Many people want to live a successful life. Not many, however, are willing to pay the price. I have read the stories of many great people, and they all share common characteristics. In particular, there is one principle that I believe they all follow, whether they realize it or not. The principle is this: Choose the hard way Yes, choose the hard way. When given the choice between the easy way and the hard way, great people consistently choose the hard way.
Do you want to become more productive? There are many methods and tools you can use for that. Some of them, however, are pretty complicated and take time to apply. But what if you want to become more productive today, not tomorrow or next week? Then you need something that’s simple and practical – something that you can apply right away. Here are nine practical ways to become more productive today.
I have something to tell you today: Life Optimizer has a new look! It has been six years since I updated the look of the website. The last time I updated it was in 2010. So I think it’s time for a facelift. I actually wanted to launch the new look at the 10th anniversary of Life Optimizer, but I couldn’t get it ready at that time. It still took quite a lot of work. But now I’m happy to tell you that it’s ready! It still has some glitches here and there, and I’m still working on them, but overall it works. If you read this through an email or feed reader, click here to check it out. Enjoy!
I recently listened to an excellent podcast episode from NPR. It’s about how Instagram was built. The story is remarkable. The founders of Instagram – Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger – launched the app in October 2010. In April 2012 – just one and a half years later – the service was acquired by Facebook for 1 billion dollars! How could someone make a billion dollars in just a year and a half? It’s amazing. I learned some success lessons from the story, and I’d like to share them with you. Here they are:
If you want to live an effective life, one important thing you should focus on is simplifying your life. It’s not easy though; I’m still learning myself. I’m a person with many ideas on what to do and often got distracted here and there. I was able to see this when reviewing my life map. There were times when I did things that turned out to be unnecessary. Worse, I could spend months on them. Of course, that didn’t help me progress in the right direction. I slowly learned how to simplify my life, and here I’d like to share with you what I’ve learned on the why and how of simplifying life.
My wife and I recently had a two-weeks trip to Vietnam and Thailand. It was exciting! The best part was that we got to meet some readers there. I also learned some lessons from the trip, and I’d like to share the biggest lesson that I learned with you. The lesson is this: To live your life to the fullest, you need to learn new languages.