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If you’re looking for dramatic improvement in any endeavor, you can’t escape the two drivers of profound, positive change: coaching and practice. Of the two, practice seems to be self-explanatory. Better takes practice. No one can argue that. But why does coaching matter just as much? Couldn’t a properly motivated individual with sufficient time and resources self-prep to wild success? Perhaps, but the common route to uncommon achievement always involves one or more exceptional coaches. Just ask your favorite performer or athlete–assuming you can get access! Even Bill Gates, one of the most successful (if you use wealth as a measure of success) self-made businessmen of all time believes in the necessity of coaching: “Everyone needs a coach. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a basketball player, a tennis player, a gymnast or a bridge player.” Coaching matters because true greatness does not occur by accident. We who seek to achieve…

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Oscar Wilde understood the essential nature of being: “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” As difficult as staying true to one’s authentic identity may seem, that is usually the easy part. Most people want to be themselves, just exponentially better. Reach your loftiest goals the right way by learning from experts what to be when you want to be successful: Now go be great! And if you like being motivated to be your best, subscribe to the infinitely inspiring Chariot Learning Instagram feed.

Success doesn’t come easy. In fact, many of history’s greatest success stories involve struggle, failure, and loss. Augustine Mandino II got off to a rocky start in life, taking a far different path than the one he envisioned through labor, military service, and (what really bruised him) insurance sales. But Og fought through his dark days in part by studying and harnessing the power of positive thinking. In time, the student became the master as Og Mandino went on to become a bestselling writer and speaker on the subject of success: “Today will never happen again. Don’t waste it with a false start or no start at all.” “Your only limitations are those you set up in your mind, or permit others to set up for you.” “It is those who concentrates on but one thing at a time who advance in this world.” “We first make our habits, and…

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Now that we know who will be competing in this year’s NBA Finals, let’s take a moment to applaud all of the hard work, commitment, and heart required not just to make it to the big show but simply to compete at the highest level of any sport or profession. How does a basketball player become elite? Obviously, certain physical traits contribute to success in this particular sport; basketball sages love to assert that “you can’t coach height.” Yet, plenty of big men and women have washed out of every league with little to no distinction. Ask any of the greats the source of their success on the court, and they all sound the same. In fact, the lessons hoops legends share apply in any area that benefits from coaching, practice, and commitment: It is said that good things come to those who wait. I believe that good things come…

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Have you ever observed someone whose excellence seemed effortless? You may not imagine yourself in this category, but we exhibit moments of effortless excellence all the time. Consider a task as simple as driving. When we first learn how to drive, the entire process seems bewilderingly challenging. I learned to drive in midtown Manhattan during the morning rush and could not conceive how my brave instructor expected me to change lanes without slowing down while whipping past taxis and buses on 5th Avenue. More than a million miles later, I don’t hesitate to make that same drive while, at the same time, adjusting the radio, carrying a conversation, and actively questioning what I’m doing on Museum Mile during rush hour. The journey from roadkill to Road King begins with a basic inability to grasp how difficult the act of driving really is. Once a neophyte gets behind the wheel, however,…

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With Spring Break behind us, the school year enters its last leg. Between you and the finish line, however, lies a gauntlet of exams, assignments, and challenges. Get psyched to finish strong! To get you motivated, here are some of our favorite recent inspirational tips from the awesome new Chariot Learning Instagram page…           Do you need daily motivation for monster test scores? Most people do, so join the movement towards greatness by subscribing for free to our Instagram page or the Daily TestBeast!

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