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11 skills you can learn in a week that will impress just about anyone

Order and simplification are the first steps toward the mastery of a subject. – Thomas Mann

Business Insider ran the article about learning skills in just 1 week.

It follows Josh Kaufman’s popular TED talk about learning a skill in 20 hours.

Mastery takes 10,000 hours. That separates experts from novice.

However, do we really need to be masters in all realms? Or can we choose the things that we are OK in being a better-than-novice in certain fields, like playing musical instruments and sports?

That’s about knowing your 80/20 rules. What are the critical 20% of the activities that can bring 80% of the mastery? It’s about learning differently, picking the learning techniques with the most impact.

As the year approaches to its end, and 2017 is fast approaching, it’s time to consider. What skills do we want to learn now? Those that would bring tremendous joy to us. And start to take action today!




I think a role model is a mentor – someone you see on a daily basis, and you learn from them. – Denzel Washington

Read this post by Inc.

There are plenty of reasons to finding a good mentor.

A good mentor shares his or her experience.

He can point to you the pitfalls he has once encountered.

She can shorten your learning curve.

He can guide you on the correct path.

She sets you thinking in a different manner.

He can show you the culture of the new environment.

She can introduce you to the persons who could help you.

The truth is, a mentor can do a lot of things. But they can’t do your learning for you. They can’t substitute your hard work. They can’t replace your vision.

A mentor is a guide. A guardian. A friend. Just like a lighthouse, he helps shine for the lost ships. But they can’t sail the ships.

There are plenty of reasons of finding a mentor. The question is – do you have a good mentor?




When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do. – Walt Disney

What do you think is the biggest skill one must have? One skill to succeed in life? One skill to gain happiness in life?

That one skill, you may have known by now, is curiosity. A sense of exploration. To skim through and to deep dive on anything that may interest you. You can have just a brief knowledge of a broad range of subjects by skimming through. Or you could go all out in a particular topics, making you an expert in the process.

If you would show interest, people would be willing to teach you. They feel appreciated. They feel valued.

If you would be curious, you would put in effort. You are focused. And your learning will be a more enjoyable journey.

If you are curious, you would learn more than other people. You will know much more things than you would be settling for. You could be a walking encyclopedia.

Curiosity is a skill. A skill that can be learnt. If only you would pay more attention to your surrounding. If you would just ask one more question. If you would just smile and look at it objectively. Nothing would stop you from being curious.

Curiosity kills the cat. That’s one popular sayings. All it meant is that we don’t delve into matters that  are dangerous, like taking drugs. But we should be curious on other things that are wonderful, that would promote our growth, that is essential in our journey to become a useful person.

Stay curious and let your learning journey begins.



What is the price of your success?

Success is simple. Do what’s right, the right way, at the right time.  -Arnold H. Glasow

What is the price of your success?

There are sacrifices that need to be taken. There are changes in life that you need to make. There are changes in mindset that you need to adopt.

But really, what is the price of your success?

Time. There is no overnight success. We marvel at an overnight sensation, someone who made it at American Idol or The Voice, not knowing the time they put in to perfect their crafts. We seem to forget there is such a rule called 10,000 hours to mastery.

Energy. You need to put in the effort to do it. Success comes from freaking hard work. And it comes from you being persistent, doing the same boring routine day in and day out. It’s about you doing the right thing regardless of the seasons of the year.

Learning. To succeed, you need to keep on learning. The world is forever changing. What works yesterday may not work today. And it will definitely won’t work tomorrow. Someone, somewhere, would come up with a brand new innovation. A better way to do things. A faster and cheaper alternative. A disruptive technology. A whole new world. To stay ahead, we have to keep abreast.

Social. When you put in time and energy in pursuing your dream, there’s no time left for mindless social gathering. Your non-empowering friends would start to desert you, or worse, bring you down, for you are becoming different from them. Someone whom they longed to be, and yet didn’t have the courage  and persistence to pursue it.

