Three Links: How to Pursue Your Passion, Master Self Confidence and Find Happiness in Flow

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In keeping with this month’s theme of self-improvement, I thought I would share a few great links I’ve recently discovered:

Larry Smith on Why You Will Fail To Have A Great Career.

If you need a kick up your bum, download this Ted Talk by Larry Smith on Why You Will Fail to Have a Great Career. Sounds misleading, but this is a great talk guaranteed to light a fire up your ass. Larry Smith is sick and tired of watching people waste their talents and hearing them come up with excuses for not pursuing their passions and turning these passions into a great career. And if you want more, Smith elaborates further on the subject of his talk in this Forbes Magazine interview. Just reading this article made me wish I had Larry Smith as a teacher when I was younger.

Dr Ivan Joseph on The Skill of Self Confidence.

Self-confidence is something I struggle with a lot and this was why I was eager to check out this video by Dr Ivan Joseph on the skill of self-confidence. The one message that really came away with me on this talk? Self-affirmation. Believe in yourself. As Dr Joseph said, “There are enough people  that are telling us that we can’t do it, that we’re not good enough.  Why do we want to tell ourselves that?”

The Power of Flow.

In Jonathan Beverly’s article, It Hurts So Good, he writes about how ‘flow’ can help one become a better and happier runner. But flow can also help you increase your general happiness and sense of fulfilment in life. What is flow? According to Beverly, these are the times in our lives where we ‘feel in control, focused, successful and satisfied.’ What especially stood to me was how psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, who studies the conditions of flow, observed that these moments usually happen when an individual is tackling a worthwhile and self-fulfilling challenge. That’s something to think about it, and something which I feel is absolutely true.


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