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You Need Clarity of Purpose to Succeed 

You Need Clarity of Purpose to Succeed  | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Napoleon Hill once said “There is one quality that one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.
People who are constantly striving to achieve something meaningful in life crave clarity. It’s the only way to reach deeper into yourself to find out what makes you come alive. We all start from somewhere confusing, because you probably like to do a lot of things. But once you define your purpose, you will become unstoppable.
Successful people have a definite sense of direction. They have a clear understanding of what success means to them. Everything they do is consistent with their goals. They look forward and decide where they want to be. Their day to day actions help them move closer to their vision.
Once you find your why, you will be more careful and selective about your daily actions.
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Why finding your why is where you should be aiming...

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donhornsby's curator insight, March 14, 9:49 AM
Think about it: When you feel unclear about a goal, you have difficulty achieving it. And if you don’t know why you should do something, you lack committed to taking action.
 
Les Howard's curator insight, March 14, 12:30 PM
Reminds me of the following three questions: Where am I going, Where am I now, How do I close the gap?
 
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7 essential reads on negotiation | London Business School

7 essential reads on negotiation | London Business School | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Want to improve your negotiation skills? Selin Kesebir, Assistant Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School, offers her seven top books
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You won't get far in life without negotiation and influence skills. Some good reads to map out the landscape here!

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A letter to my daughters: Always be present

A letter to my daughters: Always be present | Positive futures | Scoop.it
This letter is a part of Egon Zehnder's Leaders and Daughters campaign to collectively inspire, cultivate and pave a better future for the next generation of female leaders. To see more letters or contribute your own, please visit www.leadersanddaughters.com

Dear Sommer and Angelina:

Hopefully you won't read anything in this letter that you haven't already heard from me many times before. I've always tried to lead by example when we are together, so I will do the same in this letter by reminding you of a few thoughts that will help you navigate your incredible life journey ahead: Always be present, read the signs, stay in your lane and never back up more than you have to.

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Great resource for human affection and the wisdom of age!

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Why Keeping a Daily Journal Could Change Your Life 

Why Keeping a Daily Journal Could Change Your Life  | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Journal Every Day
“Keeping a personal journal a daily in-depth analysis and evaluation of your experiences is a high-leverage activity that increases self-awareness and enhances all the endowments and the synergy among them.” — Stephen R. Covey
Journaling daily is the most potent and powerful keystone habit you can acquire. If done correctly, you will show up better in every area of your life — every area! Without question, journaling has by far been the number one factor to everything I’ve done well in my life.
The problem is, most people have tried and failed at journaling several times. It’s something you know you should do, but can never seem to pin down.
After you read this post, you’ll never want to miss another day of journaling again.
Here’s why:
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Lots of reasons why journalling makes real sense - i know I should do it!

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If You Are Serious About Achieving Success In Any Area of Your Life, Master Your Mindset

If You Are Serious About Achieving Success In Any Area of Your Life, Master Your Mindset | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Some people believe their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.
Others believe their basic qualities, like their intelligence or talent, are simply fixed traits. They also believe that talent alone creates success — without effort. Instead of developing their talents, they spend their lives documenting and proving themselves.
This is the growth versus fixed mindset, first discovered by Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck. She explains:
For twenty years, my research has shown that the view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life. It can determine whether you become the person you want to be and whether you accomplish the things you value.
Cultivating a growth mindset can help you focus more on your most desirable goals in life. It may influence your motivation and could make you more readily able to see opportunities to learn and grow your abilities.
David Hain's insight:

Possibly the most valuable advice I can think of for anyone interested in personal growth!

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3 Strategies to Position Yourself as Your Boss’s Trusted Ally 

3 Strategies to Position Yourself as Your Boss’s Trusted Ally  | Positive futures | Scoop.it
For those looking to really excel in the workplace, it’s about more than simply being a good worker or a contributing member of the team. If you truly want to get ahead, positioning yourself as a trusted ally for your boss is a great way to start.

To be clear: Aligning yourself with the boss doesn’t mean being disloyal to your colleagues. The idea isn’t that you’ll be some kind of spy, reporting back to leadership about the inner machinations of your team.

It simply means that you’re positioning yourself as a partner, someone who is in tune with the boss’s needs and concerns, and able to offer a valuable perspective as a confidant. Think of it as the kind of relationship that exists between a President and Vice President. The President is the one with ultimate authority, but the VP is a sounding board and advisor.

