In my article about Money and Happiness, I quoted an interview with Tiny Wings creator Andreas Illiger. There he was asked about what he would like to be doing in five years. His answer was: “I live my passion and never want to do something else, so I would like to do the same thing I do now.” As it turns out, it’s a common attitude among creative people. They live their passion and don’t want to do anything else, even when they have a lot of money. I found two more good examples recently.
In my last article, I wrote about preparing yourself for future opportunities. There I mentioned that you should allocate time to learn. A reader, Ben, commented that the biggest problem for him is finding good resources. I think that’s a common problem for most of us. Finding good resources is hard. Finding them, however, will greatly help us in our learning process. So I’d like to ask you: What are your favorite learning resources and why? The resources may be online or offline. Please leave your answer in the comments so that everyone can read it. By the way, I just put a voting system for the comments. So even if you don’t plan to leave an answer, please stop by and vote for your favorite answer. Let us know what you think. Thanks! Photo by Bigstock
Seneca once said that “luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” Outsiders might think that someone is lucky for being in the right place at the right time. But what they don’t know is the preparation behind it. The preparation is the key. Tons of opportunities may come your way, but if you are not prepared to capitalize on them, they will mean nothing. That’s why I believe it’s essential that you prepare yourself for future opportunities. Don’t wait until an opportunity comes before you start preparing for it. That will be too late. Instead, you should prepare yourself early; the sooner the better. That way, when the opportunity comes, you are ready to take advantage of it. People will see you to be in the right place at the right time. How should we prepare ourselves for future opportunities? Here are three ways:
A while back I read the story of Srinivasa Ramanujan, a mathematician from India. It was an amazing story, a true “rags-to-riches” story in the world of science. Here was someone who lived in poverty, far outside the circle of science and without enough formal training. And yet he managed to create world-class breakthroughs in mathematics. He ended up working at the University of Cambridge; he was also a Fellow of the Royal Society. He died when he was only 32 years old, but he’d already made a lot of contributions. You might want to read the story yourself, but here are the lessons I learned: