Although routines are good for momentum, over time they are very bad for the brain. The brain thrives on novelty, newness, and challenge. As someone seeking rapid growth and progress in your life, you have to balance these two conflicts. You need routines to move forward, but your routines need to continually involve pushing beyond them. Your routine needs to be continually challenging yourself beyond what you’ve ever done before.
According to research on the Big 5 Factors of personality, as people age, they tend to become less and less open to new experiences. They stop seeking novelty and change. They stop imagining a bigger future. Their past becomes increasingly prevalent in predicting who they are and will be. Their life becomes increasingly routine.
… you’d need a lot of technical skills to do this. However, a few people skills will help you a lot. The four main categories of skills to help you are (a) Communication and Framing (b) Facilitating conversations (c) Building Trust and (d) Motivating. Let’s go through some of these and more in detail:
Successful PMs (who build great products and healthy teams) do two important things very well — provide focus to their teams — figure out the right things to do within the right amount of time and create alignment within the team and company — who are the right people to talk to? Are these goals the right ones for the company/team? To achieve this, I believe that a PM should possess two categories of skills –
The questions of “What does it all mean?” and “What is my purpose?” are things we ask when we’re not plugged into this very moment. When we’re paying close attention to the project we’re working on, the book we’re enjoying, or the time we’re spending with our loved ones, we’re not searching for meaning; we already have it.