Follow up on your dream

This quote sums up a lot of frustration that individuals and businesses have. I know and you might remember the times when someone said ” If I had … it could have been …” or “Only if I had done this sooner then ….”. So what is the plan for this year? Power yourselves to follow up on your dreams and empower others to fulfil their dreams.

 

What ‘Ambitious’ are you?

We’re not big fans of what I consider “vertical” ambition—that is, the usual career-path trajectory, in which a newbie moves up the ladder from associate to manager to vice president over a number of years of service. On the other hand, we revere “horizontal” ambition—in which employees who love what they do are encouraged to dig deeper, expand their knowledge, and become better at it. We always try to hire people who yearn to be master craftspeople, that is, designers who want to be great designers, not managers of designers; developers who want to master the art of programming, not management.

The above article has made me think about ‘Ambition’ and being ‘Ambitious’. There is a need to recognize the fact about having two types of ambitious people, vertical and horizontal. Secondly people on both sides of horizon need to respect each other. In this world we need people of both the types.

In various aspects of our life, we can be vertically ambitious in certain aspects and horizontally ambitious in others.

I am vertically ambitious when it comes to my career but horizontal ambitious when it comes to other aspects of my life.

What about you?

Be a Linchpin!

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Grain Of Sand

Western society exists in a state of over supply. I’m not just talking about what is on grocery store shelves, but our jobs, skills, etc. How many of us are truly irreplaceable?  Are there 100, 1000, 100,000 people who can do what you do, as well or even better.

A goal of life must be to find your purpose and do uniquely, exquisitely, and in a way that keeps you off the beach

Yes, be different and excellent in all you do. No one will miss one grain if it goes missing from the sand.

To do more, keep it simple and keep it to minimum

I am a sucker when it comes to increasing productivity or doing things the smarter way and I am a bigger sucker when it comes to trying out software and services that helps to do the same. I think there will be millions of more like me! So every time there is a new productivity improving service out there or a great deal on web services, I pull myself aside for a minute and ask two questions:

  1. What problem of mine is this tool solving?
  2. Which of the existing tools or services that use can solve the same problem?
Answering these two questions, almost all of the time I come to a conclusion that my problem is either already solved with one of my existing tools/services or CAN BE solved by my existing tools or services. To improve your productivity you have to get more done in the time you have or even less time. To improve your productivity, keep your systems/workflow simple and get more done. Optimize your existing system instead of fragmenting your workflow too much and introducing more distractions. More systems/workflows means there is more management of systems and more distractions, which does not necessarily equate to getting more done.

So next time, before you spend a weekend trying a new tool or a new service, see if it will keep your existing workflow simple and to the minimum or will adding an extra tool going to add a lot of value in the long run.

Deadlines – I mean ‘Deliverables Due Date’

Deadlines work. Products that are about to disappear, auctions that are about to end, tickets that are about to sell out–they create forward motion.

  • They have a lousy name. Call them live-lines instead. That’s what they are.
  • I loved the post from Seth about ‘Deadlines’. I don’t like the word myself. I find it negative although it’s intention it to move forward. Instead I like the ‘Deliverable Due Date’ [although it’s long].

    Yes, setting up a date is important. It makes us take actions. A very common due date by which we act regularly is paying bills.

    Urge to staying always connected comes with a price

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    Hyper-Connected

    I remember a few years ago, back when social media was relatively new and intellectually interesting, I felt the strong need to “keep up” with everything. Every time a new toy or widget came along, I would give it a try. Staying “connected” seemed to be the future, so I wanted to be connected. The more connected, the better.

    I was subscribed to about 900 blog feeds at the time. Again, Connectivity, Baby!

    Of course, in the end I found out the same thing a lot of us did… that you can be so busy trying to stay connected, trying to be EVEN MORE connected, that you forget to get any actual REAL work done. You know, the kind that other people pay you for.

    Live and learn…

    This post is a good reminder that the urge to staying always connected comes with a bigger price, we not doing enough work done, not producing, not shipping out our products.

    There has to be a good balance of staying connected with people and things and getting work done, shipping out products and adding value to yourself and value to others at the same time.

    Staying connected does not equal to value created.