Working on problems during sleep

I found if I go to bed with a question on my mind, all I have to do is concentrate on the question before I go to sleep and I virtually always have the answer in the morning. Sometimes I realize what the answer is because I dreamt the answer and I can remember it. Other times I just feel the answer, and I start typing and the answer emerges onto the page.

~ Chris Langan, in Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story of Success

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10,000 Hours

Even Mozart–the greatest musical prodigy of all time–couldn’t hit his stride until he had his ten thousand hours in. Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.

~ Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers: The Story of Success

Curiosity

Curiosity is one of the most powerful forces of nature. It can take you places no one’s ever been, and let you do things no one’s ever done. Will that make you weird? Or different? Who cares if it does? Every single one of us is different. No one on this planet is just like you. Being different is what makes you special. So find what you love. Learn everything you can about it. And share the best parts with anyone who will listen. You never know who you’ll inspire.

~ Brad Meltzer, I am Albert Einstein