Sunday, July 19, 2015

30 Insights for a Life of Acute Brilliance

  1. The great call on our lives is to do our part to make other lives better.
  2. Get enough rest. It's a key factor in high performance + longevity.
  3. Focus on how far you've come versus how far you still have to go.
  4. Make the time to thank those who have encouraged you along the way.
  5. Remind yourself relentlessly that mastery comes from going to your edges rather than clinging to what's known.
  6. Do more things that make you happy.
  7. Practice removing complaint from your vocabulary (bonus tip: complaint is often frozen anger).
  8. See your work as your craft. And devote yourself to knowing more about what you do than anyone who has ever done what you do.
  9. Remember that creativity + peak productivity are seasonal: there's a time to plant and a time to harvest.
  10. Be kind to strangers. You just might save a life this way.
  11. Regularly rewrite how you will have wished you will have lived on the last day of your life in your journal. This heightens your focus on doing what counts. And trains your brain to get it done.
  12. Read for an hour a day. This ritual opens up frontiers that will make you a better producer, a deeper thinker and a richer human.
  13. Walk into the situations that terrify you. This is how bravery grows. And the finest way I know of to take your power back.
  14. Know that internal power, cultivated via years of inner work (reading + visualizing + contemplating + affirming + journaling + discussing + meditating + going to conferences etc.) is exponentially more valuable (and fulfilling) than external power (titles/status/cash)...a strong character always beats a large bank account...and decency lasts longer than fame.
  15. When you stumble, just say "I am sorry".
  16. When you hurt, just feel the hurt.
  17. When you love, just trust in it fully.
  18. When you dream, know it's the wisest part of you suggesting the next level available to you. Take the hint.
  19. Remind yourself that health is wealth. And should you lose yours, nothing will be more important than getting it back.
  20. Protect your mindset. Negative stimuli have never been so everywhere. So please: Less news and more beauty. Less gossip and more art. Less grumbling and more gratitude.
  21. Learn from the past but don't wallow in it.
  22. Remember that your income will never exceed your self-identity. And that your outer results mirror your inner story.
  23. When you fall, get back up. When you win, decide how you'll make it even better.
  24. Work hard on being more present. Presence is rare these days--and a phenomenal gift to give those who intersect your days.
  25. Laugh at yourself. Life's too short to take yourself too seriously.
  26. Trust that blaming others is excusing yourself.
  27. Know that success lies around a brilliant execution on the fundamentals.
  28. Having a grand vision is cool. Being amazing at getting it done is far hipper.
  29. Be good at living your own life + values versus great at living everyone else's.
  30. Don't miss the so-called ordinary pleasures every day brings to the wise soul who notices them...the singing birds or the beautiful coffee or the inspirational poem or the laughing child or the clean water or breezes winding through the lush trees...witnessing these forges a life gorgeously lived...

... via Robin Sharma

Sunday, June 14, 2015

The 26 Titan Principles by Robin Sharma

  1. To lead a giant life, begin with giant thoughts.
  2. Greatness begins beyond your comfort zone.
  3. To have a life very few have, do the things few will do.
  4. The marketplace always rewards mastery.
  5. To become a 20x better person, set - and execute - a 20x larger vision
  6. Your performance rises to the level of your associations.
  7. Great projects are produced via great passion (not cold logic).
  8. Dreams (and ideas) are worthless without execution that is absolutely relentless.
  9. Your life reflects what you’ve settled for.
  10. It’s not only your opportunity but your responsibility to achieve rare-air success.
  11. Excuses are liars.
  12. Fears are thieves.
  13. Be a champion versus a cynic, an encourager versus a critic.
  14. To have an amazing company, develop an amazing team.
  15. Your work is your craft. Your life is your art.
  16. Generosity breeds victory.
  17. To make millions, help millions.
  18. Focus is more valuable than intelligence.
  19. The future belongs to the misfits, oddballs and visionaries.
  20. If it’s not messy, it’s not true progress.
  21. Take care of the relationship and the money will take care of itself.
  22. Success loves the persistent.
  23. The quality of your practice defines the caliber of your performance.
  24. Impact is more lucrative than income.
  25. Nothing changes until your mission becomes your obsession.
  26. Safe is boring. Daring is hip.

