David Blaine spent 35 hours on a 80-foot pillar just 22 inches wide, without a safety harness,
fighting hallucinations and the urge to nod off (and fall to his death). He spent 63 sleepless hours
in a giant block of ice inches from his face. He spent 7 days inside a coffin with 6 inches
of headspace. He spent 17 minutes underwater. He spent 44 days without food suspended
above the Thames in a sealed transparent box, ranging from subfreezing to 114 degrees Fahrenheit.
Blaine is an endurance professional, and his stunts are not illusions; they are . Growing up, he trained himself in the discipline of self-control and deliberate practice.
He studied the Victorian training of his childhood hero, Houdini, and forced himself to fast
for ten days on just water by age 18.
Long-term endurance training strengthened his willpower like a muscle.
In experiments beginning in the late 1960s, the psychologist Walter Mischel
gave 4-year-olds the of one marshmallow now or two marshmallows in 15 minutes. When he followed up decades later, he found that the kids who deferred gratification
turned into adults who had better relationships, were better at handling stress,
obtained higher degrees and earned more money.
Willpower helps us exercise more, work more effectively, and live more healthily.
Can willpower be strengthened? If we want to increase it, which strategies are most effective?
And can those techniques be taught? I’ve been doing quite a bit of reading into this.
Here’s what I’m learning.
says Charles Duhigg.
Starting in 1998, experiments in Baumeister’s lab showed that exertions of willpower
left people with less self-control.
Our minds have two systems: system 1 is fast, automatic and effortless,
and system 2 is slow, deliberate and effortful.
Angela Duckworth’s research shows that what most predicts success for pupils is grit.
Grit is motivated perseverance for long-term goals. Those with grit have the stamina to persist
with the deliberate practice vital for achievement.
Duckworth divides the mechanics of achievement into two separate dimensions: motivation
and volition, or grit and self-control. Grit is long-term stamina; self-control is micro-decisions.
Self-discipline outdoes IQ predicting academic performance in adolescents (2005)
Can adolescents learn self-control? (2010)
Self-regulation strategies improve self-discipline in adolescents (2011)
A meta-analysis of self control measures (2011)
The predictive power of the gratification delay test (2013)
Self-regulation and school success (2013)
How does this research translate into education practice for school leaders and teachers?
That is the challenge I’ll take up on this blog in the coming weeks.
You can TCR software and engineering manuals for spontaneously recall – or pass that exam.
I can Turbo Charge Read a novel 6-7 times faster and remember what I’ve read.
I can TCR an instructional/academic book around 20 times faster and remember what I’ve read.
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To quote the Dr Seuss himself, “The more that you read, the more things you will know.
The more that you learn; the more places you'll go.”