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The editor-in-chief of s In the United States Jason Feifer There are five reading tips to help you pass the time, learn new skills, and improve your work life.
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1. The Marshmallow Test: Mastering Self-Control
The psychologist Walter Mischel designed the chocolate test (The marshmallow test, in English) to explain what self-control is and how to master it. The premise is simple: a child is given a marshmallow and the option to eat one or two now and enjoy it later. What will he do and what is the effect on his behavior later in life?
Feifer says: Would you choose the simple instant gratification now or the greater one later? This is the prerequisite for Walter Mischel’s marshmallow test. In this book, the expert expands his theory into a plan to be successful in all areas of life. The most successful entrepreneurs plan a long-term game. However, that doesn’t mean that self-control is easy to achieve.
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2. Insight: Why we are not as confident as we think and how it clearly helps us to be successful at work and in life when we see ourselves
Research shows that self-esteem is the 21st century meta-skill, the foundation of high performance, smart decisions and lasting relationships. Unfortunately, we are very poor judges of ourselves and how we find ourselves, and it is rare for colleagues, co-workers, and even friends and family members to receive honest and objective feedback. Tasha Eurich’s vision helps us have a better vision of ourselves in order to improve work and life.
Feifer says: After thousands of hours of research, case study, and analysis, organizational psychologist Tasha Eurich reveals the truth about self-awareness: what it is, why it matters, and how people seek it. (Warning from spoiler: Most of us get it wrong!). With his experience in leadership training, Eurich presents an impeccable guide to harness the power of self-awareness to improve your company and yourself.
3. Mindshift: Break through obstacles in learning and discover your hidden potential
The book by Dr. Barbara Oakley shows us how to discover and develop talent we didn’t know we had, regardless of our age or background. We are often asked to “follow our passions,” but we can also expand on the things that excite us. Dr. Building on the latest neuroscientific science, Oakley rejects oversimplified notions of fitness that are just a glimpse of who we are now, regardless of the future.
Feifer says: Barbara Oakley teaches college courses on the science of learning. in the Mind shiftShe delves into the concept and examines how people can continuously develop new skills. With insights from neuroscience and psychology, plus myriad case studies, Oakley can help you overcome imposter syndrome, enter a new industry, and change your mind for the better.
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4. Performance under pressure: The science of doing your best when it counts
in the Perform under pressure, Dr. Hendrie Weisinger and Dr. J.P. Pawliw-Fry discusses one of the greatest obstacles to personal success: pressure. Despite the mythology of the sport, no one “exceeds” expectations under pressure and does better than in practice. The reality is that stress makes us worse and sometimes leads to us failing completely. But there are things we can do to reduce the impact on our performance.
Feifer says: Ever wanted to wait until the last minute to be more productive? According to the renowned psychologist Hendrie Weisinger and performance trainer J.P. Pawliw-Fry, you’re just kidding! Whether it’s the weight of a championship game, an overwhelming crowd, or an important meeting, Weisinger and Pawliw-Fry argue that no one does better under pressure. This book debunks that myth, then presents 20+ strategies for relieving pressure so you can excel in your personal and professional life.
5. Mr. Nice Guy
Jennifer Miller and Jason Feifer teamed up to write Mr. Nice guy, a novel about finding success, both in life and in love, in today’s work environment.
The story follows Lucas Callahan, a man who gave up law school, fiancee, and future in a small town to thrive in the Big Apple. He gets an internship with Empire magazine and believes it is only a matter of time before he becomes a famous writer. And then one night in a downtown bar he meets a gorgeous brunette who takes him home …
Feifer says: Hey, do you recognize any of these authors’ names? (The other writer is my wife). This is a new romantic comedy we’re writing together: it’s about two people who spend the night together every week and then critically review each other’s performance in a magazine. So yeah, it’s not exactly a ledger, but I’m putting it here because even the most focused people need a break. You will not achieve peak performance if you constantly strive for 100 percent. Let your mind relax. Enjoy a story! You’ll be cooler tomorrow.