Eidetic learning through observation

Many scientific discoveries have been found through luck and attention to details.  Probably 80% of debugging any programmist performs involves attention to details. Good user interface and graphical design require immense attention  to details. Ability to observe minor changes and make good and quick decision is important in all human endeavors I can think of, …

Finding time to read more

Quite often I am asked: “When can I find time to read?”. This is a very good question, and there are several disciplines that address it from several perspectives. First of all, if you do not have time to procrastinate you will probably have no time to read. It is important to understand, that just …

Mind and body

We understand that there is some connection between mind and body. I have many posts regarding specific aspects of this connection. In this particular post I will mention some of the issues addressed in-depth elsewhere on this blog. Muscle memory or kinesthetic learning is applicable to people whose memorization skill is closely linked to body …

Career and happiness

This was never a secret, but now it is official: millennials are the most stressed age group out there. Financial concerns are a viable reason to be stressed. High college loans and uncertainty regarding future employment, fear of taking mortgage to buy your own apartment, rising social gaps… There is no safe financial haven for …

Learning and unlearning career choice

As technological and scientific progress quickens, we constantly need to learn and unlearn new material. What should we learn? How should we unlearn? What remains unchanged? “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn” – Alvin Toffler. When we need …

Constructive thinking

All the knowledge in the world will not help you if you sabotage your own success.This article suggest a simple set of questions to check your ability to cope with challenges. When something unfortunate happens to me, it reminds me of all the other things wrong in my life, which adds to my unhappiness. Destructive …

Secret genius tricks

This post poses a question: what kind of mental models are associated with genius? Develop a “hacker” mindset:  possess some intellectual curiosity. Solve problems for fun. Fun is actually a very important recurring motive. If you do not enjoy what you do you cannot focus, get into “flow” and achieve an outstanding result. Eliminate, automate …

Mental models

Mental models are very useful for problem solving. Put simply, mental models are the set of tools that you use to think. Each mental model offers a different framework that you can use to look at life (or at an individual problem). Consider a toolbox: for every task there is a tool best suited for …

Superlearner story: man vs computer.

Why should we train at all? It is well-known in professional circles that a good computer can already beat a great chess master.  A computer can easily beat  a polymath  in Jeopardy game.  he computers are so good in fooling humans, that for the last 10 years only a professional and experienced interrogator will know …

Generate obsessive reading habit

There is little point in reading fast unless you read a lot. Getting sucked into reading is simple and has to do with pleasure: Read the books that you enjoy reading. Enjoy the thought of reading the next book. Generate a list of stuff you would LOVE to read. Dive into reading for fun. Take …