what you do with your past time will determine your lifestyle.
I like to watch Netflix.
But I also try to do things that I enjoy and also will help me grow as a person.
I write. I read. I exercise. I meditate
If you can add productive habits to your life and slot them into your past time and free time slots, you’ll realize that all that time spent on TV could actually translate into a healthier body, healthier mind, developing a new skill, or more time reading a book you like.
I finished reading Originals, – by Adam Grant.
- Adam Grant, who is rated the best professor at UPenn Wharton’s Business school, is an organizational psychologist who has written several #1 NYT books. In Originals, he discusses how Non-conformists (procrastinators, slow people, and other different personality traits) succeed in life with their increased creativity
- This is my book review and 15 points on HOW TO BE ORIGINAL
How to champion Originality:
- Question the default
- Don’t take the status quo; ask why they exist in the first place and how to improve
- Triple the number of ideas you generate
- Every innovator swings and misses; more swings, more hits!
- Baseball players hit 1/3
- Immerse yourself in a new domain
- Broaden your frame of reference
- As a great scientist learns art forms, broaden your skills
- Job rotation
- Learn a new culture (work in a new foreign country)
- Strategic Procrastination
- In the midst of generating ideas, stop midway
- Allow yourself to incubate current ideas and foster more while on break
- Seek feedback
- Radical transparency about feedback (Principles by Dalio)
- Accept and champion feedback from peers and enemies
- Balance your risk portfolio
- Balance your risk areas (an entrepreneur who has a day job)
- Mitigate risk in many aspects of life, so you can TAKE risks in others
- Highlight reasons NOT to support your ideas to make virtues clear
- Describe 3 biggest weaknesses of your idea to understand virtues
- Harder it is to create more weaknesses, you begin to realize virtues
- Make Ideas more familiar
- Repeat yourself for unconventional ideas.
- EXPOSURE and mix your new ideas with old ones, by using analogies and comparisons
- Speak to a different audience
- Speak to disagreeable people who share your methods
- Challenge authority and use your enemies to help shape you
- Tough people with similar approaches
- Be a tempered radical
- Motivate yourself differently when committed/uncertain
- When determined, focus on progress left to go (How close you are to reaching target!)
- When unmotivated, focus on how far you’ve ALREADY gone (You’ve done so much; don’t quit now!)
- Don’t try to calm down
- When nervous, turn anxiety into excitement and enthusiasm instead of trying to suppress it
- Don’t say “just calm down” instead say “I am excited”
- Nervous and excitement = synonyms
- Focus on the victim who is harmed, NOT the perpetrator
- Focusing on perpetrator fuels anger and wrath and negativity
- Focus on victim = positive anger to channel into positive action instead of revenge
- Instead of harming the harmer, help the harmed
- Realize you are not alone
- Even just 1 ally who believes in your vision can tackle the problem together will make you much more successful
- If you don’t take initiative, status quo will persist
- Exit, Voice, Persistence, Neglect = 4 ways to respond to dissatisfaction
- Might be good to take action (exit) if other methods don’t work
Grateful Day 85: I am grateful for naps
Reading Day 26: It’s crazy how much reading I’ve done this month, just like how much magic I did in February
I’ve already read 12 books this year and I plan to hit 50 for 2018!