You give, you get, you win.
Jason's an outstanding guy who has great success in a number of different fields -- competitive athletics, tech entrepreneurship, writing, and just living an incredibly interesting life.
Here's a cool video explaining his take on willpower:
Check the video out, and if you could use some more effective strategies, tactics, and tips to improve your willpower, go check his GiveGetWin deal.
I just signed up for this :). Thank you for posting Sebastian :)
Thanks Cameron! Look forward to working with you. Anything in particular you're interested in?
The thing that really interests me is setting and achieving goals and working to your 100%.
Here is a bit of background information on me:
My whole life I found it easy to make myself do physical things like go to the gym, start running, etc. But, when it comes to sitting down and doing school or a web business I really struggle and always try to put in the minimum amount of work to get the job done. So, I built myself a system to deal with my laziness, at the age of 25, by coming home and working hard for only an hour each day. Using this method I have been able to:
1. Build a political website that got featured on local TV news, radio, and a few websites, but that eventually didn't go anywhere. I did this with a partner. I was the only software developer.
2. Build an e-commerce store that started to get orders, but I had to close it down because the other partners were not trusting each other. I did this with three partners. I was the only software developer.
3. Get my GED
4. Enter College and complete 29 credits. (i'm currently in college now and working full-time as a software developer)
I think it's a big improvement for a high school drop out. But, I know that I can achieve so much more if I could do more than one hour a night, but I find I get burnt out very easily. I left things late in life and I really want to start pushing hard to improve and not leave things to the last minute.
I don't know if anything of this is helpful, but your advice on goals would be really appreciated.
BTW: You don't have to sugar coat anything. I appreciate your time :)
Thanks for sharing this video, Sebastian. The analogy of the rider-elephant-path is cute and makes a lot of sense (also I think I remember reading a similar analogy in Switch by Dan and Chip Heath). My favorite new idea to apply here is #1. I definitely go full steam way to often and sooner or later see burn out. I like the idea of treating willpower as a muscle that we can strengthen. Totally makes sense. The idea that I already implement and have seen the most results from is #8: keeping track. I used to be a physicist so quantifying my life and graphing it, whether it's income, words journaled or exercise, really appeals to me.
Took his Skillshare class of the same name. Turns habit psychology science into an immediately applicable format. Starting from "Floss one teeth" to potentially "Manage an empire". Highly recommended.
Jason Shen has achieved tremendous success in athletics, technology entrepreneurship, writing, and living an outstanding life. To promote his recent GiveGetWin deal on The Science of Willpower, he sat down to tell us how he started learning about willpower, the state of what's known scientifically about how willpower and the brain work, and how you can start improving your life right away by implementing a tiny habit, thinking and systems, and using some powerful thinking tools. Enjoy:
Developing Willpower by Jason Shen, as told to Sebastian Marshall
Willpower has been an undercurrent in my entire life. In gymnastics, you have to use your willpower to overcome your fear of an activity and go for the skill you want, to get over the fear, to push yourself to finish your conditioning and strength training a part of you doesn't want to…
It didn't come automatically to me. When I was a student, I wasn't automatically self-disciplined. There were actions I knew were useful, like doing my homework in one session without getting distracted, or not throwing clothing on my apartment floor. But I wouldn't always do them, and I didn't know why.
I started to learn those answers during a student initiative course at Stanford called The Psychology of Personal Change. That's when I first started reading academic papers on the topic. In academia, willpower and self-discipline is often called "self-regulation," and in 2009 I started to get really serious about it from an academic perspective -- and saw gains from it in my personal life.
This site is about finding ways to improve your ability to improve yourself. Integral to this is utilising meta-habits; habits that enhance your ability to adopt other habits.
To get started, here are five meta-habits that can serve as a foundation for continuous growth.