Silencing the Chatter: Moving Beyond the Voices in Your Head

How many thoughts do you think you have in a single day? According to a study done by the Laboratory of Neuro Imaging at USC, the average person has 70,000 thoughts per day.

This study may also explain why our attention spans are getting shorter and shorter.  We have too many thoughts going through our mind and less time to focus. In fact, a recent study performed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information found that the average attention span of a human being is now 8.25 seconds.  To put that into perspective, a goldfish has a 9 second attention span. Continue reading “Silencing the Chatter: Moving Beyond the Voices in Your Head”

Discovering the single most common attribute leading to success in business and creativity

I’ve always been intrigued by what makes people successful. From Elon Musk and Benjamin Franklin to Toni Morrison and Ernest Hemingway the question I always ask is: What makes them so great at what they do?

One of the most common themes across the board for successful people, both in business and in arts, relates to the act of rising early every morning to do the thing they most desire.

Mason Currey, in his book covering the routines of some of the most successful people in the past, titled Daily Rituals, gives an account following the mannerisms of Benjamin Franklin. Currey remarks on how Franklin awoke daily at dawn to take “air baths” so that, as Franklin puts it:

“[He could] rise early almost every morning, and sit in [his] chamber without any clothes whatever, half an hour to an hour, according to the season, either reading or writing.”

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Meditation: An Overlook Into Happiness, Striving, And Practice

“Happiness is a skill.” This sentence resonated most closely with me when combing through the multiple books, articles, and podcasts on meditation. Dan Harris, the author of the quote above and the book 10% Happier, puts the practice of meditation into a very real context by showing how happiness consists of something more akin to a muscle, one which can be trained within the body, than any external object that needs to be obtained.
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