A Clarification (3:42 pm): A few commenters both here and on Tim Ferriss’ site seemed to come away with the mistaken perception that Michael Silverman, the exceptional student profiled in my guest post, was somehow a slacker. This is definitively not true. He worked his ass off in high school. The crucial point of my article is that Michael applied this hard work somewhere smart and likely to provide big returns — his niche of sustainability projects — instead of the same old targets pursued by most students — inching up in class rank, etc. I’m sure 99% of you came away with this impression, but it never hurts to clarify.
Hacking the Superstar Effect
I just published a guest post on Tim Ferriss’ blog. It’s titled: From CEOs to Opera Singers: How to Harness the Superstar Effect. The article, which is based off one of the major sections in my new book, details the science behind the Superstar Effect — being the best at something provides disproportionate rewards — and then describes a corollary that is often leveraged by relaxed superstars — this superstar bonus holds even if the field you conquered wasn’t prohibitively competitive.
This concept can help you stand out in a variety of settings, from college admissions to becoming CEO.
For Study Hacks Readers: This article aligns perfectly with our recent discussions of sustainable success, I recommend that you go to Tim’s site to read it.
For Tim Ferriss Readers: This blog is dedicated to strategies for building a remarkable life, which I define to be one that is both remarkably accomplished and remarkably enjoyable to live. Though the site started out focused on achieving this goal as a student, it has since broadened its scope to all walks of life.
Here are a few highlighted articles to give you a taste of what Study Hacks has to offer. If you like what you see, consider subscribing to my feed.
Articles on Building a Remarkable Life
- Beyond Passion: The Science of Loving What You Do
- The Grandmaster in the Corner Office: What the Study of Chess Experts Teaches Us About Building a Remarkable Life
- Corrupted Callings: The Subtle Difference Between Finding Your Life’s Work and Loving Your Life
- Does Living a Remarkable Life Require Courage or Effort?
- How to Become a Star Screenwrite: A Case Study of Modern Craftsmanship
Articles for Students
- The Study Hacks Philosophy on College
- How to Become a Zen Valedictorian: Decrease Stress Without Decreasing Your Ambition
- Want to Get into Harvard? Spend More Time Starting at the Clouds
- How to Get Into Stanford with B’s on Your Transcript: Failed Simulation and the Surprising Psychology of Impressiveness
- How to Become a Star Grad Student: James McLurkin and the Power of Stretch Churn