I love to have simple ways to improve my life. Everyday is a chance for improving our life, and it’s up to us to best use it. What I want is to have good, balanced progress everyday. To ensure balance, my favorite way is using the four facets of prosperity: material, spiritual, physical, and social. By achieving material prosperity, spiritual prosperity, physical prosperity, and social prosperity, I believe I can have complete and balanced prosperity in my life. You may add other facets of prosperity if they work for you, but in my opinion these four facets are easy to remember and already cover practically everything. To put this concept into practice, what I do is ensuring that I do something to improve each facet everyday. Here is how I do it:
If you want to succeed, you need people to remember and act on your ideas. For instance, if you are a leader, you want people to catch your vision. If you are a speaker, you want your audience to internalize your speech. If you are a writer, you want your readers to resonate with your writing. Unfortunately, attention is a scarce resource. There are so many things competing for your audience’s attention. So, to be successful, there’s no choice but to make your ideas stand out. The book Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip and Dan Heath aims to solve that problem. In the authors’ own words: We wanted to take apart sticky ideas – both natural and created – and figure out what made them stick. As a person who is dealing with communicating ideas (through this blog, for instance), this book is interesting for me. Let’s see what it has to offer.
Finding the best in us is important, and I recently read a thought-provoking article related to it entitled Hitting High Notes by Joel Spolsky. There is a lot of wisdom in it to help us find our best place. While the article mainly talks about the programming world, the principles in it are applicable to other fields as well. Here is what Joel wrote: The real trouble with using a lot of mediocre programmers instead of a couple of good ones is that no matter how long they work, they never produce something as good as what the great programmers can produce. Five Antonio Salieris won’t produce Mozart’s Requiem. Ever. Not if they work for 100 years.
On the Easter weekend, I went out of town and spent several days at my parents’s home. There I enjoyed the holiday away from my normal routines. While usually I have a set of daily routines related to my work or personal growth, I decided not to follow them and spent my time to do different things instead. That allowed me to get more from the holiday. Here are some benefits I got that I believe you will also get from a good (albeit short) holiday: 1. My mind was freshThis is a significant benefit for me. The holiday decluttered my mind. It’s like having a new sheet of paper to write on. 2. I could see things from different perspectiveSince I spent my time at different place doing different things, I could see things from a new perspective. Seeing things from a new perspective is important to keep our mind sharp. Think of your mind as a double-edged sword. Using one perspective is like using just one edge of the sword; over time it may become blunt.
Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. Herman Cain Happiness is something everyone wants to achieve. While on the surface people may seem to be looking for money, recognition, or other things, what they actually seek is happiness. Unfortunately, many people never reach the level of happiness they desire. While I can’t claim to be the happiest person in the world (I wish I could :) ), I do learn something about it. So here I’d like to share 20 ways to find happiness in your life. But, before we start, we should agree on something: our happiness is our responsibility. Your happiness is your responsibility. Don’t blame outside condition or other people if you’re not happy. While things around you could change and go bad, it is you who decide how you will respond to them. You can decide to be happy.
I just finished reading the book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, and it’s a thought-provoking book. The book talks about how a baseball team with no money, Oakland A’s, could win so many games in the Big League. In a game where the rich teams had 4 times the amount of money available to the poor teams, only the rich teams could afford the best players and therefore won more games. But Oakland A’s was an anomaly; it had little money but won a lot of games. How come? Here is how they did it: Oakland A’s found inefficiencies in the baseball market and tap into them. That allowed them to hire good players overlooked by other teams. Since the players were overlooked by other teams, they were cheap. And since they were good, they contributed a lot to the team’s performance.