doing things, not just because it's good for the team or it's good for the project beat, but because they want your approval and doing things for you mean something to them. And they like doing things in making you look good, making the team look good, and they like having you in charge instead of wanting to take you down or wanting somebody else to be in charge stuff like that. So it's very important for you to be able to build a relationship with your followers and have followers that really like you as well as respect you for your skills. So part of being a down to earth Wieder that people like is you need to be relatable. And what that means is you can't always be putting yourself on a pedestal as being a perfect person. That's above everyone else. That's just not gonna fly. And especially in the current kind of postmodern era where everything is about having a flat, um, hierarchy, not having any hierarchy making decisions based on group consensus, stuff like that those rigid power structures that used to be more popular in the past just aren't going to fly with people, especially in modern Western countries. It's something that yeah kind of still exists in the military and some other domains. But, um, just as a cultural evolution, that sort of hierarchy is becoming less power, powerful and common, and people aren't is comfortable with it anymore. So you need to be able to be relatable to other people and having embarrassing stories of failure is really important because it brings you down to Earth while at the same time not necessarily calling into question your skills. And so that's why it's important to make ah failure now as soon as possible, because that's gonna create the maximum on a distance from where you are in a few years in 5 10 years from where you are right now. So you want to make your mistakes as early as possible because the sooner you make the mistakes, the less people are gonna hold, uh, hold. You were taking toe account for that when it's years later. Special If you're a young person, people give people in their teens and twenties a lot of slack for making mistakes and overcoming and move moving beyond it so there earlier. But no matter how old you are, the earlier you make the mistakes that better. And ideally, the best time to make the mistakes is yesterday. So make those mistakes today. Make them as soon as possible so you can get past them as soon as possible, and they can turn into an asset because those embarrassing stories air very important for being ableto lead followers who don't have the confidence that you have, they don't have the confidence they and they're going to see you as somebody who is almost like a Demi God or somebody who's just a different kind of human being than they are. And they're going to think that it's innate. So part of the way people view geniuses just at a cultural level is they view them as is inherently different. And it's all about natural, innate talent and ability, as opposed to something that's practiced. And because most people don't understand accelerated learning, they're going to view you as somebody who's just in eight weeks smarter or more intelligent . They're gonna ask you, What's your I Q. They're going to assume that it's not most. It's not about the hard work that you put in and the greats learning strategies that you're using. They're gonna assume it's because you have some innate ability or innate talent, and so that's gonna make it very difficult for you to bring the same kind of high performance you get out of yourself out of other people that you're leading. So it's important to bring yourself down to Earth and show people your mistakes. So this is one of the things that I do most often when I'm leading somebody is. I try to look for my through my past, of all the embarrassing stories, all the failures that I had, and I even looked to make mistakes. I look for those whittle challenges that I could take on that have a 99% chance of failure because it ultimately doesn't matter whether I failed or not. From a storytelling perspective from a storytelling perspective, where you're trying to show people is you can go and do this. This is a person that you're sitting down and talking to right now who's actually gone and done this. And when you share a story with somebody, you're planting the seed of something that eventually they'll have the confidence to do themselves. And leadership is ultimately it's not about standing above somebody and saying You do this as much. It's about figuring out where is somebody right now, and how do I build them up to where they need to be To be part of this problem solving group, to solve whatever problem you're solving, whether it's how do I get this ball into the end zone or it's about How do I improve revenue for next quarter or whatever it is you need to be ableto build that person up and get them to where they need to be and help somebody who doesn't have the emotional capabilities that you have. They don't have the confidence that you have, and they look at you as a different breed of individual. They view us somebody who has skills and abilities that they'll never be able to have in their wildest dreams, no matter how hard they try. So you need to be able to bring yourself down from that pedestal so that they can see that even though they aren't at the level that you're at, you were originally somebody who was at their level or even worse off than they were. So, uh, remember when I was learning copyrighting There was this ad called The one Legged golfer, and the idea was, Well, if this one leg golfer can get great results than if you have two legs, you should be able to do do at least a swell as, uh, he does. There's a guy named Sean Stevenson as well as another guy I'm forget blinking on his name, but he was born without any limbs and hes a motivational speaker. And he goes around the world talking to people. And you see somebody who's suffered severe, uh, trauma during their life or was born with a lot of disadvantages. And yet they're still happy they're still fulfilled. They still enjoy their life, and it makes you call into question Why the assumptions you have? So it's having given being able to give somebody an experience of You were once at one point just as bad off as they were, if not worse. But you overcame that, and that's gonna help create a belief in themselves where they can do that as well. Another thing that's important. It's self deprecating humor, so as a leader, you have a lot of power, and people are gonna be afraid of making jokes at your expense. And to a certain extent, you don't want making people making jokes at your expense. But it's also very important for people to have an outlet, and also you're not always going to be in a leadership position where you're above everyone else. It's gonna be a lot of situations where you're below somebody else in the hierarchy or it's ah, group of equals. And so sometimes people wonder. Well, how do you get into that playful state? How do you get into that humorous state? How do you get people joking around? Well, one of the easiest ways and lease risky ways is to use self deprecating humor. So make a little joke that is at your own expense, and then other people let their guard down. So then, if you make a joke about them, it's not like, Oh, you're out there making them look bad because you already did it to yourself first. So it's a way to signal to people, Okay, I'm not. I'm not just this person who's trying to be perfect and pretend like I'm better than everyone else. It's about I have my own foibles. I've made my mistakes, and it's also ah, badge of honor for a lot of people where they've made their mistakes. They've gone out and taken action and done things, and so they enjoy talking about their mistakes because it's a badge of art honor. It's something that separates them from all those people that were too afraid to make mistakes and it brings people together. People that are out there taking action, love taking action are completely fine with making mistakes. They love to meet other people that are like that. So sharing those stories is gonna attract other people in your life who love taking action . And the more people you surround yourself with that are all about taking action, the more you're gonna become that kind of person yourself. So it's a great way to attract other people in your life. But it's also just a great way to improve an interaction, improve a group by injecting some humor into it, and a great way of starting that out and getting that flame burning without making, making somebody else feel bad or making somebody else feel defensive is make yourself a target first. The last thing is stores for your memoir. So if if you have the ambitions of doing something great and people are gonna want to hear about your buy out, they're gonna want to read your biography, biography, or you think at any point you would want to write a memoir or write your own biography, uh, autobiography, then these air really valuable stories for your biography or your autobiography because people want to know what did it take to get where you got? And a big part of that is mistakes and failures. And this is something if you have Children or at some point you think you'll have Children , is you need to be able to teach your Children, and they need to be able to see themselves as able to do these things and ableto handle failure. So the only way people are going to feel like vacant handle failure is if they see somebody who's already done it. So this is whether you're leading your Children, your weeding people in a company or you're leading people as part of a nonprofit or some mission that you have. They need to Ah, huge part of your job as a leader is developing the other people on your team, and people are not going to be able to develop themselves if they don't believe that their innate Lee capable of doing it. And a lot of people have that as a big stumbling block where they've just been learned. They've learned through their culture through their education that there a certain kind of person they have a certain type of capabilities, and they're never gonna be able to move beyond that. So that's something that you need to change that you need to fix. And the only way that you can do that is tell people stories and give people an experience of transcending that. And the way you do that is you tell people stories where they can see that you weren't always this amazing person. You started as somebody who is just like them, who had made a lot of mistakes, took a lot of action implemented, became an accelerate learner, implemented the strategies and was able to develop yourself into the person you are today. But that's only gonna happen if you have a stockpile of failures, a stockpile of mistakes that you can draw on. Any time you're in a conversation with somebody and you can tell they just don't believe in themselves. And it doesn't matter how many times you try to hammer into their head. Do this. Go do that. If they don't believe in themselves, they're ultimately never going to do it and creating belief in somebody