What are the most important habits that helped the most successful inventors in history to get their insights?
In the book Innovators DNA the authors give the three key habits that can help everybody to have creative ideas. It all starts with the courage to question status quo! You can’t innovate unless you question the rule others made.
The main habits are:
- Questioning: Every innovation starts with a question. So great innovators make it a habit to question rules. The questions should outnumber the answers! Make it a habit to ask “Why?” frequently.
- Observing: Successful Innovators watch their surroundings and make notes. Make it a habit to watch and observer your surroundings, be it customers, products, technologies etc.
- Networking: Great Innovators have a diverse network of people for very different backgrounds, this helps with getting insights from very different perspectives.
- Experimenting: Always try to test your ideas and make diverse experiences. Try new things, expose yourself to things you never done before. Make it a habit to test your ideas in the real world in some way.
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1. The Cue: This is the trigger that launches you into “zombie mode.” The cue may be something as simple as seeing the first item on your to-do list (time to start next week’s homework!) or seeing a text message from a friend (time to dawdle!). A cue by itself is neither helpful nor harmful. It’s the routine—what we do in reaction to that cue—that matters.
2. The Routine: This is your zombie mode—the routine, habitual response your brain is used to falling into when it receives the cue. Zombie responses can be harmless, useful, or, in the worst case, so destructive that they defy common sense.
3. The Reward: Habits develop and continue because they reward us—give us a dollop of pleasure. Procrastination is an easy habit to develop because the reward—moving your mind’s focus to something more pleasant—happens so quickly. But good habits can also be rewarded. Finding ways to reward good study habits in math and science is vital to escaping procrastination.
4. The Belief: Habits have power because of your belief in them. For example, you might feel that you’ll never be able to change your habit of putting off your studies until late in the day. To change a habit, you’ll need to change your underlying belief.
How to change:
The only thing I can change:
The Cue: Recognize what launches you into your zombie, procrastination mode. Cues usually fall into one of the following categories: location, time, how you feel, reactions to other people, or something that just happened
I got this from the great book: A Mind for Numbers
The most crucial points of the book:
Motivation that come from the outside is never really lasting and effective, real motivation comes from within.
The three elements to true motivation:
1. Autonomy: People need to feel that they have some level of control over their enviroment. Give people a sense of control.
2. Mastery: People need to feel the possibility to improve, if there is no room for improvement no one will strive for it.
3. Purpose: Give people a good “Why” for doing something, frame it in their interests not in yours.
Only if all three elements are satisfied people are really motivated and happy to help you. But never forget, without giving something back no on will be motivated to help you for too long. Make sure to give back.
- Pleasure. Pleasure is great, but it’s a horrible value to prioritize your life around. Ask a man who almost ate himself to death how pleasure helped him solve his problems
- Material Success
- Always Being Right
- Staying Positive. Denying negative emotions leads to experiencing deeper and more prolonged negative emotions and to emotional dysfunction. Constant positivity is a form of avoidance, not a valid solution to life’s problems
- Question #1: What if I’m wrong It’s worth remembering that for any change to happen in your life, you must be wrong about something
- Question #2: What would it mean if I were wrong?
- Question #3: Would being wrong create a better or a worse problem than my current problem, for both myself and others?
- Take charge of your schedule
- Make time for reflection and relaxation. These are times when you should not expect any task to be done, any decision to be reached. You should just indulge in the luxury of reflection for its own sake. Combine these periods of reflection with some other task that requires a certain amount of attention, but not all of it. Preferably this should involve some physical or kinesthetic component. Creative individuals usually sleep longer and claim that if they cut down on sleeptime the originality of their ideas suffers
- Find out what you like and what you hate about life. Creative people always know the reason for what they are doing, and they are very sensitive to pain, to boredom, to joy, to interest, and to other emotion.
- The first thing is to keep a careful record of what you did each day and how you felt about it.
- Start doing more of what you love, less of what you hate.
- Develop what you lack .
- Aim for complexity
I recently read this book and here are the notes I took from it. The main message is: Talent great but success comes never without hard work and hours and hours of practice. There is no easy route to mastery.
When you steal, focus on specifics, not general impressions. Capture concrete facts: the angle of a golfer’s left elbow at the top of the backswing
When “stealing” from somebody else:
• What, exactly, are the critical moves here? • How do they perform those moves differently than I do?
Have a daily performance journal
BEFORE YOU START, FIGURE OUT IF IT’S A HARD SKILL OR A SOFT SKILL
HARD, HIGH-PRECISION SKILLS are actions that are performed as correctly and consistently as possible, every time
(Math, CoD, Driving)
SOFT, HIGH-FLEXIBILITY SKILLS , on the other hand, are those that have many paths to a good result, not just one.
Soft skills are about the three Rs: Reading, Recognizing, and Reacting.
Is a teacher or coach usually involved in the early stages? If the answer is yes, then it’s likely a hard skill.
When you learn hard skills, be precise and measured. Go slowly.
soft skills are built by playing and exploring inside challenging, ever-changing environments. Aggressive, curious, and experimental, always seeking new ways to challenge yourself.
Prioritize the hard skills because in the long run they’re more important to your talent.
Comfort Zone Sensations: Ease, effortlessness. You’re working, but not reaching or struggling. Percentage of Successful Attempts: 80 percent and above.
Sweet Spot] Sensations: Frustration, difficulty, alertness to errors. You’re fully engaged in an intense struggle—as if you’re stretching with all your might for a nearly unreachable goal, brushing it with your fingertips, then reaching again. Percentage of Successful Attempts: 50–80 percent. THIS IS WHERE YOU WANT TO BE
Survival Zone] Sensations: Confusion, desperation. You’re overmatched: scrambling, thrashing, and guessing. You guess right sometimes, but it’s mostly luck. Percentage of Successful Attempts: Below 50 percent.
Albert Einstein said, “One must develop an instinct for what one can just barely achieve through one’s greatest efforts.”
Instead of counting minutes or hours, count reaches and reps.
To begin chunking,
first engrave the blueprint of the skill on your mind (see Tip #2 ). Then ask yourself: 1) What is the smallest single element of this skill that I can master? 2) What other chunks link to that chunk?
EACH DAY, TRY TO BUILD ONE PERFECT CHUNK
CHOOSE FIVE MINUTES A DAY OVER AN HOUR A WEEK of intense Deep Work
0.25 seconds after a mistake is made, in which people do one of two things—they look hard at the mistake or they ignore it.
Develop the habit of attending to your errors right away.
SLOW IT DOWN Super-slow practice works like a magnifying glass: It lets us sense our errors more clearly, and thus fix them.
CLOSE YOUR EYES why practicing to intensivy your focus
Napping is good for the learning brain, because it helps strengthen the connections formed during practice and prepare the brain for the next session,
Learning is reaching . Passively reading a book—a relatively effortless process, letting the words wash over you like a warm bath—doesn’t put you in the sweet spot.
The equation is always the same: More reaching equals more learning.
But when it comes to learning, the science is clear: Exhaustion is the enemy.
FOR EVERY HOUR OF COMPETITION, SPEND FIVE HOURS PRACTICING
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- Powerful means being perceived as able to affect the world.
- Warmth, simply put, is goodwill.
- Presence means being fully there.
Overcoming the Obstacles
- They finish their sentence
- Your face absorbs Your face reacts
- Then, and only then, you answer