Then, the next day, you go at it again and you mess up one time and--bam! You can't seem to get in the groove. There is a brain-based reason for that, and the more aware of it you are, the more you can create success momentum in your business. Earl Miller of MIT and Mark Histed of Harvard found that our neurons retain memory and become more finely tuned when we succeed, but they don't when success isn't present.
There is a difference between the absence of success and the presence of failure. For instance, when a mistake leads to a negative consequence, we have a tendency to learn from it and veer in another direction.
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We don't necessarily learn what to do, but we learn what not to do. On the other hand, when there is absence of success but no apparent mistakes you lose money in the stock market but have nothing tangibly to do with it , nothing appears to change in the brain, and relatively little--if any--learning takes place. Here's what goes on that makes success so When you're learning something new and you have a success, even a small one, your brain gets a little reward bump of the pleasure neurotransmitter dopamine.
Dopamine is used to thicken the neural pathways needed to learn a new skill. Your brain is drawn to activities that give you those little pleasure bumps. You can actually become addicted to success. But the big news is that the more you succeed, the longer your brain retains the proper information to help you succeed again. The implications of this seem enormous for you and your business. We now know that what you celebrate typically success gets repeated, and the more you celebrate it, the more of that behavior you get. We used to think this was part of the psycho-babble voodoo of niceness in business and that it really wasn't necessary.
It is and now it's proven. Look for low-hanging fruit in your company--small successes that everyone can participate in--because it's a good way to get the snowball of success and high morale rolling when things are going badly. Following are five things you can do to take advantage of this science in your organization and get the snowball effect of success breeding success.
There are few things as exciting as breeding success, especially when you know you can do it deliberately. If you want to be the titan of your industry and have a high hit rate at success, keep hitting. Notice when you and others get it right and do it again and again. We really are like dogs. I looked out the window and I looked at the mountains and they were so incredible, different from the seashore where I used to live.
I realized that by looking at this peak and glaciers around me, I could change my feeling of boredom, which has started with just being bored in the train and looking outside. I realized that the world had all kinds of things that sure can be interesting. If you look at them and try to follow and imagine what they could be and how it could to be there, then that would make your life much more interesting, than waiting for things to happen than to have fun.
That feeling stuck with me after the voyage, after, it took a long time and we were — the train was bombed by the artillery as we were crossing Yugoslavia and South [inaudible That gave me a feeling that you could modify how you felt. After that, I tried to look for that feeling, control over your environment by just changing the way you look at it and what you are thinking about it. I had a lot of brothers. A half-brother who was very good at paying attention, because he was a European champion of sail — how do you call the airplanes that go without engines?
Just riding the currents of the air? They are not really popular now, but the s, s, those were used — this airplane which was made of bamboo, or light wood, covered with really canvass and then you were pulled up by a regular plane, a small regular plane. Then your rope was — you were pulled by a rope by a plane and then when you got to a certain altitude, you disengage the rope and you were on your own.
What kept you up is that you went over currents of air and you had — you knew that the air above roads for instance was much more — the road would get warmed up by the sun and the air and there would be an updraft of air above the road. You will try to follow the road, but they were a few thousand above.
You could stay up in the air, because of the updraft from the warm air on the road. Then you found other things; factories, lakes and so forth that changed the air. This brother of mine who was the European champion and then it meant that he stayed up in the air for longer than everybody else during the competition. He stayed up I think 19 hours, 19 and a half hours without an engine, but just traveling across central Europe finding air currents.
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This brother was very influential, because his mind could get focused and process small bits of information that nobody else noticed that he could use to keep his plane aloft. Every 8 seconds, somebody is hired off of LinkedIn Jobs. As a business owner, I know how hard it is to hire good people. I want to use every tool available to me to get the absolute best talent for the job.
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Just visit linkedin. Terms and conditions apply. Whatever I tell you, they are the greatest alarms of question as far as I am concerned as a psychologist and in my expertise.
I really do think that what I would like to know a lot more about is the way which children learn to process information, in terms of what they get interested in. What is it that keeps them alert, awake, wondering about the world and so forth? Because that will determine the large extent of what they will do as adults, how they will spend their life.
We tried to do that of course by teaching them good things, taking them to church and all these good things that we know would help them. The question is to what extent you have to change that, or to what extent the changing of their attention, what they attend to, what they try to accomplish. If you want them to become good, responsible and happy adults, what do you have to — how can you achieve that?
How much freedom they need? How much encouragement, or exposure, or challenge to give them? That is varies a lot of child to child, then from environment to environment. For instance, when we brought up our children, we tried very much to make sure that they have enough challenges in their environment, but not too hard ones and too difficult ones. Then we realized that we can do know exactly and we had to pay attention closely to what the children like, then harness their interest and curiosity by leaving them good opportunities to fulfill their curiosity, so that it could be a very good proposition that they enjoy what they do, they are motivated to what they do.
Also, we know that what they are doing is rightful, then good for their growth and for their — they will be going in the right direction. That is quite then difficult high-wire act for parents.
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Most of them luckily succeed without even thinking about it, but just follow things that they feel are right and they tend to do that more often than not, they are right. Our kids, where this is — took their own growth very quickly. I mean, we allowed them to explore what they like to do and they encouraged them and gave them new opportunities in-line what they were doing.
They both resulted — had very nice lives that they have children and they are very grateful. I mean, you have to pay attention. You have to try to put yourself in their shoes and understand more they are living through and we try to have them on all [inaudible I mean, there is a lot to learn from the culture, even the society we live in, with family, because entities have been alive for a long time. They usually survive by not making too many — too drastic mistakes.
You should be open to learning. I think around 25, it really is the one of the crucial — if not the crucial moment, or period in which you have to establish the relation between yourself and the environment in which you have that comes to mind at the moment. The stage before intimacy is identity formation. In the early 20s, late teens, you develop a sense of who you are and what you can do well, what you can do well, what you should be doing, or what you should be doing well. On the basis of knowing who you are and you can achieve intimacy on a more stable way, because you are less likely to get involved in intimate relations that are not build the whole personality of this thing.
I mean, the good thing about that, at times that you are not attached with an identity with the past.
Dependent, so much of the fickle senses of the development of the family, which will be a little exciting. I thought more and more people will get to understand that task and trying to achieve it. They have the freedom to make life better and more worthwhile and meaningful for themselves. Some of the happiest people I met and those who have been struggling with these issues, but had paid attention through their own life and discovered for themselves that they should trust their own instincts, but also trust the needs of people around them and the conditions around them and have to somehow harmonize, bring harmony between their own needs and the environment and [inaudible These are parts of life.
That you have to build up by yourself brick by brick and it can be a lot of fun. I hope that everybody thinks about it and hears about it who have had to do it. In that sense, I give my best wishes to my ordeals. Csikszentmihalyi, I really want to thank you for coming on the Science of Success.
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