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Life Optimizer’s New Tagline: Live a Fulfilling Life

Recently I changed the tagline of Life Optimizer to “Live a fulfilling life”. It replaces the previous tagline “Insights to reach your full potential”. Why did I change it? Well, I believe that the new tagline can better describe the mission here. It can give you a better description of how Life Optimizer can help you. The previous tagline...

The Power of Imagination: A Lesson From David Yonggi Cho

I have been writing about personal effectiveness since 2006. Over time, I have learned more and more about the factors that can help you live a fulfilling life. Recently, one thing that has caught my attention is the power of imagination. You see, the more I study those who have gone far in their lives, the more I see how imagination plays...

Today Is Life Optimizer’s 15th Anniversary

I published Life Optimizer’s first post on September 7, 2006. That’s 15 years ago! Wow, time flies. Back then, I was a graduate student, and I decided to start a blog on personal effectiveness. I was inspired by the race to optimize performance in computer science, and I thought that something similar could be done to optimize our lives....

Freedom: The True Objective of Productivity

What is the goal of productivity? In Free to Focus, author Michael Hyatt gave this answer (emphasis mine): Productivity should free you to pursue what’s most important to you. The goal, the true objective of productivity, should be freedom. He went on to define freedom in four ways: Freedom to Focus: the ability to do...

Identity Crisis: A Possible Root Cause of the Afghanistan Fiasco

I have been following the development in Afghanistan in the past few days. At a blistering speed, the Taliban took over control of the country. The chain of events felt bizarre to me. There were many things that didn’t make sense. Among those things, one thing stood out: Why didn’t the Afghan army fight to defend the capital? How could the...

Ask the Readers: What Is the Best Book That You Read Recently?

In my last post, I wrote about how to choose a good book to read. There I gave you three simple steps: be curious, find potential books, and choose the best book for your current situation. Related to that, I’d like to hear from you about a good book that you read recently, a book that has made a difference in your personal growth. Maybe...

How to Choose a Good Book to Read: Three Simple Steps

If you have been with me for some time, you might know that I love reading nonfiction books. I believe that self-education is important, and reading books is a great way to self-educate yourself. I’m a slow reader, though. In a typical month, I can only finish two books of average length. This is fine for me because my emphasis is on quality....

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...

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