Tag: self-improvement

Review: The Lean Startup

In the last decade we have seen many startups coming up. Examples are Facebook, WhatsApp, Mint … the list goes on and on. What started as a trend around Silicon Value spreads around the world. We will see more success stories in the future. With the rise of the scene more books are published about the topic. One of the most successful is the Lean Startup by Eric Ries.

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What You Should Watch To Be A Man

These days people are more than ever looking at what they eat. Health and fitness are a part of the mainstream. You (almost) can’t go out eating without a discussion on what you should eat to be healthy. Everybody has an opinion on how a great diet looks like. There is a common understanding that what you consume is important for your bodies well-being. The same understanding is missing for your minds well-being. Regarding movies (and other media) people consume any piece of trash. (Following I will use movies in place of media in general; radio, Internet, newspapers etc.)

What Influence Movies Have

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6 Clever Ways To Ask For Help

Successful people ask for help and so should you! Nobody is a self-made man. Every successful person you know got help in some way or another. They know their strengths and weaknesses. The best way to work around ones weaknesses is by asking for help. Then, the problem gets solved faster, cheaper and better! Still, there is a general aversion to ask for help. Usually it is the fear of rejection or the fear of crossing a line by asking for too much. Asking the right way will increase the chances to get help and decrease the fear.

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Why You Need To Set Networking Goals Immediately

There is an African proverb that says: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” To reach big goals you will need the help of others. There is no way around that fact! Still, some people leave this part of their goals to chance. Here is a better alternative! By setting networking goals you can increase the chance to succeed with your big goals!

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African proverb

The help of the right people will make a big difference in your life. You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Networking goals are a soft framework that helps you to find those people.

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The Power Of Sexual Transmutation Will Make You Awesome

In the 143rd episode of Seinfeld, called “The abstinence”, Georges’ girlfriend has mononucleosis. They can’t have sex for six weeks. The lack of sex changes George. It turns him into a genius. There are several scenes showing his new faculties. In one scene he talks to Jerry, answers to Jeopardy questions and solves a Rubik’s Cube. Another scene shows him explaining two players of the Yankees how to hit a baseball. It is hilarious. The episode illustrates how powerful sexual transmutation is.

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The Most Important Networking Rule

How you look at networking, your perspective on it, will determine your success! For years I was looking into networking with a “what can I get” mentality. The results were dreadful. Eventually I realized my mistake. I was breaking the most important networking rule. Networking isn’t about how and what you can get from others. It is about creating relationships. To do that, we need a “give” mentality!

Always ask, “What can I do for this Person?”

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The power of feedback loops

We all love to get ahead in life. Reaching goals is one of the most satisfying feelings that exist. Behaviors and the right proceed are the cornerstones for success. You can use the power of feedback loops to affect both.

Before looking at feedback loops from those two perspective, let’s establish how to create them.

  1. Work towards a goal

  2. While you do it, collect data

  3. Use the data as feedback to change action

  4. Repeat

You create feedback loops simply by collecting data and changing your actions accordingly. It is as simple as powerful.

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5 whys technique: Find the root cause of your problem

Have you ever tried to solve the same problem over and over again? Why does the problem come up again? Because you just fixed the symptoms. Why don’t you fix the underlying cause? Because you don’t know the underlying cause. Why don’t you know the underlying causes? Because you don’t know how to identify them. …

Fixing the symptoms of a problem will not resolve it. To fix a problem permanently you have to fix the underlying causes. The difficulty is to identify the causes. One very effective and easy method to find the root of a problem is the so-called 5 why technique.

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Feynman Method

When was the last time you unsuccessfully tried to understand a concept?

“I learned very early the difference between knowing the name of something and knowing something.” – Richard Feynman

For me, it was the day before I learned the Feynman method. I tried to understand some algorithms during my calculus classes. I did the math and sometimes I got the right answer. But I did not understand the underlying meaning. I could use the algorithms but I did not know when and why. Around the same time one of my professors mentioned Richard Feynman during class. It was a recommendation to look him up. I did. I found a role-model and a great learning method.

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Book summarizing book

 

“No two persons ever read the same book.” – Edmund Wilson

 

I find it very difficult to remember everything I read in a book. After some time I even forget the bigger ideas or core concepts. For fictional books I don’t mind so much. I read them for fun. But with non-fictional books it is different. I read them to get better and grow. Reading them is an investment into my future. It should pay off!

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