Dan Schawbel recently interviewed me on the topic of productivity. In the interview, he gave me some good questions that I think touch the core of the topic. Here they are: What are some of the best ways to have a productive day? What are a few of your routines everyday that make you more productive and give you life balance? What is the best way to save your time? What are the obstacles to saving time on projects? Can you name some of the productivity tools you recommend and why they are important? How has technology made workers more productive yet less productive at the same time? More distractions but new tools to manage your time. You might find the answers useful, so here is the complete interview. I’d also like to know your take on the questions, so please share your thoughts in the comments. Photo by orvalrochefort
In 2011, Paul Graham published an essay titled Why Startup Hubs Work. There he wrote about what makes a startup hub, like Silicon Valley, works. Here is an excerpt: … it is a particularly valuable thing when the atmosphere around you encourages you to do something that would otherwise seem too ambitious. In most places the atmosphere pulls you back toward the mean. I flew into the Bay Area a few days ago. I notice this every time I fly over the Valley: somehow you can sense something is going on. Obviously you can sense prosperity in how well kept a place looks. But there are different kinds of prosperity. Silicon Valley doesn’t look like Boston, or New York, or LA, or DC. I tried asking myself what word I’d use to describe the feeling the Valley radiated, and the word that came to mind was optimism.
I recently came across an interesting quote by Laurence Lee: “The world does not pay for what a person knows. But it pays for what a person does with what he knows.” This quote, I believe, contains a profound lesson. It emphasizes the importance of real-world application rather than mere knowledge. It’s not enough just to know something; it’s the application of that knowledge that counts. That’s one reason why I’m an advocate of having side projects. Why? Because having side projects can help you explore the application of new things. Furthermore, as you will see below, it’s also a good way to build multiple income streams.
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” Mahatma Gandhi Have you ever been wronged by someone? In such a case, our nature is not to forgive. We want to take revenge. We want to get even. That’s why Mahatma Gandhi’s quote above is apt. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. The weak can never forgive. If you want to live above the average, then, forgiveness must be one of your attributes.