Now, the question is: How do you become a trusted ally when you’re not necessarily the official “second-in-command”? Here are some steps you can take, no matter what your position.
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Simple stuff - the key is to see your boss as another needy human being!

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12 Life/Business Lessons From 12 years of Warren Buffett’s Annual Letters

12 Life/Business Lessons From 12 years of Warren Buffett’s Annual Letters | Positive futures | Scoop.it
In 2015, when I sat down to read all of Warren Buffett's annual letters from the 10 years prior, the world was, shall we say, slightly less interesting. China was or was not in a slowdown, the US…
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12 years of wisdom form the Sage of Omaha - worth paying attention!

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150+ Educational Websites For Lifelong Learners 

150+ Educational Websites For Lifelong Learners  | Positive futures | Scoop.it
If you are anything like me, you have discovered that the higher the level of traditional education you reach the more you are forced to specialize. And by the time people start doing research they have dedicated all their learning to a tiny niche.
For most of us, this is not useful. We need to (and let’s face it, want to) collect knowledge from a broad spectrum of subjects. Educational variety helps us make interesting connections and learn more deeply. Everlearning lets you add more and more value to your life both personally and professional in terms of career options.
This list is a curated collection of both free and premium learning resources, more free than premium, and all the free resources have been marked with an *.
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Lifelong learners -some shortcuts!

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150+ Educational Websites For Lifelong Learners
 
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How can we create a healthier world? – World Economic Forum

How can we create a healthier world? – World Economic Forum | Positive futures | Scoop.it
We all have an obligation to help people control their risk factors. It’s more straightforward than you may think. A 2015 study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine concluded that chronic conditions such as heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and cancer could be cut by at least in half if people adopted healthy lifestyles such as regular exercise, diets low in sodium and added sugars, and abstained from using tobacco. Adopting healthy lifestyles however, doesn’t happen overnight. There is science behind why people change, as each person is inspired and motivated by varying emotional and life factors.
While taking an individual approach to extending and saving lives is effective, think about what a dramatic impact we can make by casting a bigger net and creating a culture of health. This means designing infrastructures so “the healthy choice is the easy choice”. For instance, nations can prioritize creating or maintaining safe spaces for exercise, low-cost options to purchase healthy foods, and clean-air laws that protect people from the dangers of secondhand smoke. It doesn’t even have to be an entire nation. It could happen in a company or in a neighbourhood. Every little bit helps.
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Imagine a world where health and well being is placed ahead of money and power...

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15 Female Entrepreneurs Disrupting The Status Quo 

15 Female Entrepreneurs Disrupting The Status Quo  | Positive futures | Scoop.it
At AngelHack, we know a lot about women in tech issues. As a female-founded and female-majority company in the (largely male) tech space, we’re an outlier, just like females at most hackathons. In fact we created an entire hackathon series around these issues.
Despite the obstacles in everything from capital access to safety, there are many women building their visions around the world. Instead of us describing what the entrepreneurship journey is like for women globally, we wanted to listen to pioneering females from diverse markets directly tell their stories. Meet some of the ladies shaping the future of business.
David Hain's insight:

Female role models are  gradually changing things, some examples and inspiration here!

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Leonard Mlodinow: The Three Laws of Probability

Leonard Mlodinow: The Three Laws of Probability | Positive futures | Scoop.it
In his book, The Drunkard's Walk, Leonard Mlodinow outlines the three key “laws” of probability.

The first law of probability is the most basic of all. But before we get to that, let's look at this question.

Linda is 31 years old, single, outspoken, and very bright. She majored in philosophy. As a student, she was deeply concerned with issues of discrimination and social justice, and also participated in anti-nuclear demonstrations.
Which is more probable?

Linda is a bank teller.
Linda is a bank teller and is active in the feminist movement.

To Kahneman and Tversky's surprise, 87 percent of the subjects in the study believed that the probability of Linda being a bank teller and active in the feminist movement was a higher probability than the probability that Linda is a bank teller.
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Some deceptively simple truths that can seriously aid decision making!

