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Thought of the Moment - Archive

How Much To Practice

Deep practice, however, doesn't obey the same math. Spending more time is effective—but only if you're still in the sweet spot at the edge of your capabilities, attentively building and honing circuits. What's more, there seems to be a universal limit for how much deep practice human beings can do in a day. Read more »


Reaching, Not Thrashing

The trick is to choose a goal just beyond your present abilities; to target the struggle. Thrashing blindly doesn't help. Reaching does.

- The Talent Code


Targeted, Mistake-Focused Practice

Why is targeted, mistake-focused practice so effective? Because the best way to build a good circuit is to fire it, attend to mistakes, then fire it again, over and over. Struggle is not an option: it's a biological requirement. Read more »


Raising Children

Children are coached on how to jump through a thousand scholastic hoops. Yet by far the most important decisions they will make are about whom to marry and whom to befriend, what to love and what to despise, and how to control impulses.

- David Brooks



How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.

- Anne Frank


Saying Sorry

"Saying sorry doesn't mean that you're wrong and the other person is right. It just means that you value the relationship more than your ego."



Continuous effort - not strength or intelligence - is the key to unlocking our potential.

- Winston Churchill


What Matters

Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful - that's what matters to me.

- Steve Jobs



Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life.

- Steve Jobs


To Choose One's Own Way

Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.

- Viktor Frankl


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