I’m currently reading The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. I haven’t finished it yet, but it has given me some useful insight on the nature of doing creative work. According to the author, the enemy of doing creative work is something he called Resistance. Resistance is the force that prevents you from doing what you are supposed to do. If you are a novelist, for instance, it will try to prevent you from writing. It does that by offering you easy escapes. The escape could be in the form of a bar of chocolate, an hour of watching TV, or others. If you take it, you will procrastinate. But the fact is, short-term pain is necessary for long-term gain. There is no such thing as easy success, at least not if what you are seeking is true and sustainable success. You must always pay a price.
I recently finished reading More Than a Hobby by David Green and Dean Merrill. It’s an insightful book on how Hobby Lobby works and the philosophy behind it. I learned a lot from it. Among other things, the author mentioned that the three most important things about managing a store are organization, organization, and organization. If you are well organized, you can accomplish more with less effort. A store manager who organizes her team well, for instance, doesn’t need to work long hours to get things done. She can just put in normal hours and still enjoy good results. I believe the same principle applies to individuals. If you organize your life well, you can accomplish more with less time and energy. You will get things done and still have time for your loved ones. You will also have time to rest and to grow yourself (for example, by reading books). So I’d like to ask you: How do you organize your life? By life here I mean both your life at work and at home. Please share your answer in the comments so that everyone can read it. Thanks! Photo by Bigstock
One term that has been gaining in popularity in recent years is lifestyle business. Lifestyle business is a kind of business that aims to give you the freedom to live the lifestyle you want. The goal is not to make a lot of money, but to have freedom. The freedom will then give you space to live the lifestyle you want. Three Criteria of a Lifestyle Business Since the goal is freedom, a lifestyle business should meet three criteria:
This post is for those of you who use Google Reader. If you don’t use Google Reader, then feel free to skip this post. As you might have known, Google Reader will be shut down on July 1. It means that you will no longer get updates from this blog (and any other blogs you follow) if you don’t move away from it before July 1. Therefore you need to move to an alternative. There are two alternatives that I recommend: Get updates by email. This is convenient because you will get new posts directly in your inbox. For this, go to this page and follow the instructions there. Use Feedly. Feedly is a feed reader that can import your Google Reader data. That way your transition will be seamless. Please visit this page for more information. Since Google Reader will cease to function in a matter of days, you should act quickly. I hope to stay connected to you through the new medium.
Becoming a good learner is essential in the world we live in today. Things change fast, and you need to upgrade yourself constantly to stay relevant. Being in the field of IT, I can really feel the pace of things. It seems like no week goes by without a new technology coming out. If I were satisfied with sticking only with what I learned years ago, my skills would soon be obsolete. I believe such a situation happens, not just in IT, but also in other fields. That’s why it’s important that you constantly update your knowledge and refresh your skill set. But how can we be effective at learning?