Articles by Mayo Oshin

Self-Help

The upside of quitting: Why quitters always win and losers never quit

What if our beliefs about success are backwards? What if we could improve the odds of success when we quit and grit or perseverance leaves us worse off?

The Whole Human

13 painful life lessons I’ve learned as a full-time writer

As painful as these life lessons have been, they have been invaluable towards my personal growth, and I hope the same for you too.

Communication

How I (finally) overcame my fear of public speaking

Take that first step today. The world needs to hear your message. Don’t let the fear of what other people think to hold you back.

Success

The 8 most effective ways to get back on track after you messed up (and finally stay there)

You’re stuck in a downward spiral of negativity because it seems like all the progress you’ve made may be ruined. If you can relate to this scenario, you know how tough it can be to get back on track after you messed up. But, it’s possible.

Pop Culture

The Costanza ‘opposite’ strategy to win friends and influence people

There are valuable lessons we can learn from the opposite strategy. I did the exact same thing in a different context and it completely changed my life.

Success

Mozart on how to unlock your inner creative genius

There is a destructive myth that the ‘creative genius’ is born with an innate, godlike ability to create extraordinary work at the snap of their finger. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

Health

11 lessons learned from 4 years of intermittent fasting: The good and bad

In layman’s terms, intermittent fasting is simply a pattern of eating. It’s not a diet plan, it’s just a conscious decision to skip meals on purpose.

The Whole Human

The daily routine of 20 famous writers (and how you can use them to succeed)

Discover and uncover the best daily routines of some of the most famous writers that have ever existed. You will learn how you can develop and use these routines in your own life to make steady progress every day and consistently follow through on what you set out to do.

The Whole Human

Inversion: The billionaire thinking skill you were never taught in school

Here’s what you need to know about inversion and how to apply it in your life to solve difficult problems easier, improve your decision-making and innovate better ideas.

Productivity

How to stop procrastinating and get things done in 2 minutes or less

Go ahead and simply just take that first step. Don’t worry about completing the ‘big’ goal yet, just focus on getting started. Hopefully, this useful technique will help you stop procrastinating and get more things done. Don’t delay your greatness — make it happen today.

Productivity

The Eisenhower matrix: How to decide on what’s important and urgent (without a to-do list)

In his lifetime, Eisenhower accomplished a lot and sustained high productivity for many years until his death. His best-known technique, the Eisenhower Matrix, is a simple, powerful tool that will help you to better prioritize your tasks—distinguish between what is important and urgent—and boost your productivity today. Here’s how it works.

The Whole Human

The Ivy Lee Method: A 100-year old, 15-minute routine for stress-free productivity

The Ivy Lee Method is a simple, powerful strategy for stress-free productivity that highlights the importance of doing the most important thing first each day. It’s a reminder that fewer priorities lead to better work and performance. A reminder that simplicity helps to guide complex plans, behaviors and actions.

Success

The 5 differences between amateurs and true professionals

The only way to become better at anything is to spend time working on it. But, how can you put in your ‘reps’ if you’re not consistent enough? And, why do some people live up to their potential, whilst others don’t even scratch the surface of success?

Productivity

Elon Musk’s ‘time blocking’ method: How to manage time effectively even if your schedule is hectic

Some people would point to Elon Musk’s “superhuman” ability to focus without distractions or his freakish level of genius. But, there’s a better explanation for his highly effective time management.

Communication

How to practice gratitude without saying one word

Non-verbal communication, gestures and actions, also play a crucial role in practicing and expressing gratitude. Here’s how.

The Whole Human

Why work-life balance is overrated for happiness and success: The four burners theory

We only have 24 hours in a day with a limited amount of time and energy to spend on these key areas of our lives. Luckily, there’s an alternative approach to work-life balance within the four burners theory, that could also help you to achieve better productivity, health, happiness and satisfaction.

The Whole Human

The science behind the perfect nap to boost productivity and creativity

Napping could help you overcome feelings of fatigue and raise your energy for the rest of the day, however, napping the wrong way could also leave you feeling even more groggy and waste valuable time.

Productivity

How to overcome procrastination and boost willpower using ‘temptation bundling’

Temptation bundling is the idea of combining two activities — one you should be doing, but procrastinate on, and one you enjoy doing, but isn’t the most productive use of your time.

According to Science

Why do smart people do stupid things? The science of avoiding poor decision making

Why do smart people make stupid decisions and how can it be avoided? Learn the science of how to avoid poor decision making.

The Whole Human

How to achieve your goals the easy way (using the Kaizen approach)

Sometimes it can be so hard to achieve your goals. Here's an easy way to achieve your goals using the Kaizen approach.

habits

The one habit that makes it easier to achieve your goals

Instead of trying to achieve all your goals at once — leading to burnout and failure — why not create your own “keystone habits” to get more done by doing less?