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  • Insightful lessons from master artists mixed with research on creativity
  • Ideas for becoming happier using the science of positive psychology
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maslow's hierarchy of needsAbraham Maslow is one of the grandfathers of positive psychology. He was one of the first authors to urge people to learn from the best in society and teach it to the rest of society.

One of Maslow’s most famous contributions to the field of positive psychology is his ‘hierarchy of needs.’ Maslow designed a diagram illustrating the hierarchy of a meaningful live.

He built each criteria on top of one another in a pyramid to show the individual needs that must be met before ascending to the next level. Physiological needs and safety are at the bottom, self-esteem and self-actualisation are at the top.

According to his hierarchy, attending yoga classes isn’t going to do much for you if you’re sleeping on the streets with no money for food. You need your basic needs like shelter, food and water met before you can concern yourself with enlightenment. Some would disagree, but to me this makes perfect sense.

But this article isn’t about Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. I think Maslow’s model can be expanded further. I believe every skill, goal and pursuit has a hierarchy, and when discovered can yield the secret for lasting success. Confused? Let me explain…

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What body fat percentage are you?

If you know the answer to this qHow to Calculate Body Fat Percentageuestion, you’re in the minority.

Measuring your body fat percentage can be extremely expensive and surprisingly inaccurate.

This is bad news.

Knowing your body fat percentage is crucial if you’re an aspiring dieter because it allows you to calculate a realistic weight loss goal and plan you rate of progress accordingly.

Eric Helms, 3DMJ bodybuilding coach, has helped hundreds of people diet down into contest level body fat percentages. In a recent Q & A video when asked about the most common dieting pitfall he’s come across he said:

“The number one most common mistake we see in our athletes is that they misjudge the time it takes to lose weight by 2-3 months. The average contest prep lasts 5-7 months, not 12 weeks.”

That guy who thinks he’s 16% body fat but is really 26%, will never get those washboard abs from his 8 week magazine diet, no matter how motivated he is. And when the 8 weeks are over and he realises he still has another 30 pounds to lose, how resigned do you think he’s going to feel?

And we wonder why 90% of dieters fail

Don’t make this mistake.

Studies show that patients recover quicker when their surgeon tells them everything the operation will entail — even the gory details. I believe dieters can benefit from the same treatment.

It’s time to get real.

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Another 101 Writing Tips From Hollywood Screenwriter Brian Koppelman

Brian Koppelman is an American screenwriter, novelist, director, and producer.

Best known as the co-writer of Ocean’s Thirteen and Rounders, Koppelman has also produced films such as The Illusionist and The Lucky Ones as well as directed films such as Solitary Man. (wiki)

Recently however, he’s also made the transition into teaching. Both with his blog and, now famous, ‘Six Second Screenwriting Lessons’ on Vine.

This is the sequel to the original 101 Writing Tips From Brian Koppelman (Vol. I). Below I’ve transcribed and listed another 101 of his six second screenwriting lessons.

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George R R Martin 'aha moment'

The stories of famous ‘aha moments,’ are awe-inspiring…

Legend has it, Percy Spencer invented the microwave after a candy bar melted in his pocket while he was fixing a radar; Isaac Newton discovered the law of gravity after watching an apple fall from a tree, and Albert Einstein finally grasped special relativity after glancing at Bern’s famous clock tower on his way home from work.

How lucky and supremely intelligent these individuals must have been to stumble onto such great ideas in a single instant.

Or so we’ve been taught to think. 

The truth is the ‘aha moment’ is one of the most misunderstood concepts in psychology.

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Quentin Tarantino's Telepathic Rewriting Technique

“All the arts depend upon telepathy to some degree, but I believe that writing offers the purest distillation.” – Stephen King

So you’ve beaten procrastination, strove for excellence rather than perfection and pushed through to do what screenwriter Brian Koppelman says 99% of writers with an idea only ever dream of…

You’ve finished your first draft.

Good job! Mission accomplished.

Time to sit back, relax, and share your masterpiece with the world, right?

Yeah, if only creativity was that straightforward…

Unfortunately, unless you’re blessed with incredible luck and superhuman literary genius, you’re gonna have to do a rewrite.

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