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12 Lessons Emma Watson Has Taught Me About Success

12 Lessons Emma Watson Has Taught Me About Success

She blazed the Hollywood trail, graduated from an Ivy League school, and has lived life in the spotlight since age 9. Emma Watson has given young girls an image to look up to, and she’s provided the general population a breath of fresh air. She’s successful on many levels, and has many qualities worth emulating. Here are 12 lessons in success that I’ve learned from Emma Watson:

1. Don’t Compromise

She’s very choosy about her movie roles and chose to attend an Ivy League college in the U.S. when she could have gone almost anywhere.

In short, Emma Watson does her research, and we should too. Success isn’t about landing every opportunity. Have a strong understanding of who you are as an individual and where you want to go. Success is about choosing carefully, doing the research, and making informed decisions when it comes to course of action.

2. Be Dedicated

Emma Watson has proven that dedication is the key. It was only after 8 lengthy auditions that she found out she had won the Hermione roll.

Dedication is the key. Most success stories, even if they look like they happened overnight, didn’t. Have commitment to any task or endeavor

3. Love Yourself First

“I don’t have perfect teeth, I’m not stick thin. I want to be the person who feels great in her body and can say that she loves it and doesn’t want to change anything.” (Emma Watson)

Remember that you come first. How you feel about yourself will directly affect all other areas of life. Success isn’t just outward wealth and glamor; true success is the ability to be comfortable in your skin.

4. Be Humble

One thing Emma Watson never did was let her coveted role as Hermione Granger go to her head.

Success, like anything else in life, can be lost as quickly as it is gained. Staying humble no matter how circumstances improve will allow you to keep a level head and appreciate that which comes to you through hard work and dedication.

5. Have a Sense of Humor

It was unbelievable seeing me as an action figure! In a few months, toddlers all around the country will be biting my head off!” (Emma Watson)

No matter what, a sense of humor will keep the journey lighthearted. The road to success is usually more of a maze that will include bumps and setbacks. Being able to make light of a situation will help you keep moving forward toward your goal.

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6. Be Respectful

Watson has respect for herself and respect for others. Both are necessary in all affairs whether professional or personal. Respect will lend you the ability to open doors you didn’t know existed and cultivate relationships that could be of great benefit.

7. Follow Your Truth

“Becoming yourself is really hard and confusing, and it’s a process. It’s often not cool to be the person who puts themselves out there.” (Emma Watson)

There’s nothing worse than moulding yourself into what you perceive others want from you. Over time, doing this can make you bitter and resentful. Figure out what it is that calls to you and pursue it. Never let someone else or the majority make decisions for you. Follow your heart.

8. Preserve your Integrity

“Don’t feel stupid if you don’t like what everyone else pretends to love.” (Emma Watson)

In a world where shameless reality television and young stars gone awry seek to define a generation, maintaining integrity isn’t only a necessity, but it will also set you apart from the rest. A strong moral compass will help you stay on track.

9. Be Practical

Emma Watson drives a Prius. She does so because it’s environmentally friendly and suits her personality, but the Prius is also a practical choice.

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Practical choices will help ensure the longevity of your efforts. No matter where success takes you, remember to make choices that will enable you to sustain a future.

10. Never Forget Those that Helped You

“I could be 100 years old and in my rocker, but I’ll still be very proud that I was part of the Harry Potter films.” (Emma Watson)

Success is rarely achieved alone. It is so important to remember those that helped you get there. Whether it be business partners, family members, agents, etc., be grateful for those that pushed you toward a goal or gave you a platform on which to grow.

11. Set the Standard

A main reason for Watson’s success is that she is one of a kind. Though it’s important to learn from others, set the standard of achievement for yourself. Model your efforts on what you think is important regardless of what those around you are doing. Successful people are often those who pave their own way and give themselves goals to achieve.

12. Let Go of Fear

“I’ve probably earned the right to screw up a few times. I don’t want the fear of failure to stop me from doing what I really care about.” (Emma Watson)

Fear, if you let it, can cripple any effort no matter how determined or valiant. Willingness to push through fear, make mistakes, and potentially start over are important on the road to success.

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Looking for some motivation from a few other successful women?

30 Most Inspirational Quotes By Highly Successful Women Around The World

 

Featured photo credit: HQ Outtake of Emma Watson, photographed by Bjorn Iooss for The EDIT magazine (2013)/Courtesy of www.emmawatsonfan.net via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

8 Ways to Train Your Brain to Learn Faster and Remember More

You go to the gym to train your muscles. You run outside or go for hikes to train your endurance. Or, maybe you do neither of those, but still wish you exercised more.

Well, here is how to train one of the most important parts of your body: your brain.

When you train your brain, you will:

  • Avoid embarrassing situations. You remember his face, but what was his name?
  • Be a faster learner in all sorts of different skills. No problem for you to pick up a new language or new management skill.
  • Avoid diseases that hit as you get older. Alzheimer’s will not be affecting you.

So how to train your brain and improve your cognitive skills?

