am always amazed by how many learning resources we now have on the Internet. I remember in the past, before the Internet was popular, how difficult it was to learn about anything. I must go to the bookstore and hope that there were books about the topic I wanted to learn. Since I live in Indonesia, usually new books from overseas must be translated first before they were available in the bookstore. The translation process itself took months to complete, not to mention that many books were never translated. Compared to those days, these days are unbelievable. There are so many free learning resources on the Internet. It’s just a matter of how we can get the right resources at the right time. Hence, this time I’d like to touch on some learning tools which can help you find the right resources at the right time.
Here are some interesting links: 13 Things I Wish I Learned In College This article offers some good tips on how you can be successful in the workplace. It tries to compare the real world with the college world and highlights the difference between them. A Successful Failure Through this post, Craig Harper motivates you that you can be successful through failures. He gives a lot of examples from his remarkable life.
Have you ever experienced that time has passed so fast? Before you notice it, one day or even one week has passed. In another circumstances, you may feel that you have just made your new year’s resolution, but suddenly you reach another new year. Time flies. Thus, it is very important for you to use your days wisely. Don’t let even one day passes without fully utilizing it. And one way to utilize your days is by learning from your daily experience. If you really try to learn from your days, you will have 365 to 366 opportunities to learn each year. And that’s quite a lot of opportunities! I bet you will be a very different person after only one year.
During my last vacation, my Internet connection was very limited. Unlike in Singapore where I have a 24-hour broadband connection, in my home country (Indonesia) I only have a dial-up connection which is both slow and expensive. Therefore, I spent much less time online compared to what I usually do. Though it felt hard in the beginning, eventually I thought it was a useful experience. In fact, I now realize that there are several reasons why less Internet can be good for me (and probably also for you):
Here are several links which I find interesting recently: Gleb Reys shared his top 10 personal development ideas. Among them are read books regularly, wake up earlier, and ask positive questions. Procrastination Central provides great resources about procrastination. It includes definition, quotations, links and advice among others. Steve Aitchison gave a good way to “reprogram” your subconscious by using a computer and a headset. Matt Cutts created a personal howto directory to document his findings on doing various things. This is a nice trick for personal knowledge management. Peep Laja pointed me to Dreaminder. It allows you to write your dreams and then be automatically reminded in the future.
In the spirit of my post 5 Reasons Why Doing What You Love Can Optimize Your Life, I’d like to touch on a source of inspiration for me on “doing what you love”. It’s the Steve Jobs’ commencement address at Stanford back in June 12, 2005. In that address, he talked about life lessons he has learned which he divided into three parts: connecting the dots, love and loss, and death.