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The Joy Of Making Things « Annie Murphy Paul

The Joy Of Making Things « Annie Murphy Paul | Talent Building and Development | Scoop.it
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This reminds me of MIT's motto - 'Mind and Hand'.  http://mitadmissions.org/blogs/entry/mind_and_hand

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Identity-Based Habits: How to Actually Stick to Your Goals - - The Buffer Blog

Identity-Based Habits: How to Actually Stick to Your Goals - - The Buffer Blog | Talent Building and Development | Scoop.it
Change is hard. You’ve probably noticed that. We all want to become better people — stronger and healthier, more creative and more skilled, a better friend or family member.
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A great read.  Take the time to sink this one in.  Once you decide who you are, it's powerful.  #littlewins can start something big.  

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Follow the Recipe: Are You Being Patient Enough to See Results? - James Clear

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There are many phrases in our language to describe this phenomenon.  

- 'Rome was not built in a day'  

- 'The overnight success who had worked at something for years'

 

The bottom line - getting better at something, anything, requires gritty persistence and often progress is so slow that it's imperceptible.  And it's easy to lose hope, or interest and give up.  So it's crucial to invest in the process, and focus on process success first.  And later the visibile and tangible indicators of success will follow.  

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How naps affect your brain and why you should have one every day - - The Buffer Blog

How naps affect your brain and why you should have one every day - - The Buffer Blog | Talent Building and Development | Scoop.it
Scientific research shows us what happens in the brain when we're asleep and how naps affect your brain.
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Not only do naps feel great, they help improve health and learning. :)

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Seth's Blog: Not a gift

Seth's Blog: Not a gift | Talent Building and Development | Scoop.it
Here are attributes many of us value in co-workers, bosses, employees, friends and vendors: Honest Punctual Curious Proactive Flexible Thoughtful Generous Fun Committed Respectful Organized Interested Creative Likable Positive you get the idea.
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Great list of attributes.  Can one work to improve these personal traits?  Probably yes, but not all at once.  Pick one, and spend 10 minutes each day reviewing your efforts for a week.  Write your thoughts in a notebook and see what happens.  

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Start With Why: How to Ignite Those Around You

Start With Why: How to Ignite Those Around You | Talent Building and Development | Scoop.it
Applying Simon Sinek's book Start With Why to the world of coaching. Here is how to ignite those around you by starting with why.
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Before you ask people to do something, make sure you understand why your asking them to take their time and do it.  If you can't simply convey why you're asking and why it matters, perhaps you should reconsider asking.  Or at least, take the time to distill the essence of what your asking.  This enhanced clarity will help you understand better, make a clearer 'ask' and probably lead to a more motivated response.  

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Block vs Random Practice - Championship Basketball School

Block vs Random Practice - Championship Basketball School | Talent Building and Development | Scoop.it
Block vs Random Practice - Random Practice leads to more permanent learning and higher performance than the more popular technique, Block Practice
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Repetition (block practice), doesn't improve skills as permanently, or at game time, as well as random practice.  Some good data to back this up.  Applied outside of sports: imagine practicing a presentation - are you practicing with all the interuptions, questions and random issues that can arise?  Usually not.  Think about how to do that, practice it and you'll have a more robust reponse at 'game time' - eg your live presentations.  

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Work at it, until you can explain it simply.

“If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough” Einstein

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'nuff said

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Lift the rules you impose on yourself.

"Hell, there are no rules here -- we're trying to accomplish something." Thomas Edison

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I'm not sure this needs any more commentary other than, don't put rules on yourself, based on what you think others think.  Trust yourself and follow your instincts.  

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Increase Engagement - 11 ways to increase engagement

Very little learning happens when there is no engagement. Here is how to increase engagement during your practice.
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Some great thoughts on building engagement in practice.  Imagine how good you'd be at brushing your teeth, if you were actually engaged while doing it?  (you've done a lot of reps, but probably are little better at it than when you were in high school...).  

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Challenge vs Threat: The Science of Rising to the Occasion

Challenge vs Threat: The Science of Rising to the Occasion | Talent Building and Development | Scoop.it
Challenge vs Threat - an in depth look at why some people choke while others rise to the occasion
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Stay in the challenge state!

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The Moments

The Moments | Talent Building and Development | Scoop.it
I started soccer at 6. I was a decent midfielder. I was fast, could launch a missile on throw-ins, and guided the team o…
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A great meditative read on how the pursuit of sport can offer transcendant moments.  

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How to Build a Happier Brain

How to Build a Happier Brain | Talent Building and Development | Scoop.it
A neuropsychological approach to happiness, by meeting core needs (safety, satisfaction, and connection) and training neurons to overcome a negativity bias
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Training your brain is like working out.  It takes consistent effort and the best results occur over time.  Not a quick fix, but more of a snowball effect. 

