Have you ever dreamed of getting all the topics of self improvement in one place and seeing how they relate to each other? Well, your dream might have just come true. The MasterMind Matrix Chart by Adam Sicinski covers practically all self improvement topics you can think of in one huge mind map. Looking at the chart as a whole is like seeing the map of a city. You can see roads to multiple blocks within the city. Within each block, you can see how those roads split into small streets. Following the roads in the chart makes you feel like you are traveling in the city of Self Improvement.
I recently watched the movie Red Cliff II. It’s about a famous battle in the Three Kingdoms era in China. The battle was between Cao Cao who had about 800,000 soldiers and Liu Bei – Sun Quan alliance who had less than 100,000 soldiers. Despite being greatly outnumbered, Liu Bei and Sun Quan eventually won the battle. One reason for their success was the role of an advisor named Zhuge Liang. Again and again, Zhuge Liang devised tactics that cleverly turned the situation around. One of my favorites is when he was asked to provide 100,000 arrows for the alliance. He was given ten days to complete the task but he confidently asked for just three.
Have you ever faced a situation where you need to choose between two good options? When one option is good and the other one is bad, making the decision is easy. But when both options are good, it’s often difficult to decide. There is a good lesson in the book Built to Last for such a situation. It’s about making smart choices using the “Genius of the AND” instead of the “Tyranny of the OR”: Instead of being oppressed by the “Tyranny of the OR,” highly visionary companies liberate themselves with the “Genius of the AND” ”” the ability to embrace both extremes of a number of dimensions at the same time.
Personal branding is a hot topic right now. Since competition in the job market is getting more intense, you need a way to differentiate yourself. You need a way to stand out from the crowd. Personal branding is a good way to do that. The book Me 2.0: Build a Powerful Brand to Achieve Career Success by Dan Schawbel aims to help you build your personal brand in this connected world. In the author’s words: Me 2.0 describes the history of personal branding; how the Internet has revolutionized career development; and how individuals can leverage social media for personal empowerment, self-management, and networking. Let’s look inside the book.
A goal without a plan is just a wish. Antoine de Saint-Exupery To be successful in your life, you need to have a life plan. Without a plan, many of your dreams will only be dreams. A life plan, on the other hand, will help you turn your dreams into reality. It works because it gives you not a just a destination, but also a way to get there. A life plan doesn’t have to be complicated. It should answer just two questions: What is your destination? How will you get there? Let’s look at them one by one.