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Don’t Be Fooled by the Illusion of What Your Life Should Look Like

Every single day we are exposed to a perpetual illusion of what we think life should look like that is portrayed through Instagram feeds, status updates, and all of the other media we consume
Perfect portraits, selfies with scenic backdrops, and laptops with beaches in the background
Magazine covers where people are dressed to the 9’s
Gadgets, gear, gizmos and luxury goods
Daily advertisements that litter our social feeds with something we think we want but don’t have
All of these are layers upon layers of social programming in the matrix. Not only that we all contribute, participate and add to the programming. And this illusion creates a perpetual state of dissatisfaction that keeps us buying shit we don’t need to impress people we don’t like. Our default is to feed a voracious and insatiable appetite for more. Buy, eat, download, and acquire more
The illusion is an imagined reality and social construct. But with enough consumption, it becomes quite easy for us to confuse this illusion with objective reality. When we an envy a life that someone has thoroughly curated, edited and uploaded we have bought into the illusion of what we think our lives should look like and overlook that what we’re experiencing is a filtered reality.
The illusion of what your life should look like is the ultimate marketing tool and a form of propaganda. Refuse to question it at your own peril.
David Hain's insight:

Sound advice for life - challenge the illusions!

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The Psychology of Fascism – umair haque

We suppose that fascism is a product of a poisoned heart, of hate. That is not really true. Fascism is a product of mind. Immature and stunted mind, that can’t find a way to grow. The fascist mind, I will suggest, is caught in a trap — between fear of a father figure and fear of freedom.
Our first thought is “I”. As we grow, we learn this is a table, this is a chair, and so on. This first requires the thought: I am not that. We learn to separate the world into subject and object.
But not all objects are created equal: some are desirable, prizes, and some are undesirable, threats. As we mature, we become able to to learn the relationship of the “I” to the elements of the world. We think this is appropriate, that is not appropriate, this is desirable, that is undesirable, and so on. For most of us, maturity ends here. We are safe — but now lack meaning in our lives because we never take the next, and most significant step: learning to outgrow the “I” altogether. When we learn to become selfless — not in a small way, but in a real one. Not with little acts of charity, but to feel our emotions and express our feelings, so we can have genuine relationships, give and contribute to the world whole-heartedly, and so on. Genuine maturity is learning that “I” is a limiting way of being in the world.
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Fascinating and persuasive view of Fascism from Umair Hague. Many parallels in today's political and social struggles...

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Ego and Wounding – umair haque

Ego and Wounding – umair haque | Positive futures | Scoop.it
At the moment we are wounded, we can make two choices. We can retreat back into the “I”. I am angry, I am unhappy, and so on. Or we can really see this “I” for the first time. How are we to do that? Simply by seeing the wounds in those who have wounded us. We can see that they too are just like us. And in that profound sense, there is no “I” at all. Just one experience, with different faces.
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Why being hurt can be a great thing - if you frame it appropriately. It's going to happen, may as well learn...

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Subatomic opportunities: Quantum leaps 

Subatomic opportunities: Quantum leaps  | Positive futures | Scoop.it

Quantum mechanics—a theory of the behaviour at the atomic level put together in the early 20th century—has a well-earned reputation for weirdness. That is because the world as humanity sees it is not, in fact, how the world works. Quantum mechanics replaced wholesale the centuries-old notion of a clockwork, deterministic universe with a reality that deals in probabilities rather than certainties—one where the very act of measurement affects what is measured. Along with that upheaval came a few truly mind-bending implications, such as the fact that particles are fundamentally neither here nor there but, until pinned down, both here and there at the same time: they are in a “superposition” of here-there-ness. The theory also suggested that particles can be spookily linked: do something to one and the change is felt instantaneously by the other, even across vast reaches of space. This “entanglement” confounded even the theory’s originators.

It is exactly these effects that show such promise now.

David Hain's insight:

The future's weird, the future's quantum based! Enormous possibilities from esoteric science!

