Develop High-Performance Habits

THE two most productive habits that govern my adult life, reading and sports, were both developed when I was a child. I intentionally used the passive voice because both were embedded independently of my control, but within the scope of my choice, which was a critical success factor. My parents and I moved to the United States when I was almost seven years old. At that age, and under the right conditions, it is relatively easy to inflict new behavior patterns. I started attending school as soon as we settled in, although I did not know any English. That was quite a bold experiment on my parent’s part. Perhaps that too became a habit because my life since then follows that same pattern.

I clearly recall ...

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