when there's no reason and it's n equals one, meaning that in a scientific study you need, you can't experiment on one person and get valid results. You need a experiment up on a larger sample size, but the problem is you can't clone somebody, so there's only one of them. And so their past experiences is all they can go on and you can tell them a story about somebody else. But there's only so much influence that's gonna have. But if you tell them a story about yourself and they can see who you've become today in the past mistakes that you made and where you started out, then that's gonna help them start to build the belief in themselves that they can do it. And if you can believe that if you can create that belief in the people in your group, then you can bring a lot out of them and you can create a really great team and you have to be able to bring yourself down. You have to be able to influence people, to get them to believe in themselves and develop that confidence that they can go out and develop them, suit Selves in do great things. But it all starts with you being able to see your failures as assets and being able to deploy those assets where they're needed. So when some you can tell, somebody just doesn't believe in themselves, they're having a downtime Were they've just experienced a lot of failure. You can draw on your own personal stockpile of failures and tell that story as a way of transitioning them out of that state of feeling like they there have zero confidence and they can't do anything, transition them into a place where they feel empowered where they feel like they can take on the world. They can take on a challenge that they've never been able to solve, that maybe nobody in the world's been able to solve before, and they can go on and do that and be successful. But that belief all starts with them seeing examples of other people do it. And there's no better example than us. The leader going first, telling them that story and giving them that experience so don't see failures. Just, oh, this is a fear that I have to get over. See, it is a huge opportunity whether you're leader now or you want to be a better leader are you plan to see yourself as a leader in the future and doing big things in the world. You need tohave failures because otherwise people are not gonna be able to relate to you. You're not gonna be able to connect with them. You're not gonna be able to grow your your team. You're not gonna be ableto create a cohesive team where everybody feels comfortable around everyone else. You're not gonna have the assets that you need to be ableto makes somebody feel like they have what it takes that they they have enough that they can take on a big challenge. So it's an incredibly valuable asset. Start making as many failures as you can. Intelligent failures by making into taking intelligent risks, being willing to make mistakes, continually putting things out into the world. Getting feedback. Because if you don't make those mistakes, if you don't make those failures than why did those things down the road is a leader you're just not gonna be able to do. And I see so many leaders out there today who don't have are running $1,000,000,000 companies but don't have the ability to connect with the people in their company, maybe maybe making billions of dollars. But the question is, are they really maximizing the potential of the people that are working at that company? They may be able to attract top talent, but are they developing those people to the highest levels? And if they're not, then there's a lot of room to grow and being able to connect with your people. Being able to develop them is, if not the most important thing, as a leader to do one of the most important things that as a leader, it's your job to do, and having failures is essential to being able to do that. 10. Prime Your Body for Action: in this video, we're gonna talk about how to prime your body for action. And what this means is that being physically active as well as having a good diet and using your diet as well as the way that you exercise to control your biochemistry is very important because as we talked about in the previous sections, being able to control your biochemistry is very important because that ultimately determines things like how stressed out are you? How much blood flow is your brain getting? How much oxygen is your brain getting? And if you're running your body in a subprime way, day in, day out, you're going to suffer the consequences. You're not gonna have as much energy. You're not gonna get us many our productive hours out of the day. You're not gonna enjoy learning. So the people that are the best learners of the people that enjoy learning the most because it keeps them keeps that positive feedback loop constantly going. But that's not gonna happen if you're suffering from a lot of other stuff because you're just not running your body properly and because it's an intellectual exercise, it's a lot of people that are accelerated learners or just spend a lot of time reading a lot of time educating themselves. They don't focus on these things because they think it's not important. It's for those other people, those people that care about how they looking in our superficial or just wanna, you know, put on tons of muscle or be really slim or whatever, uh, whatever they think about that. But it turns out this stuff is really important that you don't have to go crazy, don't have to go overboard. You don't have to do a lot, but you have to do enough, and what I want you to really focus on is the changes in your biochemistry because ultimately this isn't about looking a certain way or having a certain body fat percentage or anything like that. What it's about is getting a sense kind of the equivalent of a dashboard in your car, where you can see how the levels of different things are going. I want you have a feeling of general idea moment to moment of okay, how stressed out of my How is the food that I ate a few hours ago, affecting how I feel right now? How is the exercise I did a few hours ago or earlier in the day, or that I just did. How is that affecting how my body feels right now. So what this really is about is getting a deeper sense of awareness about how your body feels and how your brain feels and how active, or how efficiently your brain is running right now, based on what you've been eating and how you've been exercising. So what's first talk about diet? Die is basically understanding two things. What does your body digest? Well, and then what is it? Not digest? Well, so you can go very deep into die. You can get into macronutrients and all that stuff. That's a separate course. But what I want you to start doing is not just saying. Oh, well, science says this or science says that. So this is what I'm gonna eat. I want you to start to create feedback loops with your own body, where you eat something and then you get a sense of Okay. How do I feel? 10 minutes after reading this half on our on our five couple hours 5 10 hours later, when I go to the bathroom. How does that connect with what I ate a few hours, or maybe 10 15 20 hours ago? So I want you to be able to correlate and create a feedback loops that you understand what you're putting into your body has a certain effect on your biochemistry, and then when it comes back out, it also has an effect on what's coming out when you go to the bathroom and so you can get a sense of okay, how well my eating and my feeding my body, and especially your brain, the right things. So the things that you're gonna tend to digest well, our vegetables, fish and light meat and also most fruit. The thing about fruit is a lot of people they overuse fruit and fruit can have especially certain fruits can have a lot of fructose, a lot of sugar, and it can have even certain, uh, fruit drinks have more sugar than a can of Coke or a can of Pepsi or Sprite. So you have to be careful about fruit because of that. Some fruit has a lot of sugar, and some people try to cut down on other things. But then replace it with fruit sugar. So it's better. But just be careful. Um, just make sure that you're not over doing it and make sure that your leaning towards fruits , where they're not as cloyingly sweet, and it's more of like something like an apple, where does have a sweetness to it, but it's not overboard like something like a raspberry, for example. Next thing what foods do not digest well, so fish, vegetables, light meat, which would be like chicken or any sort of poultry. That's gonna be a light meat. Heavier meats are red meats and pork. So part of the problem with eating heavier meets is that you're gonna feel your body just kind of slows down and gets kind of sluggish is your body. It needs a lot of energy just to break down the proteins and break down that food. And for me, especially I Sometimes if I eat too much red meat, I'll just have to take a nap for a few hours, and it can really interrupt my day. I used to eat red meat a lot for lunch, like I'd like to have a burger or something like that for lunch. cooking myself. But I eventually realized that it was leading to me being very unproductive the next few hours in the early afternoon, and sometimes they even have to take a nap. But when I switched over eating light meets stir fry vegetables back completely went away. And it wasn't just the red meat what I realized with the burgers, it was also that bun, the carbs of that buns. So all that sugar. So it's the combination of your body needing a lot of energy and time to break down that red meat plus carbs. You put that that together, and some people, depending on how your body digest foods, it's just gonna you're gonna crash afterwards. So this is kind of the next stage. This is where diet nutrition is gonna be going in the next five or 10 years is towards individualized plans based on how people that just food. But there isn't enough. There isn't cheap enough ways of measuring people's, uh, basically their digestive systems for to be a widespread thing right now, but that's coming down the pike. The next thing is cardio, so you basically just have to experiment on yourself. Most of these patterns apply toe a broad swath of people, so you can just start testing things out and start paying attention to breaking things in a few categories Fruits, vegetable, white meats and then heart red meats and then carbs. Those five categories just start to pay attention. Okay, If I eat something with these sorts of groups like carbs and red meat, how do I feel compared to eating something that's fish and vegetables? So you're going to start to notice a difference, and eventually you're gonna build a feedback loop where you can predict how you're gonna feel based on what you eat. And so what I do now, for example, is I'm gonna have a burger, something that's gonna be for dinner. That's gonna be at the end of the day when I'm kind of done working, done learning, and it's okay for me to just kind of lay around, watch a TV show or a movie or whatever, and that's not gonna interrupt things that's not gonna be a problem. Or with I'm outside working really