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OLLE
LINDHOLM
THE VALUE OF EFFORT,
LEARNING AND HAVING FUN
SMARTER
GROWTH
T H E S M A R T E R E B O O K S E R I E S
SMARTER GROWTH: FREE SAMPLE
OLLE LINDHOLM
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PART 1: SMARTER GROWTH...........................................
SMARTER GROWTH: FREE SAMPLE
OLLE LINDHOLM
Mastering your expectations........................................................
SMARTER GROWTH: FREE SAMPLE
OLLE LINDHOLM
Write for the future, live for today...............................................
SMARTER GROWTH: FREE SAMPLE
OLLE LINDHOLM
MY OVERNIGHT SUCCESS
Overnight success? Ha! You're adorable.
Let's make one thin...
SMARTER GROWTH: FREE SAMPLE
OLLE LINDHOLM
BE A SMARTER READER
To get the most out of this book, I highly recommend you:
➢ ...
SMARTER GROWTH: FREE SAMPLE
OLLE LINDHOLM
PART 1: SMARTER GROWTH
What lies behind us and what lies before us
are tiny matt...
SMARTER GROWTH: FREE SAMPLE
OLLE LINDHOLM
AN INSIDE-OUT APPROACH TO PERSONAL GROWTH
If your computer dies and you don't re...
SMARTER GROWTH: FREE SAMPLE
OLLE LINDHOLM
In personal development jargon, you've just used a powerful
visualisation techni...
SMARTER GROWTH: FREE SAMPLE
OLLE LINDHOLM
COMPARE YOURSELF TO YOURSELF
You will be tempted to compare yourself to others, ...
SMARTER GROWTH: FREE SAMPLE
OLLE LINDHOLM
"Compare yourself to yourself."
Stick it on your computer, or maybe an extra cop...
SMARTER GROWTH: FREE SAMPLE
OLLE LINDHOLM
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WANT TO GROW SMARTER?
This is only a small sample of the book.
In the full ve...
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Free Sample: Smarter Growth by Olle Lindholm

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This is a free sample from Olle Lindholm's latest book Smarter Growth: The Value of Effort, Learning, and Having Fun. This book busts the popular myth of the “overnight success” and instead gives you solid tips on productivity, motivation, and the principles behind living a fun and meaningful life.

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Free Sample: Smarter Growth by Olle Lindholm

