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Obama’s secrets for staying calm under pressure

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At a recent tech conference in the US, former US president Barack Obama, who was known for his calm temperament under pressure, reflected on four everyday techniques that helped him remain calm and efficient during his presidency.

  • Spend time in learner’s mode collecting information from people who know more about the topic than you do. Ask questions and keep asking them until you understand the topic.
  • Focus on the task at hand. Do your homework. Do your best and trust that if a mistake or problem happens, trust that you can do the same process to fix it and learn from it. Obama told himself: “You know, I go this. And if I make a mistake, we’ll figure out how to make up for it, we’ll learn from it”, after dealing with large and complex problems.
  • Don’t fill your head with what people are saying about you, good or bad. Make your work about the work, not about yourself.
  • Take your ego out of what you do. This can liberate you and you can ultimately perform better and more comfortably.

The story was first published by Business Insider.

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