Weekly Journal August 11 – Personal Development

LumberTribe Journal #20-33 Personal Development

My weekly blog post routine includes posting links to great content I came across during the week.

If you were to ask a person who wants the best for you and from you, “What would be the positive impact on my success, happiness and our relationship if I became a better listener? Small, Moderate, Large,” the most common answer you’ll receive is: Moderate.

If you were to ask that same person, “What has already been the negative impact on my success, happiness and our relationship when I have been at my worst as a listener? Small, Moderate, Large,” the most common answer you’ll receive is: Large.

I rest my case on the importance of listening and the benefits of improving it.

One simple, but humbling, way to improve your listening is to take the HUVA Listening Exercise.

Unless you’ve been stranded on a deserted island for the past few months, you’ve likely heard the news: the film version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical, “Hamilton,” has finally arrived. And while it may have taken five years for the show to get from Broadway to the big screen, that’s nothing compared to the seven years it took Lin-Manuel to write it. Along the way, he created material in some unusual places: riding New York City’s famous “A” train, in the Dominican Republic—even on his honeymoon!

The more focused you are, the faster and higher you will rise in the ranks at work. This was the conclusion of a study which Potential Project did with 35,000 managers and leaders across the globe. Other studies have found that high levels of focus make you feel more balanced and productive and be perceived as a better leader. The message is clear: to be successful and happy, focus and deep work are key.

I don’t go into depth about the finds but encourage you to check them out if they sound interesting.

These are my weekly favorites; I would love to hear about some of yours.

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