Make Clarity in Life

Life is easier when you know what you want—but most people don’t take the time to figure out what they want.

It’s not that we are completely lost, but our efforts are often slightly misdirected. People will work for years and ultimately achieve a lifestyle that isn’t quite what they were hoping for—often, simply, because they never clearly defined what they wanted.

An hour of thinking can save you a decade of work.


It's their mistake, not my failing.

You have no responsibility to live up to what other people think you ought to accomplish. I have no responsibility to be like they expect me to be. It’s their mistake, not my failing.

  • Feynman

You’re under no obligation to remain the same person you were a year ago, a month ago, or even a day ago. You are here to create yourself, continuously.

References

Twitter Feynman


Write a story

How to write a story?

Once upon a time, there was ___. Every day, ___. One day ___. Because of that, ___. Because of that, ___. Until finally ___.

It’s called a ‘story spine’.

Creates a setup, change through conflict, and a resolution.

Useful for writers, marketers, and anyone selling anything.

References

Twitter


Parkinson’s Law

What is Parkinson’s Law?

Parkinson’s Law is the old adage that work expands to fill the time allotted for its completion.

How do you overcome Parkinson’s Law?
  1. Clearly outline your vision statement and drivers.
  2. Clarify roles and responsibilities
  3. Understand what’s in and out of scope.
  4. Identify your trade-offs
  5. Set your timeline
References

Atlassian
Wikipedia


80/20 Rule: The Pareto Principle

80/20 Rule: The Pareto Principle

The 80/20 rule states that about 20% of causes produce about 80% of outcomes.

Accumulative advantage is what begins as a small advantage gets bigger over time. Situations in which small differences in performance lead to outsized rewards are known as Winner-Take-All Effects.

Winner-Take-All Effects in individual competitions can lead to Winner-Take-Most Effects in the larger game of life.

The 1 Percent Rule states that over time the majority of the rewards in a given field will accumulate to the people, teams, and organizations that maintain a 1 percent advantage over the alternatives. You don’t need to be twice as good to get twice the results. You just need to be slightly better.

When the 80/20 Rule Fails

This is the downside of the 80/20 Rule: A new path will never look like the most effective option in the beginning.

References

James Clear on Pareto Prinicple
James Clear on downside of Pareto Prinicple
James Clear on Slightly better


Effort is same for big and small business

One thing about business that people don’t realize: it takes just as much effort to create a small business as it does to create a large one.

Whether you’re Elon Musk or the guy running three Italian restaurants in town, you’re working 80 hours a week; you’re sweating bullets; you’re hiring and firing people; you’re trying to balance the books; it’s highly stressful; and it takes years and years of your life.

In one case, you get companies worth $50-$100 billion and everyone’s adulation. In the other, you might make a little bit of money and you’ve got some nice restaurants. So think big.

References

Naval Ravikant


Philosophy Disclaimer

Sometimes I fail to follow what I say, But I never fail to try.

Everything I say may be wrong.

References

Anand Gandhi


What Marco Polo and a web designer have in common / Wrote it

Marco Polo is merchant who wrote about the ancient silk road. Before many of them traveled through that, but he only wrote it down. Chris who found the css-tricks is similar to him, he wrote about css and eventually build a business from it.

Those Who Teach

Think through the people who are well known in your industry. Why do you know who they are?

Are they the most talented? Sometimes, but often not.

Almost always it is because they teach.

To be known, you must teach

The way I see it, you have two options: keep your skills and knowledge to yourself and be quickly forgotten (like the first explorers) or take the Marco Polo/Chris Coyier path and share what you’ve learned so that you will be remembered.

Nathan Barry


Health Benefits of Friendship

Longevity researcher Dan Buettner on the health benefits of friendship:

I argue that the most powerful thing you can do to add healthy years is to curate your immediate social network. In general, you want friends with whom you can have a meaningful conversation. You can call them on a bad day and they will care. Your group of friends are better than any drug or anti-aging supplement, and will do more for you than just about anything.”

References

The Power of Positive People