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    11 Points That Make Talent Happen

    Is talent a gift?

    Claudia Altucher in her book ‘Become an Idea Machine‘ doesn’t think so, but I have sort of a mixed opinion about it.

    I used to think it’s only about the work you put in, and there are actually cases where people just learn a skill by spending 10,000 hours of practise on it.

    Malcolm Gladwell talks about this in his book “Outliers” – the Polgar sisters became Hungarian chess grandmasters just by training chess with their father for 10,000 hours.

    However, I do believe that somebody who is more talented will always outscore someone who is less talented if he or she works the same amount.

    The ability to make connections between nerves and muscles or within the brain, a certain bone structure conducive to specific activities and so on are simply factors that are predetermined through genetics.

    If the difference is blatant, I believe the talented person does not need to put ANY work in to get to the same level that the untalented person achieves after putting 50,000 hours of work in.

    I do believe greatness comes from a combination of talent and work ethic.

    If you are less talented, you can always outwork a lazy talented person.

    That’s why lots of talented people underperform.

    Rest assured though that in times of pressure, the talented will always come out on top.

    Talents Maslow Pyramid

    Maslow’s Pyramid Of Needs

    #1 – Pressure.


    10 Items That Can Take Us The Longest To Understand

    There are things that we accept as God-given, but are simply not so.

    Like, for example, the fact that the Earth does not revolve around the Sun, but both revolve around a common barycenter that is close to, but not completely, within the center of the Sun:

    Longest to Understand Earth Sun

    Scheme of Earth and Sun. The barycenter is the red ‘+’.

    Sometimes these things take us a while to understand.

    Longest to Understand Money

    The money we get is a reflection of the value we give.

    #1 – The more value you give, the more money you get. This can hurt!


    10 Potential Mentors – And One Question You Could Ask Each One Of them

    Mentors are important in our life.

    They provide us with guidance and give us advice – thus nudging us back on the right track.

    The can give us the blueprint for our journey before we get started.

    A mentor can not walk in our shoes, but he or she can take away some doubt or concern that may prevent us from moving forward.

    A mentor can dissipate the head wind by reconfirming the goal that we are going after is the right one.

    In an ideal situation he can even motivate us to go after a bigger vision.

    A good mentor leads by example and we can watch him doing the right thing.

    Our duties as mentee is to show that we are taking his advice and putting it in motion.

    Here are my examples of who constitutes a good mentor.

     #1 – Donald Trump


    How to start over: 10 Things You Could Do At Age 17.

    What would you do if you were 17 again – and instead of going to college, do something really cool instead?

    You could widen your horizon, train something intensely or even start a company. When you are 17, you have the most luxury of trying something new. You don’t even need to be rich. One year to explore the world and what you are really going to do.

    Things you could do at age 17 Company

    Maybe be a little more upbeat than Scrooge McDuck.

    #1 – Build your own company


    Turbocharge Your Happiness: How to come up with 102 Items To Be Grateful For

    I have started with my gratefulness exercise over a year ago.

    Every morning, I wrote down three items I am grateful for.

    Then, I added two more. Now I had five items.

    Not long after that, Cam Adair from Game Quitters suggested 10 items. 10!

    And it was possible. Every morning, its very own idea machine exercises.

    It’s relatively easy though to be thankful for the sun, books, an iPad etc.

    Beyond that? How about coming up with 100 (!) items you are happy about?

    It’s not a complex operation. And here is how:

    All you do is come up with 10 items that seed different categories; you then think about 10 points within each of these categories.

    10×10 = 100.

    You can also do it on a smaller scale.

    If you can’t come up with 10 ideas, come up with 5 categories with 2 ideas in each – as I mentioned before.

    I have demonstrated that process with one of my gratefulness lists.

    #1 – Theme: Getting up early.


    Ho, Ho, Ho: 16 Lasting Memories You Could Create With Your Loved Ones For Christmas And Beyond

    The point of these ideas is to not follow the herd.

    Christmas is around the corner.

    And what does everyone do?

    Buy into the whole shopping and consumerism.

    Instead focussing on:
    – reflecting about the year
    – being present with family and friends;
    – be grateful about this time of the year;

    People spend their time:
    – stressing out by running from store to store;
    – barely acknowledging the people around them
    – worry about not satisfying all demands.

    For those reasons, I have collected some alternative ideas. Maybe not full of glamour, but with experiences that will potentially last you a lifetime.

    The winner here though comes from Cam Adair, who just invited his Facebook friends to his Family Christmas.

    Lasting Memories Cam


    Isn’t that the whole spirit of Christmas? To open your home and share?

    Before I start sharing these ideas, one point: in the movie “Groundhog Day”, Bill Murray has to relive one day in the past over and over before he has understood the true meaning of life. He is allowed to move on after he has created several meaningful connections with people. All the value he is giving to people allow him to move on with his life. So remember, the more we give, the longer lasting memories we create.

    “Stuff” that we accumulate again and again is exchangeable. Only our connections to other people will last and allow us to move forward in our lives.

    #1 – Grateful Christmas.