1. Work your memory

Twyla Tharp, a NYC-based renowned choreographer has come up with the following memory workout:

When she watches one of her performances, she tries to remember the first twelve to fourteen corrections she wants to discuss with her cast without writing them down.

If you think this is anything less than a feat, then think again. In her book The Creative Habit she says that most people cannot remember more than three.

The practice of both remembering events or things and then discussing them with others has actually been supported by brain fitness studies.

Memory activities that engage all levels of brain operation—receiving, remembering and thinking—help to improve the function of the brain.

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Now, you may not have dancers to correct, but you may be required to give feedback on a presentation, or your friends may ask you what interesting things you saw at the museum. These are great opportunities to practically train your brain by flexing your memory muscles.

What is the simplest way to help yourself remember what you see? Repetition.

For example, say you just met someone new:

“Hi, my name is George”

Don’t just respond with, “Nice to meet you”. Instead, say, “Nice to meet you George.”

Got it? Good.

2. Do something different repeatedly

By actually doing something new over and over again, your brain wires new pathways that help you do this new thing better and faster.

Think back to when you were three years old. You surely were strong enough to hold a knife and a fork just fine. Yet, when you were eating all by yourself, you were creating a mess.

It was not a matter of strength, you see. It was a matter of cultivating more and better neural pathways that would help you eat by yourself just like an adult does.

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And guess what? With enough repetition you made that happen!

But how does this apply to your life right now?

Say you are a procrastinator. The more you don’t procrastinate, the more you teach your brain not to wait for the last minute to make things happen.

Now, you might be thinking “Duh, if only not procrastinating could be that easy!”

Well, it can be. By doing something really small, that you wouldn’t normally do, but is in the direction of getting that task done, you will start creating those new precious neural pathways.

So if you have been postponing organizing your desk, just take one paper and put in its right place. Or, you can go even smaller. Look at one piece of paper and decide where to put it: Trash? Right cabinet? Another room? Give it to someone?

You don’t actually need to clean up that paper; you only need to decide what you need to do with it.

That’s how small you can start. And yet, those neural pathways are still being built. Gradually, you will transform yourself from a procrastinator to an in-the-moment action taker.

3. Learn something new

It might sound obvious, but the more you use your brain, the better its going to perform for you.

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For example, learning a new instrument improves your skill of translating something you see (sheet music) to something you actually do (playing the instrument).

Learning a new language exposes your brain to a different way of thinking, a different way of expressing yourself.

You can even literally take it a step further, and learn how to dance. Studies indicate that learning to dance helps seniors avoid Alzheimer’s. Not bad, huh?

4. Follow a brain training program

The Internet world can help you improve your brain function while lazily sitting on your couch. A clinically proven program like BrainHQ can help you improve your memory, or think faster, by just following their brain training exercises.

5. Work your body

You knew this one was coming didn’t you? Yes indeed, exercise does not just work your body; it also improves the fitness of your brain.

Even briefly exercising for 20 minutes facilitates information processing and memory functions. But it’s not just that–exercise actually helps your brain create those new neural connections faster. You will learn faster, your alertness level will increase, and you get all that by moving your body.

Now, if you are not already a regular exerciser, and already feel guilty that you are not helping your brain by exercising more, try a brain training exercise program like Exercise Bliss.

Remember, just like we discussed in #2, by training your brain to do something new repeatedly, you are actually changing yourself permanently.

6. Spend time with your loved ones

If you want optimal cognitive abilities, then you’ve got to have meaningful relationships in your life.  Talking with others and engaging with your loved ones helps you think more clearly, and it can also lift your mood.

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If you are an extrovert, this holds even more weight for you. At a class at Stanford University, I learned that extroverts actually use talking to other people as a way to understand and process their own thoughts.

I remember that the teacher told us that after a personality test said she was an extrovert, she was surprised. She had always thought of herself as an introvert. But then, she realized how much talking to others helped her frame her own thoughts, so she accepted her new-found status as an extrovert.

7. Avoid crossword puzzles

Many of us, when we think of brain fitness, think of crossword puzzles. And it’s true–crossword puzzles do improve our fluency, yet studies show they are not enough by themselves.

Are they fun? Yes. Do they sharpen your brain? Not really.

Of course, if you are doing this for fun, then by all means go ahead. If you are doing it for brain fitness, then you might want to choose another activity

8. Eat right – and make sure dark chocolate is included

Foods like fish, fruits, and vegetables help your brain perform optimally. Yet, you might not know that dark chocolate gives your brain a good boost as well.

When you eat chocolate, your brain produces dopamine. And dopamine helps you learn faster and remember better. Not to mention, chocolate contains flavonols, antioxidants, which also improve your brain functions.

So next time you have something difficult to do, make sure you grab a bite or two of dark chocolate!

The bottom line

Now that you know how to train your brain, it’s actually time to start doing.

Don’t just consume this content and then go on with your life as if nothing has changed. Put this knowledge into action and become smarter than ever!

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