Book Review: The Upside of Stress

The first time I heard of Kelly McGonigal was her TedTalk on how to make stress your friend published in 2013 and then around September of last year, I was recommended her 2015 publication, the Upside of Stress. Where McGonigal reveals an important truth based on science: True excellence is only achieved under great adversity.…

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Book Review: Deep Work

In today’s world bombarded by social media, technology notifications and the culture of instant availability, it is no surprise every individual dreams for more time to relax or work undisturbed. Cal Newport is a professor at Georgetown University and wrote the book Deep Work in hopes of providing rules for focused success in a distracted…

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The Drive to Study

When life is comfortable and everything is going swimmingly, it is easy to be motivated to do the hard things but when you finally face challenges that truly push your buttons, motivation is not going to work. That is where you have to rely on drive. What is drive? Is your desire to succeed. This…

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Book Review: Studying Science at University

Every individual aims to excel in their chosen field and if university is the next step for you, but fear that you lack the skills for the sciences, then consider reading this book, ‘Studying Science at University‘ by Clare Rhoden and Robyn Starkey. It contains top tips that will develop your scientific writing skills, how…

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Book Review: When Breath Becomes Air

A memoir by neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi, who writes When Breath Becomes Air into three parts – before and after the diagnosis, and the wife, Lucy’s epilogue, for life after Kalanithi passes away in March 2015. Kalanithi vividly illustrates his upbringings as a young boy in New York then moving to Arizona and how his love…

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