Has your ability to learn affected your career path?

Have you tried to learn about Blockchain or Artificial Intelligence and find yourself floating in a sea of unfamiliarly terms and concepts that baffle your comprehension? The cognitive demand in almost every industry has increased exponentially and how you understand and apply these new tech concepts is tied directly to your ability to learn and your ability to advance your career.

Dr Scott Bolland is the founder of New Dawn Technologies, a high-tech software company aiming to revolutionize education through the use of artificial intelligence. Has pointed out that new advances in neurosciences have given us insight into the learning process.


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30 Best YouTube videos about mindset

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A common thread in most current self-help content is a consensus that mindset is a powerful foundation for success. If you search YouTube to learn more about mindset you will see, if you have time, 2,180,000 results. Having researched mindset for the last two years I have seen many videos about mindset. While the list below is not an exhaustive viewing of the 2,180,000 mindset related videos I think I’ve uncovered the best of the best.


What is mindset?
1. The power of believing that you can improve | Carol Dweck
2. Carol Dweck – A Study on Praise and Mindsets

How to apply mindset for success
3. Change your mindset, change the game
4. The Most Powerful Mindset for Success Empowering potential
5. From FAILING STUDENT to ROCKET SCIENTIST – The Motivational Video that Will Change Your Life
6. Growth Mindset Introduction: What it is, How it Works, and Why it Matters
7. The dirty little secret about growth mindset
8. Growth Mindset – Story of Twin Brothers

Mindset advice for college students
9. Growth Mindset for College Students
10. Do you have a growth or fixed mindset?
11. Pathway Transformation Initiative – Growth Mindset
12. How to practice and develop a growth mindset
13. Growth Mindset
14. Fixed Mindset Vs. Growth Mindset

Mindset advice for teachers
15. How to teach growth mindset to students in 5 steps
16. How to motivate students to adopt a growth mindset (w/ a scientific explanation behind mindsets)
17. Mindsets: Fixed Versus Growth
18. The Growth Mindset | Ross Hartley | TEDxNewAlbany

For parents
19. Three Ways to a Growth Mindset
20. Carol Dweck: The Effect of Praise on Mindsets
21. Growth mindset and effective praise
22. Growth Mindset for students – Episode 1/5

The million views club
23. THE MINDSET OF HIGH ACHIEVERS – Best Motivational Video for Success in Life & Study 2017 4,056,363 views
24. Grit: the power of passion and perseverance | Angela Lee Duckworth 3,777,418 views
25. The Power of belief — mindset and success | Eduardo Briceno | TEDxManhattanBeach 2,733,992 views
26. The power of believing that you can improve | Carol Dweck 2,170,777 views
27. Change your mindset, change the game | Dr. Alia Crum | TEDxTraverseCity 1,460,345 views

Honorable mention
28. Sesame Street do Growth Mindset 903,277 views
29. Growth Mindset 63,673 views
30. How to maintain a growth mindset

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Class of 2018

Did you just graduate from high school and now you realize you blew it? Is your GPA abysmal, and your prospects few?


This is not a theoretical view point for me, I was that guy and over the last 30 years I’ve learned a few things about learning and about myself that I want to share. From my own experience the best thing to do if you’re in this situation is to first, stop feeling sorry for yourself. What is done is done. Next make a plan to recover and move forward.

How to recover
If I could go back to talk to my younger self I would share this simple maxim. “Learn what that price of success is and then pay it.”
This is a simple phrase but let’s unpack this powerful idea.

My story

When I attended school I didn’t really have a passion for anything. Most of my classes in high school were a disaster. I had some meager success in English and not knowing any better I gravitated toward that area. I only knew a few things upon graduation from high school. I wanted to leave my small town in Idaho in the hopes of opportunity and I wanted to go to college because, at the time, that seemed like the path to financial security.

College was not easy for me. I’ll spare you the blow by blow of my academics, but needless to say I changed my major several times and with only one semester left to graduate with a Bachelor’s Degree I was still uncertain about what I wanted to do. Then something happened. I took a job that I was vastly underqualified for and got to work with some smart people who were designing a new way to teach people through technology.

