Speedreading compared to guitar mastery

Learning to master a tool is a very generic task. There are certain similarities between mastering a guitar, speedreading, calligraphy, or blind typing. Yet we need to make the entire journey each time for every new tool. The process is physical, mental, and somehow spiritual. Repetition is the mother of learning One of my students …

Your most valuable resources: time, money and focus

Personally, we have three convertible resources: time, money, and focus. For each activity, we can choose how much of each to allocate. As a rule, nothing is free… If we do not pay with time and money we pay with focus, for example when we see advertising. I wish there was a general optimization theory …

Allow yourself to rest and boost productivity

This is a bit counterintuitive. When we must be most productive we tend to throw in everything we have and be obsessed about it. Instead, we should calm down, maybe even rest, and be very accurate about how we apply our energy.  I guess it is a bit easier for people trained in some martial …

Success factors

In my endless quest for productivity, I have found multiple success formula by different authors. Here I want to discuss some of the factors involved including the things that I know about them. Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration. This is a quote of Thomas Edison, maybe the most successful inventor ever, …

Why success looks so similar to failure

Some people appear to be successful but inside feel like a failure. Others are just the opposite. Why does success look so much like a failure and what we can learn from it? This article is inspired by the book “Good to great“. The towering companies that fall In 2001 an influential book was published, …

Shared memory

Is there such a thing as a national memory, a memory shared between many people and not specific to any person? Once I would be skeptical, but now I would argue, there is and we can become a part of it. Identity defined by the memory Our identity is often defined by our experiences. If …

Find a mentor to bridge the gap between the school and the job

The first job you get will often define your career. For every other job, you will be able to present the biography, recommendation, and explanation of your experience. The first job is different. It defines your expertise, the kind of reputation you have and the path your career will take. Today I will talk from …

How to ace your homework

Homework is the biggest time investment during school years. And after the school homework disappears. Or not? How can we ace homework? What can we do after school is over? Why do the kids get homework? Kids spend much less time at school than they do at home. Students spend more time at school than …

College and career

Our careers is usually set well before we understand what happened. The childhood and college years are more important than we know. And to be honest the specific subjects we learn are not as important as other, less explicit messages. More reading here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here. Why even get a college …

Angry children

Some of our kids are angry. Especially after the COVID19 period. There is a lot of suppressed energy. Nobody can handle effectively so many changes during one year. But angry children are nothing new. They have always been around. And in theory, we should know how to handle them effectively. More reading here, here, here, here, …