Success is a long and tiring road. At times, you may to give up. But think back. Think back on the reasons why are you pursuing it in the first place.

It is a lonely journey going up. It is a long journey going up. But trust me, when all is said and done, it will worth every single effort and time you have put in.

What is the price you have paid to achieve the success you are having at this moment of time? What else could you do for future success?



The best way a mentor can prepare another leader is to expose him or her to other great people. – John C. Maxwell


One of the best ways to learn is to imitate.

To follow the master and see how they work.

To follow steps by steps of what the mentors are doing.

To immerse in the culture, the spirit, the thinking of the experts.

Instead of re-inventing the wheels, just do the same steps.

Follow the blueprints.

I was lucky. For I don’t have one mentor. Not two.  Not three.

But practically the whole of the team.

Each person has something to teach me.

The product engineers teach me on product setup.

The process engineers teach me on the process.

The managers guide me on the presentation skills.

The technicians coach me on hands-on.

The supervisors train me on interpersonal skills when dealing with production workers.

For the first few years, as a matter of facts, up to this time, I am still a learner. A student. Learning from them.

All in all, there is no one personal mentor. Some successful people would swear on one mentor who guided them to success.

For me. I am greedy. Each and everyone can teach me something.

Teaching me of the good things I want to achieve.

Teaching me of the bad things, reminder of what I should not do.

Who would you shadow today? What is the one skills that you want to improve upon? Who can provide the skillset to you – whether they teach you or they show it?

Time Time Time

Lost time is never found again. – Benjamin Franklin

There’s just not enough time in the world.

There’s work to do. Projects, projects, projects. Last minute assignments.

There’s family commitment – to our parents, spouses, kids.

There’s homework and more homework to do. There’s tuition classes to attend. There’s curricular activities in the evening.

There’s dinner with friends. There’s clubbing with the gals. There’s the drinking with the guys.

If only there were 25 hours a day. No, if only there were 48 hours a day.

This calls for time management tips!

One misconception for time management is to do more in less time.

The truth is on doing less within the available time.

What? Doing less?!?!?

Yes, doing less. It’s about you saying “NO” to activities that are not aligned to your goals. Prioritize!

It’s not about the quantity. It’s about the quality of the time spent.

You need to know what are your life goals – what is it that is truly important to you, to your family, to your work.

You need to know what truly add values to your goals.

Anything, and everything, that conflicts with your goals deserve a big “NO” in the request.

Make plans of what you do. Plan your schedules in making the most of your time achieving the things that bring you closer to your dreams.

Learn to do your tasks more efficiently. Cut down the time needed with new knowledge. There is always education – in learning new skills or in seeing your situations differently.

How well do you cope with your time? What is your main method in being more efficient with your time?



I’d still say yes

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn. – Benjamin Franklin

I still say yes. Over and over again. Despite the heart-ache “you” have given me. “You”.

Heard this song over the radio this morning, and memories flashed by. The lyrics struck a chord on my heart.

I’d still say yes to you again
Darlin’ for you, I do it over and over again.

In case you are wondering who is this “you”, rest assured it’s not some pretty gals. It’s about education.

Yes, I know it does sound lame. It is lame. Okay, okay. Let’s continue.

Despite me being failed to complete my masters degree.

Despite it happened just like yesterday.

I had already been eye-ing on another course.

I am interested in studying. There is something in it that I can’t explain.

Perhaps it is the sense of accomplishment.

It does sound ironic, to come out from someone who failed to graduate.

As I told a friend of mine, “I’m addicted to studying”.

But now. This is different. This time it will not be the same.

I’ve learned my lesson. I’ll be focusing on seminars instead. Those 3-4 days courses.

Something like Hyper Island workshops. These look interesting.

Do you share the same passion as me? To continue upgrading yourself through learning. Learning is a life-long process.

What’s the one things you want to learn right now?