The more I worked with these people the more I wanted to do what they did. I needed a Master’s Degree to work at this company. My grades in college were not much better that high school. The prospect of making it into the graduate program seems very slim.  Meeting the bare minimum, I was accepted into the graduate program and was on my way.

I want to be clear in this part of my story. I didn’t have a passion for my newly chosen career. I just thought it was a good opportunity and I felt that I could do the job.

Passion verses opportunity

I didn’t know who Mike Rowe was back then but what he said about passion is my truth as well.
“When people follow their passion, they miss out on all kinds of opportunities they didn’t even know existed.”
Hosting the Discovery Channel show has led Rowe to meet hundreds of skilled tradesmen “who followed opportunity, not passion, and prospered as a result,” he said.

Rowe told the story of a multimillionaire septic tank cleaner who explained his success by saying, “I looked around to see where everyone else was headed, and then I went the opposite way.”
While growing up, Rowe wanted to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and become a handyman. He invested himself in classes and workshops, but found that his talents lay elsewhere.
“Just because you’re passionate about something doesn’t mean you won’t suck at it,”

From Scott Adams:
Successful people like to say their secret to success is passion. In my experience, success requires energy, a good strategy, hard work, and a lot of luck. If your plan starts to make you rich, you’ll probably be passionate about it. But passion generally follows success; it doesn’t cause it. I think successful people say passion is the key to success because almost any other answer sounds arrogant.
I know a guy who got rich selling doorknobs. Was he passionate about doorknobs? Probably not. He was just a smart guy with a good plan and enough energy to make it happen. And I assume there was some luck along the way. No passion required.

If passion is not the key then what is?


Recently I discovered a truth that is obvious, but still profound. Remember the maxim above: “Learn what that price of success is and then pay it.”
I recommend for new grads, old grads and anyone that wants to improve to focus on two things:


Learning Goals and Metacognition

Learning is not passive quest, it is really everything.

Psychologist and Professor Carol Dweck’s research concluded that “Learning goals trigger entirely different chains of thought and action from performance goals. A focus on performance instead of on learning and growing causes people to hold back from risk taking or exposing their self-image to ridicule by putting themselves into situations where they have to break a sweat to deliver the critical outcome.”

I propose that the number one reason people fail to achieve their goals is because people focus on ability and performance rather than acquiring new knowledge and skills first. Those who learn to succeed have a mindset for active, lifelong-learning as they work toward their aims.

How to create a learning goal

Keep the goal simple and make sure it articulates your destination in terms of what you want to learn that will enable you to be successful. It will be hard to fight the instinct to set achievement goals, but trust the science of setting learning goals first and foremost; then let what you learn guide you toward success.

Many professionals believe that the key to success is achievement goal setting, but Adams says, they lock you into a mental model that can potentially set you up for failure.
Goal-oriented people exist in a state of continuous presuccess failure at best, and permanent failure at worst if things never work out. Systems [Leaning Goals] people succeed every time they apply their systems, in the sense that they did what they intended to do.

The goals people are fighting the feeling of discouragement at each turn. The systems people are feeling good every time they apply their system [they learn]. That’s a big difference in terms of maintaining your personal energy in the right direction

What is Metacognition?

Metacognition is an important aspect of learning. It involves self-regulation, reflection upon an individual’s performance strengths, weaknesses, learning and study strategies.
Metacognition is the foundation upon which students in formal education setting become independent readers, writers and thinkers and where people in life can focus in on what matters most.
The 5 Second Rule is a form of metacognition, which means that it’s a way of tricking your brain in order to achieve your greater goals. This would include learning goals as well.

What is the 5 second rule?

Coined my Mel Robbins “The moment you have an instinct to act on a goal you must count 5–4–3–2–1 and physically move or your brain will stop you.”
Pushing yourself to take simple actions creates a chain reaction in your confidence and your productivity. By pushing yourself to take the simple steps of moving your life forward, you create momentum and experience a sense of freedom and power that’s hard to accurately describe.
Start by counting backwards to yourself: 5- 4- 3- 2- 1. The counting will help you focus on the goal or commitment and distract you from the worries, thoughts, and fears in your mind. As soon as you reach “1,” move. That’s it. Anytime there’s something you know you should do, but you feel uncertain, afraid, or overwhelmed…just take control by counting backwards 5- 4- 3- 2- 1. That’ll quiet your mind. Then, move when you get to 1.

