7 habits of the best self-directed learners

The best self-directed learners use these seven habits to improve their knowledge and skills in any subject.

  • Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Ellen DeGeneres all dropped out of college, yet they became leaders in their fields. Their secret? Self-directed learning.
  • Self-directed learning can help people expand their knowledge, gain new skills, and improve upon their liberal education.
  • Following habits like Benjamin Franklin's five-hour rule, the 80/20 rule, and SMART goals can help self-directed learners succeed in their pursuits.
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Are people with more self-disipline happier?

Why self-control makes your life better, and how to get more of it.

  • Research demonstrates that people with higher levels of self-control are happier over both the short and long run.
  • Higher levels of self-control are correlated with educational, occupational, and social success.
  • It was found that the people with the greatest levels of self-control avoid temptation rather than resist it at every turn.
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To lead a great life, you must learn how to take risks

"I think it's worth asking yourself, 'What risks are worth taking?' And once you've decided to take them, change who you are so you can win."

  • "Everything worth doing in life has risk."
  • In the face of risk and uncertainty, your job isn't to be afraid. It's to defeat the risk.
  • Taking risk is the path toward living a richer life.
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Mental health crisis in teens is being magnified by demise of creative subjects in school

The arts can help schools tackle the current mental health crisis among teenagers.

  • Root causes of the adolescent mental health crisis need to be addressed – not just the symptoms.
  • Young people need more time to play and space to grow.
  • The arts could help form the identities and agendas of young people.
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How Benjamin Franklin's daily schedule can make you more productive

How do great people get so much done? If you're Ben Franklin, you lay out a detailed schedule.

  • Ben Franklin's success was driven not just by his genius and work ethic, but also by his schedule.
  • Planning your day like Franklin can help you achieve more.
  • Franklin also valued recreation and set up time for that.
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