 

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A History and Future of the Rise of the Robots – Hacker Noon

A History and Future of the Rise of the Robots – Hacker Noon | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Moving into the not so distant future, our cobbler lost his job in the factory about 50 years ago but luckily was able to get a job in a suburban mall selling shoes at Foot Keeper. Doing such a fine job on the floor he was promoted to supervisor and eventually store manager. Foot Keeper, however, is phasing out the store model. You peruse through various styles online and pick your favorite. You then throw down your phone and take 3D scans of your feet which are sent directly to the Foot Keeper factory filled with 3D printers which custom print the shoe, based on the unique shopper’s foot, in less than one minute. A machine then packages the shoes and loads them on a waiting Amazon Drone to be delivered to your doorstep this afternoon. (This scenario isn’t nearly as far away as it may seem. Look up Carbon3D). Alas, our cobbler has been completely cut out of the system. There may be other industries for him to jump into for a while as they mature into full automation, but for how long?
David Hain's insight:

The cobbler story - well written history and predictions about the raise of the machines. May not like it, but can't ignore it!

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The Unfortunate Middle 

The Unfortunate Middle  | Positive futures | Scoop.it
We are taught, from a young age, to exist in the middle.
Everything in moderation. Don’t be a tall poppy, nor a shrinking violet. Good enough is good enough. The middle way, middle-class, mid-tier. That’s where we want to be. Not so big that we get cut down, and not so small that we can’t stand up. Just, you, kind of, well, average. That’s the goal.
Build a career that’s okay, not amazing, not terrible. Launch a company that’s cruising along, not struggling and not leading. Build relationships that are, well, “solid,” not empty, nor deeply passionate.
The middle — the coasting life — that’s where life is meant to be lived. That’s our aspiration.
Except that it’s not. With rare exception, the middle is not the easier, most comfortable place to be, but rather the hardest to sustain and the least rewarding on nearly every level. Sure, it protects you from the anxiety of growth and the stress of survival, but it also ends up feeling like the worst of both worlds.
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Are you in the "unfortunate middle"? You don't have to be...

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Where Does it Hurt? What Our Bodies Can Teach Us About Emotions 

Where Does it Hurt? What Our Bodies Can Teach Us About Emotions  | Positive futures | Scoop.it
As I’ve gotten older, I find sometimes I live more “in my head” than sometimes I want to.
And as someone with a brain preference for Rational data (see the Brain Brief Profiles), when I spend too much time using that preference, it has the unintended effect of disconnecting me from myself.
This is where the concept of body awareness or intelligence – somatics, as it’s called in the literature – has been so important to me in knowing what I’m feeling. I’ve learned that having a physical practice that takes me away from my computer regularly is essential for me — physically as well as emotionally and spiritually.
Why is the body connection essential for us in knowing our feelings? We often think our feelings are something we know “in our heads.” When in truth, as Six Seconds notes, feelings are electro-chemical experiences between neurons in our bodies.
David Hain's insight:

Practising meditation yet? No? Maybe you should review that, particularly if you want to develop your EQ!

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Democracy Earth pioneers blockchain for incorruptible post-nation governance

Democracy Earth pioneers blockchain for incorruptible post-nation governance | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Democracy Earth is using open source software and peer-to-peer networks to imagine and create a post nation-state world, where political intermediation is no longer necessary. Combining the internet with blockchain technology, the California-registered networked non-profit aims to replace the role of national governments in creating systems for identity, voting and representation. Its first offer is DemocracyOS, an open source technology for online voting, now available in 18 languages.
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Some people are already way out there in thinking about a better world. Here's one ...

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The Future is Hybrid: Digital Learning, Power Skills and What You Need to Succeed

The Future is Hybrid: Digital Learning, Power Skills and What You Need to Succeed | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Most of us are familiar with hybrid cars, animals – my family has a labradoodle! - plants, molecules, investments….the list goes on. When something is a hybrid version of itself, we associate it with being something new, unique perhaps, even something exciting. The same can be said for hybrid jobs and hybrid professionals.

What are hybrid jobs?

Hybrid jobs are taking the workforce by storm - mixing equal parts traditional business knowledge, like management or relationship building, with equal parts in-demand and in-the-moment new age skills, like data analytics or coding.

Something new? Hybrid jobs certainly fits the bill. But, what about exciting? According to Burning Glass, a company that delivers job market analytics, 'hybrid' jobs pay well above the national average salary. Exciting? I think so!

As the hybridization of jobs permeates through all industries, it’s important that both employers and employees think about how this new wave of roles will impact how they are hiring (or hired) and how they are training (or trained).
David Hain's insight:

Hybrid - a word we'll be seeing a lot of in the next few years!

