For practical books, I try to set a plan for how I can implement it in my life. Charlie Munger also described the necessity of using what you read: 'I don't know anyone who's wise who doesn't read a lot. But that's not enough: You have to have a temperament to grab ideas and do sensible things. Most people don't grab the right ideas or don't know what to do with them.'
Commitment, passion and drive are just a few of the qualities required for success but perhaps one of the most vital skills is emotional intelligence. With recent studies showing that 90% of top performers possess a higher level of emotional intelligence can we really afford to miss out on supercharging our potential?
Sometimes she will play very exaggerated games, role play, loud play, which focus on different aspects of her anatomy and result in funny songs and rhymes with little worry for how others see her. At other times, she will become so engrossed in her quieter role play but very aware we are around her, and she will tell us not to watch or listen to her.
So why then do so many of us still seem to be suffering? What is it about the world we live in today that causes so much stress that so many of us are depressed, suffering with anxiety issues, personality disorders, eating disorders, sleep disorders and a number of other issues all involving our mental health.
The best thing I learnt while I was studying Psychology was about all of our cognitive biases. There are loads of them. These 'mental shortcuts' operate mainly unconsciously, and, although the word 'bias' pings with negative connotations, they actually have a very important function; they allow us not to have to process every single thing in our daily lives.
The problem is, when we start telling ourselves we're totally rad, we tend to stop moving forward and we stop improving as people. We start to blame other people when things go wrong. We blame our employer, the system or the world because "I'm doing everything right so it must be someone else's fault".