Scott Young is a writer of a few books that are mostly about learning more and productivity. He is probably famous for his astonishing project of finishing a four year MIT Computer Science curriculum in one year learning on his own without being at MIT. He writes in a blog mostly about ways of learning more and better. A couple of weeks ago, Scott Young held a webinar about the myths and misconceptions that people have about learning well. The webinar was not intended to be recorded, so I had to wake up at 2:30 am to watch it because of the time zone differences, but I consider it totally worth my time and effort. In this article, you can find some notes that I took while attending the webinar, hoping that they might be beneficial for you. (more…)
When you hear the name of Elon Musk, what might be among the first things that pop into your mind?
I guess you might think of a modern “Iron Man”, who is really smart and really brave going after his targets despite all odds and conventional wisdom.
Except being an extraordinary guy for its achievements, his seemingly inhuman work ethic working around 100 hours a week and his big goal of making interplanetary transportation possible, he feels fear too. (more…)
Two weeks ago, I wrote an article telling how we do not have the courage or the determination to face with difficult tasks that we have at hand and suppose that we might postpone important things for the future, expecting that somehow, we are going to be ready to finish them. For those of you that might have not been convinced yet, I would suggest you to reevaluate your opinion by answering the following questions and then be able to think whether you should keep postponing your task. You do not have to answer them for me, but for your own selves. (more…)
Charles M. Schwab, who used to be one of the richest man in the planet, asked the productivity consultant Ivy Lee for some advice that would help his employees increase their work efficiency. The advice he gave to the executives turned out to be something very valuable for which Schwab later paid Lee a sum that is now worth 400,000 dollars. (more…)
A couple of days ago, as I was discussing with a friend of mine about a plan that we had being talking about in the past, he questioned whether we are ready to dive into it or not. This is something that I have also encountered in a number of occasions with others and myself too. In fact, I am aware of a regular trend that has consistently shown up in my experience in most cases when I started something that was outside of my comfort zone. (more…)
Having a long pile of to do items can be overwhelming. Organizing them based on their importance and urgency should be the filters that we should use most of the time. However, there might be also be another useful filter that can come in hand at times when we are not sure that the above mentioned filters are pointing to the right task to be done at a certain period of time. This important filter is the estimation of the time needed for tasks that are on our to-do lists to be completed. (more…)
There are a lot of things that we currently do not have and wish we had, despite the fact that we have a lot of other ones that a lot of other people only dream about. We tend to always look for more things, and aspire to have more, and we forget to appreciate what we currently possess. It is no secret that we might never get all the things that we might want to have, because it is almost impossible.
Yesterday I came across this idea of setting three major priorities at the beginning of each week and do the best out of your efforts to knock them down before the start of the next upcoming week. It sounds really simple and people might start to neglect it, saying that it can be only used by people who are engaged in only a few things, but actually this advice comes from a person who is engaged in a lot of things. (more…)
A few weeks ago a thought came to mind about the reason why I let my guard down before I finish doing something. I almost finished doing a task that I had to do and almost at the end of it, I found myself thinking that I have already finished it so maybe it is time to move on something else. Then I had less motivation to continue as hard as up to that point. I identified the false reasoning that was behind this thought that has kept repeating in my life. (more…)