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How Feeling Frustrated Can Transform You and Your Business

How Feeling Frustrated Can Transform You and Your Business | Positive futures | Scoop.it
Sir Richard Branson, the billionaire founder of Virgin Group, is known for his countless insightful musings on the world of business and entrepreneurship, but there’s one saying in particular that’s been on my mind a lot lately.

“Finding something frustrating and seeing an opportunity to make it better is what entrepreneurship is all about.”

What a simple, yet profound, statement. It’s so true. Think of all the great innovations in history, and the inception of that product or service likely came from someone’s long-held frustration. Frustrated that taxis are expensive and hard to fetch? Here’s Uber. Think hotels are overpriced? Well, here’s Airbnb. Want to eat at a place that doesn’t offer delivery? OK, here’s GrubHub. Are you sick of using slow and ugly looking computers? Welcome to Apple.

The examples are endless.

Frustration is indeed the core of what spawns most great businesses. But, on a deeper level, there’s something even more powerful about being frustrated. Not only can frustration help people come up with ideas or create new ventures, but it can act as a motivator to keep individuals from stagnating when it comes to their own development.
David Hain's insight:

Welcome your frustrations - they may be giving you important signals!

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donhornsby's curator insight, February 17, 9:43 AM
Leaders shouldn’t be afraid of frustration. It’s not to say that frustration is an enjoyable experience worth looking forward to, to be sure. But understand that feeling frustrated is a normal part of development. I’d even argue that if you’re not feeling frustration from time to time, you’re doing something wrong. You’re not pushing yourself enough. You’re not thinking big. You’re not growing.
 
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The 7 Habits that Books and Reading Help You Build – The Mission – Medium

The 7 Habits that Books and Reading Help You Build – The Mission – Medium | Positive futures | Scoop.it
The most useful definition of technology I’ve heard is simply, “the ability to do more with less.”
I think of books and reading as technologies.
We only live one life, but through books, we can gain the wisdom from thousands. When an author writes, re-writes, and edits, they are turning their words into a more perfect version of themselves. When you read, you get to spend time in a meditative state with a wise person’s more perfect self.
Books are the most under-valued and under-appreciated technology in the world.
How do we know they’re so valuable? We need only to examine how the best and the worst people throughout history have viewed books.
David Hain's insight:

"Books are the training weights of the mind." That Seneca guy was on the money millennia ago!

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“Books are the training weights of the mind” –Seneca
 
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Seven Steps to Help Your Kids Fail

Seven Steps to Help Your Kids Fail | Positive futures | Scoop.it
We have lots of problems to solve on this planet and need all the scientists and engineers we can muster. Even if our kids decide not to follow these paths, the basic recipe for success in science and engineering is the same as it is for all endeavors: Curiosity + Failure + Determination = Success.

How can you help your kids embrace failure?
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We want our kids to be successful - but over the long term, a counter-intuitive approach works better...help them fail!

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The World in 2025: 8 Predictions for the Next 10 Years

The World in 2025: 8 Predictions for the Next 10 Years | Positive futures | Scoop.it
In 2025, in accordance with Moore's Law, we'll see an acceleration in the rate of change as we move closer to a world of true abundance. Here are eight areas where we'll see extraordinary transformation in the next decade:
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Meet JARVIS and other transformative speculations. Exciting and scary simultaneously...

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A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop

A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop | Positive futures | Scoop.it

When students take notes using laptops they tend to take notes verbatim, writing down every last word uttered by their professor.
Obviously it is advantageous to draft more complete notes that precisely capture the course content and allow for a verbatim review of the material at a later date.  Only it isn’t. 

 

New research by Pam Mueller and Daniel Oppenheimer demonstrates that students who write out their notes on paper actually learn more.  Across three experiments, Mueller and Oppenheimer had students take notes in a classroom setting and then tested students on their memory for factual detail, their conceptual understanding of the material, and their ability to synthesize and generalize the information.  Half of the students were instructed to take notes with a laptop, and the other half were instructed to write the notes out by hand.  As in other studies, students who used laptops took more notes. 

 

In each study, however, those who wrote out their notes by hand had a stronger conceptual understanding and were more successful in applying and integrating the material than those who used took notes with their laptops.

David Hain's insight:

Students - and anyone who undertakes diagnostic interviewing -  should read this insightful piece on how to take notes more effectively.

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A Learning Secret: Don’t Take Notes with a Laptop