Some days ago, I came across an interesting site about Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman. The idea is, instead of spending a lot of time and (especially) money for a real MBA program, you can get roughly the same knowledge through actual experience and reading 30-40 good books. This way, not only you can save time by keep working and advancing your career, you also do not need to pay the huge amount of money required for an MBA program. Just to do a bit of calculation, an MBA program costs tens of thousand dollars (if not more). On the other side, purchasing 40 books – by assuming that each book costs $50 (many of them cost less actually) – will cost only $2000. What a bargain !
I have just read Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed by Jared Diamond. It’s a very interesting book. In his previous book – Guns, Germs, and Steel – Diamond talks about how certain societies can be more successful than others. Now in Collapse, he talks about how certain societies fails while others don’t. So it’s the negative counterpart of Guns, Germs and Steel. What makes me interested is seeing what have caused collapse in so many past societies. As evident from the book, those societies had certain bad habits that unconsciously brought themselves down to collapse. One main cause is they unconsciously ruin their own environment in such a way that the environment lose its ability to support them. So it’s unconscious suicide ! They often overexploited their environment faster than the ability of the environment to recover. Hence, without they knew it, they actually committed undeliberate suicide to themselves.
I love audio learning, so I subscribe to some podcasts using iTunes. Usually, I will copy those podcasts to my music player so that I can listen to them while going around and working on something else. But recently I got a problem: one of the podcasts, which is Harvard Business Review ideacast, doesn’t play in my music player. Apparently, this is because the podcast use M4A format which is not recognized by the player.
I’ve just come across this post by John Richardson: 50 minutes has changed my life. The concept of working in a focused manner for 50 minutes and then taking a 10 minute break has revolutionized the way I work. I find that I am much more productive when I work in this manner. Instead of multi-tasking mania, this focused approach has led to single-tasking nirvana.
It’s been almost two weeks since my last post in this blog. The reason why this blog hasn’t been updated for so long is not because I had nothing to write, but because I moved it to a new hosting. I tried to “freeze” the content of the blog so that I could easily move it to the new hosting. Actually, I expected that the whole process would be completed in a few days. I didn’t know that it takes almost two weeks ! Sorry for that. However, this blog is now up in the new hosting. The whole moving process is over. Just there is still problem on viewing this blog in Internet Explorer. I don’t know, somehow the right panel doesn’t appear as it should be. Everything is ok in Firefox, but in IE … I hope I can fix this problem soon.
Well, I think this is one important principle to optimize our life. And for one simple reason: our close friends have great influence on us. If we gather around bad friends, who carry bad habits with them, then soon or later we will absorb the bad habits and become bad ourself. On the opposite, if we gather around good friends, who have excellent character and principles of life, then soon or later we will absorb the excellent values and become an excellent person ourselves.