intensely, I'm gonna be able to use that car, but that energy immediately, instead of it getting stored away if I'm really active than that's not gonna be a much of an issue. So you started ableto plan your meals around. Okay, What kind of energy do I want? And you can balance that with? Okay, well, is this something that I really enjoy? But it's gonna kind of crash my energy. You can plan things out so that it doesn't interrupt what you want to dio in terms of exercise, cardio is important. Lifting weights is important. A lot of people don't realize how important diet is in losing weight as opposed to exercise . Diet is about 80% of it. And also doing lifting weights is often times more effective than cardio. Things like jogging or running, for example, are pretty ineffective for burning calories. You might burn to 300 calories by going on a 2030 minute jog or run. So it's really not that effective. But starting out if you're somebody who really just doesn't enjoy exercising, you never like to go into the gym, then doing things like work outdoors tending to your garden, doing some yard work. Stuff like that could be really great. Um, it also walks and just being in nature, so this is a great way. This is something that you can do when you want to listen to audio books when you want to listen toe audio recordings of conferences or any sort of recorded event. Or take a video that you have converted into audio. Do it that way. Listen to some audio notes that you have. That's a great way when you're doing outdoor work or you're when you're just going on a walk. It's a great way when you're doing cardio. When you in the gym. It's nice, sort of listen to music. I get that. But you can also mix in some audio content as well. But that's a great opportunity to mix both of those things. And if you don't like doing really intense stuff, that's not the end of the world. The important thing is get your body moving, get outside, make sure that you're taking breaks because that's gonna help keep your body in rhythm. That's gonna help you from kind of going down that slow decline where you're just sitting in front of computer, you're sitting with a book, and at a certain point you just start getting frazzled and your energy decline. So getting out, being a little active and then coming back is a great way to deal with that. And make sure that your energy is staying high throughout the day. So make sure you're taking little breaks doing stuff like this. And another thing is just going out and exercise and could be great for your creativity, gives you the ability to get away from a lot of the world of abstractions and let the concrete world start to give you ideas and inspire you about things. So that's another thing besides just listening to audiobooks and consuming, you can also be thinking about Well, how can I make this concrete? How can I come up with a new white creative ideas? But also, once you've gotten to the point where you figured out your basic strategy, it's great to go on a walk and just kind of game plan. So think about how my gonna implement all this visualize. So this is another great thing you could do. Sometimes I like going on walks at night and just kind of visualizing. Okay, what do I want to build? What do I want to create? What's that gonna look like, because oftentimes it's that vision that excites you and keeps you motivated cause it's that feedback group of imagining the vision, feeling good and then taking action on that vision, making progress, feeling like you're closer to that vision. Feeling good cycles through that feedback loop again. So being outdoors, going on, walks, going in nature, giving your mind, uh, just some time to be creative and make connections your ally, your unconscious mind to do some work, you're going to get the results of that. You're going to get the benefit of that, and it can be a great time to develop that vision, and we're gonna be talking about developing your vision more later. But that vision is really important because that's what's gonna keep you excited about something and often times in your life. The things that you've been most excited about you may have never consciously created a vision. It's just something where you saw something on TV or you saw another person with something or having a certain type of lifestyle or enjoying something, or just a moment that you experienced, and it inspired you to want to create something or want to get something or do something so developed. Developing that vision is a great thing to do while you're walking around while you're active while you're in the in experiencing the concrete world because the more concrete you can make your vision, the more queer it's going to be, the more motivating it's gonna be. You've also got a link it obviously, to things that meet your emotional needs. But it's got to be concrete, and you have to give yourself time to do that and not just get lost in the world of abstractions, inwards and stuff written down on paper. So making it really giving your your mind some time to relax at the same time getting active. That's a great way to take a break without suffering a lot of the downsides of task switching where you're just moving your brain from one thing, toe another. Take those breaks and in the meantime, either feed your mind something via audio creative vision. Get a little bit active. Make sure that you're eating properly and you're gonna notice huge effects in your energy levels, and it's something you need to pay attention to. You need to pay attention to it enough until you start noticing the patterns so that throughout the day, every time you're preparing a meal, every time you're buying something you're thinking about. Okay, how is this gonna affect my energy? So give you a final example. I was on the golf course a few days ago with my brother and a friend, and I was really hungry, so I got a Snickers bar. Now, if I had eaten that Snickers bar and then gone and sat in front of the computer, I know that would have given me a sugar rush and then I would have crashed afterwards, maybe 2030 minutes later after eating it. But we were about to play golf, and I we needed that energy and I was hungry. So I bought a Snickers bar for a dollar. I'd started doing some practice putting, talking with my brother and my friend and then going back I and then ripe of we went up to the first. We did the first hole in the second hole that loops back to the clubhouse, and I went and I got another one because I needed and more. I knew I was going to need more energy 1/2 hour an hour later when we got farther into the course and I wasn't gonna have anything and I knew I wasn't gonna crash because I knew my body was going immediately be able to use that energy. So normally I don't eat candy like that because I know it's just going to make me crash, and that's gonna kind of ruin my day or ruined several hours of the day. So I usually don't do that, but in certain situations where I can predict how that's gonna affect my biochemistry and it's not going to cause any serious problems, but it might even help me by giving me some energy that I can immediately use. That's something that I'm willing to dio. So you want to get to that place where you're able to predict, based on your unique digestive system, how you react different types of foods. There's really only about five different types of foods that you can see them all here, so you just need to get a sense of how does my body react to these things? Another one that I didn't really include. His dairy things like yogurt, ice cream milk stuff like that. That's another thing to play around with. Also, but cheese, but in moderation, those for most people are in a significant issue. But just make sure that you're paying attention to this stuff. I'm not gonna I'm not giving you any specifics of this is what you should do because I don't believe in that. I think everybody has something different is going to be ideal for each one of you listening to this. But what I do want you to do is do each of these things on this list and try them out multiple times and make sure you're paying attention before, during and after of how does my body feel before I go on the walk during the walk after the walk, stuff like that, and then ideally, keep a journal. But otherwise, just do it enough until you have a sense of okay, this is how I feel after I do this and make sure that you remember that and get spaced repetitions on it. So sometimes you're gonna forget that these things are important or that they have these kind of effects and unit come back and try it again. so the main point here is not do this, do that what it is his start experimenting and figure out. How does your body, your digestive system, react to doing these different things? And then this is going to give you an idea for if you want to have a certain type of day and you wanna have energy at a certain point or certain points throughout the day a certain type of energy than bees that you have a list of options of things you can eat ways you can exercise so that you're going to get the maximum energy and you're gonna get the kind of energy that you want. And if there's and if there's an opportunity or there's something you want to do, but it's gonna take your tank, your energy. Then you can plan out your days that you do it at the right time, and it's not gonna cause any downstream impacts that you don't want 11. One Page Plan: in this section, we're gonna be talking about planning and specifically how to do as much of your planning as possible on a single piece of paper. And the reason why this is important is because it's going to get you into a mode of taking action quickly because you're not gonna have unlimited amount of time on a limited amount of space in order to just endlessly plan things out. It also keeps everything in one place so you don't lose things, and then you're missing a piece. Your vision. The idea is it really forces you to think it forces you to boil down what's important, what isn't and prioritize things that you can focus on. What really matters. One of the biggest problems people have is they overwhelm themselves with information and they're unable to prioritize. And when you can't prioritize, you can't focus and yet overwhelmed and then it's even harder to focus. So this is a strategy where you take out your notebook and on a single piece of paper. Whatever problem you want to solve. Whatever project you want to work on, you train yourself to put everything in a single piece of paper and then you iterated weekly. So you go back to that piece paper at the end of the week and you look at okay, what did I accomplish? What's still missing? And then you add another page to it, and then you just every time you're working on that project, you come back to that single piece of paper. It's also something that you can do digitally, but I highly recommend you it on paper because it's gonna help you focus more, but something we're collaborating with other people. That's a situation where you probably wanna have and Elektronik format, because otherwise it's hard to make it