... via FB - Robin Sharma

Monday, April 27, 2015

20 Awesome Productivity Tricks Anyone Can Use

Even though we all want to be more productive, it’s hard to make major changes. Small changes are easy– and can be incredibly powerful. That’s why the following 20 tips are simple enough you can immediately incorporate them into your daily routine. Some tips will help you better use your time. Others will help you harness your energy. Others will help you stay more focused. No matter what, they all work. So try a few – or try them all!--Jeff Haden

1. Create Systems, Not Goals 
Commit to a process, not a goal. Don’t just set a goal of creating better customer relationships; commit to calling at least two customers a day to ask how you can better serve them. Don’t just set a goal of landing new clients; commit to cold-calling at least two leads every day. Commit to a process that leads to a goal and you’re much more likely to achieve that goal. Focus on what you will do, not on what you want to happen.

2. Make Temptations Hard to Reach 
Call this the “pain in the butt” technique: when something is hard to do, you’ll do it less. Store sodas in the refrigerator and keep bottles of water on your desk. Put the TV remote in an upstairs closet. Shut down your browser so it’s harder to check out TMZ. Use a “productivity” laptop that intentionally doesn’t have a browser or email, leave your phone behind, and move to a conference room to get stuff done. Convenience is the mother of distraction, so make it a pain in the butt to satisfy your temptations.

3. Maximize Your Most Important Tasks 
All of us have things we do that make the biggest difference. (For me it’s actually sitting down and writing.) What two or three things contribute most to your success? What two or three things generate the most revenue? Then eliminate all the extra “stuff” to the greatest extent possible so you reap the benefits of spending time on the tasks that make you you.

4. Purposely Allow Less Time for Key Projects 
Time is like a new house. We eventually fill a bigger house with furniture, and we eventually fill a block of time with “work.” So take the opposite approach. Limit the amount of time you allow yourself to complete an important task. You’ll be more focused, more motivated, your energy level will be higher… and you’ll actually get more done.

5. Chunk Housekeeping Tasks 
Even though we’d like to focus solely on our most important tasks, we all have stuff we still need to do. Instead of sprinkling those activities throughout the day– or, worse, taking care of them when they pop up– collect and take of them in preplanned blocks. Better yet, schedule that block for when you know you’ll be tired or in need of a mental break. That way you’ll still feel (and be) productive even when you’re not at your best.

6. Just Say No 
You’re polite. You’re courteous. You’re helpful. You want to be a team player. You’re overwhelmed. Say “no” at least as often as you say yes. You can still be polite while protecting your time. And you should protect your time – time is the one asset no one can afford to waste.

7. Start Small So You Won't Mind 
Say you decided you should cold-call 20 new prospects every day. Great idea – but sounds daunting. Sounds really hard. Sounds almost impossible… so you won’t. Instead, start small. You can call 2 people a day, right? That sounds easy. That you will do. Then, in time, it will feel comfortable to increase the number. Whenever you want to create a new habit, start small so you will actually start – and stick with it through that tough early time when habits are hard to form.

8. Build In Frequent Breaks 
Small, frequent breaks are a great way to refresh and recharge. Like the Pomodoro Technique, a time-management strategy where you work on one task for 25 minutes and then take a 5-minute break. (To time yourself you can use a kitchen timer or your phone…) The key to not burning out is to not let burnout sneak up on you. Scheduling regular short breaks ensures that won’t happen.

9. Follow the 2-Minute Rule 
Here’s one from Getting Things Done: when a task takes less than 2 minutes, don’t schedule it, don’t set it aside for later, don’t set a reminder… just take care of it. Now. Then it’s done. Besides, don’t you have enough on your schedule already?

