By Eric Barker
March 28, 2015
IDEAS
Barker is the author of Barking Up The Wrong Tree

1) Reflect On What You Are Trying To Accomplish

Don’t rush in. Plan. Think about what you’re trying to do and what it takes to succeed.

Via Creating Minds: An Anatomy of Creativity Seen Through the Lives of Freud, Einstein, Picasso, Stravinsky, Eliot, Graham, and Ghandi:

2) Leverage Your Strengths. Ignore Your Weaknesses.

Forget being well-rounded. Double down where you are great.

Via Creating Minds: An Anatomy of Creativity Seen Through the Lives of Freud, Einstein, Picasso, Stravinsky, Eliot, Graham, and Ghandi:

Pete Drucker’s work agrees, saying we’re usually better off enhancing our strengths than improving our weaknesses.

And leveraging signature strengths is also a path to flow and happiness.

3) See Failure As A Chance To Learn

Don’t be a quitter or a whiner when things don’t work out. Creative geniuses learn from their mistakes and use them to improve.

Via Creating Minds: An Anatomy of Creativity Seen Through the Lives of Freud, Einstein, Picasso, Stravinsky, Eliot, Graham, and Ghandi:

This is reminiscent of “grit.” There are techniques for achieving this level of resilience.

Join over 161,000 readers. Get a free weekly update via email here.

Related posts:

New Harvard Research Reveals A Fun Way To Be More Successful

The 8 Things The Happiest People Do Every Day

How To Stop Being Lazy And Get More Done – 5 Expert Tips

Contact us at editors@time.com.

SPONSORED FINANCIAL CONTENT

Read More From TIME

EDIT POST