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Criteria for Success

I recognize myself to be an intensely naive person. Most novelists are, despite frequent pretensions to deep socio-political insight. – Zadie Smith

I wanted to improve on my writings. I’ve blogged a lot. There is a lot of word counts there, and yet, my skills are nowhere sufficient.

What is needed for success?

Jeff Goins once said, to improve on your writing, you need to focus on the frequency, not on quantity. It is better to write consistently and to binge-writing.

Think about it. It does make sense, isn’t it?

It is easier for us to accept new habit, if we make it ridiculously easy. It is easier to say, I’ll write ten minutes a day,  daily, instead of one hour a day, once a week.

Also, our mind thrives with manageable stress, and not in overwhelming stress. Binge-writing, for example 8 hours straight, cause strain on your brain. You will lose focus, feel derailed,  lose interest, lose determination. Stress is a main killer for creativity, a key component for writing.

Focus on frequency, not in quantity.

The more you write, the more frequent you write, the better you become.

This applies to every skills that you want to master.

 

Meng

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Definite Purpose

Strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle. – Napoleon Hill

What do you really want to achieve in life? Would it be better if you have clarity in your life purpose? Would it help if you are focused in a singular pursuit of excellence?

Napoleon Hill, author of Think and Grow Rich, always emphasized on the definiteness of purpose. You must have definite goal to succeed.

What is your definite purpose?

For me, it is about writing this blog. But what is it that I am trying to achieve? All this time, I write as and when there is something that catches my attention.

I want to impart knowledge. Of the things I read. Of the things I heard. Of the things I experienced. So that it may help you in one way or another.

I want to be a good writer. I want to be interesting. That my writings is witty. And full of poetry.

Once I knew what is it that I want to achieve, things do get a little easier to achieve.

I want to impart knowledge. This is simple.  Find a topic, and think of 3 actionable, step-by-step approach. Knowledge is potential power, until it finds a way to be acted upon. Applied knowledge is power; knowledge is not.

I want to be a good writer. This is simple too, although it won’t be easy. Writing is a learn-able skill, just like any skills in life. Some people may be gifted in this area. For the rest of people, including yours truly, it only means one thing – freaking, hard work. We have to work hard for it. Write every single day. Read more. Learn poetry and other people’s writings.

Once you have definite purpose, things look clearer now. You know how to focus on your energy. You have a direction now. You don’t feel so much stress. You don’t feel like you are being pulled in a thousand directions.

What is your definite purpose?

 

Meng

Letters for Mentors

I have a mentor. I have… guides. I have a lot of guides. Not a lot, but people whose opinions I really respect and who I will turn to. – Jake Gyllenhaal

We all know the benefits of getting a mentor, or mentors for the fact.  Now that you already have a mentor, congratulations! What’s next?

What’s the use of having a mentor if you didn’t make full use of it? Mentors are not trophies that you collect and display at the display rack.

A mentor is there to guide you. He or she doesn’t spoon-feed you. How then do you make full use of this new relationship?

Write to them daily. Give an update to them on the following:

Actions that you have taken and the results shown. Mentors like people who take actions. It is not all talks and chit chat. At the end of the day, results prevail. And to get results, you need to put in the action.

Problems encountered and challenges faced. Life is not all rosy. Describe the issues that appear. It could be a problem faced today that you will solve tomorrow, or a problem today that you would seek your mentor’s advice, or even a problem that cannot be solved.

Questions for the mentors. This is where you seek valuable advice and guidance from your mentors. The questions should be based on your mentors’ experience and niche knowledge, not something that can be found easily online. Else, it would be spoon-feeding to you.

Repeat this activity daily, and see the patterns that arises. If you take this exercise seriously, you will find:
1. You are taking more and more actions. Actions lead to results. And more results will lead to more favorable results.
2. You will see a pattern. Successful people thrive from consistent patterns.
3. You will see if your are solving your problems independently or with your mentors’ help.
4. The problems you faced will be more difficult, hence you are leading a higher standard of life. You’re breaking through your comfort zone.
5. You’re giving more and more valuable questions to your mentors, and learning at a higher speed in the same time.

What would you start asking from your mentor today?

Meng

 

Curate or Create

Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. – Franklin D. Roosevelt

As a blogger, it’s my intention to create value to my readers.

Bloggers constantly churn out new materials. New articles. New contents.

However, creative juice may run dry.

You may hit a writer’s block.

You may be stuck, unable to write.

How then do you proceed?

Well, there’s an alternative. You can curate.

Curate is simply a process of collecting relevant articles and mash them into an interesting piece of rojak (salad dish).

One doesn’t simply dump all the information in one place.

Curate is an arts. You choose what information you want to collect.

You choose which categories to use.

You choose which information goes into which category.

It is as much of the things you take out as to the things you put in to your writings.

To curate, one doesn’t  reinvent the wheels.

To curate, one consolidate the wisdom of the world.

To curate, one must be creative and innovative. It is an arts, not a landfill.

As of writing, curate helps in all areas of life. It’s a matter of investigation, to gather information of life and to sort them out.

How do you curate your life story? How do you curate ideas of healthy lifestyle? How do you curate ideas of study smart? How do you curate ideas of fulfilling relationships with your loved one?

 

Meng