  1. 1. OLLE LINDHOLM THE VALUE OF EFFORT, LEARNING AND HAVING FUN SMARTER GROWTH T H E S M A R T E R E B O O K S E R I E S
  2. 2. SMARTER GROWTH: FREE SAMPLE OLLE LINDHOLM TABLE OF CONTENTS PART 1: SMARTER GROWTH..........................................8 An inside-out approach to personal growth................................................................9 Make a promise you can keep.....................................................................................13 How do I convince myself I'm good enough?...........................................................21 What if I'm a total failure?............................................................................................26 Become friends with your fears...................................................................................33 The tortoise and the hare..............................................................................................38 Plant a seed, grow a legacy..........................................................................................46 The secret ingredient that turns your dreams into reality.......................................53 Branching out.................................................................................................................59 How to get the most important things done..............................................................65 Checklist for smarter growth.......................................................................................71 PART 2: SMARTER EFFORTS.......................................73 Why we get stuck..........................................................................................................74 Getting past your fears.................................................................................................75 2
  3. 3. SMARTER GROWTH: FREE SAMPLE OLLE LINDHOLM Mastering your expectations........................................................................................79 What to do about confusion and overwhelm............................................................81 Say hello to a smarter work process............................................................................84 Managing your time and energy.................................................................................89 Are you in flow?............................................................................................................92 How to deal with the bad days....................................................................................94 A smarter (and healthier) way to handle rejection....................................................97 Take 15 minutes to make a big difference................................................................101 Checklist for smarter efforts.......................................................................................104 PART 3: SMARTER YOU..............................................106 Kiss your bullshit excuses goodbye..........................................................................107 5 areas of focus.............................................................................................................113 Pick yourself.................................................................................................................119 How an ordinary Tuesday morning changed my life............................................122 25 T-day challenges to spice up your life.................................................................126 Keep investing in yourself..........................................................................................131 13 Timeless lessons from Walt Disney......................................................................137 A smarter feedback loop.............................................................................................147 3
  4. 4. SMARTER GROWTH: FREE SAMPLE OLLE LINDHOLM Write for the future, live for today............................................................................150 Skip the New Year's resolutions................................................................................155 How to become an awesome decision-maker..........................................................161 The journey is the reward...........................................................................................170 Checklist for a smarter you........................................................................................171 ACKNOWLEDGMENTS................................................173 RECOMMENDED READING.........................................175 4
  5. 5. SMARTER GROWTH: FREE SAMPLE OLLE LINDHOLM MY OVERNIGHT SUCCESS Overnight success? Ha! You're adorable. Let's make one thing clear: I did not write this ebook overnight. I blogged for six years, wrote eight journals and created a gazillion half- finished rough drafts. So much for my ”overnight success”. So, what was different this time around? A few things: ✔ I had the time. ✔ I had the energy. ✔ I had the focus and motivation. I accumulated my efforts over a five-year period. I wrote this ebook because I am convinced that we have to grow smarter if we are to overcome the challenges of the future. But above all, I wrote it to remind us what we're capable of. Let's grow smarter together, Olle Lindholm 5
  6. 6. SMARTER GROWTH: FREE SAMPLE OLLE LINDHOLM BE A SMARTER READER To get the most out of this book, I highly recommend you: ➢ Stay hydrated, rested and fed. ”The energy of the mind is the essence of life,” said Aristotle. Wise guy. Get yourself a cup of tea and start rolling. ➢ Ask yourself questions. Be curious about what you're reading and always try to relate it to your own life. It's more fun and rewarding that way. Plus, it's a great way to improve your learning. ➢ Jump to the section that is most relevant to you. This isn't high school: you don't have to read this book from start to finish. There is no end of the year exam. Promise. Make the book work for you, not against you. That's how you become a smarter reader! Enjoy reading! 6
  7. 7. SMARTER GROWTH: FREE SAMPLE OLLE LINDHOLM PART 1: SMARTER GROWTH What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes 7
  8. 8. SMARTER GROWTH: FREE SAMPLE OLLE LINDHOLM AN INSIDE-OUT APPROACH TO PERSONAL GROWTH If your computer dies and you don't remember anything, this one tip alone will set you apart from the rest. The first step is simple, but not always easy. Begin with the end in mind. Ask yourself: "Why am I doing this?" The answer to this question will steer the direction of your life. If you're not lucky enough to know what you want out of life, you'll have to use your imagination. What would your ideal life look like six months from now? A year from now? Five years from now? If you're struggling with these questions, imagine you're attending your own funeral. Who is mourning you? How do you want to be remembered? Don't just keep these thoughts in your head – write them down. I know it's a morbid exercise, but it gives you valuable insight into the kind of person you want to be. 8
  9. 9. SMARTER GROWTH: FREE SAMPLE OLLE LINDHOLM In personal development jargon, you've just used a powerful visualisation technique to better understand who you want to be. The Funeral Exercise reveals important values, people you hold dear, and can even shed light on your bigger mission. In short, you cut the fluff and get to know what actually matters. I know it's not exactly uplifting to think about your death, but it's a good reminder to make sure you live your life to the fullest. Ironically, your mortality is your best productivity tool. It encourages you to act today rather than tomorrow. And if you want to live a fun and meaningful life, that's exactly what you have to do. Of course, your dreams and goals may change as you get older. In fact, you can count on it. But without the end in mind, you don't know what you're striving towards, and so you don't get where you want to go. 9
  10. 10. SMARTER GROWTH: FREE SAMPLE OLLE LINDHOLM COMPARE YOURSELF TO YOURSELF You will be tempted to compare yourself to others, especially in the digital age we're in now. You'll look at them and make a snap judgment. And you'll have a verdict: they're either better or worse off than you. But your comparison is neither fair nor helpful. Trying to compare yourself to others is a huge mistake. You won't get any happier (or smarter) from looking at other people's life edits. Social media is a great way to stay in touch with distant friends, but it’s not the place to go if you want to evaluate your life. Fortunately, there is a smarter way to grow, and that means you SWITCH OFF your mobile phone and start to think for yourself. Listen to your own voice – the one that whispers that you're capable and worthy – and act in accordance with your own conscience. It's much better to build your sense of worth from within. After all, no one can take that away from you but yourself. Get up right now and write up a Post-it for yourself: 10
  11. 11. SMARTER GROWTH: FREE SAMPLE OLLE LINDHOLM "Compare yourself to yourself." Stick it on your computer, or maybe an extra copy or two around your office or someplace else where you'll see it often. It isn't always easy, but any of us can do it if we keep working at it, and you'll find that it transforms your life. After all, remember: You were born an original. Don't die a copy. ~ John Mason. 11
  12. 12. SMARTER GROWTH: FREE SAMPLE OLLE LINDHOLM 12 WANT TO GROW SMARTER? This is only a small sample of the book. In the full version, you'll learn: • How to better manage your time and energy, so you can work smarter, not harder. • New strategies to overcome your fears, so you can embark on a path that will be more fulfilling and rewarding. • How to better cope with rejection and get past those “bad days”, so you can muster the courage to put your work out there. • How to make better decisions, so you avoid regret and live the life you deserve. • … and much more. To get the full 179-page ebook, including handy checklists and bonus materials, click the red button below:

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