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A Way to Think Differently: Embrace Old Thinking

In maximizing your personal effectiveness, your way of thinking plays a big role. After all, your thinking determines your actions, and your actions determine your results (though luck also plays a role). In that context, I believe that a key aspect of good thinking is the ability to think differently. That’s how you can come up with creative...

A New Website Design + 50% Off Motivation Booster

I have an announcement to make: Life Optimizer has a new website design! I’ve been working on it for some time, and now it’s ready. If you read this through an email or feed reader, you can click here to check it out. I believe that this new design will better prepare Life Optimizer for the future. I have some plans in mind, and this new...

Mid-Year Reflection: How Has This Year Been for You?

Here we are at the beginning of July. That means we are at the half-year mark of 2021. Six months have passed, and we have six more months to go this year. I think it’s a good time to pause and reflect on how this year has been. In my case, I learned a lot in the first half of this year. From books to personal experiences, I absorb insights that have...

Action Required if You Read This Through an Email

If you read this through an email, I have an announcement for you: Google (which delivers this and the previous emails from me) will stop sending blog posts via email in July. That means you can no longer receive updates from me. To keep receiving updates, please take a simple action: Click here and fill out the form with your email address and...

What Is the Difference Between Perseverance and Stubbornness?

A while back, I was involved in a discussion where this topic came up: When it comes to reaching your vision, what is the difference between perseverance and stubbornness? How do we know whether we are persevering or simply being stubborn? After thinking about it, here is my conclusion: Perseverance is insisting on reaching your vision but staying...

The Two Key Components of Making Good Decisions

How do you make good decisions? What are the key components? The answer to these questions, of course, is important. After all, the quality of your decisions can make or break your life. That’s why we should strive to improve the quality of our decisions. I’ve written about some aspects of decision making before, such as probabilistic thinking and...

Stamina, Not Just Competence: A Key to Winning in Life

A while back, I found a quote that got me thinking: “Amateurs think about tactics. But professionals think about logistics.” I first heard it in an episode of Hardcore History podcast. It talks about how logistics is often the determining factor in wars. You might have superior troops and tactics, but without good logistics, you wouldn’t be able to...

Why I Love to Learn History

I’m learning history more these days than before. While I’m far from being an expert, my interest in it has grown over time. I mainly learn through reading, but sometimes I also listen to podcasts and watch documentaries. What is so interesting about history? Well, here are four reasons why I love to learn history. 1. Learning from the experiences...

How To Manage Risks in Your Life: 4 Lessons Learned

Do you want to reach your full potential? A big part of that, I believe, is managing your risks. There are risks in different parts of your life, and the better you manage them, the better your chance to move forward in life. Not managing your risks well, on the other hand, could cause you a big headache down the road. I’m constantly learning how...

A Key to Being Creative Like Leonardo da Vinci

What is the key to being creative? What is the factor behind it? I believe that the answer to this question is important. After all, being creative is essential in this age of automation. More and more routine tasks are being automated, so your creativity can make the difference between thriving and sinking. I already wrote about creativity before...

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