I’ve been blogging for one and a half years, but I never read a book on writing to improve my writing. That’s why in the beginning of this year I decided to do so. From what I found around the Internet, there are two books that are widely recommended on writing: The Elements of Style (by William Strunk Jr. and E.B White) and On Writing Well (by William Zinsser). I’ve read both, and here I will review On Writing Well. The author of the book positioned it as a complement to The Elements of Style. In his own words: Instead of competing with Strunk & White book I decide to complement it. The Elements of Style was a book of pointers and admonitions: do this, don’t do that. What it didn’t address was how to apply those principles to the various forms that nonfiction writing and journalism can take. That’s what I taught in my course, and it’s what I would teach in my book: how to write about people and places, science and technology, history and medicine, … and everything else under the sun that’s waiting to be written about. Let’s dig deeper into the book to see what […]
As an individual we are like a company. That’s one reason why I love to read business books: there are a lot of business ideas that can be applied at individual level. But seeing ourselves as a company is not easy. It requires a new mindset and a new way to treat ourselves. If you do that, however, there is a clear advantage waiting for you: you will thrive in globalization. Globalization poses the threat that our skills will be commoditized and our jobs get moved overseas. By seeing yourself as a company, you will treat yourself professionally – just like companies do – which make you ready to face such challenges. You will be a free agent that is not dependent on an employer.
A few days ago I asked you about your best productivity tip while I also shared mine. From the discussion, it’s clear to me that I saw the problem from different perspective than most of you who participated. This – in my opinion – is a good thing. These two perspectives complement each other and give us a more complete view of productivity. I would call the two perspectives macro and micro which also reflect two levels of productivity. The macro level aims to make our life as a whole productive. It sees productivity from higher altitude. On the other hand, the micro level aims to make one day productive.
A few months after releasing his first e-book, Leo Babauta from Zen Habits released his second e-book entitled Zen Habits Handbook for Life: Hundreds of Tips for Simplicity, Happiness, Productivity. I received a review copy in my inbox in the morning and read it on the evening after I came back from work. This 76-page e-book is a compilation of the best posts on Zen Habits. Instead of locating them one by one, these best posts are now packaged in a convenient PDF format with proper classification that makes it easier for you to connect one article to another. The e-book consists of three parts: Simplicity, Productivity, and Happiness, with several articles in each part. Here is the table of contents:
Laziness is the enemy of productivity. If we were lazy, there is no way we could accomplish meaningful things. We may procrastinate doing things, or – even if we do them – we may do them only half-heartedly. There is no way we can produce high-quality results that way. So we need to overcome laziness. While I can’t say that I’ve been completely successful in overcoming it, I’m happy with my progress. Here are 16 tips I find useful to overcome laziness: 1. Exercise You could feel lazy if you do not have enough energy to do your activities. Exercising is a good way to increase your energy level so that you feel energized and alert throughout day. 2. Have a good rest Not having enough rest could also make you lazy. How can you feel enthusiastic if you are sleepy? So make sure that you have good rest.
Passive income is our key to financial freedom. The more passive income we generate, the less dependent we are on our job. At one point, when our passive income exceeds our expenses, we can stop working anytime we want and still live the lifestyle we desire. That is financial freedom. But passive income takes time to build. You can’t expect to start working on it now and be financially freedom next year unless you are very lucky. So the best time to start is now. The earlier you start working to build your passive income, the sooner you will reap the results. That’s why I put together this list of free passive income resources. There are a lot free passive income resources out there, but I put only the useful ones here. I hope this list can be a starting point and a companion in your journey toward financial freedom. The list starts with the definitions followed by the e-books, articles, and audio resources.