work. One thing you can do with digital format is you can use headings. Another thing you can do is create a Google Slides presentation. Change it so that it's in portrait mode instead of landscape, which, um, which is just do by going to the file menu and go into page set up, Um, and then you can create various sections, various text boxes and then you just create a new slide. Just duplicate the slide each week as your iterating and going through the process, so it's really important to keep everything in one place and know where something is and train yourself to fit everything on a single piece of paper. Because what happens is really you can have a single piece of paper and still not accomplish that in a week. So a lot of people plan things out and they make things way too complicated for themselves . And then it becomes too overwhelming where they lose track of all the different papers, all the different pieces of the puzzle. So training yourself to work on a single paper piece, papers extremely powerful. We're gonna be talking about different ways to do that as we go through the course. But right now, in this slide, you're looking at the basic tool of when you have some sort of problem or some sort of project you want to work on. This is the template that you use. So the number one thing is to get a sense of what are all the problems? What are the all the issues that you're dealing with, and this can also serve as an emotional dump. So what you're doing is you're getting all the ideas in your head, all the things that are annoying you. All the things they're giving the inside of your nervous about. But you're not sure how you're going to solve it. You're getting your brain out of that state of overwhelm. So this is the first thing. This is kind of the trigger that's going to tell you. Okay, I should put together a one pager. You have some sort of problem. You're starting to feel overwhelmed. It's not something that you can tackle it all at once with a single action right now. So what you do first is you list the big problems. That's why that's the first box right there. And then the second thing you do is you come up with a vision of Okay, ultimately, what do I want to create? Sometimes you don't have a very clear vision of that. Sometimes it's not gonna be about what you're creating at all. But it's about how is this going to affect my life? How is my life going to be different? How is it gonna be easier? And in this vision part, you're plugging into those six human needs. Those ultimate things that are going to motivate you toe want to complete this project, and it's important it get clarity on these things and really think to make sure that you're getting all the different factors. And you can also cover factors that maybe are preventing you from wanting Teoh. Achieve this goal or solve this problem and then look for ways to solve that. Maybe there's conflicts. Maybe there's things that kind of go against each other. Um, that's the second things you're starting off with the problem. But then you're also trying to imagine the solution. And if you if you don't have a good idea of what the solution is gonna look like, then take the perspective, we'll housing and affect you personally. How's it going? Affect other people housing and affect your day to day life toe. Have this thing figured out, and that's something that you can come back to when you're wondering why am I doing this? Cause it's easy to get lost there. The next thing is sorting your ideas. So you start out with these two boxes that are below unsorted, important ideas and random ideas. So random ideas of those things that probably aren't as important those things that you're not sure exactly how it relates. But you came up with the idea where you just have no idea what to do with an idea. You just put it there. The big important ideas. The usually it will be two or three important ideas, big ideas that you've come up with. Those will go in this unsorted box. And then what you do is you take those ideas. You look at the problems again. You look at what your final result is, and you start to prioritize those and one great way. Really easy way to prioritize ideas is you might have a list of what's a five ideas. So next to each idea, you go down and if it's important, you put even slightly important you put one dot to the left of it. Then you go through again. You, you think, well, are these very important which one of these air very important. And if they're very important to add another dot and you keep on going through and setting a higher and higher level of importance, and eventually and especially with a large list, that's where this really helps you eventually get a different number of dots next to each one of those bullet points or each one of those ideas. Another way of thinking oven unsorted list is the difference between on a website. If you ever done HTML coding, or just in word or Google docks is bullet points are unsorted is an unsorted list, whereas a numbered list is assorted list. So you're trying to take these ideas that you've come up with and get him into a prioritized list of ideas or things that you wanted to implement? Part of what you should be thinking about is, is there any dependency here? So are there certain things where I can't accomplish them unless I get something else done first and that thing that it's dependent on? Is there anything that that thing is dependent on? So you want to try toe organized in a sequence of time, how these things are gonna work out. That's where the visual model of the process comes into play. So at the same time that you're prioritizing this list, you can also start to draw things out, draw out a very simple flow chart or just type things out or write things out in some sort of spatial diagram. So there's a sense of go as you go from left to right. Time is going by. So on the left should be things where you're in the beginning stages on the right should be things that the final stages and in terms of up and down things that are maybe the most important would go on top, and then things that are less important or dependent or secondary things. Those would go underneath on the second and third levels. And if you want to learn more about flow charts, their stuff like swim lanes, I'll eventually be putting out a course just on flow charts and kind of systems. Thinking is this stuff is really important, especially when you're solving bigger projects, bigger problems. But this is what you want to start out with. You want to start out with setting up the problem and the solution and getting really clear on that in getting yourself out of a state of overwhelmed. So the trigger for creating this is I want to get out of overwhelm. I don't I can't solve this immediately. I need to write things down. I need to clear my working memories so you take everything out of working memory. You put it into that first box, then you think about anything else about the vision. You put that in the second box. Now it's about getting all your ideas out of your head. So you figured out the problem. But what are your ideas for solutions? What are the different resource is you have at your disposal? Maybe there's people that you could talk to. Maybe there's pieces of software tools you could use things you need to research that all goes in here. Then there's those random ideas, those things that probably aren't that relevant or things that just came out of thin air. One way or another, they don't make a lot of sense, or you probably eventually won't use them. But you wanna have those written down for no other reason. Then, to just make sure that it's not bumbling around in your working member. You wanna have it on paper so you don't have to think about it anymore. Take all this stuff. Put in a prioritized list of ideas, put in a visual model, and that's going to give you ability to set up a plan of action. So what should I do on Monday, which I do on Tuesday. Wish I do on Wednesday and set up a sequence of whenever you think about. Okay. I have some time to work on this project. What should I do? You can come to this prioritized list, and instantly it's going to tell you what you should do. And if you get lost, you have that visual model. You have that flow chart you can look at to get it all back fresh in your head. 12. Planning Schedule: in this video, we're gonna talk about setting up your planning schedules. So this is your weekly planning method, and you see at the top, we've split things up into five categories. If you've taken the note taking course than this rings true for you. You've seen this before because this is how you split up the five days of the week. And this is how you organize your notes into different categories. These are the big categories that you convey. Basically, organize any area of life into you have your business slash career. You have your personal stuff. You have relationships. Yep, your health. And then you have met a systems organization level things below that you have the seven days of the week. So the way that this planning method works is that at the beginning of each week, and I do this on Sunday afternoon, Sunday night you can do it whenever you want, but it's better to do it on the weekend, ideally, on Sunday when you're planning out your week, so you should have a time that you do every single week. You do this and you get this planning done so that you know what you're going to be doing, and you can plan out the rest of the week. So when you start out with is you go through each of these five categories of the top and you think about what are the things that I need to do when each of these categories what are the things that I need to improve? Maybe it's just continuing to do a new habit. Maybe it's working on two or three really high level, important projects. Maybe there's nothing that's really that important, and you just keep things steady the way they're going. Not going to talk about this here, but habits are very important. And so you should have habits that you're doing each day of the week or focusing on each day of the week and unease. E way to do this is to just set business or career. There's a special focus on that for Monday. Personal Special focus for Tuesday relationship. Special focus on Wednesday. Health on Thursday. Meta organizational level on Friday. So that's a basic way that you can set up your week so that there's maybe an hour to on each of those days that you specifically dedicated to making sure your habits air staying in line. You're making sure you're doing the bare minimum because those key habits that you have in each area of your life are going to make a huge impact. So at minimum, you want to make sure you're just continually doing those. And you're making small but steady improvements where at least maintaining every single week. So that little bit of time each week that you carve out and make sure that you you don't just completely forget about an area of your life for months or years at a time, so or even weeks. So that's why that's important. But also each day of the week. If there's a certain project that you have