An important fact in life is that with time, the hard road becomes easy and the easy road becomes hard. If you don’t make steps forward in life, you go backwards. If you don’t improve, you regress. By putting in extra effort and stepping out of your comfort zone, you level up your skills and become more competent. It’s also true that to achieve your maximum potential in life, you must have a long-term perspective and the will to curb your desires for instant gratification. But to stay motivated, you also need to see the results of your hard work as
Your body is wired to save as much energy as possible. You’re wired to be afraid of the unknown and resist changes at all cost. You, just as everyone else, like safety and easiness. To survive. But you’re also a curious being. It’s in your nature to strive for progress and personal development. To thrive. Much like staying in your comfort zone is programmed in your genes, so is your desire to achieve your peak performance and experience new things. Thus you have to keep pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. You always have to push yourself through your doubts and insecurities. You have to constantly push yourself to focus more and remove waste from your life. The moment you stop pushing yourself is the moment you stop growing. You should constantly improve yourself. You should always challenge yourself. You should always push yourself to become the best version …
Should you focus in life or not? Here is the right recipe: When you are searching for your personal fit, you shouldn’t focus, but instead be driven by curiosity and creativity. Your goal should be to find the right thing to be passionate about. When you find your personal fit, you should definitely brutally focus. Without focus, you don’t have the sharpness needed to really achieve the mastery level. When achieving a certain level of mastery, you should take a step back and look at the forest again. Maybe it’s time to broaden your horizons and focus on a new thing. Learn more about it.
There is a saying in the start-up world that the “product-market fit” cures many sins of management. What this means exactly is that when you’re starting a new business (and even later), you do make many mistakes. Setting the wrong prices, hiring the wrong people, mismanagement etc. But if you have a product that customers crave, if they're prepared to pay a solid price for it (and your profit margin is high enough), then you can survive making more mistakes. On the other hand, if you don’t have a “product-market fit” or you are starting business with low margins and a small volume, even the smallest mistakes can throw you out of business. Let's look how this rule applies to the personal life.
While the concept of T-shaped skills is not so new, it is now more important than ever. The world is becoming more and more complex and T-shaped skills are a razor that can cut through all the complexity. Your T-shaped skillset must constantly become broader (- general knowledge) and narrower (| specialized knowledge) as the world becomes more complex, nevertheless having T-shapes skills is one of the biggest competitive advantage you can have in the creative society when contributing value for the markets or when achieving your goals. Let’s see why. Well, to really understand the whole story, we have to go from
Asset-light living means that you can easily buy digital goods (or upload them) online, store them in your personal cloud system and access them in the right place at the right time. Cloud computing and smart phones are the main enablers of asset-light living. Asset-light living helps you save space, time and money. With asset-light living, you save tons of physical space. A decade ago, you needed to have physical books, CDs, tapes and other media. Today, everything can be in your cloud, without using up any physical space. In addition to that, you need fewer devices, since nearly everything is integrated
The key to a more successful life is having a superior strategy for living it. Hoping that everything turns out okay is not a strategy. Your life strategy is especially shaped by your beliefs, values, personal management system, and thus by your decisions about spending your time, energy, money, skills and other resources. After setting your life vision, you should think carefully over your life strategy and the direction it’s taking you in. This blog post will help you with that. For extraordinary results, you need an extraordinary approach. For extraordinary life, you need an extraordinary strategy. Even if you don’t have
Markets respect only three things, no matter your age, race or any other factor: creating value, delivering value and capturing value. Creating value means product innovation, delivering value means marketing innovation and capturing value means “no money, no value” or revenue model innovations. You can be innovative on all three levels and all this combined is called the business model generation. Capturing value is the final act of product development, a reality check for how good you are at innovating and at delivering value. Market gives you feedback concerning how much your work is worth in dollars. But there’s a lot
The world is becoming one big global village and English is its official language. Being a native English speaker is thus a really big advantage, but only a small percentage (approximately 5.5 %) of the world’s population are native English speakers. The rest of us have to work hard and try to develop English skills that are as close as possible to the ones of native speakers; even more so if you don’t speak any of the other big languages (100 mio +) like Mandarin, Arabic, Spanish, Hindi and so on. Let’s look now at some semi-efficient and very efficient
Everything you do and have in life (decisions, activities, material things, relationships etc.) either adds value to your life or drags you down. A very important task for all of us who want to live a more quality life is to eliminate as much waste as possible, with the end goal of making room for things that really matter – those that bring real value. The second important fact is that the difference between what you think is valuable to you and what really is valuable for your life creates waste. Eliminating waste in life is an important step towards personal freedom and genuine self-actualization.