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There are No Gifts - Championship Basketball School: Earned not Given

There are No Gifts - Championship Basketball School: Earned not Given | Talent Building and Development | Scoop.it
No Gifts: People aren't "gifted" they have just outworked you in that particular area. Skills and successes are earned, not given.
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Skills are earned.  They are not a birth right.  In fact, research has shown that simply telling a child they are gifted, or smart, actually undermines that child's ability to work hard to improve.  

There's simply no substitute for plunging into something, getting 'dirty' and learning.  

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The case for having no goals in your life: Why it might lead to more success and happiness - - The Buffer Blog

The case for having no goals in your life: Why it might lead to more success and happiness - - The Buffer Blog | Talent Building and Development | Scoop.it
We all have things that we want to achieve in our lives — getting into the better shape, building a successful business, raising a wonderful family, writing a best-selling book, winning a championship, and so on.
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Good points here, focus on the process, not some distant end-goal. However, take care to make sure your process is incrementally building the skills and capabilities you want, and need to achieve your goals.  

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The Myth of Passion and Motivation: How to Stay Focused When You Get Bored Working Toward Your Goals - - The Buffer Blog

The Myth of Passion and Motivation: How to Stay Focused When You Get Bored Working Toward Your Goals - - The Buffer Blog | Talent Building and Development | Scoop.it
We all have goals and dreams, but it can be difficult to stick with them.
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Can you survive the repetitious boredom of building excellence? Focus on the process not the outcome.  This is a great read. 

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Determination: How to Get What You Want

Determination: How to Get What You Want | Talent Building and Development | Scoop.it
Discover how fortitude and grit can help you reach your goals and rise to any occasion
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More on the power of grit...  However, an important aspect which this and many articles miss is that grit is an everyday thing.  Actually, it's an every minute thing.  The value of grit plays out over a long time, but the investment driven by grit is made  minute-by-minute, every day, every week.  

Grit and determination keep you focused, even when you're bored, tired or distracted.  That's the true value of these traits.  

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Meet the Social-Media Future of Talent Development « The Talent Code

Meet the Social-Media Future of Talent Development « The Talent Code | Talent Building and Development | Scoop.it
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Can you imagine recording yourself giving a presentation 100 days in a row - and sharing it?  You know this for sure, you'd get better at it. Building talent takes investment... 

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5 Characteristics Of Grit -- How Many Do You Have?

5 Characteristics Of Grit -- How Many Do You Have? | Talent Building and Development | Scoop.it
 Recently some close friends visited, both of whom have worked in education with adolescents for over 40 years.
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Excellent read - all the way to the end.  Emphasizes the importance of resilience (and defines it well, I think) and tenacity and how they relate to grit.  Also, the author makes a great distinction between seeking perfection and excellence.  These two concepts seem similar, but pursuit of excellence versus perfection offers a far more resilient path.  

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Good Ideas: The Character Coach « The Talent Code

Good Ideas: The Character Coach « The Talent Code | Talent Building and Development | Scoop.it
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Building Character - grit.  Can it be done?  Seems like it...

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True Grit: What It Is And How To Get It (You'll Want To Know Both)

True Grit: What It Is And How To Get It (You'll Want To Know Both) | Talent Building and Development | Scoop.it
It isn't some magical quality. We can all get grit. So, if the only grit you have in your life is in the grout between the tub tiles, then it's time to take on some grit-building behaviors.
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Grit, one of the top factors that drives success.  Can you build it, or is it somehow predetermined?  

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Keep Telling Yourself, 'This Workout Feels Good'

Keep Telling Yourself, 'This Workout Feels Good' | Talent Building and Development | Scoop.it
Verbal mantras like “feeling good” and “doing well” can stave off fatigue and improve exercise performance, a new study shows.
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'Feeling good'.  Simple, but powerful words to ward off fatigue.  

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3 Lessons of the YouTube SuperLearners « The Talent Code

3 Lessons of the YouTube SuperLearners « The Talent Code | Talent Building and Development | Scoop.it
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Two key insights here: 

1. YouTube is an engine for discovering and studying experts. 

2. People have to own their process, own their development.  If they don't, if won't be high quality practice and skills won't be built at an accelerated rate.  

The interplay between youtube/video/online tools is that they make it so much easier for someone to own their process.  They're not reliant on others for access (a car ride, getting a teacher/coach, getting admitted somewhere).

 

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BrainTech: Six Take-aways on Neuroplasticity and Cognitive training | SharpBrains

BrainTech: Six Take-aways on Neuroplasticity and Cognitive training | SharpBrains | Talent Building and Development | Scoop.it
Israel's first international BrainTech conference took place this week, on October 14 and 15th. It was organized by the Israel Brain technologies (IBT), a
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