10. Actively Schedule Free Time 
Free time shouldn’t just happen by accident. Free time shouldn’t be something you get around to if you get a chance. Plan your free time. Plan activities. Plan fun things to do. Not only will you enjoy the planning – and the anticipation – you’ll also actually have more fun. And the happier you are, the more motivated and productive you will be over the long term. Which, of course, is what personal productivity is all about.

11. Exercise First Thing in the Morning 
Exercise is energizing. Exercise will make you healthier. Exercise can make you smarter. Plus exercise can improve your mood for up to 12 hours after you work out. So there you go. Work out for 20 minutes first thing. Feel better. Be smarter. Be less stressed. Have a more productive day. Can’t beat that.

12. Eat a Healthy Lunch Every Day 
We’ve all eaten a heavy lunch that seemed to kill the rest of the day. So take a different approach. See lunch as fuel for your afternoon – and as one meal you know will be healthy. Plan to eat a portion of protein that fits in your palm and a couple vegetables or fruits. Make it easy and pack your lunch and then you won’t waste time driving to and from a restaurant.

13. Drink a Lot More Water 
It’s extremely likely you don’t drink enough water. That’s too bad, because feeling good sparks motivation and effort. Plus if you drink water first thing in the morning you’ll boost your metabolism. Drink more water throughout the day and you’ll be less hungry, feel more energetic, decrease your chances of contracting certain diseases… and you’ll have to get up more often to use the restroom which ensures you’re more active throughout the day.

14. Take a Productivity Nap 
A quick nap can improve creativity, improve your memory, and improve your ability to stay focused. Besides that, neurologists tout the learning benefits of mid-day siestas.Silicon Valley companies compete to see who can design the the coolest… more

15. Make More Time For Your Favorite People 
Think about the people you’ve met recently. Who left you feeling more motivated, more excited, more energetic… who made your life better? Then seek to spend more time with them. Surround yourself with people who can improve your life and your life will naturally improve. Sounds obvious – but is also something we all too often forget.

16. Count Your Blessings Before Bed 
Take a second before you turn out the light. In that moment, quit worrying about what you don’t have. Quit worrying about what others have that you don't. Think about what you do have. You have a lot to be thankful for. Feels good, doesn't it? Count your blessings every night and you’ll start the next day in a much more positive way.

17. Use Your Mind For Thinking, Not Remembering 
Here’s another Getting Things Done tip. Don’t clutter your thoughts with mental to-do lists or information you need to remember. Write all those things down. Then you can focus on thinking about how to do things better, how to treat people better, how to make your business better. Don’t waste mental energy trying to remember important tasks or ideas. That’s what paper is for.

18. Turn Off Alerts 
Your phone buzzes. Your email dings. Chat windows pop up. Every alert sucks away your attention. So turn them off. Go alert-free, and once every hour or so take a few minutes to see what you might have missed. Chances are you’ll find out you missed nothing,but in the meantime you will have been much more focused.

19. Be Inspired By Small Successes 
Change is tough. Habits are hard to form. If you want to learn a new skill, don’t decide you’ll become world-class. The goal is too big, the road too long. Instead decide you’ll learn to do one small thing really, really well. Then build on that. Success, even minor success, is motivating and creates an awesome feedback loop that will motivate you to do another small thing really well. One step at a time you might someday become world-class… which, after all, is how that works. Start small, stick with it, and someday your big dream will be a reality.

20. Stop In the Middle 
Take it from Ernest Hemingway: "The best way is always to stop when you are going good and when you know what will happen next. If you do that every will never be stuck." His advice applies to all kinds of work. When you stop in the middle of a project you know what you've done, you know exactly what you'll do next, and you'll be excited to get started again.

