Crazy or genius? Well, writer/thinker/speaker James Altucher has them both covered in an entertaining way. This is his take on Malcolm Gladwell’s famous 10 000 hour rule. I like it so I quote it in part below and link to his full post here.
Throughout my life I’ve always embraced change. At times it’s been a survival strategy, other times it’s just been a transport from boredom.
I simply think it’s dangerous to get too static, because life isn’t. Life moves, changes, transforms.
It’s a strange headline I know. But it’s there simply because that “Sweden What the fuck happened” is the entry page for many of my visitors to this blog although it only contains the now almost legendary image of Stellan Skarsgård as a viking and some nightclub kids with 80s hairstyle, androgyne faces and lots of bronzer in their faces.
I’ve previously written some posts on how easy it is to lose your focus when there are thousands of things trying to grab your attention: Adapting to the increasing speed of change and Rambling on patience, blogs and the meaning of life, but it seems like a topic I keep coming back to.
There is nothing better to open up your senses and relax your mind than traveling. Thankfully, Lenah and I are aligned when it comes to where we spend our hard-earned money. We have decided not buy property (can’t really afford it) and lots of stuff. Instead we’re focusing on eating and drinking well, traveling and enjoying life to the max. Because what good is buying lots of stuff really? In fact, we don’t even own a car, we rent one when we need it. It’s cost- and environmentally friendly.
The Progress Principle: Using Small Wins to Ignite Joy, Engagement, and Creativity at Work is a must read for you who want to get more out of your teams, departments and companies. And don’t forget yourself. Baby steps!
Most successful companies today care about design. Design appeals and design sells. Design definitely matters. Think Apple. Think Harley Davidson. Think Ferrari. Think Lamborghini. They sell bikes or cars? No, they sell a lifestyle.
Be honest. Be clear. Both when you communicate to employees, colleagues, customers and partners. Don’t promise something there isn’t. Never disappoint – Impress! Under promise and Over deliver.
I’m soon about to finish Freedom by Jonathan Franzen and I was lusting for something non-fiction. In the end I picked up Business guru Tom Peters book Re-Imagine!: Business Excellence in a Disruptive Age at one of the local bookstores in Sliema. It seems pretty good although after checking back on Amazon I saw that I should probably have bought The Little Big Things: 163 Ways to Pursue EXCELLENCE instead.
I’m currently reading a book about recognition as a powerful management tool on my Kindle. It’s called the The Daily Carrot Principle and it’s written by Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton (where do people get these cool names?).