a specific project, not just habits, that's it. A time during the week where you can work on that. If you've got a hectic schedule where it feels like you can't fit anything in than the easiest way to do it is to set up a habit where, ideally, in the morning, when it's not going to get skipped, you put an hour to win, to just focus on that air of your life and think about. Okay, What's going on? Really think about it. If you've got any projects, take care of those and make progress each week. The way this works let's say you're planning on Sunday night is you make bullet points so you could prioritise them. You could use a number lest an ordered list, but you don't have to. Um, you're gonna have room up top this. This part is going to take up the top half of the page. So for certain categories, you might only write down one or two things for other categories. You might fill up the whole thing, and there's other annotations that you can do. So one way you can do it is you can use the top half of the box as an a nordeste and then prioritize it underneath. Another thing you can do is put a star next to the most important things or circle them or underlined them, or put a box around them or something like that. Underline it with a few lines to make it really stand out. That's going to make sure that you pay attention to it. Next thing is, you start to place those in the seven days of the week, and some of you may be saying, Well, on the weekend, I don't I don't want to focus on any of this stuff. I don't want to worry about it. So then you would just make, uh, Thursday and Friday, the last two boxes or what you produce. You could make Monday and Tuesday big boxes and then have Wednesday, Thursday and Friday on the second bottom row. And the the reason why you might want to do that is because you may plan aggressively on Monday and Tuesday to get a lot stuff, a lot of stuff done. But inevitably something's gonna fall through the cracks, and then what you do is just on Wednesday, you start by looking at what did I what was I supposed to do on Monday and Tuesday that didn't get done? You do that first, and then you continue with what you had planned on for Wednesday, and if there's anything that's critically important that you have to do on Wednesday, you can circle that. Put a star next to it, mark it as important. So you do that first at the beginning of they then take care of the things that you left that you forgot to do or didn't get to on Monday and Tuesday. So the basic idea is you're getting this framework. You're getting these five areas of life where you can take any problem, any issue that you're dealing with, and you can put it into one of these five categories and you know where to put it. So anytime something comes up, you know where to put it. And the other thing is, you can do these side by side. So what I like to do is I like to take two facing pages of my Moleskine notebook and do one of these for the first week. And then during the second week, I just draw out another one of these on the next page, right to the right. So I have them right next to each other, and I can look at the entire first week of which things have been crossed out from Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and which things didn't get done. And then I can immediately just transfer those over to the next week. And that helps me because then I don't have to redo this whole process over again. I can just fill in the gaps of what's missing. I can also flip through all the previous pages of the notebook all the notes that I've taken since I plan to the previous week and I can look at Okay, what else is going on? Is there anything new that I should add to this page? Once that process is done? I've got a complete list of what I have to get done. It's in these top this top half of the page in those five categories. And then I could just say each day, the week, what do I want to do? And oftentimes I'm only going to really worry about the 1st 2 or three days of the week unless there's something specific that scheduled. I'm not gonna worry about the later days, the week I'm just going to use those as overflow days. So anything that doesn't get out done Monday, Tuesday, maybe one stay that's gonna get pushed to Thursday Friday, and then on the weekends I leave. It's so variable, different things happen each weekend. Sometimes I've got a lot of stuff plans. Sometimes I just wanna veg out and not do anything. Other times, I'm just gonna work a seven day week. So it really depends on what kind of lifestyle you have, how you like to do things with the weekends, how you like to handle them. But all you really need to know is the top half of the pages where you list all the things you want to get done in their various categories. And then you break those down into the five work work days, and then if you want to do extra stuff on the weekends, you can do that too. But the most important thing is you set a side time every Sunday. In order to do this, it really only takes a minimum. It it can only take 10 15 minutes. You might spend half on hour last thing. I'm gonna show you very briefly. And this is only for those of you who have already taken my memory course and understand how no Monix work in how you connect images. Basically, what you can do is take the top five or 10 projects that are really critical for this week , and you can create a very simple pneumonic device for it. Where you have two main images. Those are the two biggest, most important projects that you need to get done, and then the outer lying ones are images that you connect to parts of that image. So this first image this rectangle might be a person so you might attach something to their head might attach something into one of their hands. You might put something around their waist. You might put something on their foot, and so those will be the four parts of that main image. That's how you would remember the 1st 5 important projects. Then you'd attach another big image to that 1st 1 What say it's a person. You could have an object in their hand, but you could also connect to them with another person so you could have the two people holding hands, and you could have each person as a personification of when you're you're more important things. So let's say you wanted to make sure you get to the gym and start your gym habit. You could imagine Arnold Schwarzenegger and he would represent one of those main goals for the week. Stuff like that. So all you're really doing is taking the most important projects and then combining them into an image. And I recommend when you're starting to do this, actually draw out the diagram, even if it's just basic shapes like this. And you're just writing in one or two key words to represent each image that's gonna make sure that you don't forget it. But eventually the great thing you can do is any time you have downtime, you're waiting for the light to turn green. You're just waiting in line for something you're wondering, or you just wake up and you're lying in bed and you're wondering, what am I? I can't remember at all what I'm supposed to be doing today or what's important this week. You can just close your eyes or even do while your eyes are open and go through this image in the matter of five or 10 20 seconds and completely refresh your mind with what's important. This is extremely valuable because you don't have to have any paper. You don't have to have your phone on. You don't have to have anything. It's just built in your brain. You can access it whenever you need it, and this is a great way to just build your demonic skills, your memory skills, and build your skills in metaphor of transforming ideas into pictures and then connecting them. So this is a great way to get a little bit of practice every single week, every single day you can check back in on it. It's a great way to stay on top of stuff and not forget what's important, not let's stuff slip through the cracks. So if this is not making any sense, you check out my memory course. I go into depth on how all this demonic stuff works. 13. One Page Review: in this video, we're gonna talk about how to do a one page review, and this is something that you can do at the end of the week to do a review of the week and get some Mork Werritty on specific issues that you were having. So what a review is all about is looking at Well, what happened? What didn't get happened? This course is all about taking action. So it's not just about well, what were the mistakes that I made, but figuring out specifically, Why didn't I take action on certain things? And remember, taking action is all about feedback loops. There's things that you're naturally motivated to do. You don't need to think about how I motivate myself to do this. Those are the things all those time waster things that it's like their bad habits. But it's hard to get out of that loop. Well, all of this stuff is run by feedback loops. It's all run by the same system of those six emotional needs, and it's all about motivation. So the way to think about it is anything you're doing. Any time you're spending time, you have multiple options, and for each of those options you have of how to spend your time. Whether you work on this project or you go on Facebook, there's two things to think about is kind of a two pronged attack. Number one is what is the reward for doing it? What's the benefit of doing this thing? And the other thing is, what are the drawbacks? So what would stop you from doing this thing? And you need to go through each option and analyze Well, what are the kind of pros and cons of that? And that's going to show you why you're making the decision on an emotional level to take action on one thing, but not on another thing. So this box right here is going to give you a chance to look at what are the most important things that didn't happen that didn't get done. And then look out. Whoa, What did I do instead? What was that decision making process? And you can go through up top in the top half. What were the specific things in each area that I didn't do that didn't get done? And also things that for the first time you took action on something that in the past was really tough for you. So don't just analyze your failures. Also, analyze your successes and specifically, successes that wouldn't have happened before that are uncommon. That don't quite fit within the pattern. Don't fully make sense yet. You should be looking at your those successes in trying to figure out well, why did that happen? What did I do differently? And then the final places improvements. So maybe there's some pattern that you realized in one of the things where you took action on it for the first time. So maybe for the first time you took notes on a book as you were reading it, and that's a new thing for you. So that's something that you can write down of. Okay, my motivation was different because of this and this and this. Another thing you could do is well, I was motivated to do that, But then for the next book, I didn't do it. Why didn't I do that? Well, maybe it's because you didn't have anywhere to put those