... via

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Jack Ma : Success is not a Miracle

"แท้จริงแล้ว คนเราต่างกัน แค่เพียงนิดเดียว"
"ความสำเร็จไม่มีปาฏิหาริย์ มีเพียงแค่ลู่ทางเท่านั้น"
  1. คุณนอนอู้อยู่บนเตียง เขากำลังออกกำลังกายอยู่ ดังนั้นเขามีสุขภาพดีกว่าคุณ
  2. คุณทำงานไปวันๆ เขาตั้งใจทำงาน ดังนั้นเขากลายเป็นหัวหน้าของคุณ
  3. คุณกำลังทำโครงการวันนี้ให้เสร็จ เขากำลังวางแผนโครงการของปีหน้า ดังนั้นเขาจึงสามารถครอบครองโอกาสมากกว่าคุณ
  4. คุณกำลังหาข้ออ้าง เขากำลังแก้ไขปัญหา ดังนั้นธุรกิจการงานของเขาประสบความสำเร็จมากกว่าคุณ
  5. คุณเพลินกับการใช้จ่าย เขากำลังบริหารทรัพย์สิน ดังนั้นเขาสมบูรณ์มั่งคั่งมากกว่าคุณ
  6. คุณกำลังคิดถึงผลประโยชน์ของตัวเอง เขากำลังคิดและพิจารณาถึงผลประโยชน์ของอีกฝ่ายหนึ่ง ดังนั้นเขาจึงมีความสัมพันธ์กับผู้คนมากกว่าคุณ
... แจ๊ค หม่า

Friday, March 20, 2015

8 Essential Strategies for Success in 2015

  1. Clarify your Big Why?
  2. Confront the Cost
  3. Narrow your Focus!
  4. Enlist your Support Crew
  5. Make it Measureable
  6. Start Small
  7. Prepare for Setbacks
  8. Invest in your Best

By Margie Warrell, bestselling author, Forbes contributor, and keynote speaker ... via @ AMEX Tumblr

30 Things to Start Doing for Yourself

  1. Spending time with the right people.
  2. Facing your problems head on.
  3. Being honest with yourself.
  4. Making your own happiness a priority.
  5. Being yourself, genuinely and proudly.
  6. Noticing and living in the present.
  7. Valuing the lessons your mistakes teach you.
  8. Being more polite to yourself.
  9. Enjoying the things you already have.
  10. Creating your own happiness.
  11. Giving your ideas and dreams a chance.
  12. Believing that you're ready for the next step.
  13. Entering new relationships for the right reasons.
  14. Giving new people you meet a chance.
  15. Competing against an earlier version of yourself.
  16. Cheering for other people's victories.
  17. Looking for the silver lining in tough situations.
  18. Forgiving yourself and others.
  19. Helping those around you.
  20. Listening to your own inner voice.
  21. Being attentive to your stress level and take short breaks.
  22. Noticing the beauty of small moments.
  23. Accepting things when they are less than perfect.
  24. Working toward your goals every single day.
  25. Being more open about how you feel.
  26. Taking full accountability for your own life.
  27. Actively nurturing your most important relationships.
  28. Concentrating on the things you can control.
  29. Focusing on the possibility of positive outcomes.
  30. Noticing how wealthy you are right now.

By Marc Chernoff, co-founder, marcandangel ... via @ AMEX Tumblr

Things I wish Someone Told Me When I Was 18

  1. Commit yourself to making lots of mistakes.
  2. Find hard work you love doing.
  3. Invest time, energy and money in yourself every day.
  4. Explore new ideas and opportunities often.
  5. When sharpening your career skills, focus more on less.
  6. People are not mind readers. Tell them what you're thinking.
  7. Make swift decisions and take immediate action.
  8. Accept and embrace change.
  9. Don't worry too much about what other people think about you.
  10. Always be honest with yourself and others.
  11. Talk to lots of people in college and early on in your career.
  12. Sit alone in silence for at least ten minutes every day.
  13. Ask lots of questions ?????
  14. Exploit the resources you do have access to.
  15. Live below your means.
  16. Be respectful of others and make them feel good.
  17. Excel at what you do.
  18. Be who you were born to be.

By Marc Chernoff, co-founder, marcandangel ... via @ AMEX Tumblr