9 thought-provoking things I've learned last week

Michaela Fiasová
Feb 27, 2018 · 5 min read
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Accomplishing something I intended to do always makes me feel good and motivated (At least until I sit in front of another blank page in Paper and have to start again). Here’s my third curated list of things I found thought-provoking. This time I've focused on articles related with “time”. Enjoy!

1. To figure out what you want you have to let go

“What the f*ck should I do with my life?”

I’m in my twenties and this particular question appears on a monthly regular basis. Darius Foroux tries to answer this question for me and anyone else struggling with this question.

Laying down more questions, he tries to get you on track to happy satisfied life: Do you want to live for a while abroad? Do you want to try something new but you always fear to lose your comfy life? Find a reason. Burn your bridges. Or do the exact opposite and enjoy life for a while. Some things you just can’t force.

2. Things nobody told you about finding a mentor

“Mentors are in many ways the solution to the mess we are in. They’re the people who have been where you’ve been and they can help.”

People like Ryan Holiday and Robert Greene brings the concept of apprenticeship to today’s wide audience. Why it is the future of learning, the surest path to success and skills, how to find the right one, how to keep it and how to make the most of it?

Ryan Holiday suggests starting small, and avoiding words “mentor” and“mentorship.” It’s a relationship, something that develops over time. But it’s not one held for altruistic reasons. Figure out what you can offer and give it. You don’t pay your mentor by helping them, rather than being successful and moving forward — remember that.

3. Distractions Only Exist Because You Allow Them To

The author stretches the importance of taking responsibility for your time. Quoting famous Tony Robins “… it’s your decisions about what to focus on, what things mean to you, and what you’re going to do about them, that will determine your ultimate destiny.”

He suggests to find a routine and stick to it — so you can more easily enter the flow state — or in other words, your most productive time. Every skill you acquire doubles your odds of success — reinvent your free time and learn something new each time you can. And Prioritize relentlessly.

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4. How will AI change the way we think about our work?

Why do you work? Each of us has our answer to that question. When machines release us from our work, what will we do with our time?

These are questions that interest me most in “future of work” discussions. It’s less about technology and more about how we evolve our behavior. What would you do if an algorithm could do most of your tasks? Recent Finland’s experiment shows that people given Universal Basic Income tend to act more creatively. It also supports author’s opinion that people will lean to entertainment and research.

With the simultaneous rise of peer to peer networks, I believe a person’s influence and the size of his network will matter the most. What thinks the article’s author, Robert C. Wolcott? Read more in his thoughtful piece.

5. Don’t let strangers dictate what to do with your time

What’s the one trade with which every creative struggle? Saying no. We love what we do. And who doesn’t like that warm fuzzy feeling after helping someone?

A friend of mine, a successful entrepreneur, once advised me: “Before saying yes to anything, just pause, never rush to a decision. Or just imagine what you’ll have to cut out If you’ll say yes.”

In the article, Jocelyn K. Glein lays down more trade-offs depriving your productivity. Glein suggests simple tweaks to the way that you say “no”: Shift from saying “I can’t do that” to “I don’t do that.” Making a hard set of rules for yourself about what opportunities will get a “yes” is also handy when deciding what opportunity or politely decline.

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Photo by Mitchell Hollander on Unsplash

6. How adaptable you are may predicate your future success

I’m willing to bet that adaptability quotient (AQ) will soon become the primary indicator of success, with IQ and EQ both taking a backseat to how quickly we’re able to keep up with constant change.”

A former IBM Watson strategist Natalie Fratto believes the market value of adaptability will soon outpace EQ. Adaptability describes your ability to change (your behavior, job, platform, place to live, basically anything) according to signals you’ve been able to recognize in your environment.

The author outlines three successful real-life examples to support her point. She also mentioned this article which I found as well as worth a read. What do you think, what will be the next competitive advantage?

7. Harmful Consequences of Political Correctness

Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker argues that political correctness actually breeds the very same extremist views it hopes to defeat. The way he addresses this issue is very well articulated and thought-provoking.

By the way, Pinker has recently published a new book, which is already on my must-read list. Check it out.

PS: I loved this comment under the video

Researcher to a Democrat: “Do you believe that people are too easily offended?”
Democrat: “No of course not. How could you even ask such an offensive question?”

8. Having problems with getting things done? Focus on micro-progress

Similarly, as the author, I’ve always had problems with getting things done. Deadlines were my best motivation and worse enemy. The amount of unnecessary stress was overwhelming. Creating actionable to-do lists and each task into smaller pieces had helped me. And can help you as well.

For any task you have to complete, break it down into the smallest possible units of progress and attack them one at a time. Break them down up into tiny, easily achievable micro-goals, then celebrate each achievement.

9. The things you spend most time on determine your future

I found this tweet really thought-provoking. Patience. That's the key to any success.

What themes or articles had you found interesting last week? Had these ideas resonated with you? Let me know! I’d love to hear your thoughts!🙏

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