Following these simple strategies will help you identify what you want to do, the price that must be paid to be successful on your path and when you believe in yourself, you will have the will power to pay the price.


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20 Funny Dedications

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Stephen Fry,The Liar

1. To President Woodrow Wilson, from his only Vice.

– Dedication inVice President Tom Marshall’s memoir

2.Hi Dad! *waves*

–Kiera Cass,The Selection

3. I should be remiss, indeed, if I failed to acknowledge my indebtedness to the People’s Bank ofBridgeport, the Connecticut Lightand Power Co., the New England Telephone Co., Sears Roebuck,Casey Fuel, the West Redding Market, the Internal Revenue Department, and another creditorwhose name is Morris H. Legion. The total is$17,886.05. Hi, Fellows!

– Carl Winston, How to Turn a Million into a Shoestring

4.”To my daughter Leonora, without whose never-failing sympathy and encouragement this book would have been finished in half the time.”

– P. G. Wodehouse, The Heart of a Goof

5. To my wife Marganit and my children Ella Rose and Daniel Adam without whom this book would have been completed two years earlier.

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Why Earthquakes in Idaho are Ultra-Spiritual

My homage and parody for His Enlightenedness, Ultra Spiritual JP Sears.

Recent earthquakes in Idaho have proven that the Earth has a spirit and it’s really upset. Science has proven the Earth has a spirit it is called Gaia, and it is ultra-spiritual.  Like all spiritual beings it has to be realigned from time to time.

Here some facts that prove my hypotheses, or is it a theory, or my philosophy? Anyway are here are some facts Idaho people:

Idaho is the 43rd state and it became a state in 1890.  This weekend they have had 80 earthquakes in 3 days, you do the math I don’t think that is a coincidence.

Because earthquakes don’t happen on other planets then logic dictates the earthquakes must be happening on our planet because humans are here.

potato-wcertified-logo_medium.png__1920x1920_q85_subsampling-2Why are there so many earthquakes in Idaho?   Because Idaho grows potatoes and potatoes have carbs.  Carbs are bad for you and bad for the earth.  Also Idaho has cattle and cows.  This non-vegan lifestyle is why the Earth is rejecting Idaho.


Maybe the Earth has diabetes.  Instead of drilling things out of the Earth we need to pump insulin into the Earth to even out the Earths’ keystones.


Even though recent earthquakes in Idaho are caused because of potato farming, other states have violated Gaia by fracking.  Fracking is only okay if it is consensual.  I think Gaia said no, and no means no, not yes.

The best earthquakes are probably in California and that’s because California is in need of spiritual healing unlike Idaho who just needs to go on a diet and live superficial lives.


Even though we are destroying the Earth we are also trying to get off the Earth and go to other planets. This is sending Gaia mixed messages and that’s why she’s reacting so poorly.  The Earth is actually co-depend it hurts her feelings when we try to leave.



So to sum up.

Idaho stop fracking and eating carbs.  If you do that you’ll have less earthquakes.


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Why do you need to fail ?


This is something that always keeps me motivated no matter how bad my day has been. Life is going to be cruel at times..it is going to knock you down real bad..bitter truth, isn’t it? We will encounter failures more often than we’ll encounter success..we’ll have to see sadness and despair again and again and again. BUT, just because you failed at something, doesn’t mean you’ll fail in everything !

How I deal with failures ?

I mourn over it for two days or maybe three. Then I move on. I never let it stay with me for more than 3 days.

When life hits you hard, hit back harder !

IDENTIFY YOUR STRENGTHS- Each one of us has different calibre and different potentials. Thinking that achieving the same goal in the same time with the same approach is vague. Unacceptable. Unrealistic.

For example- Take the five fingers in…

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