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I like to learn from the lives of others, and one of the things I’ve learned is that life consists of seasons. You don’t always live the same way. You don’t always do the same things. Instead, there are seasons in your life. Your ability to make the most of these seasons is essential to living your life to the fullest. A new season for you could be a new job, a new place to live, or a new mindset. The important thing is that it makes a significant change in the way you live. The life of Theodore Roosevelt (TR) is a good example. There were clear seasons in his life, such as when he was a cowboy, a soldier, and a president. He handled the seasons well. In fact, I believe that a big reason for his success was his ability to make the most of his seasons.
I love reading books from different fields. One that I read recently is Abundance by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler. It’s a book about how technology can help us enter an age of abundance. In the book, there is an interesting story about aluminum. It surprised me: aluminum was once more precious than gold! As stated in the book: Napoleon III himself threw a banquet for the king of Siam where the honored guests were given aluminum utensils, while the others had to make do with gold. How could that be? How could aluminum be so valuable back then while it’s so cheap now?
Does being busy equal being productive? The answer, of course, is no. Regardless of what some people think, being busy and being productive are not the same. Some people can be busy without being productive, while some others can be highly productive without being busy. How can that be? The 80/20 rule provides an answer. The rule states that roughly 80% of the effects come from just 20% of the causes. For instance, 80% of wealth is owned by just 20% of the population, 80% of revenue comes from just 20% of customers, and so on. The numbers don’t have to be 80 and 20, and the sum doesn’t have to be 100, but you get the idea. The same principle applies to personal productivity: 80% of your desired results come from just 20% of your possible activities.