A mentor can be anyone from a peer who knows something you don't, and you want to learn, all the way up to someone vastly more experienced who is willing to take you under their wing in exchange for your working in some way for or with them. Mentorship is by far the fastest path of learning. If you really want to take self-development seriously and not just, you know, talk about it , you need to be constantly aware of how you can improve.
And the only way to know how to improve is if you reflect and ask yourself where and how you still need some work. It's your habits that unfold the results, not the other way around. You can't live one life and expect to one day have another. You have to put in place the daily habits that will allow the things you want to change to change.
Self-development is not just a solo game. In fact, the best self-development is done with others in some capacity. Spend time with people who are working on similar things as you, and you'll find yourself growing with them at a faster rate than if you had tried to do it all alone. This is necessary for people who need to break bad habits.
Sometimes, it's a reward or a punishment that makes the difference between immediate and rapid change, and ongoing fleeting promises. In this multitasking, Twitter-checking world, we've lost the art of sitting down and really concentrating. Cal Newport, Ph. Check now: How many browser tabs do you have open? People think of Pixar as a company that creates great art — and it is — but it's also a business.
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One of the co-founders of the animation studio goes into the company's nerve center to show how Pixar's leadership and management styles protect and nourish its creative output. Whether you're a Woody or a Buzz, you can learn something about heading up a team from Pixar's unique organizational structure. Or, if you can't relate to the very creative way of Pixar's business management, Bridgewater Associates founder Ray Dalio offers a very different perspective on leadership.
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Meik Wiking demystifies it all, showing how light, food and drink, and togetherness can make for a happier home. There are some times when you just can't muster a positive attitude. For those times, there is blogger Mark Manson, who doesn't sugarcoat the truth or tell you to turn lemons into lemonade. Instead, he uses research-backed methods for finding better, more productive ways to endure the hard parts of life. In this book, she delves into her own creative process, and explains how enchantment, permission, persistence, trust, and divinity can help people create, whether its writing a book or making art.
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You don't have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step. Then another step. But sometimes we just need to hear it again, in a different voice, at the right time. View 2 comments. Rating: somewhere between 3. This book introduces us to the Kaizen way of changing your life through small steps: small questions, small thoughts, small actions, solving small problems and giving small rewards.
This works if it's about you as much it's about a group of people in a business. By doing so small steps it's almost ridiculous, we override the brain's natural resistance and fear of changes. It's true that there has been recommendations of breaking Rating: somewhere between 3. It's true that there has been recommendations of breaking changes into steps, but this takes it a bit smaller. And it's true that some people really can do big leaps - like from meat-eater to vegan - but success in this way is rather rare.
The size of my book is smaller than usual, which sort of markets the smallness of Kaizen steps further : In the preface and introduction we dismantle some change myths, and talk of the importance of service and gratitude, and the origins of the Kaizen way: it's actually originally American, invented at the start of WWII, then later introduced to postwar Japan, to lift them back up quicker We then outline the theory, before going through all the small-ways, and how to use each of them.
At each chapters start there is the main point immediately, them some further tips on making the steps happen. You don't have to do all steps with each change, though some fit well with each other. In 'small thoughts' we pratice success through imagination. In 'small problems' the point is made that we shouldn't ignore small problems, since letting them be may end up letting them grow into big problems and nuisances like finding a new employee creating massive problems.
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And in 'small rewards' it's revealed how small rewards bring better results than 'huge' ones. I made so many notes reading this. The ending does not end very solidly, hence my rating, but even that one is positive in its slight vagueness. That said, the majority of the book is very solid, clear and helpful, and inspiring. I can see this being very helpful no matter what needs to be changed or improved, and whether it's business-related or just personal improvement.
A very good book, this one. View all 4 comments. Dec 09, Laura rated it really liked it Shelves: health , library-request , library , inspirational , , nf , self-help , psych-soc , business , audible-has. Second read: 4. If you're looking to make any type of change in your personal or work life, this is a great book to get hold of. It is a fast read and is filled with practical examples of kaizen, which is small changes put in place to bring about big changes down the line.
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This is my second read, and this time I've taken notes. I wouldn't be surprised if I read this book yet again in the future. The concept here is that small, painless steps toward a goal are so easy that the mind gives n Second read: 4. The concept here is that small, painless steps toward a goal are so easy that the mind gives no resistance, and before you know it, you've made big changes. The author is a clinical psychologist and gives many examples from both his practice counseling clients and also working with businesses and organizations.
I highly recommend this book to almost anyone.
Who isn't looking to make a change? First read: What a terrific book! This book, written by an expert in motivation with a background in therapy, teaches the concept of kaizen, or continuous improvement.
Don't be overwhelmed by a big challenge. Attack it in teeny steps. Each day, walk forward, just one small step. And watch the big become small. From the back flap: As one client succinctly put it, 'the steps are so small, I couldn't fail'. And as far as being too busy to solve a problem, learn a new skill, overcome a fear, or curb a bad habit, forget it — who doesn't have the 30 seconds it takes to get started?
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So true. And a fast read, too. Most people have something in their life they'd like to improve. What's holding you back? Fear of failure? Take a baby step. And build on your successes, one small step at a time. This book and its methods have and will change lives.
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What have you got to lose? Give it a chance. I'm sure glad I did. Mar 14, Brandon Tom rated it liked it. Instead he recommends that we take small, almost insignificant steps towards our goals. In doing so, we lessen our resistance to change and therefore more likely to produce long-lasting, significant changes over time.
Pros: Unlike other self-help books, the advice offered in here is extremely easy to incorporate into your day-to-day life. The author argues that by marching in front of the television for one minute a day will encourage you to do more. Another positive note is that the material does not necessarily conflict with other philosophies on this topic in fact, as mentioned before, it doesn't even say that drastic change is always bad.
This book is also extremely short, which I guess is extremely fitting given the subject matter. Cons: Like many self-help books based on a gimmick, the evidence presented as proof is either not cited or questionable as it concerns its relevancy. This may not bother everyone, but personally if an author isn't going to site research, he shouldn't bother typing the words "studies have shown.
Jul 06, George Rodriguez rated it it was ok Shelves: success. It clocks in at under pages and has a somewhat interesting premise.