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5 Lessons From Thought Leaders That Will Transform Your Life

Do you want to make a change? Use these five real-life lessons from thought leaders to transform your life.
by Rob Gillham | Sep 14 2023
thoughtleaders Have you ever had your perspective on life change after finishing a book? That’s the magic of reading. However, in today’s always-on culture, it’s almost impossible to find time for books. In fact, the amount we read has been steadily declining — a recent Gallup poll found that the average American read almost three books fewer in 2021, compared to 2016.

Enter Blinkist — your key to unlocking life-changing knowledge from non-fiction books. This game-changing app presents 15-minute explainers from best-selling non-fiction literature. Dive into 6,500 titles across 27 categories ranging from classic self-help to innovative business books. Too busy? No problem. With Blinkist, satisfy your curiosity, broaden your horizons, and experience the enduring enchantment of books anytime, anywhere.

Grow With These Five Lessons From Thought Leaders Like Brené Brown And Tim Ferris

One of the most innovative features Blinkist offers is its selection of Guides. Each Guide is led by an expert who takes you through a specific topic with a combination of original audio content, explainers, and activities that contain practical life-changing insights and actionable tips.

The latest Blinkist Guide 5 Lessons From Thought Leaders distills wisdom from highly respected thought leaders like Brené Brown and Tim Ferris, offering transformational advice and practical tips. Whether you’re looking to achieve personal growth or enhance professional success, this Guide serves as a catalyst for meaningful change. Here’s just a taste of what the complete Guide can teach you:

Lesson One: Black and White Thinking Can Cause People to Resist Change

The first lesson comes from psychologist and thought leader Adam Grant. In his book Think Again Grant examines the science behind changing your mind – and persuading others to change theirs.

Grant suggests that people often don’t reconsider their biases when faced with an obvious issue. Directly telling someone they’re right or wrong won’t sway them. Instead, try sharing multiple perspectives. This approach diffuses the emotional knee-jerk response to pick a side and instead fosters focus on the actual issues.

“If knowledge is power, knowing what we don’t know is wisdom.”
–Adam M. Grant.

Lesson Two: Embrace Failure To Transform Yourself

The next lesson comes from Brené Brown’s Rising Strong, a book all about resilience and personal growth. Her work is a guide to confronting failure – and learning how to become stronger, braver, and kinder because of it. Here’s just a taste of what you can learn:

Firstly, overcoming adversity often involves experiencing failure. This means acknowledging the reality of potential failure and having the courage to dedicate your full effort regardless. Secondly, you must recognize that you’re not alone in facing failure. While we can’t ask others to make our mistakes on our behalf, we can seek their advice on how they navigated similar struggles.

“Vulnerability is not winning or losing; it’s having the courage to show up and be seen when we have no control over the outcome. Vulnerability is not weakness; it’s our greatest measure of courage.”
–Brené Brown.

Lesson Three: The 80/20 Can Transform Your Life

Lesson three is taken from The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferris, a book that describes how you can change your life, work less, and live more by adopting a number of key practices. One of those practices is the 80/20 principle which can be a game-changer for your productivity. This rule suggests that a mere 20% of your actions drive 80% of your results. By zeroing in on this powerful 20%, you can supercharge your performance and manage your time more effectively.

“But you are the average of the five people you associate with most, so do not underestimate the effects of your pessimistic, unambitious, or disorganized friends. If someone isn’t making you stronger, they’re making you weaker.”
–Timothy Ferriss.

After diving into this Guide, you can jump into an exercise that’s tailored to your own 80/20 principles. With this activity, you can start to identify the vital 20% of actions that drive 80% of your desired outcomes. Then, you can start applying these insights to your daily life and see the immediate impact on productivity and time management.


Lesson Four: Use Grit To Achieve Your Goals

This lesson is taken from an episode of the Elevate Shortcast with Robert Glazer in which he sits down with author Angela Duckworth to discuss her work studying the power of passion and perseverance, in other words; grit.

Duckworth describes grit as the fusion of relentless determination and fervor to attain long-term ambitions. She advocates that grit usually outweighs talent or intellect in the success equation. Duckworth asserts that gritty individuals continually hone their skills without solely depending on innate abilities. They stay committed to their future ambitions, regardless of the obstacles they encounter.

“…there are no shortcuts to excellence. Developing real expertise, and figuring out really hard problems, it all takes time―longer than most people imagine….you’ve got to apply those skills and produce goods or services that are valuable to people….Grit is about working on something you care about so much that you’re willing to stay loyal to it…it’s doing what you love, but not just falling in love―staying in love.”
–Angela Duckworth.

Lesson Five: Motivation Should Come From Inside

This last lesson is taken from Drive by Daniel Pink. In his book, he describes the characteristics of extrinsic and intrinsic motivation. Intrinsic motivation is all about doing something for the sheer joy of it, without any external incentives. It’s about finding the task personally rewarding. Rather than depending on external forces – rewards, praise, or fear of punishment, it relies on internal motivators like personal growth, learning, or satisfaction. Incorporating this way of thinking into your day-to-day can potentially bring immense benefits.

“Greatness and nearsightedness are incompatible. Meaningful achievement depends on lifting one’s sights and pushing toward the horizon.”
–Daniel Pink.

Learn From More Guides on the Blinkist App

Blinkist has Guides on everything from beating procrastination with Nir Eyal, to managing your mental health at work with psychotherapist Nora Dietrich. But Blinkist offers so much more than Guides. Here’s what truly sets this app apart from the rest.

Life-Changing Lessons On The Go

The beauty of the Blinkist app lies in its convenience. On a commute, waiting at the post office, or in between meetings, Blinkist smart audio content is at your fingertips wherever you are. With Blinkist, you can find time to learn stress-free and incorporate transformative ideas into your life in a way that fits you perfectly.

“Blinkist encourages you to read more nonfiction books. The app contains cleverly written digests—called Blinks—where books are broken down into their main arguments.”
–The New York Times.

Blinkist Helps Users Change Their Lives

Blinkist is already changing the lives of its 26 million users, empowering them with thoughtful insights that can transform their daily lives one learning experience at a time. In fact, a recent survey of 3,500 US users found that nearly 90% felt the lessons they learned from Blinkist brought real changes to their lives.

“With Blinkist you can boost your knowledge and gain new perspectives so that you can be a better professional, a better partner, or a better you—and finally get through your book list or make sense of the increasingly big and busy world of ideas.”
–United Nations, World Summit Awards.

With Blinkist’s extensive library, you can dive into 6,500+ titles in 27 categories – from productivity to entrepreneurship. Plus, Blinkist isn’t just books; it’s a treasure trove of TED talks and detailed guides.

Are you ready to change your life? Start your 7-day free trial today and see where Blinkist can take you.

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