Note: This is a guest post by Armen Shirvanian of Timeless Information Before you start a task, you are going to want to assess the potential limit you can hit in aspects of the project. If you are about to set up a meeting for 24 dancers in your local area for them to get to know each other, you want to take the time to see how far your skills can take the occurrence. Will you simply keep it as a networking event, or will you try to set up a future dance contest, or will you go even further, and have everyone provide their information to be part of an e-mail group that continues to communicate with each other? You want to assess your potential before you take action, so that you can judge whether the ending results of your efforts will be satisfying. If you are invited to give a speech, and are not sure if it is worth your time, this is the time to judge how far you can take the event. You might be able to give the speech, and at the same time make it remarkable enough to have a chance at attaining […]
When people talk about productivity, one term that often shows up in their conversations is time management. There are countless books that talk about time management. But there is one less-popular term that may actually be more important when it comes to productivity. That term is energy management. The importance of energy management is discussed thoroughly in The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz. The book argues that managing your energy, not time, is the key to high performance. Looking at my own experiences, I agree with them. If you want to be productive, managing your energy is more important than managing your time. To see if it’s true, just look at your experiences. Have you ever been so productive that you can accomplish a lot in little time? On the other hand, have you ever felt like you can’t accomplish anything despite having a lot of time?
In The Joy of Living Today, I wrote that one reason to learn history is to make you realize how good your life is so that you can be grateful for it. But there are other reasons to learn history. Learning history helps you see current and future events from a rich perspective. It helps you avoid the mistakes people made in the past. It also helps you make the right decisions in life. In short, learning history makes you wise. But what resources should we use to learn history? Here are my favorite resources: 1. Stuff You Missed in History Class Podcast If you aren’t interested in history, Stuff You Missed in History Class Podcast is a good starting point. It discusses the interesting aspects of many historical events. For example, one episode talks about whether or not Genghis Khan really killed 1,748,000 people in one hour and another episode talks about the cursed tomb of King Tut. The episodes are short (usually under 15 minutes) so they won’t take much time to listen to.
After watching Red Cliff (which led to me writing The Importance of Being Smart), I decided to read Romance of the Three Kingdoms, the historical novel upon which the movie is based. I’ve been familiar with Romance of the Three Kingdoms for more than ten years since its PC game was my favorite game, but I never read the book itself (here is an electronic copy of the book). One thing I notice throughout the book is the level of warfare and violence at that time. There was almost no time of peace. The warlords always fought each other even for seemingly simple matters. And the level of violence was horrible. Those who faced death penalty suffered brutal deaths. The winning party could do whatever they wanted to the losing one.
If you want to be successful, learning from great people is one of the best things you can do. It saves you a lot of time because you don’t need to learn things yourself the hard way. You can just find what works for them and apply it in your life. It will be even better if you learn from people with different backgrounds. Different backgrounds give you different perspectives. They can give you lessons you’ve never thought about before. In this article, I’d like to share with you some career advice from the perspective of a mathematician. The mathematician is Terence Tao who received the Fields Medal (the mathematics equivalent of the Nobel Prize) in 2006 when he was 31. He is also the youngest ever gold medalist of the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO). IMO is a high-school-level competition but he won his gold medal when he was only 13.