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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!



Learning to be Awesome

Positive thinking will let you use the ability which you have, and that is awesome. – Zig Ziglar

Have you ever wished that you are awesome in the things that you do? In her TedX Talk, Tasha Eurich shared her 3-steps framework in being awesome.

Know thyself. Everything starts with awareness.  Be honest, don’t overestimate yourself. Recognize your own incompetence. First step in being awesome is to identify the lacking within you in achieving the awesomeness. Set objective measures and use it as a yardstick and see where do you stand.

Pick one thing to work on. You may be tempted to try out many things. A lot of ideas running through your mind. Don’t stretch yourself thin. Remember the Pareto Rule – the 80/20 rule.  Focus on the one thing that would make the most impact in achieving your goal.

Practise daily.  Excellence is not inborn. Instead, what makes someone exceptional is that they earn it through daily practice. Remember 10000 hours of deliberate practice? Think what is it that you want to improve on, list out the steps to achieve it, and reflect on your effectiveness in achieving it.

Effort and commitment would bring you to achieve your goals. It is just a matter of time before you become awesome.

How would you use the 3-steps framework to be awesome?



Stephen Kellogg Job Satisfaction

A good job is more than just a paycheck. A good job fosters independence and discipline, and contributes to the health of the community. A good job is a means to provide for the health and welfare of your family, to own a home, and save for retirement. – James H Douglas Jr.


It has been a tiring week. Involved in a lean project that lasted more than three weeks, with last week being the most hectic. Visitors flew in from various countries and we worked till late at night, learning and adapting to their teachings and advice.

In life, in work-life, we tend to see that there is no job satisfaction. Other jobs always look better than ours. Only 19% of workers in the United States have job satisfaction. Ouuch, that’s grim.

Fret not, Stephen Kellogg showed us 5 tips in finding job satisfaction. There can be satisfaction found in any job, more specifically your job.

1. Find the reason to work. Find the purpose of working. Find the enthusiasm and sustain it. Make everyday like it’s the first day of your dream job.

2. It’s better to be at the bottom of the ladder that you want to climb than on top of the ladder that you don’t want. Know your passion. Climb the ladder worth climbing. Life is too short to live other people’s wishes.

3. Grass is always green at your side. You may think that you have a bad boss, intolerable colleagues, annoying paperwork. Guess what? It isn’t any better elsewhere. Each and every work has the same problem. What should you do? Embrace it, acknowledge it, and learn to adapt to it.

4. Understand the positive impact of your work. It’s not just the money you make. It’s about the service you dish out. It’s about the enthusiasm and contagious positivity vibrating out. It’s about doing something to someone that they couldn’t even repay to you. Your rewards is the smile and the reassuring knowledge that you have left them better than you first met them.

5. Maintain your integrity and core values. Knowing that you can sleep soundly at night for you have done the right thing regardless.

And to end his TedTalk, Stephen presented a song titled “Satisfied Man”.

How can you learn from these 5 strategies and incorporate them into your work?



Adam Braun: The Five Phrases That Can Change Your Life

Happiness consists in giving, and in serving others. – Henry Drummond

Adam Braun is the founder and CEO of Pencils of Promise, a non-profit organization that is committed to build schools and provide education to the needy children in the developing countries.

In his TEDTALK presentation, he shares with us the five phrases that literally change his life, and hopefully us as well.

1. Get out of your comfort zone.

2. Challenge your assumptions, so that you can find your truths.

3. Speak the language of the person you seek to become.

4. Make the little decisions with your head, and the big ones with your heart.

5. How can you create the most positive impact on as many lives as possible?

Behind each phrase is a personal story of Adam, where he has this enlightenment of how his life would unfold. When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.

These are the things that we usually take for granted. Only when we are ready to change, would all these take the spotlights and we are like, “Aha, why didn’t I think of it sooner?”

What would be your life-changing phrases?



Programming Your Mind for Success

To travel is to take a journey into yourself. – Danny Kaye

Carrie Green gave a brilliant talk on being successful.

Why we didn’t take the actions to succeed? Typical reasons (or excuses) given are fear, obstacles, and lack of motivation.

When we are presented with a challenge – what really went through your mind? To dismiss it, to grab it, or to do it out of goodwill?

The mind influences our decisions to make, our actions to take, and subsequently the results we will get.

If we do not know what to do, but we are committed to achieve our end results, what do we do? We ask. It’s as simple as that. Ask for directions and help.

Success needs to have a feeling of being fulfilled. Success without pursuing your passion is wrong. It won’t last. It would make your life hollow.

Success depends on how you control your self-limiting beliefs. Focus on the things that you want to achieve (the why, the what, the how), instead of the awful thoughts and problems.

If you want to know more of her, here’s her facebook page:  https://www.facebook.com/FemaleEntrepreneurAssociation

What would your mind tell you to do? Or rather, what would you tell our mind to think?



Adventure Makes You Smarter, Stronger and Attractive

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page. – Saint Augustine

Tyler Tervooren shared his experiences in travelling. Just like most of other TED Talks, his is highly entertaining.

Smarter: Learning to think on your feet, to try out things that you would never would have done, and embrace the culture of others that you are not aware about.

Stronger: Once you have gone through the most embarrassing moments, there is basically nothing else you wouldn’t attempt. At the moment of time, yes, people would laugh at you. But afterwards, no people care about it, no people would even remember it. But remember,  you had seen the worst and it would give you the strength to do the work that’s important to you. Step out of the comfort zone.

Attractive: People look up to those with big dreams. People will notice, get interested and be a part of them. Big dreams will rally the people behind you to do the things that are meaningful.

What would be your take in travelling?



The First 20hours – TEDx Talk by Josh Kaufman

If people knew how hard I worked to get mt mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all. – Michelangelo


Josh brought up something that I had always wanted to do.

To learn something quick and efficient.

Plenty of things to learn. No time to learn. No technique to learn.

But, Josh just made it simple.  An insight for me.

And the best part? You didn’t need 10000 hours to master it.

You just need 20 hours.  20 hours of deliberate practice.

The key here is deliberate practice.


And with this, I have a new idea.

Stay posted at this blog as I bring you new development to it =)