Fears & traps when trying new things in life – the challenges of the search mode

I call the systematic testing and experimenting with new things in life in order to find better ways to perform and achieve higher quality of life the search mode. Introducing the search mode into your life is a totally new concept. Rare are the people to whom the search mode (constantly experimenting with new things) comes naturally and for whom it is easy to do it. The reason for that is because you have to go regularly out of your comfort zone, experiment with new things that bring uncertainty and accept little failure you can learn from along the way. Trying new things in life is hard for most people. Learn more about all the fears and traps you have to face when trying new things and how to overcome them.

The Search Mode

One of the ways to learn about yourself and the world is the so-called “search mode”. The better you know yourself and your environment, the better you can execute, and consequently achieve your true goals that much faster. In order to get to know yourself and your environment, as well as build up an adequate life strategy, you have to first do enough searching, experimenting and trying, since all that leads to understanding and insights. Based on that, you can start executing and making sound decisions. As you can see in many action movies, when the super team steps into

The ways of getting to know yourself

You become a successful entrepreneur not because you know how to build a company, but because you have a superior understanding of the customers and their needs. You can simply hire people for everything else (very simplified). It’s the same in your personal life. If you want to be really successful and happy in life, you have to know who you are and what you want very clearly and also understand your environment in order to build the superior strategy for achieving your life vision. Knowing yourself is one of the most important things in life. It's the first step. It’s

How to start a blog

Starting a blog is one of the most effective ways to accelerate your learning. You develop your writing and thinking skills, you have to analyze different topics, get new perspectives on life, as well as clarify your own thoughts and beliefs, and structure knowledge. I have been blogging and writing articles for years and it helped me advance in my knowledge really fast. Thus lets look at how to start a blog. Starting a blog is an extremely quick and easy thing to do. A much bigger challenge is marketing your blog. There are more than 200 million blogs on the

The most effective way to learn new things

The AgileLeanLife way of thinking makes you do everything as effectively and efficiently as possible. Learning is no exception, so let's look at the most effective ways to learn new things. When you think of learning, you often first think of reading or even listening to lectures. But in reality, there are 7 different methods of learning, of which reading and listening to lectures are actually the least effective. Amongst the seven methods of learning, the first four methods encompass the so-called passive learning, while the other three fall into the category of active learning. Active learning is significantly more

Interested is not committed

There is a big difference between being interested and being committed. As the motivational author Kenneth Blanchard said: when you are interested in doing something, you do it only when it’s convenient; but when you are committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results. If you want to achieve your true goals in life and be successful, interested is not even close to being enough. You have to commit and discipline yourself to make progress on a daily basis. Yes, on a daily basis, not weekly or monthly; otherwise you’re are probably just wasting your time and not getting

Start with a life vision

The first thing you should do after reading the Agile and Lean life manifesto is set your life vision. All the masterpieces that have been created in the world began with a big vision, and so should your life.  As the famous quote goes: the two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. A strong life vision helps you clarify what you want out of life and helps you focus yourself. If you write down your life vision correctly, it should serve as a roadmap, helping you make

The biggest impact

In management theory, there is an important principle – the so called 80-20 rule or the Pareto principle. The principle states that, for many events, roughly 80 % of the effects come from 20 % of the causes. Examples in practice would be that 80 % of your sales come from 20 % of your clients, fixing top 20 % of the most reported bugs also eliminates 80 % of related errors and crashes, you wear 20 % of your clothes 80 % of the time (except if you are minimalist) and so on. The Pareto principle is also very

What I wish I truly knew in my twenties

You can find many articles and posts written on the topic What I wish I truly knew when I was young, but most of them are about the universal life truths that are true no matter the age, and which we frequently remember, but are at the same time somewhat too lazy to follow. Whether this is; travel as much as possible, save some money, enjoy the moment, you can learn something from anyone in life, take care of your health, make a good first impression, spend as much time as possible with the people you love, love is the most important

You only get out what you put into it

Life can be very unfair from time to time, but not always. There is one important rule in life that we often forget about and is quite fair. You only get as much out of life as you put into it.  Nothing worthwhile comes easily. Nothing great can be achieved quickly and effortlessly. If you want to blossom in life, you will have to put more into it than other people do. The global trends are unfortunately heading into the opposite direction. We are becoming more and more of a “fast food” population in many ways, where fast food doesn’t only