Note: This post is written by Gabriel Smith Almost half of the decisions you make are simply based on habits. According to a paper published by Duke University, habits are neurological shorthand that frees our minds from the stress of decision making. This behavioral shorthand gives us more bandwidth to focus on unique tasks of our lives.
As you might know, I’m a big believer in self-education. I believe that everyone should embrace lifelong learning and that it’s important to have a knowledge advantage. A big part of self-education is reading books. For that reason, I’m always eager to know what good books are out there.
Are you curious about the world? Do you follow your curiosity? A while back, there was a talk featuring Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. Interestingly, when asked about an important trait they have, they both had the same answer. Their answer was curiosity. They both said that curiosity plays an important role in their success.
I always like to see the big picture of something to understand it. Seeing the big picture helps me know the relationship between the elements. It also helps me see where I fit in. At the end, it helps me make informed decision or opinion. That’s why I like books such as Guns, Germs, and Steel that gives me the big picture of history.
Do you want to have a successful career? Even better, do you want to have a fulfilling one? To have such a career, your skills play an important role. Why? Because your skills can make your career both successful and fulfilling. The question is: how should you build your skills?
Here we are in 2017. Being in a new year, it’s a good time for you and me to do something new. There are many things that you could do, of course, but – because I’m a big believer in self-education – I’d like to encourage you to make your self-education a priority this year.