Category: Modern Philosophy

Chris Lovejoy

Two fundamental ingredients for success Let’s say you want to be great at a particular sport. How do you approach it? Certainly, a fundamental requirement is practice. “10,000 hours” and all that. What else? If you only ever practiced by yourself, it’s unlikely you’d excel beyond a certain point. So the second requirement is some sort…

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Pursue your interests with passion Right now, I want to write. This may change in a few years, a few weeks or even at the end of this post. I might decide it’s a waste of time, that it’s too embarrassing or too narcissistic. That the pros are outweighed by the cons. Part of me hopes…

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#28. How can I document my journey while still keeping my goals to myself? Many people talk a lot but don’t do that much. You might know someone like this. You might be someone like this. I have definitely been guilty of this on many occasions. This is a lot of talk about ‘this great idea…

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20. Start new things then only pick the best. Becoming a yes man can be a game changer. It can drag you out of stagnation and frustration. It can lead to experiences and opportunities which greatly facilitate personal and professional development. It is particularly useful when starting something out. At the start of Derek Sivers’ music…

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19. Fostering sustained focus may be the key to happiness I often find myself in one place when i would rather be in another. In this situations my instinct is to ‘escape’ psychologically – this may be through daydreaming, trying to think about other things or through connecting to my phone and browsing the internet….

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#18. Output > Input > Nothing Everything that we do (from a productive point of view) can be divided into input or output. Input is receiving the ideas of others. Studying is input. Reading is input. Listening to others is input. Output is creation. Writing a blog is output. Brainstorming solutions to a problem is output….

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#17. Automate what you hate, but have to do anyway and the power of batching The below diagram is from Chris Suave’s TED talk. He suggests, for all tasks: If you hate it and don’t have to do it, eliminate it If you hate it but have to do it, automate it If you love it,…

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#16. What I learnt from a ‘Values-Based Self-Leadership Workshop’ 1. It’s not always obvious what your most important values are, but there are ways to find out We were presented with a list of many values and went through a few stages to discover which were most important to us. One of the stages was to…

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#15. Become a specialist, cater for a future need In Zero to One, Peter Thiel tells us that in response to the uncertain future of the world (it’s never been more uncertain than now, primarily due to the rate of technological advancement) there are two main ways to respond: 1. Develop general skills, so that you…

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#13. Stop putting off decisions, worry less The problem with our decision-making The default way that we make decisions is to half-decide something then continually assess whether it was the right decision to make, sometimes flitting between the two. This is true for trivial decisions as well as important ones. Standing in the supermarket, we…