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

Zombie life

The opposite of a successful startup is a zombie company. The opposite of the Agile and Lean Life is a Zombie Life. Zombie life is being stuck in the land of the living dead. You don’t actually live, you just exist. On the one hand, there is no death, but on the other, there is no growth or moving ahead either. It’s just a terrible drain of human energy, only waiting for life to pass by. I know it sounds horrible, but unfortunately many people are living such a zombie life. There are ten areas you have to manage in life

The key principles of the Agile and Lean Life – Have it ALL Manifesto

This blog post is the Agile and Lean Life Manifesto, setting the foundations and key principles for living the Agile and Lean life. The twelve principles introduced in the manifesto are based on best business practices like “lean manufacturing”, “lean start-up”, “agile development” and other advanced business strategies, transformed so they can be used for managing personal life. In addition to that, a few best personal development practices and my own, already tested, ideas are also included. The five most important goals of living an Agile and Lean life are to: Acquire inner assets faster (knowledge, skills, decision-making power …) Create more

Personas – Know what you want

One thing in life is sure. The more exactly, accurately and the sooner you know what you want from life, the easier your will get it. Usually the most successful people in the world are the ones who know what they want to do in life from a very young age, and have the talent to really do it. The best programmers, athletes, businessmen and so on, they all know that they were born to excel at exactly one thing. Knowing what you want in life allows you to focus on that thing only. If you are lucky and the environment supports

When asking people for advice

Advice as past decision justification There is one really important thing you should know when asking people for advice. In most cases, people will give you advice that justifies their past decisions or reflects their personal experience. Practical example Let me give you an example. A few years ago, I’ve started taking better care of my health. Since I had not done any exercise for 30 years, I had had very weak core muscles. Consequently, I have damaged my hand ulnar nerve. Bad posture contributed to nerve entrapment in my spine. Now if anyone asks me whether they should exercise

Organize yourself

This is the third part of the best time management guide you will ever find. Enjoy the article. Part 1: The biggest time wasters Part 2: Eliminate distractions from your life Part 3: Organize yourself Organizing yourself You have minimized all the time wasters in your life. You have unsubscribed from most of the identified distractions. Now you have some additional free time in your life. It is time for you to organize yourself and boost productivity to the full. Let’s see how. The following techniques are not advanced Agile and Lean Life approaches, but very basic tools and ideas

Eliminate distractions from your life

This is the second part of the best time management guide you will ever find. Enjoy the reading. Part 1: The biggest time wasters Part 2: Eliminate distractions from your life Part 3: Organize yourself Eliminating distractions from your life Let’s move from the biggest time wasters (Part 1) to distractions. In the first step, you want to spend as little time as possible on the time wasters we mentioned:  E-mail and IM (1) Social networks (2) Meetings and too much socializing (3) Daily news (4) Conferences (5) Useless apps on smartphones and tablets (6) Unnecessary logistics and in-between time (7) TV, movies and

The only time management guide you will ever need

The most valuable asset you have in your life is time. If you had infinite time on this planet, you could achieve every single thing you wanted. The time limitation is the biggest burden of our lives. Therefore the first rule of success is to manage time wisely. A successful person and a homeless person have the same amount of time on a day to day basis. I know that every one of us is facing a different level of life challenges, but in general, both individuals spend their time and set their priorities very differently. You can achieve only

Fit

The magical word in lean start-up entrepreneurship is product/market fit. When starting a new company, you may have the most competent people, the best management in the world, enough capital, the best business plan, the right market trend etc., but if you don’t have the product/market fit, none of the things listed above can really help you. Product/market fit means that you have the right product for the right market. It means that you are solving a problem that people are willing to pay for, or that you are satisfying a certain segment of customers with a very specific need.