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TIME The Science of Success

TIME The Science of Success

TIME The Science of Success

Why do some people exceed even their own expectations while others struggle? Why does success seem to come so easily to certain people while others who work just as hard never quite thrive? And what can anyone do to increase his or her edge? Now, in this special edition, reconsider what success mean to you and discover the many and various forces that can influence it. Reframe the way you think about your life to increase your odds for success. Consider the simple, small actions that add up over time. Define the vague and important concepts of discipline and luck. Take a closer look at the biology of success, the importance of attitude, success in social media, and the secrets of world leaders, politicians, athletes and businesspeople who achieved high success against the odds. Let this special edition set you up for what success means to you!

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Meredith Corporation
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4 min.
what does success even mean?

MARIO MENDOZA WAS A shortstop who played for nine seasons in the big leagues—from 1974 to 1982—with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers. Born in Chihuahua, Mexico, he made it to the majors on the strength of his slick defensive play—the graceful, bespectacled Mendoza displayed excellent range, sure hands and a strong, accurate throwing arm. In 1980, no less an expert than Hall of Fame second baseman Bill Mazeroski, himself a legendary fielder, declared, “Mario Mendoza is the best shortstop in the American League.” For all his virtues, Mendoza was not, however, a hitter. Over the course of his career, he compiled a .215 lifetime batting average, meager by any standard—though far from the worst in major-league history. Indeed, he might well have faded into the long line of…

7 min.
are some of us wired to achieve?

THE “MARSHMALLOW TEST” MAY BE THE MOST FAMOUS behavioral-science experiment in history. In it, a child is presented with a marshmallow or a similar treat. The child is told that if she can wait 15 minutes before eating the marshmallow, she’ll receive a second one. Stanford University researchers conducted the original marshmallow tests in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Initially, the aim of these tests was to determine the age at which kids develop the ability to show patience and delay gratification. (The test was normally administered to children between ages 4 and 6.) But follow-up studies found that the youngsters who were able to resist gobbling up the marshmallow were better able to cope with stress during adolescence, were better at taking standardized tests and were more likely to…

9 min.
getting psyched for success

THE SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGIST ANDERS ERICSSON IS fond of recounting a story about the great Italian violinist Niccolò Paganini. The maestro was once partway through a solo performance when one of his strings suddenly broke. Unfazed, he simply kept playing, but then another string snapped, and then a third, leaving him with only a single violin string. Paganini not only continued playing but carried off a virtuoso-level performance, even limited to a single string. As it turned out, the violinist’s startling recovery wasn’t miraculous or superhuman. Paganini had long prepared for just such a moment. Not only had he put long hours into practicing the instrument without all of its strings, but he had actually composed music specifically meant to be played on a violin with just one string. “Achievement takes preparation,”…

3 min.
yes, impostor syndrome is real. here’s how to deal with it

Have you ever felt like you don’t belong? Like your friends or colleagues are going to discover you’re a fraud, and you don’t actually deserve your job and accomplishments? If so, you’re in good company. It’s known as impostor syndrome. Some 70% of us experience these feelings at some point, according to a review article in the International Journal of Behavioral Science. Impostor syndrome affects all kinds of people: women, men, med students, marketing managers, actors, executives. What is impostor syndrome? The idea that you’ve only succeeded due to luck, not talent or qualifications, was first identified in 1978 by psychologists Pauline Rose Clance and Suzanne Imes. They theorized that women were uniquely affected by impostor syndrome, but research has since shown that both sexes experience such feelings. Today, impostor syndrome can apply to…

6 min.
a fitness foundation

AT AN EARLY AGE, DANIELLA LEIFER LEARNED that in order to see positive results in her life, she would have to show up every day and put in the work. The 28-year-old master instructor runs the United Martial Arts Centers (UMAC) in Newburgh, N.Y.—she began teaching tae kwon do as a staff member when she was just 14—and her first book is expected out this year. She also trains in the gym five or six days a week, runs casually and practices yoga. Leifer considers her martial-arts training and fitness regimen the backbone of her success in her business ventures and personal life. “When I look back, if there was ever a time where I felt disconnected or ‘off,’ or even a little lost, most of the time it was…

11 min.
grit: the passion to persevere

AS A GRADUATE STUDENT JUST BEGINNING TO probe the psychology of success, I was interviewing leaders in business, art, athletics, journalism, academia, medicine and law: Who are the people at the very top of your field? What are they like? What do you think makes them special? More than one businessperson mentioned an appetite for taking financial risks: “You’ve got to be able to make calculated decisions about millions of dollars and still go to sleep at night.” But this seemed entirely beside the point for artists, who instead mentioned a drive to create: “I like making stuff. I don’t know why, but I do.” In contrast, athletes mentioned a different kind of motivation, one driven by the thrill of victory: “Winners love to go head-to-head with other people. Winners hate…