Big gift for X'mas! Successfully helped a client get into University of Michigan Ross GMBA program, class of 2014!
(Interviewed within one week after submission, admitted within two weeks after submission!)
Found a great book:
"Ignore Everybody: And 39 Other Keys to Creativity" by Hugh MacLeod
Great book! Insightful and hilarious about making passion a job! My favorite key is 27 (out of 40) "The best way to get approval is not to need it."
1. Ignore everybody.
The more original your idea is, the less good advice other people will be able to give you. When I first started with the cartoon-on-back-of-bizcard format, people thought I was nuts. Why wasn’t I trying to do something more easy for markets to digest i.e. cutey-pie greeting cards or whatever?
You don’t know if your idea is any good the moment it’s created. Neither does anyone else. The most you can hope for is a strong gut feeling that it is. And trusting your feelings is not as easy as the optimists say it is. There’s a reason why feelings scare us.
And asking close friends never works quite as well as you hope, either. It’s not that they deliberately want to be unhelpful. It’s just they don’t know your world one millionth as well as you know your world, no matter how hard they try, no matter how hard you try to explain.
Plus a big idea will change you. Your friends may love you, but they don’t want you to change. If you change, then their dynamic with you also changes. They like things the way they are, that’s how they love you– the way you are, not the way you may become.
Ergo, they have no incentive to see you change. And they will be resistant to anything that catalyzes it. That’s human nature. And you would do the same, if the shoe was on the other foot.
With business colleagues it’s even worse. They’re used to dealing with you in a certain way. They’re used to having a certain level of control over the relationship. And they want whatever makes them more prosperous. Sure, they might prefer it if you prosper as well, but that’s not their top priority.
If your idea is so good that it changes your dynamic enough to where you need them less, or God forbid, THE MARKET needs them less, then they’re going to resist your idea every chance they can.
Again, that’s human nature.
GOOD IDEAS ALTER THE POWER BALANCE IN RELATIONSHIPS, THAT IS WHY GOOD IDEAS ARE ALWAYS INITIALLY RESISTED.
Good ideas come with a heavy burden. Which is why so few people have them. So few people can handle it.
1. Ignore everybody.
2. The idea doesn’t have to be big. It just has to be yours.
3. Put the hours in.
4. If your biz plan depends on you suddenly being “discovered” by some big shot, your plan will probably fail.
5. You are responsible for your own experience.
6. Everyone is born creative; everyone is given a box of crayons in kindergarten.
7. Keep your day job.
8. Companies that squelch creativity can no longer compete with companies that champion creativity.
9. Everybody has their own private Mount Everest they were put on this earth to climb.
10. The more talented somebody is, the less they need the props.
11. Don’t try to stand out from the crowd; avoid crowds altogether.
12. If you accept the pain, it cannot hurt you.
13. Never compare your inside with somebody else’s outside.
14. Dying young is overrated.
15. The most important thing a creative person can learn professionally is where to draw the red line that separates what you are willing to do, and what you are not.
16. The world is changing.
17. Merit can be bought. Passion can’t.
18. Avoid the Watercooler Gang.
19. Sing in your own voice.
20. The choice of media is irrelevant.
21. Selling out is harder than it looks.
22. Nobody cares. Do it for yourself.
23. Worrying about “Commercial vs. Artistic” is a complete waste of time.
24. Don’t worry about finding inspiration. It comes eventually.
25. You have to find your own schtick.
26. Write from the heart.
27. The best way to get approval is not to need it.
28. Power is never given. Power is taken.
29. Whatever choice you make, The Devil gets his due eventually.
30. The hardest part of being creative is getting used to it.
31. Remain frugal.
32. Allow your work to age with you.
33. Being Poor Sucks.
34. Beware of turning hobbies into jobs.
35. Savor obscurity while it lasts.
36. Start blogging.
37. Meaning Scales, People Don’t.
37. When your dreams become reality, they are no longer your dreams.
Finished reading The Happiness Advantage (the fastest ever for me to read a book!). Absolutely the best book I've ever read in my life! Several simple yet extremely powerful techniques to make your life way happier!
Such as job vs. career vs. calling by simply moving the Fulcrum and the Lever in our perceptions;
The "2.9013" Losada Line: the least ratio of praise vs. blame for a positive environment, while 6:1 is the most efficient ratio for group dynamic;
Tetris Effect along with Falling Up that our minds are constantly shaped by our perceptions, and thus it's possible and a great way to brainwash ourselves for happiness to fuel success; simply telling your family 3 good things on daily basis can train our brains more efficiently identify positive incidents around us;
Zorro's circle to help ourselves to deal with enormous challenge by first focusing on small and manageable tasks to build confidence and gain back control;
20-second effect to form a new habit by lowering the activation energy that you can activate it in less than 20-seconds, or to get ourselves out of a bad habit by simply raising the activation energy that you cannot possess it in less than 20-second;
And Social Investment, i.e. "Love", is the single most effective happiness predictor after a 70-year, largest research ever on happiness, the more people engage with their social network, the happier and more successful they are, richer and live longer also!
The last best thing is the Ripple Effect. People are wired biologically to mirror and reflect the environment, so when a positive and happy person around us, we can all feel happier and better, and it can effectively affect 3 degrees of separation, i.e. 1,000 people around us. So using this "Leadership of love" (what a coincident with my theory!), we can all effect people around us in all kinds of settings, making our teams, organizations, families...etc. more productive and happier!
This should be a worldwide bestselling book! It has already changing countless lives in this world, anyway!
有鑑於此，一年一度的MBA生涯管理講座來了 免費分享給各位如何透過「生涯三驅力」﹣興趣、性格、專業能力 (Enthusiasm, Personality, Professional Capabilities) 來找出生涯方向，並透過MBA自我實現 只有本能式的熱情與原始性格特徵才辦得到 而放眼古今中外的成功人士皆如此 （此理論與史上最暢銷的生涯管理書"What Color Is Your Parachute?"不謀而合）