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The idea challenge

A false start

I started the idea challenge back in December 2015, but that time I failed to make it a habit. My last recording was early March 2016.

Until last week when I started reading a book by James Altucher and decided to include the idea challenge to my daily ritual (I will write about my daily rituals some other time).

What is the idea challenge?

The idea challenge is very simple. Every day write down 10 ideas. Let your mind go, there is no such thing as a bad idea (in this phase of the process).

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Outliers: The Story of Success

Outliers , a book by Malcolm Gladwell,  covers the world of “outliers”–the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful and answers the question: what makes high-achievers different?

The conclusion is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and not enough attention to where they are from:  their culture, their family, their generation, and the experiences of their upbringing.

This book is very interesting to see what is really needed to be successful. One of the observations early in the book is that talent is certainly not enough. In any field you need at least 10.000 hours of practice to master your field and become an outlier, no matter how smart or talented you are. But also luck plays an important part.

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Tony Robbins and the power of small changes

Last night I watched a documentary on Netflix called Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru.

In the documentary we follow Tony Robbins during his yearly “Date With Destiny” seminar.

What starts like a typical American infomercial for a likewise typical American feel-good seminar takes a twist when we witness how lives are changed and saved with just a few questions.

Like the title says, Tony Robbins is not the guru that tells you how to live your lives. But he is a master in psychology that is able to ask the right questions and make people find the answers themselves to improve their lives.

There are more than a few inspiring moments in the documentary.

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Tips for the coffee addict

I’ve talked a lot about productivity tricks, but what is productivity without coffee?

It is said that software developers are machines that convert coffee into code. But also in other sectors, not much is getting done before the first cup of Joe.

Here are a number of tips to feed your caffeine addiction.

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The ripple effect

Why your goals are too small

Is there anyone you know that has huge goals and ambitions? I’m not talking about celebrities but people you know personally.

I don’t know many, if any.

And even of our friends that have modest goals we often think they are over-ambitious.

 The fact is that our goals and dreams are much too small. 

People tend to strive for things that are within reach and then underestimate the work it takes to get there.

And when they don’t reach their goals because they don’t put in enough effort, they get demotivated and the next time they will set even smaller goals.

It’s not just you. It’s also me, it’s our parents, our managers, our business leaders and politicians. Our religious leaders, our guidance counsellors, our teachers, ….

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