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59 Seconds Summary by Mind Map: 59 Seconds Summary

1. 1-Sentence-Summary:

1.1. 59 Seconds shows you several self-improvement hacks, grounded in the science of psychology, which you can use to improve your mindset, happiness and life in less than a minute.

2. Favorite quote from the author:

2.1. "Happiness doesn't just flow from success; it actually causes it." - Richard Wiseman

3. 3 lessons:

3.1. Think about your own eulogy to align your actions with your long-term goals.

3.1.1. One of the most popular techniques in self-improvement is visualizing your goals. You sit down, close your eyes, and imagine yourself achieving your dreams, as well as doing the things necessary to get there.

3.1.2. However, there’s also some opposing evidence to this with some studies finding people tend to work less for their goals if they visualize them.

3.1.3. One thing that’s timelessly been proven to work is this: having a step-by-step plan. When Richard examined the New Year’s resolutions of 5,000 people, he found that planning and breaking down goals made all the difference.

3.1.4. But to do that, you first have to know what your high-level goals even are.

3.1.5. A great 59-second exercise to get clarity on that is to just think about your own eulogy. What do you want the speaker to say about you at your funeral? If you want to be thorough, you can even write it down.

3.1.6. Similar to the funeral test, this’ll show you what’s really important to you and help you align your daily actions with your biggest dreams.

3.2. Skip the brainstorming and go right from eureka to execution.

3.2.1. Brainstorming is supposedly this creative process, but it really suppresses ideas, because it creates delay and friction between having an idea and getting to work. This is especially true for groups, where people often refrain from even voicing their ideas, because they fear the judgment of their peers. You can just as well spend forever in “brainstorming hell” all by yourself

3.2.2. Instead of procrastinating by deliberating, what if you went immediately from distracted to doing, from eureka to execution?

3.2.3. Salvador Dalí had the perfect technique for doing so: He sat in a chair, holding a heavy key right above an upside down plate on the floor, waiting until he dosed off. The second he did, the key’d slip out of his hands, hit the plate and wake him up with a loud noise. Right on the verge between sleep and consciousness, he’d instantly start sketching the images in his mind.

3.2.4. This is called a hypnagogic nap, and the same principles apply any time you’re distracted and let your subconscious go to work.

3.2.5. Right when you have a brilliant insight, drop everything and start executing it. This’ll save you plenty of planning time and make you loads more productive, keeping the ideas flowing as you need them.

3.3. Use “but” every time you point out something negative in another person.

3.3.1. For example, instead of saying “You’re such a horrible cook!”, you could say "“You’re such a horrible cook…but at least you’re funny!”"

3.3.2. Using “but” after any negative statement allows you to smooth out the minus with a plus, get the other person to focus on the upside and view your relationship in a different light.

3.3.3. You can adopt it in any relationship, as this greatly improves communication with co-workers, family and friends.

4. What else can you learn from the blinks?

4.1. How to nail your next job interview

4.2. Why spilling fruits when presenting a blender is a great idea

4.3. What happens when people hear you gossip

4.4. Which item you can at the hardware store that’ll make you more creative

4.5. Why you should always look for the benefits in even the worst situations

4.6. How you can spot liars

5. Who would I recommend the 59 Seconds summary to?

5.1. The 22 year old who failed her “no alcohol in January” resolution last year, the 49 year old painter who can never decide which masterpiece to paint next, and anyone who frequently points out other peoples’ flaws without adding compliments.