Know Your Goals

Know Thyself

Professor Gail Matthews’ Goals research study on the importance of writing down your goals.

Neuroplasticity: You can change your mind.

Know Thyself in history


Take the 12-question Grit Scale.

If your Grit Score is low, watch this TED talk by its inventor, Angela Duckworth. She may change your mind.

Read Jonah Lehrer’s insights on Grit at Business Insider.

Suggestions on how to increase your Grit.


“learning animals” Eric Schmidt, How Google Works (Grand Central, 2014).

“smart people do not learn” Chris Argyris, Teaching Smart People How To Learn, Harvard Business Review, May-June 1991.

Carol Dweck, Mindset  (Random House, 2006).

“learn basics in 100 hours” John Taylor Gatto, The Seven Lesson Schoolteacher, in Dumbing Us Down The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling (New Society Publishers, 1992).

“without attending school” Kio Stark, Do Not Go Back to School. A Handbook for Learning Anything  (Self-published, 2013).

“the power of first impressions” Malcolm Gladwell, Most Likely to Succeed, The New Yorker, December 15, 2008.

Maria Popova, “Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets That Shape Our Lives,” Brain Pickings (January 29, 2014).

Carol Dweck’s TED talk, The Power of Believing That Can Improve.

Why You Need to Write Down Your Goals

Michael Hyatt, Five Reasons You Should Commit Your Goals to Writing

“writing something down is the first step toward making it happen.” Lee Iacocca with William Novak, Iacocca, An Autobiography  (BantamDell, 1984).

Henrik Edberg, 7 Powerful Reasons Why You Should Write Things Down, the Positivity Blog.

 Motivated skills

Take the VIA test to discover your motivated strengths. Registration required. Sorry, but it’s harmless. The questionnaire takes about 20 minutes.

The entire strengths list.

“spend more time doing what you like.” Daniel Kahneman, Thinking Fast and Slow. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013).

FYI™ for Insight Self-Awareness Assessment – (free card sort)

“This three-step assessment provides insight into strengths and weaknesses that can help you get what you want from your career. View your results online which will show you the ‘21 leadership characteristics for success’ and the ‘Five that get you fired!’ Each characteristic is explained in terms of what skilled and unskilled on this dimension looks like. Further development resources/reading are also offered for each characteristic.”

You need to register to take the assessment but it’s no-obligation and free.


“the most important motivators” Dan Pink, Drive, the Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us (Riverhead, 2011).

John Hagel, The Labor Day Manifesto of the Passionate WorkerEdge Perspectives (September 3, 2012).

Richard Leider,  What Makes You Get Up in the Morning? in Unlock the Power of Purpose, A Guide to Writing Your Purpose Statement. (Berret-Koehler, 2015).

21st Century Skills

The list of skills comes from:

Learning Plan

Real Learning Plan Template You can if your Plog is online, you may want to drag some sections from the template into it.

Sample learning plans (Yale University)

Martin Seligman, Authentic Happiness. (Free Press, 2002).

yoda“there is no try.” Yoda. The Empire Strikes Back. (Lucasfilm, 198).

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