notes. Maybe you didn't have that organization system, so that's something that you need to build in next. So on improvement could be. Okay, I'm doing this part right. But I'm starting to create a negative feedback loop because I'm experiencing pain when I don't overwhelm when I have something and I spent a lot of time working on it, but I don't know where to put it. And I feel like I'm losing all that hard work that I put in, so improvement would be Well, in the short term, I'm gonna put all my book notes in this one place. I'm gonna print them all out, and I'm gonna put them in a physical format in this folder, in this file cabinet or in this drawer of my desk. Long term, I'm gonna figure out a way to organize all this stuff. Or if you want to do it in a digital format, you would decide a certain place in my Dropbox or certain place in my Google drive. I'm gonna put all this stuff and then later I'll figure out a more intricate system, two separate things into categories because eventually I want to scale this thing. So that's the kind of thinking you should be doing in the short term. How can I just make some forward progress in the long term. What sort of system needs to be put into place so that this is going to be solved for the rest of my life? And it's gonna work at scale when I'm continually doing the right thing week after week, month after month, year after year? Is this system that I have going to be able to scale with that so that I'm not constantly having toe rebuild and create newer and newer systems? Just to handle all this, you can also put in ideas of, well, who could help me with this or what kind of research should I do. So this sort of review is a great process to get into so that you're creating a feedback loop of what you plan out at the beginning of the week and then what worked and what didn't . Because this is going to allow you to focus on where the key issues where the key leaks, where things are falling through the cracks and they're not getting done. Action is not being taken. Why is that happening? You can start to focus on that and and take this massive information all these things, especially if you're not used to planning. This is really going to come into handy. Once you're planning all the time and you're doing one pagers for planning individual projects and planning out your week, you'll probably find that reviews are not as necessary, and you could just fit them into the other, uh, ways that you work. But at the beginning, when you're just starting out and you're not very comfortable with, for example, doing your one pager plans for individual projects this is a great way to get all that information in one place and pay attention those feedback loops and then what improvements you can make to improve those feedback loops again. Remember, it's not just about why are you doing something? But why are you not doing something? So part of that could be a fear? What kind of fears Air associate ID with doing something that caused you to not do it so you can write those things down and then think about well, is that fear? Even Riel doesn't make sense? And how could I overcome that fear? Or how could I front load this and make it so important that I just make sure it gets done . So if something for whatever reason, you didn't give it a high enough priority the first week, the second week, you can save yourself. This is the first thing I'm doing on Monday morning. And I'm not going to not let another day go by until it's finished. I'm not gonna try to do any other project until it gets finished. I'm not gonna check my email. I'm not gonna check my phone. I'm gonna put on airplane mode. Nothing's gonna happen till I get this one thing done. So sometimes that's the kind of drastic action you need to take. But if you don't do a review, it's very easy for something to knock it down the first week, fall through the cracks, never get it even on the schedule in the second week. And by the third week, it's like it never happened. And you may not pick back up on that issue for another few months or even a year. So what you want to do with a review is prevent that kind of thing from happening. Prevent any, uh, new learning that you have a new realization you have from getting implemented by doing a painstaking review where you make sure that nothing's falling through the cracks. Because if if you make a mistake or if you fail to implement something in a year goes by, that has a huge cost. And so part of making sure that there's no information leads from where you when you consume information when you have a realization, were you identify a mistake that you're making, you want to make sure that that information that learning never leaks out, And if it's not memorized, it's got to be on paper somewhere where you're getting spaced repetitions on it. So your schedule, in reality, it's just a spaced repetition system to tell you what's important to remind you what's importance that you always have a single place you can go to and decide. Okay, I don't know what to do right now. What's next on the West, what's important to do right now and be able to refresh your mind very quickly. So that's why it's very important 1/2 things in one place, and by writing these things down physically on paper, it forces you to focus on one thing and really do the thinking and not get distracted by fancy toys. Fancy technology really Just focus on creating this thinking habit because as you do this every single week, week in, week out. But it's going to become very easy, and your your way of thinking is going to be shaped by these categories and this way of breaking down problems, breaking down projects into their separate pieces. And as you develop the ability to do that, you're not going to need these frameworks as much. It's still valuable to do them. But instead of spending maybe an hour on it or an hour and 1/2 it's going to take you 5 10 15 minutes. And sometimes you can skip a week and just use the previous week. Sometimes you can plan out multiple weeks at a time. It really depends on what specifically you're doing. But the point is, by doing this every single week, it's going to train your brain to think more logically, to think more strategically about how to solve problems and implement everything that you're learning both from books and video courses and blog's and audiobooks and podcasts and everything else, but also just learning from your own mistakes and eventually getting to the point where you know how to get yourself to take action on anything. You understand what motivates you. You understand how to get everything aligned. So everything makes sense emotionally, and you can predict that it's going to get done. You no longer have to worry about things like feedback groups or motivation as much because you're just in the flow. You're in the groove and things were happening. Is that the beginning stages where this stuff is the most important? So if you're thinking well, I don't know if I have enough time to do this. This sounds like a lot of work. Well, it's an investment that you're making in your future. It's going to take more work in the beginning, but eventually it's going to be second nature. It's gonna be very easy, and you're gonna enjoy it because you're going to see how much more action that you're taking just by doing this simple 15 minutes, 1/2 hour habit each week. So it's really important to have make sure you're not just doing individual plans for projects and planning out your week, but also doing a review so that you're getting a sense of how much progress you're making. That's another huge thing is people just don't remember how much they've achieved over the week. So what that prevents you from doing is creating positive feedback loops. If you don't remember the success you've had, you're not gonna feel motivated and feel confidence from all that success. People often don't remember their successes because we just our brains delete so much. And the more you're in the flow, the easier it is to forget all that you've accomplished. So doing a review is also a great a really great way to store up all the best memories you've had during the week. All the things that you accomplish, all the new realizations you had, all the great times you had put them all in one place. And it's a great way to also celebrate everything that's happened during the week and just kind of get get a highlight reel of everything that's happened because when you do that, you build a positive feedback loop where it's like, OK, all the warning. I'm doing all that extra work that I'm doing all the planning that I'm doing all the accelerated learning techniques that I'm implementing. They're all paying off and you're getting all these additional rewards, all these additional benefits because everything's working. Ah, lot of times people will think just because they don't remember what's happened that they're failing when they're actually making progress and doing significantly better than they were just a few weeks or a month ago. So that's another really important reason to do these reviews. You need to make sure that you're remembering and seeing all your successes and failures clearly, and you're seeing your progress. Another great thing about these reviews is that because they're on a single page once you're done with an ah mole skin or or whatever notebook you're using, you can rip thes out, put them all in one place, or what I do is you scan these in and then digitally, you can just drag and drop them all into one location, and eventually you'll have years and years and years of thes planning, and they're all in the one pagers, and they're all in the exact same place. You can print him all out and look over them, get a really cool view of everything that you've worked on. How you were thinking about things over the span of years. It's in the exact same format. It's really cool to be able to see the progress of your thinking. When you have a standardised format like this, it makes it a lot easier to organize all this stuff and then go back to it later on and get spaced repetitions. See how much progress you're making, and each time you go back and look at those memories. Look at how much progress you're making, how much you've achieved that's going to reinforce those positive feedback loops that are going to continue to keep you even more motivated on the right track. So if you find yourself just unable to build these feedback loops, unable to build motivation, one of your problems might be You're not doing enough review. You're not recording all your successes enough. You're not recording your mistakes and the improvements you could make on those mistakes because as you do that, it's just going to make you more effective. And strategically, you're just going to make fewer mistakes, and you're going to be on point and in the groove more of the time, so it's really important to go back and look at things to build those feedback loops and avoid making the same mistakes over and over and over again. 