We have come to the end of 2008 and soon we will enter 2009. Now is a good time for you to reflect on how your life is going. How have your year been? Did it meet your expectation? Have you made a difference this year? To answer this question, simply look at yourself one year ago. How was your career and finance? How was you spiritually? How was your health? How was your relationships? It’s better if you have numbers that clearly show you how you were (after all, measuring your life is a good life management practice). For instance, what was your income, expenses, net worth, or weight?
Do you want to have creative ideas? The Medici Effect (a book I review a few months ago) has an important advice to follow: live in the Intersection. As the book says: When you step into an intersection of fields, disciplines, or cultures, you can combine existing concepts into a large number of extraordinary new ideas. There are many ways to live in the Intersection, but here I’d like to share with you a simple way you can apply right now. It covers only one aspect of the Intersection (that is, the intersection of different fields of knowledge), but it’s very easy to apply. Here it is:
Have you been thinking about what books to read in 2009? Being a book lover, I have. I want 2009 to be a good year of reading and I want to fill it with the best books possible. The problem is finding the best books to read. While there are many ways to find them, one good way is by looking at others’ recommendations. Books that have been recommended again and again are likely to be good. Of course, the recommendations themselves should be of high quality. That’s why I made a clear criterion for the recommendations I referred to: they must be popular enough to be listed in Delicious popular. Then what I did is going through all book recommendations that made Delicious popular in 2008 and count the number of recommendations each book in the lists get. In total, there are 14 lists I referred to that altogether recommend more than 400 books. Next, I picked only the books that have been mentioned at least twice and that reduces the number of books to 47.
We now live in a fast-changing world and your ability to adapt is becoming more important than ever. In this kind of world, just being a generalist or specialist is not enough. You need to become a versatilist. A versatilist is a person who can quickly adapt to new situations and take advantage of them. I like how The World Is Flat describes versatilists: “They have to prepare like someone who is training for the Olympics but doesn’t know what sport they are going to enter.” That’s how we should prepare ourselves these days. While there are many skills that versatilists could possess, there are two essential ones they must have. If you have these two skills, you will be able to go anywhere you want, quickly adapt to new situations, and take advantage of them. The two skills are:
A few days ago I finished reading The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) by Seth Godin. It’s a short book (96 pages) so it didn’t take much time to read. But, despite its shortness, I learn some lessons from it that I want to share with you. The Dip is Seth Godin’s term for the time in your journey to success where things seem to be difficult, where what you get is not comparable to your effort, and where it’s easier to stop. It’s the time where the pain seems to be bigger than the gain. The ability to go through the Dip makes the difference between those who become the best in the world and those who are just mediocre. Here are some keys to success from the book:
Back in March I wrote a review of Scott Young’s e-book Learn More, Study Less. Learn More, Study Less is a very good e-book on learning that I personally enjoy. In fact, if you check the sidebar of this blog, you will see that I put it under Recommended E-books section. Now I’m happy to announce that Scott gives us exclusive offer for the e-book. For one month starting from today, you will get $15 off the e-book’s regular price of $39.95. So you only need to pay $24.95. Here is what you need to do: Click the Buy Now button at the bottom. On the shopping cart that shows up, type this code on the Discount Code section: “LifeOptimizer” (without quotes). Press Update Cart button and confirm that the total amount on the cart changes to $24.95 from the initial $39.95. Checkout and you can then download the e-book. Learning skill is among the most important skills to have. So, given the importance of learning skill and the value of the e-book, I do think this is a good investment. You can read my complete review for more information about the e-book. Note: Scott gives 120-day money-back guarantee. This […]