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A few weeks back, based on my experience, I wrote an article on ‘7 tips to pass an exam’ (you may visit:http://wisdomfrombooks.com/how-to-pass-exams-7-useful-tips/) which was greatly appreciated by the readers.

I was thinking to write something on techniques for better and effective learning and this post comprise of some ideas towards better learning. A few days back, I was watching Paul Mckenna’s lecture on accelerated learning.

He advised about a few techniques which can be used by us to learn effectively in less time. Here are few tips:

1. Concentration span: A person’s concentration span is generally 18 minutes. While reading course material, one should read for 18 minutes and then take a 4 minute smaller break and again study for 18 minutes.

2. Visualization: One should try to ‘visualize’ learning in the home environment.

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If you want to live an exceptional life, listen to Jim Rohn!

Ideas provided by Jim Rohn are not only exceptional but I can surely state that once we decide to apply what he has said, we can live an exceptional life. Test for yourself. In this post, I would like to share seven key ideas from his audio programs. If you want to remain motivated and inspired in day to day life, my recommendation: Jim Rohn’s audio program. Here are the ten ideas. Take time to think on these and share your thoughts:

1. A prayer for every day:

Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems. Wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom.

2. On action:

If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what youve always gotten.

3. On success:

Success is neither magical nor mysterious. Success is the natural consequence of consistently applying the basic fundamentals.

4. On making fortune:

Formal education will make you a living; self education will make you a fortune.

5 – What can we change?

You cannot change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight.

6. Foundation of success:

Discipline is the foundation upon which all success is built. Lack of  discipline inevitably leads to failure.

7. Become a person who attracts success:

Success is not to be pursued; it is to be attracted by the person you become.

 If you want to read my previous post on Jim Rohn’s, click: http://wp.me/pHUHq-73

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As a child we all learn to talk but we only learn to listen when our parents tell us that they won’t buy us a particular toy and then…….. what happens?

Most of the children start crying!

Do we learn how to listen effectively?

During my professional career, one of the things I have learnt is to listen. I would like to add that listening is not hearing or if you remain silent and wait for your turn to speak, it is also not effective listening. One of the ways in which effective listening may be explained is the way in which we listen to the other person fully, analyze what is being said, ask gentle question to get full picture and then frame our response or utterance.

5 tips which we may consider to develop effective listening skills include:

1. Get comfortable with silence

Why silence?

Silence mean not to think about shooting the answer when the other person stops speaking but silence is a state which enables a person to think, analyze and re-think before speaking.

Silence has its own language!.

Once a person is silent and let his / her thoughts focus on an issue and start analyzing with open mind, better solutions come into consideration – try practicing silence and enjoy the comfort! Read the rest of this entry »

After learning that latest model of i-phone is short in the stores and there are some issues related to i-phone’s latest model, I wondered about the founder of Apple – Mr. Steve Jobs. Who is Mr. Jobs – a self-made billionaire? His story is really inspiring, motivating and energizing. He was fired from his own company!! I am posting an extract about Mr Jobs from Adam Khoo’s book: “Secrets of Self-Made Millionaire”. Here is the story of Mr. Steve Jobs:

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We might have read many ideas on ‘How to achieve success’ and related stuff. However, there are a few books which also deal with ‘spiritual’ laws of attaining success. We will take up the first spiritual law of success from Deepak Chopra’s international best seller: ‘The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success’. Author says that the book can also be called : “The Seven Spiritual laws of Life” because those seven laws can be observed in the ‘nature’ around us and those laws are used by the nature to create every thing that is in the material existence. The first spiritual law of success is the law of:

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Billions of dollar in debt, USD 975 million in personal guarantee, people telling you that you are a failure, Wall Street Journal & New York Times running stories against one person, both on the same day  – What happens next?

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“SELF DISCIPLINE in ten days – how to go from thinking to doing” by Theodore Bryant is an interesting, small-sized practical guide-book for all of us who wish to try to get ourselves little ‘disciplined’. In 160 pages, the book is divided into four parts: preliminary information, a ten-day self-development program, subconscious belief and five power tools and lastly; putting it altogether.

The Author has mentioned that every one of us has got a side which believes that if we get ourselves ‘disciplined’, we may lose our freedom and we will have to share more responsibilities. One part within all of us is not willing at all to be self-disciplined. However, a person, when develops his or her own discipline guidelines, becomes ones own boss.

Five factors in everyone which generally stop us to achieve the goal of becoming self disciplined include: cynicism, negativism, defeatism, escapism and delayism (Wow! So many ‘isms’!!!!).

To put it short, we don’t want to adopt discipline because there are negative thoughts stopping us to do so. That negative part in each one of us is termed as ‘Hyde’ by the author (the negative character in the novel on Dr. Jekyll and Hyde)

The Cure to the five negative factors:

Accomplishment-oriented, present-tense, concrete self-talk is the first line of defense against negative thoughts which keep a person tied to old ways of thinking. Believe that our attitude has everything to do with our success, regardless of the task at hand. Believe that there is just as much good stuff in the world as there is bad stuff. WE can choose our own attitude. Will our attitude work for us or against us? The choice is ours. Believe it. Believe that life, for the most part, is based on the cause-and effect principle. In our life, our actions are the cause; the results of our actions are the effects.

We need to replace negative self talk with positive self talk as the first step.


Self-talk is a conversation we have with ourself. Often, this occurs subconsciously. Self-talk always goes on, even when we don’t consciously hear it. WE constantly receive messages from ourselves, they never stop. Every second of our day you make choices based on these messages. Whether we are deciding what to eat, what to wear, or what to do, a process of choice is taking place. The choices that determine our actions are based on self-talk.  This inner conversation is comparable to the background music that plays while a person shops in a supermarket. The music plays but people don’t really hear it unless people consciously and purposely focus their attention on it. But even though people aren’t consciously aware of it, this background music has an effect on people’s behavior. 

Research has shown time and time again that background music influences our buying patterns. The stores wouldn’t do it if it didn’t increase sales.

And here is an interesting point from the book:

Did you hear about the fellow who returned a shirt to the clothing store and told the salesman, “After I got home, I realized that I don’t like this shirt. I just liked the song that was playing in the store when I bought it.!!!

The author states: “Action-oriented self-talk overrules self-defeating self-talk by being Positive, Specific, and Present Tense. Why? our subconscious mind believes whatever we tell it. It looks to you for reality. If you tell it that, “I am now working on my report,” then your subconscious mind will turn all its attention to your report, no matter what you actually are doing when you say it”.

Your thoughts on the above?

More from the book in coming days.


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This web site comprise of ideas and thoughts from various international management, business, self help best selling books. It is meant for all those who are interested in self-help, self growth and learning. If you are one of those who intend to read good management, business or self help books but have little time, this website is for you.

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