Be prepared

This scout’s motto works just as well for learning, earning, saving, investing, and retiring. Do your homework and get things ready before you need them. Retrenched employees who survive the best are those who monitor whether their employers would need them in the next few months, and who constantly check the market for new opportunities. Shoppers who get the best deals know what they need … Continue reading Be prepared

Relax deeply

You cannot succeed if you cannot relax. To last the distance, one has to relax deeply at regular intervals. Traditionally in China, laborers who carried heavy loads on a pole used a rhythmic motion to alternate between carrying and resting. Research shows that athletes who perform the best are those who can concentrate deeply when performing and relax deeply in between. Observation suggests that over … Continue reading Relax deeply


The ability to concentrate is one of the key factors separating those who succeed and those who don’t. One critical element in successful concentration is strengthening your will. The more committed and motivated you are, the better you can concentrate. Commit to a clear goal. You will naturally concentrate when the idea you are learning or the task you are performing fits in with your … Continue reading Concentrate

Manage your environment

Minimize distractions in the specific place where you work. There is never a perfect place to work, but distractions can be minimized. Have a regular place for the tasks that you do alone (in the workplace or at home). Our minds associate places with certain thoughts and activities so it is easier to focus when you have a regular place. Avoid other activities in this … Continue reading Manage your environment

Hone exam techniques

Exams don’t tell us how smart or knowledgeable a student is, only how good he or she is at taking exams. Unfortunately, it is what teachers, institutions, and your future employers use to evaluate you. Spot. Know what groups of questions are likely to come out. Put more effort into the high-probability ones, less effort into the others. It is almost impossible to cover every … Continue reading Hone exam techniques

Stand out from the crowd

Stand out in some way from the crowd. This may be in an academic subject or non-academic area. Standing out enhances your confidence and social standing which then feeds into other areas of your life. Academic excellence enhances confidence in other arease.g. leadership. You can stand out in the following areas: In sports. Example: A classmate was always teased because he was big and inarticulate. … Continue reading Stand out from the crowd