14. One Focus Per Day: this video is about having one focus per day. And what that means is you have one thing that you just have to get done each day. One thing that's the most important thing to get done each day, and this is important mainly for the reason of prioritization. You need to be able to prioritize ruthlessly and really understand what's important your career in your business, in every individual project you're working on and how important each of those projects are in the grand scheme of things. And it's true, this is a lot of information to handle. If you're not used to prioritizing things and being able to judge how important various things are, you can end up wasting a lot of time by making things that aren't that important seem very important and investing a lot of time. So the way you should think about how you're doing you're planning, but also your day today is as int in terms of investment and people think of investments. They think of money. But what you're really investing is mostly time but also energy, and the way to think about it is you've got to forms of time. You've got time where you're in your peak emotional energy state, meaning that whatever you do, you're going to do it at the highest level. You have full access to all your mental resource is there's gonna be other times when you're tired. When you're worn out. When you just don't feel like reading or doing any work, that's kind of down time. You can't do much during that time. You might be ableto listen to an audiobook or podcast where some audio notes you made, but for the most part, you're not able to get much out of that time. So most of what you're investing is is this peak time where you can get anything done you have full access to your mental resource is, and that's very precious time. You can expand that amount of time by doing things we talked about earlier, focusing on your diet, your exercise, making sure that stuff is keyed in. But you've gotta have the ability to prioritize what's the most important thing each day? Maybe think, Well, there's a lot of things I need to get it done each day. The the issue is you need to find the bottlenecks in your business or in your professional whatever major project you're working on, meaning if you just fix those bottlenecks, those key points where everything is slowed down afterwards. If the problem isn't fixed or everything has stopped and waiting until that one thing is fixed, what are those critical bottlenecks and your main priority for each day? It should be eliminating those bottlenecks. Sometimes it's a short term bottleneck sometimes is a long term bottleneck, but the key is, once you know what the most important thing is, then you can visualize that. And the visual ization process is important because visualization gives the you the ability to get practice doing something that you've never done before. Athletes use visualization Ah, lot in order to practice doing something before they do it for the first time. And so, by visualizing it, you don't you can visualize the end goal, and doing that is gonna help you get motivated. But visualizing the process helps eliminate friction. So what happens when your brain is trying to figure out how to do something new is It's constantly doing many searches, so it's it's trying to figure out okay, what should I do next? Or how do I figure out this many problem and then go to the next mini problem and the next many problem and go step by step by step until you finish a goal or you finish going through some process. So what happens is when you visualize that in your mind, you can go over those many decisions and those little bits of problem solving in your head so that when you recognize them and you experience them in real life later on in the day, there's not gonna be as much. Friction you don't need to put in is much cognitive effort expended much cognitive energy in order to make those decisions and do what you need to do so it's gonna naturally flow more your It's your it's going to take you from feeling like you've never done something before to feeling like maybe you've done it once or twice. You're just going to feel more familiar with whatever you're doing. And often the things that are most important to do are also the things that are going to be more complicated or the things that were not a sure how to do. That's part of why we avoid taking action in the first place because we have a lot of fear associated with taking that action. We fear that we won't be able to do it. We'll know how to do. We won't. We have no idea how long it's gonna take. And so, by visualizing you give yourself a sense of certainty of Okay, I can do this. This is something that maybe I haven't done in real life for the first time. But I've visualized it, and emotionally, you're just gonna feel more comfortable. You're not gonna have as much anxiety or nervousness around it. And what that means is you're reducing that negative feedback loop that you're associating with taking that most important action. So visualization just gives your brain on an emotional level. The feeling of you can do that thing. It's not gonna be that difficult. And that improves the feedback loop. So now you're anticipating success instead of anticipating failure or anticipating of having a very tough time. So what that means is, when you go to finally take that action, you're thinking about it. Your brain's gonna tend to go in the direction of Okay, I'm going to do that vs the direction of Oh, I'll put that off until later because subconsciously air, so seeing pain to it. So by visualizing you get rid of that and you get to the point where you feel more confident about taking that action and you're a lot less likely to put it off. Another thing is eliminating costly decision making, so decision making doesn't just take time. It also can overload your working memory. And we talked about earlier how you're working. Memory can take any and all those hormones that are released when go in a fight or flight mode. When you overload, your working memory can take anywhere from half an hour to several hours if your hormones get back to get back down to a neutral, homey, a static level. So what that means is you could be wasting hours of your day just because you're getting yourself in a pickle, where you just don't know what decision to make. You don't know what to do next because you don't know what's important as long as you know what's important. As long as you're able to prioritize, you're able to access those prioritized priorities whenever you need them, you're gonna be able to eliminate that costly decision making. You're gonna be able to eliminate that overwhelm. You will be able to eliminate all that wasted time when your hormones air just out of whack , and there's really nothing you can do about it. Your brain is just cannot operate at maximum efficiency when you're in that biochemical state when those hormones are running through your body. So it's really important to set this up as a simple practice to start out taking more action and building the habit of taking action. Part of what you're going to notice over time as you implement this over the next few weeks and months is that as you take more reaction, you just get better at it. You're not going to need a lot of these habits or these rituals as much because you're gonna develop a confidence in yourself where if there's something that you want to go solve , there's a a thing that you want to go do. You're gonna believe more and more in yourself every single day that you can just go and do it. So a lot of what stops us from taking action is fear. And so as you build up confidence by taking more action each day, it builds on itself. That's why people that are really great a taking action, they they're always great at doing it. They're always taking action. And that's because they've buildup of really positive feedback loop, where they get really excited about actually doing things about actually creating things. And they feel good and they anticipate feeling good each time they think about taking action, whereas people who don't take action procrastinate. It's not like every once in a while they take a lot of action. It's it's that there consistently in almost every aspect of their life, they procrastinate, or in a certain area of their life, they always procrastinate. And so it's really important to start with small habits like this. You don't You may be thinking, well, that's that's not practical, long term or even short term. And if it isn't, that's fine. The important thing is you're building a thought habit, and once you build that thought habit, it starts to run automatically. It starts to shape how you think, and it becomes a routine where you no longer have to expend a lot of mental energy. Cognitive effort in order for toe keep on going. Great plug in to use that I use is called mo Mentum, and what it does is it's for chrome, and it may be for other browsers. By the time you're hearing this is, you just type in. There's a single Linus is what's the most important thing to get done today. You just type it in there, and every time you open a new tab in your browser, it's going to show you what's the most important thing. Also, they find really great photographs to put in the background. So it's a great plug in to get that's going to constantly remind you what's most important . And those reminders are very, very important. Spaced repetition, as we know, is very, very important. So having a single thing that you're constantly reminding yourself of be very valuable 15. Flow Redundancy: the idea of flow Redundancy comes from computers. It's a metaphor where you want to have redundancy you don't wanna have. If one thing fails, you don't want the entire system to fill. You wanna have multiple options, so even if one or two things fail, your computer keeps on going. And one area of computers that this works with is hard drives. And I've said this and other courses about how important it is to back up your data. If you're not backing up your data than what that means is either your data is not that valuable to you. Or you just don't think that your hard drives air gun eventually fail. Every hard drive has a three of five year life span unless you're talking about a very high end hard drive. Most consumer grade hard drives 3 to 5 years, and they're eventually gonna fail. So the important thing is you can, especially for more important systems or if you're doing video editing or putting a lot of demand on the hard drive is you can set them up in what's called a raid array, where you can have one or two or three or even more hard drives fail but still have access to all that data. Just plug in a new hard drive and rebuild everything. And he uses mathematical formulas basically to provide redundancy and allow you to keep on going even if, ah, hard driver, too hard drives fail. It's part of a collection of, say, 567 hard drives. So that idea were bring it over to this idea of flow. How do you consistently keep yourself in the flow? And we talked earlier about the power of curiosity. But what do you How do you actually implement that? On a day to day level? The way you implement it is by