A twist on the 99% idea is that the vast majority of people (say 99%) - or even better, the totality of people in the 99% of cases - will not act on the information they are given or on the knowledge they are accumulating. They will just keep falling back to hold habits and … Continue reading Advantage
The moment we think: "if you want things done right, do it yourself". That is the moment things actually stop being done. No matter the level we reach in our career, we are not responsible for everything and we are not capable of doing everything. The illusion that telling others what needs to be done … Continue reading Things done right
If you have to be bold about one thing in life, be bold about picking yourself. The time of waiting for others to pick us is over. Bosses, teachers, examiners, recruiters are nowadays just as powerful as we let them. Be the one to pick yourself instead. To do what you are passionate about. To … Continue reading Bold
Your boss is not appreciating your work as they should. That colleague of yours never invites you to important meetings. Your family does not grant you enough time to cultivate your passion. The company you want to work for did not answer your application. Recruiters in your area are simply looking for a different profile. … Continue reading What is holding you back?
When you are rejected, the opportunity is not in "better luck next time", or "it's their loss", or "you are better than this". The opportunity is in taking a step back and checking where it hurts. Are you disappointed because you cannot pay the next bill or because you were enjoying what you were doing? … Continue reading Where it hurts
When somebody attacks you on some of the features that define you (your work, your values, your reputation), all you can do is continue nurturing those very same features. Going head-to-head can be fascinating in a sense. Demolishing the attacker's argument, pointing out all the good that you have done, bringing people onboard to testify … Continue reading Here to stay
It is difficult not to be bothered by a fly in a closed room. For as much as you force yourself into a state of flow, the fly will make its presence noticeable incessantly, and eventually you will be left with two options: either be distracted by it - shooing it away, having your pressure … Continue reading Out of the room
How much information do we consume daily? And out of that, how much information do we understand, evaluate, put into our daily practice, and eventually use to improve? We have never been more exposed to facts, theories, news, practices, frameworks. We have never been more superficial.
We are rarely as nervous and preoccupied as when we attempt something for the first time. Yet, in principle most of us are ok with the idea of failure when trying something new. The first time is a learning opportunity, a chance to put in practice some of the theory we have read about, a … Continue reading The first time
Focus is one of the most important things if you want to drive meaningful change. It can be trained. Sit down thirty minutes and do your work. No distractions, no breaks, no walks to the kitchen for a snack or a glass of water, no telephone in sight, no notifications on the computer. Just plain … Continue reading All you need