There is no way you can succeed by yourself. Whether in business, school, or family, you need the support of the people around you. In business, for example, you need to win the support of your customers, colleagues and employers. Of course, the problem is it’s not easy to get their support. With so many things competing for their attention, why should they choose to support us? The book Fire Them Up! by Carmine Gallo gives us a solution for this problem. Through its 7 “simple secrets”, we can become a Chief Inspiration Officer who inspire and motivate the people around us. This way, not only can you get their support, you can also mobilize them to take action. This is how the book describes a Chief Inspiration Officer: This person is an extraordinary communicator. He places a strong emphasis on the way he crafts and delivers his message, vision, and values… This leader is magnetic. He leaves everyone energized, enthusiastic, and electrified!
Leo Babauta from Zen Habits has created his second blog Write To Done which focuses on writing. If you are a writer or want to improve your writing skill (like I do), it’s a great place to go. Meanwhile, there are some articles I wrote for lifehack.org that you might enjoy: Achieving Your Dream: How to Take the First Step 20 Questions to Help You Reflect the Past Year Three Basic Steps to Get Your Desire with the Least Effort Key to Innovation: Becoming an Observer And there some interesting links I found since the last link post; I hope you enjoy them. Here they are:
Is reading important for success? Many people believe that the answer is yes, but it might be difficult to find real-world examples. An article from the The New York Times provides us with the examples we need. Entitled C.E.O. Libraries Reveal Keys to Success, it talks about the reading habit of some prominent business leaders such as Phil Knight (the founder of Nike) and Michael Moritz (a venture capitalist behind the likes of Google and Yahoo). Not only do these leaders love reading, they make it an indispensable part of improving their life and business. How else can we better learn about good reading than from such successful people? Here is how they read (with quotes from the article and my comments): 1. They read to improve thinking Serious leaders who are serious readers build personal libraries dedicated to how to think, not how to compete. “My books have helped me develop a way of thinking critically in business…”
Negative thoughts are the enemies of victorious life. Since our life is very much determined by our mind, our thoughts can make or break our life. Negative thoughts will distract your focus from the important and drain your energy. At the end, you will no longer have the ingredients necessary for success. Knowing how to overcome negative thoughts may make the difference between victory and defeat. I believe there is an important principle at work regarding negative thoughts, and that is: Attention is self-reinforcing. If you give attention to negative thoughts, they will get stronger and stronger. What seems like a small matter in the beginning may become monstrous at the end. What you should do is breaking the vicious cycle by shifting your focus to something positive. You can then reinforce this positive attention until you completely defeat the negative thoughts (read more at attention management).
Last month I was in vacation mode, so I switched to lighter reading. I read A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson followed by Tom Clancy’s Red Storm Rising. But, rather than just taking lighter books to read, that is also part of my plan to diversify my reading. Here are three reasons why we should diversify our reading: Avoid boredom I don’t know about you, but reading the same topics again and again makes me bored. Even for topics I’m passionate about, I will be more refreshed if I also read other topics once in a while. Arbitrage knowledge The art of arbitrage is important for living smart, and diversifying your reading allows you to do knowledge arbitrage. Knowledge arbitrage means taking ideas from one field to be applied to another field. If you read only one or two topics, it’s difficult to do that. Cross-pollinate ideas Continuing the idea of arbitrage, not only can you borrow ideas from other fields, you can also combine ideas from different fields. Often it will give you “original” ideas since nobody has seen such combination before. Of course, you can only cross-pollinate idea if you have different kinds of idea […]
In the last few months of 2007, I needed to make a difficult decision. It was difficult because the options had equal risks and benefits. Furthermore, the decision greatly affected how my career would do in the years to come. Taking the wrong decisions means I would spend years of precious time in mediocrity. Essentially, the options are between:1. choosing a commonly-followed way, or 2. pursuing my own dream. At a glance, it seems clear that I should pursue my own dream. But, after considering the risk, it was not that easy to make a decision. The risk was obvious: If I followed my dream and fail, I would lose the opportunity of having a good, “guaranteed” lifestyle, and end up with an under-average life. After struggling for months, I finally made a decision: I would take the risk and pursue my dream. It was a difficult decision to make, but I learned a great deal about how to make such decisions in life.