The fast pace of the modern world may put our mind in chaotic state. Information comes and goes, we must do this and do that. There are simply too many things that reside in our mind. While it may cause stress or even depression, at the very least it puts us away from a peaceful state of mind. But a peaceful mind is essential for our effectiveness. It keeps us calm no matter how the situation is, and it allows us to stay joyful during the day. At the end of the day, it makes us happier and more productive. So here I’d like to share 11 ways to have a “mind like water”, a state of mind so peaceful that it’s like a calm water. Pick the ones that work for you: 1. Reduce your use of rational thinking We need rational thinking, but we tend to overuse it in analyzing our situations and making decisions. That brings a lot of things into our mind which potentially also brings in noise. Is rational thinking really that important? I don’t think so. Even Einstein once said that “I never came upon any of my discoveries through the process of rational […]
I sometimes meet people who say that the topics I talk about is “boring”. In such occasions, sometimes I can’t believe what they say that I ask them to repeat it just to ensure that I hear it correctly . Why is it hard for me to believe it? Is it because I really love the topics that I can’t believe others don’t? Is it because I’m too involved in the topics that I can no longer see it from others’ perspective? At first, I thought that is the case, but after thinking about it for a while, I realized that it isn’t. The real reason why I can’t believe what they say is this: I never say any topic boring myself. “Boring” is not in my vocabulary, and that’s why I sometimes get surprised when someone says so. Even for topics which are not in my main areas of interest, I never put the word “boring” on them. I deeply believe that there are always something interesting in each topic. Just mention to me any topic, and I will always think of interesting things it may have. I’m always curious and look for new possibilities.
Daniel Sitter from Idea Seller tagged me to provide eight random facts about myself. Since there are quite a lot of new readers in the last few months, I think it’s a good idea to reveal more about myself. I believe that knowing each other is a good way to build relationships, so I hope that this post will somehow help me build better relationship with you (I also love to know more about you!). So here are eight facts about me: I used to be a pretty hardcore programmer. Within a few months after I got my first computer (which was an 80386 with 4 MB RAM), I already wrote some arcade and board games. Whenever I learned a new programming language, I tried to first implement it to write games. That being said, it’s been more than two years since I wrote any serious computer program. Though I love computer, I read personal growth and business books more than computer books. That has been the case for years and that eventually led me to blog in the niche of personal growth.
Fortune favors the prepared mind. (Louis Pasteur) Our success very much depends on whether or not we can seize opportunities in our life. This, of course, won’t happen by itself. You must do your part to make it happen. There are essentially three things you should do: Preparing your mind Following Pasteur’s advice, it is important to first prepare your mind. Preparing your mind means improving your skills and knowledge in your target niche so that you are ready to tap into the opportunities as they come. Without preparing your mind, you may be in the right time and place but you can’t seize the opportunities. They will just pass right in front of you. Preparing others’ mind It’s not enough to just prepare your mind. You should also prepare others’ mind so that they are aware of your skills and knowledge. When they have problems related to your niche, they should remember you, preferably as the first name in their mind. That way, they will become your channels of opportunities. It’s all about building your brand. Maximizing your exposure Besides preparing and branding yourself, you also need to expose yourself to as many potential opportunities as possible. Finding a […]
How we live is determined by how we think. How we think, in turn, is very much influenced by the questions we ask. Asking the wrong questions means thinking the wrong thoughts, and that will lead us to a mediocre life. On the other hand, asking the right questions means thinking the right thoughts, and that will lead us to a victorious life. So it’s important to have the right questions to ask. In this post I’d like to share five questions which will help you put your life in high gear. While the questions in 4 Simple Questions to Boost Your Daily Productivity are meant to be used in the mundane level of life, the questions here are meant to be used in the “strategic” level of life. They will help you find out what truly matters to you and set your life around it. These are not the kind of questions which you answer just once and then move on. Instead, they are the kind of questions which you should ask yourself from time to time. Here they are:
The Pareto principle is a very well-known principle for productivity. In essence, it says that 20% of the causes gives 80% of the results. The implication then is to focus your effort on that 20% causes that gives 80% of the results. But a question arose in my mind: how should we implement the Pareto principle? There are two possible strategies: Allocate 80% of the time to the top 20% causes and the rest 20% of the time to the lower 80%. Eliminate the lower 80% causes and allocate all the time to the top 20%. To get a glimpse of what the answer might be, I did calculations to measure the total output of strategy 1 and 2 . I also calculated the output of not applying any of the strategies as comparison. I put the details of the calculation at the end of this post, but you may just skip them. What I want to emphasize here are the results.