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Daniel Goleman: "Focus: The Hidden Driver Of Excellence"

Text messages, emails, Twitter, phone calls, voicemails: More than ever before, we face a nonstop onslaught of distractions. New research in the fields of neuroscience and psychology, however, shows that attention and focus are key to high achievement in many professions from business and sports to the performing arts. The latest studies reveal that maintaining focus is what distinguishes experts from amateurs and stars from average performers. We talk to Daniel Goleman, a psychologist, about his new book on what the latest science tells us and how we can sharpen our focus and thrive.

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Excerpted from "Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence" by Daniel Goleman. Copyright © 2013 by Daniel Goleman. With permission of the publisher, HarperCollins.


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As the 60th anniversary of the historic Montgomery Bus Boycott approaches, author Jeanne Theoharis says it's time to let go of the image of Rosa Parks as an unassuming accidental activist.

Internet Food Culture Gives Rise To New 'Eatymology'

Internet food culture has brought us new words for nearly every gastronomical condition. The author of "Eatymology," parodist Josh Friedland, discusses "brogurt" with NPR's Rachel Martin.
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World Leaders Meet For The UN Climate Change Summit In Paris

World leaders meet for the UN climate change summit in Paris to discuss plans for reducing carbon emissions. What's at stake for the talks, and prospects for a major agreement.


Payoffs For Prediction: Could Markets Help Identify Terrorism Risk?

In a terror prediction market, people would bet real money on the likelihood of attacks. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Stephen Carter about whether such a market could predict — and deter — attacks.

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