giving yourself more than one option in terms of what are the most important projects to get done in a certain week. So we talked earlier about you want to plan out? Okay, what's the most important thing for each day and right down? Once we separated every item into one of those five categories of business slash career personal relationships, health and then meta organization systems, all of stuff. Once you separating those five categories, then you're going in planning on each day. What are you gonna do, but you're gonna wake up on Monday morning, and you may not feel like working on a certain project, but you might be really excited about another project. You want to use Theo excitement that you have for that project, cause it's going to give you a lot of energy. It's going to keep you motivated. It's going to get you to take a lot more action and a lot more high quality action. So the way you want to think about things is always having 2 to 3 different options and these options air valuable for a number of reasons. Number one. Some of these options can be for when you're in total focus mode. When you're in high energy mode, you have a lot of energy. Have autofocus. You have a lot of time. You can sit down and do something that's valuable, but it's also valuable to have options. When you're laying in bed, you're tired or you're in the car or you're working out or something else where you can maybe just listening, listen to something or watch a video and not read, not take notes. So there's different types of projects that can work for that, certain projects are going to be more geared towards audio, whereas maybe something like programming. It's gonna be hard to find something on audio that really works well for most programming type learning, whereas for other subjects, audio might be a great way to learn that subject. So it's not just thinking about what, what? What are the main projects this week that I want to get done? It's all about balance, also about balancing short, medium and long term goals. So sometimes you're going to be really focused on your short term goals, and that's going to be probably most of what you're doing when you're planning out your week. But it's also important to have medium and long term goals where they're kind of side projects. You know they're important for your long term development, but they're not essential toe anything that's coming up in the near term future and next week, weeks or next couple months. So having those long term things, you can have it, for example, as audios or videos in your Dropbox Google drive, where any time we have some downtime or you're just not feeling like doing anything else, you can go to those places and still get productive stuff done. Another great example is role models reading biographies or just watching videos. On some, your favorite modeled role models are getting spaced repetitions, so that's all great stuff to do. Reading those biographies, spending time with really great people, whether in person or digitally, with some sort of recording it's really important toe have that because you become the average of the five people that you spend the most time around. If you aren't spending time around high quality people in your day to day life, the only way to replace that is by spending time around high quality people in relation to the recordings of them. So audio recordings, video recordings or things that they've written down or other people have written about their life story and what they've done. So you can surround yourself with that created an environment for yourself. In that way, even if the environment of your day to day life, the people that you spend time around where you live, you may not be able to have total control over that the people that you work with, but what you can control is what's coming into your eyes What's coming into your years And so you can control that by what you read. What videos? You watch what audios you listen to. You can surround yourself with high quality people in that way, so it's important to have a balance of options. So when you get that spark of energy of that spark of inspiration, you read something in the newspaper, you see something on TV and you think, Oh, I've got that really cool side project that I haven't looked in into in a long while. You can go to that and you're gonna have a ton of energy to give to that, and you're gonna be in the flow is long as you're working on that. Eventually, that flow may change as long as you're able to get back to whatever is keeping you in the flow. Whatever you're excited about right now and try to direct it at one of those two or three most important options most of the time, that's how you're going to be most effective. Your most important goal should be getting into the flow early in the day and then staying in the flow by first of all, removing distractions and making sure environment is set up properly. We've already talked about that a lot. Just things like turning off your phone, putting it on silent mode, turning off notifications, putting on an airplane mode, turning off notifications on your computer, using one tab, just eliminating distractions so that there aren't a routine number of distractions coming out. You only checking your email twice a day, those sorts of things to control your focus. But in the grander scheme of things, you need to make sure you're staying in the flow by having two or three options not having a ton of options but having two or three main options that consistently. If you don't foot need feel like doing one thing, you don't feel like you're doing the other thing. You're probably gonna feel like doing the third thing and so allow your flow to kind of meander back and forth among those. Just make sure that they're all important, high quality projects. They don't have to all be short term projects, but probably two out of three of them should be. You can have one sort of longer term thing. That's maybe slightly more enjoyable or something that's more of a hobby type thing. But just make sure that you get into the flow early, because when you get into the flow early, you're building that habit of getting into the flow right at the beginning of the day. That's extremely important, because once you're in the flow of the beginning of the day, it makes it a lot easier to stay in the flow later on. If you begin the day and you go on Facebook or YouTube, you're just kind of browsing around and not getting a lot done. That can take over your whole day. And then your day starts to feel like you haven't gone. Anything done. You can get stressed out. You get overwhelmed. You just feel like you're not having a day. And it's really used to just say, I'm gonna write off today. I'm just going to try to start good for tomorrow. And today is just not a good day and just decide, Okay, I'm just kind of kind of give up on the day. It's a lot like how people when they go on diets if they cheat on the diet at the beginning of the day they feel like, Oh, I messed it up so I'll just eat unhealthy the rest of the day or, oh, I broke my diet on Wednesday so the rest of the week, I'll just eat crap food and then I'll try to start again next Monday. So I want to get out of that way of thinking, and the best way to do is just make sure you're starting your day in a good place, and what that means is eliminate all negative options or bad options. And just make sure you consistently have two or three high quality options at hand at all times. A really easy way to do this is if you just have things that you're reading or you have digital files like videos or audios. Make sure those are the only folders on your desk top and eliminate everything else. If you have a few things on your bedside table, make sure that you're only keeping two or three things there. Make sure their each in a separate manila folder and make sure those two or three things air on Lee high quality projects that are really important for you to be learning and working on right now, So don't allow yourself to be distracted by other things. Make sure you always have two or three high quality options, so that if you're bored with one thing, you can goto another thing. Your primary focus, especially in these first few weeks and months, is consistently getting in the flow, making it a habit where it's easy for you to get into the flow where you just recognise Am I in the flow or am I not in the flow? And eventually there's going to be a tipping point, and the tipping point happens when it becomes more normal and more natural for you to be in the flow than to not be in the flow, and that's it. It's magical life. Life changes when you get to that point because it's just effortless. Taking action is effortless. You just don't get distracted in the same way anymore you get. It's normal for you to make the right decision every time instead of constantly battling with inner demons or inner kind of distracters or other inner voices that are telling you to do something else or oh, quick on this cook on that Goto Facebook. See what's happening. Global Block. Once you eliminate those options, once you you intentionally focus on and set up your environment toe have only high quality options. Your life is going to change because it's gonna be very easy to get in the flow. It's gonna once you're in the flow, it's very easy to focus on things. So your primary focus when you begin each day is set up the options. When you're planning out your week, make sure that your environment only allows you to get those options. Whether it's what bookmarks do, you have what's on your desktop. Ah, what Windows show up when you open your computer in the morning? What pieces of paper or what books do you have on your on your bedside table or in your desk? What's laying on your desk when you when you get to your desk in the morning, all those little things have a huge impact. So when you finish work anywhere, you should make sure that things are organized when you leave them so your computer. Close those windows or minimize every window. Close all the tabs that you can close before you finish your work At the end of the day, make sure things are you have a clean slate. So when you come in the morning, the first thing you do is you think of what are the two or three options that I have? What's most important, what's the single most important thing to get done today and how my feeling right now of those options, Those few options I have, what am I most excited about and then use that most exciting option to get into the flow and then just follow your instincts from there, And you're gonna find that pretty soon in a few weeks to a few months, you're gonna consistently be in the flow most of the day and you're going to get a ton more productivity out of it. You're gonna be able to take on much larger challenges. You're just going to feel like there's a lot more capacity added to your brain. And the reason why is because that flow is giving you a ton more energy, and that's gonna help you push through those challenges that's gonna help you achieve what you want and help you learn a lot faster.