Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. Abraham Lincoln A great quote, isn’t it? It’s the opposite of what many people do. When they have a project to work on, many people just work on it directly with little or no preparation. To the contrary, smart people prepare things well in advance and that way they outperform those with little or no preparation. They accomplish the job in less time and with less stress. That’s what I call working smart. Preparation is essential to work smart. At a glance, it may seem like a waste of time. Isn’t it better to use the time to get the job done? Isn’t it better to get to work directly? But preparation can make the difference between being productive and just being tired.
If you wish to succeed in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother, and hope your guardian genius. Joseph Addison Looking at my life, there are many life lessons I’ve learned. Some of them are the fruits of difficult experiences. Some others are the advice I got from wise people. They came from different sources but they all have something in common: they are all useful to guide my life into the future. Here I’d like to share with you eight life lessons that have significantly affected my life. Apply them and you will achieve true success in life. Here they are:
Note: This is a guest post by Julian of Present Outlook I’ve just finished reading Every Second Counts by Lance Armstrong. What an amazing guy! What did he have that the other people don’t have? He had the determination to persevere regardless of circumstances. His experience recovering from testicular cancer had a huge impact upon him. So much so that he won the Tour de France a record breaking 7 times from 1999 to 2005. What an incredible achievement. Despite retiring after the 7th win he is coming out of retirement to attempt it again in 2009. The potential for this determination was within him before he got cancer. That experience brought it out of him. If the potential was already there within him, is it possible that it could have been developed within him in another way? Would he have won the Tour de France 7 times if he didn’t get cancer?
Do you want to make a great living doing what you love? I certainly do. The book Career Renegade by Jonathan Fields aims to help you achieve exactly that: The simple truth is you can turn nearly any passion into a big, fat heap of money. However, it often requires mining aspects of those passions you never knew existed or bringing them to life in markets and ways that defy the mainstream. I often write about the importance of passion for career (example), so I was excited when I received a review copy of the book. Let’s look inside it.
We are using computers more and more these days. We use it to type documents, play games, browse the Internet, chat with our friends, and more. While there are alternative ways to interact with the computer (such as using speech), the main way of interaction is still typing. So, since we need to type a lot, improving your typing speed is a sure way to save time and increase your productivity. Yes, you need to invest time to improve your typing speed, but it will save you a lot more time in the long term. The first thing to do to improve your typing speed is measuring your current speed. This way you will know how much progress you make when you learn to type faster. To measure your typing speed, go to this web site, press Start the clock, type the given text, and press Stop the clock. The site will then give you your typing speed in word per minute (wpm).
In the post Keys to Success from The Dip, the first point is “Aim to be the best in the world.” Don’t be satisfied with being good enough. Don’t settle for mediocrity. You need to push yourself forward until you become the best in the world in your field. I’m not yet the best in the world in anything but there’s one thing I know: to be the best in the world, you must become a good fighter. You need to know how to fight a good fight. This determines how far you will go and how much you will achieve. Here are some lessons I learned on how to do that: 1. Have a cause To be a good fighter, you need a strong source of motivation from within. If you don’t, it’s easy to get discouraged in the face of difficulties and challenges. External motivation like money or fame is not enough. Your source of motivation should be something you believe in. It should be something that makes a difference and gives meaning to your life. Whenever you are tired or discouraged, you can go back to your cause and get your motivation renewed.