Mentors, sponsors and career moves

I am not an expert on office politics. Occasionally I wish that I was. I do have many years of job experience and can share some insights. This post is inspired by several resources you should probably read, here, here, here, here. Mentors and sponsors There are two kinds of relationships we need in order …

Grit and perseverance

Typically we describe visualization in the context of creativity and learning since this is a focus of our interest. Visualization is extremely useful in many other situations. Recently I noticed that many of memory masters are very good in activities that typically require grit. I think this is because of the incredible power of visualization. …

Programming psychology

A friend of mine was dreaming of writing the first book about programming psychology, and after a year of collecting anecdotal material he found out there is more than one book on the subject. This sounds strange and stupid, but smart people try to reinvent the wheel even more often than people who are not …

Overlearning

The theory of overlearning is complex, the implementation of overlearning is very simple. You learn something till you get nearly 100% score, take some rest and then you learn it some more to get nearly 100% score the next time you need to use your skill. In other words, if you simply learn something and …

Reinvent yourself

My personal biggest challenge is reinventing myself over and over again. In this article, I want to address the issues I often face and some things I have learned by facing these issues. The need to reinvent myself is a result of my lifestyle. I work with the newest most exciting technologies out there. The …

Source of genius

Is being a genius something we get at birth, something we acquire by hard work or some luck that comes to people who are prepaired for it? Can someone willingly become a genius? There is simply not enough statistical evidence to decide one way or another. Take this article for example. From looking at it …

Comfort zone

Anna has been pushing me out of my comfort zone since we met for 10 years now. She claimed it would help my personal growth. There are actual articles backing up this idea. Let us try to think about it. Our comfort zone typically includes things we feel comfortable doing: things we do automatically, things …

Team building – rebels needed

When we started our mastermind project, accountability group was one of our key offerings. How did we build our groups? Based on common time zone, interests etc. And we failed: the groups did not become magnets of learning and motivation generators. True team-building is a complex task, which we cannot handle from our mail accounts. …

Is there such as thing as too many ideas?

There is such a thing as having too many ideas. In the world of business and entrepreneurship there is an analysis procedure just for this sort of things. You could analyze risks and benefits, business environment, your ability to execute each idea and choose to focus on the best overall prospect. When you treat yourself …

Learning by trial and error

Learning by trial and error is considered to be the slowest and most effort-intensive way to learn. When we try to handle hard tasks, it is often the most obvious way to learn. So if we can learn from our own experience effectively, we can handle increasingly more complex stuff. Naive approach Most people learn …