ELEVEN

GET OUT THERE AND SUCCEED

In this final chapter we will review the most important strategies for becoming a more comfortable, confident newcomer and see how others have succeeded using them when they were new. I also include some parting advice on how to get started and maintain the focus you need to see real progress.

TO BE HAPPY, TRY SOMETHING NEW

Social psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky has spent years trying to understand what makes people happy, and, more important, how to sustain that happiness over time. Through dozens of studies, she and her colleagues have concluded that about 50 percent of a person’s happiness is determined by his or her genes—we’re partly hardwired for a certain level of happiness.

But we control the other 50 percent. ...

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