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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?

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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 April 19, 2021

The Art of Taking a Break So You Will Be Productive Again

The Art of Taking a Break So You Will Be Productive Again

Think of yourself as a cup. Each day, you wake up full. But as you go about your day—getting tasks done and interacting with people—the amount in your cup gradually gets lower. And as such, you get less and less effective at whatever it is you’re supposed to be doing. You’re running out of steam.

The solution is obvious: if you don’t have anything left to pour out, then you need to find a way to fill yourself up again. In work terms, that means you should take a break—an essential form of revitalizing your motivation and focus.

Taking a break may get a bad rap in hustle culture, but it’s an essential, science-based way to ensure you have the capacity to live your life the way you want to live it.

In the 1980s, when scientists began researching burnout, they described this inner capacity as “resources.” We all need to replenish our resources to cope with stress, work effectively, and avoid burnout.[1]

When the goal is to get things done, it may sound counterproductive to stop what you’re doing. But if you embrace the art of taking a break, you can be more efficient and effective at work.

Here are five ways on how you can take a break and boost your productivity.

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1. Break for the Right Amount of Time, at the Right Time

When I started my first job out of college, I was bent on pleasing my boss as most entry-level employees do. So, every day, I punched in at 9 AM on the dot, took a 60-minute lunch break at noon, and left no earlier than 5 PM.

As I’ve logged more hours in my career, I’ve realized the average, eight-hour workday with an hour lunch break simply isn’t realistic—especially if your goal is to put your best foot forward at work.

That’s why popular productivity techniques like the Pomodoro advocate for the “sprint” principle. Basically, you work for a short burst, then stop for a short, five-minute break. While the Pomodoro technique is a step forward, more recent research shows a shorter burst of working followed by a longer pause from work might actually be a more effective way to get the most out of stepping away from your desk.

The team at DeskTime analyzed more than 5 million records of how workers used their computers on the job. They found that the most productive people worked an average of 52 minutes, then took a 17-minute break afterward.[2]

What’s so special about those numbers? Leave it to neuroscience. According to researchers, the human brain naturally works in spurts of activity that last an hour. Then, it toggles to “low-activity mode.”[3]

Even so, keep in mind that whatever motivates you is the most effective method. It’s more about the premise—when you know you have a “finish line” approaching, you can stay focused on the task or project at hand.

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There are many applications and tools that can help you block distracting websites and apps (such as social media) for specific periods of the day. Similarly, you can also use some mailing apps like Mailbrew to receive all the social media content or newsletters you don’t want to miss in your inbox at a time you decide.

So, no matter how long you work, take a break when you sense you’re losing steam or getting bored with the task. Generally, a 10-15 minute break should reinvigorate you for whatever’s coming next.

2. Get a Change of Scenery—Ideally, Outdoors

When it comes to increasing a person’s overall mental health, there’s no better balm than nature. Research has found that simply being outside can restore a person’s mind from mental fatigue related to work or studying, ultimately contributing to improved work performance (and even improved work satisfaction).[4]

No lush forest around? Urban nature can be just as effective to get the most out of your break-taking. Scientists Stephen R. Kellert and Edward O. Wilson, in their book The Biophilia Hypothesis, claimed that even parks, outdoor paths, and building designs that embrace “urban nature” can lend a sense of calm and inspiration, encouraging learning and alertness for workers.

3. Move Your Body

A change of scenery can do wonders for your attention span and ability to focus, but it’s even more beneficial if you pair it with physical movement to pump up that adrenaline of yours. Simply put, your body wasn’t designed to be seated the entire day. In fact, scientists now believe that extended periods of sitting are just as dangerous to health as smoking.[5]

It’s not always feasible to enjoy the benefits of a 30-minute brisk walk during your workday, especially since you’ll most likely have less energy during workdays. But the good news is, for productivity purposes, you don’t have to. Researchers found that just 10 minutes of exercise can boost your memory and attention span throughout the entire day.[6]

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So, instead of using your break to sit and read the news or scroll your social media account, get out of your chair and move your body. Take a quick walk around the block. Do some jumping jacks in your home office. Whatever you choose, you’ll likely find yourself with a sharper focus—and more drive to get things done.

4. Connect With Another Person

Social connection is one of the most important factors for resilience. When we’re in a relationship with other people, it’s easier to cope with stress—and in my experience, getting social can also help to improve focus after a work break.

One of my favorite ways to break after a 30-or-so minute sprint is to hang out with my family. And once a week, I carve out time to Skype my relatives back in Turkey. It’s amazing how a bit of levity and emotional connection can rev me up for the next work sprint.

Now that most of us are working from home, getting some face-to-face time with a loved one isn’t as hard as it once was. So, take the time to chat with your partner. Take your kids outside to run around the backyard. If you live alone, call a friend or relative. Either way, coming up for air to chat with someone who knows and cares about you will leave you feeling invigorated and inspired.

5. Use Your Imagination

When you’re working with your head down, your brain has an ongoing agenda: get things done, and do it well. That can be an effective method for productivity, but it only lasts so long—especially because checking things off your to-do list isn’t the only ingredient to success at work. You also need innovation.

That’s why I prioritize a “brain break” every day. When I feel my “cup” getting empty, I usually choose another creative activity to exercise my brain, like a Crossword puzzle, Sudoku, or an unrelated, creative project in my house.

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And when I’m really struggling to focus, I don’t do anything at all. Instead, I let my brain roam free for a bit, following my thoughts down whatever trail they lead me. As it turns out, there’s a scientific benefit to daydreaming. It reinforces creativity and helps you feel more engaged with the world, which will only benefit you in your work.[7]

Whether you help your kids with their distance learning homework, read an inspiring book, or just sit quietly to enjoy some fresh air, your brain will benefit from an opportunity to think and feel without an agenda. And, if you’re anything like me, you might just come up with your next great idea when you aren’t even trying.

Final Thoughts

Most of us have to work hard for our families and ourselves. And the current world we live in demands the highest level of productivity that we can offer. However, we also have to take a break once in a while. We are humans, after all.

Learning the art of properly taking a break will not only give you the rest you need but also increase your productivity in the long run.

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