The 5 Whys technique – dig deep to find the root cause of any problem

5 Whys is an analytical technique that helps to explore cause-and-effect relationships when you encounter a problem. The basic idea is to repeat the question “why?” until you find the root cause. That most often requires asking the question why at least five times. That’s where the name comes from. Nevertheless, don’t stop at the fifth why if you need to dig deeper. Employing the 5 Whys technique when you encounter a problem especially helps to avoid logical traps, discussions based on wrong assumptions, and avoiding the essence of why the problem is really happening. Consequently, you can easily avoid playing the blame game, feeling sorry for yourself and doing any other unproductive activities, and go straight to finding the source of the problem. It's popular in business, but you can use the same principle to identify many root causes of problems in your personal life.

Emotional flashbacks – when your emotional response is out of proportion

Emotional flashbacks push you into one of the four responses to danger (fight, flight, freeze, fawn), even when there is no danger. You experience an emotional flashback when a trigger in the environment reminds you of your childhood pain, suffering and traumatic situations. A subject, object, item, place, expression or any other kind of trigger reminds you of all the past events that caused you constant pain. There is a small similarity between the current and past event, and that triggers an emotional flashback. From psychological point of view, an emotional flashback happens as a delayed response to childhood abuse. They are direct messages of your painful past, alerting you how unfairly you were treated and how much pain you had to suffer.

Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving – Book Summary

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) happens when you can't get rid of disturbing thoughts about one shocking event that happened to you. Complex PTSD is on the other hand caused by long-term emotional trauma in interpersonal relationships, and is most often the result of stressful upbringing. Complex PTSD can be caused by overly critical parents (who only want to do good), emotionally distant parents (who just lost their job, for example) and all the way to cruel verbal and physical abuse (parents breaking their children to feel better). You can find many depressed parents, aggressive parents, workaholic parents, and that all leads to them destroying their children’s lives. Consequently, being in such a toxic environment, a child never learns that relationships in life can be comforting and enriching. The book Complex PTSD: From Surviving to Thriving written by Pete Walker is the number one book to go to if you …

The execution mode – without execution skills everything is futile

Disruptive innovation, superior organization and flexibility are the most important front runners of any success. Creativity, exceptional execution and regular adjustments are the three building blocks that lead straight to the top. You have to work smart, you have to work hard and you have to stay agile in the process. From the trio – innovation, execution and flexibility – execution is the most important. Here’s why. If you lack creativity, but you are a good executive, you still get somewhere in life. You can outwork and outperform others to a certain level. You have to work much harder and life might not seem fair to you compared to people who work much smarter, but hard work still gets you somewhere.

Learning is useless, validated learning is everything

Knowledge is not power. Applying knowledge is power. Learning is useless. Validated learning is everything. If there is a single skill you have to learn to be massively successful in the 21st century, it’s validated learning. It’s the only way to build a superior life strategy. The concept of validated learning comes from the lean startup. The validated learning loop helps quickly validate or reject core business hypotheses. Instead of blindly trusting your business idea, you build a minimum viable product and then use a special set of metrics to validate the effect. You build a feature, you measure the results and so you learn what to do next – persevere or pivot. The same process of learning can be extremely useful in personal life. I use it all the time, to learn extremely fast in general and to get insights into what works for me and what doesn’t.

Rapid prototyping for designing a superior life strategy

Experimenting is fun by itself and you can enjoy many benefits doing it, but it’s also demanding and expensive. It takes a toll on your emotions, because you usually have to face a series of small failures in the beginning and you often need to invest at least some money into performing an experiment; besides time, energy and creativity, which are always needed. With rapid prototyping in personal life, you want to get to the minimum viable experience as quickly as possible using the fewest resources. Experimenting and rapid prototyping thus go hand in hand. In this article you will learn how to build awesome prototypes.

This is how to do experiments in your personal life (outside the bedroom)

When you hear the word experiment, you probably think of a crazy scientist sitting in his laboratory and mixing some kind of chemical compounds. There also must be an explosion, I guess. While experiments are most often linked to science, they are very useful in many other disciplines, from arts to business and sports. By following the AgileLeanLife Productivity Framework, experiments should also become a very important tool in your personal life. The purpose of performing an experiment in science is very simple. You want to either see if something (an idea) works as planned and desired in a very