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Too Much Choice Can Be Depressing

We just got back from a trip to Barcelona, one of the foodie meccas of Europe, and I was very glad that I had just finished reading The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz.

Otherwise, we might have been overwhelmed by the riotous quantity of eating options. We could have spent all day agonizing over the restaurant choices and trying to decide which one was "the best."

Instead, we did what Schwartz recommends: we limited...
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The Learning Method That Really Works

Whether it's learning to play the piano, to ace algebra, or to be a better friend, parent, or partner, the path to mastery is the same:
PRACTICE
And not just any kind of practice; what's required is rigorous, highly-focused drill that targets precisely those skills in which one is most deficient.

This is called deliberate practice, and it's the stuff that changes brains for the...
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