Archives for category: Self Improvement

It’s easy to be that good student. It’s easy to…
– listen to the teacher.
– ask the right questions.
– get 90% on tests.
– get honors upon graduation.
– be known by your class as the smart one.

All you have to do is follow instructions.
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One of my realizations now is that we lacked financial education while we were in our formative years. Probably because parents and schools thought that there was no need to teach kids about money and how to grow it, because kids are still young. This is a big mistake on the part of us adults. Money is not life and not to be worshipped, but handling money requires a lot of wisdom and is a very practical thing to be good with at an early age. Read the rest of this entry »

Who says we can’t be entrepreneurs while working for a company?

Entrepreneur’s common traits: owns something fully, loses sleep, time and money working on things, brings personal belongings to work, will do everything to make sure the project launches.

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What is a skill? It is something we pick up from doing work. Something that we can specialize in. Examples are typing really fast. Or coming up with a kickass, interactive, alluring presentation in the form of a Marketing Plan or Business Case. It is a result in itself.

What is a competency? It is our ability to do something, something we are good at. Examples are being good at handling people, or being good at synergy (like a baws) and integrating things into a solid idea. It is not necessarily a result in itself, but it leads to quality results. Read the rest of this entry »

Managers and companies, by nature, are usually fair to their people (play along, I know it’s not always true). We all get the same treatment, benefits, evaluations, raises. Read the rest of this entry »

In Part 1, I wrote about having chunks of productive time during your workday. And to show that you don’t need to be working for a full 8 hours, in Part 2, I wrote about how to maximize your zone times. But life isn’t always fair and sometimes you have to get work done for some annoying client or your boss at your lowest points of the day.
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In part 1 of this series, I said that it’s okay to be unproductive for a chunk of your day, but at the end of your day, you should always have accomplished something. How do you do that if you’re unproductive at some parts of your day? Read on.

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When do you work best? Morning, afternoon, evening? Take a minute to find out when you’re most productive. Find our zone. This will be the foundation of this post.

The best way to be productive during your zone is to work towards your strengths. Schedule your work and/or thinking time during the times when you feel most in the zone. Do menial tasks or firefighting when you’re not in your zone. That way you reserve your best efforts to the things that actually create better things. Read the rest of this entry »

It’s all a matter of perspectives. Not perspective, but perspectives.

There are more lights when more windows are open.

The key to being a better teacher is to take the perspectives of the teacher, the student, the admin and the dean. That gives a whole new meaning to teaching.

The key to being a better student is to take the perspectives of the student, the teacher, your parents, your classmates and your seniors. That gives a whole new meaning to learning.
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We all have our own private (or not so private) New Year’s Resolutions. How long is yours? I’m just making mine, and this is my guide in making my list. This year, I’ve decided to follow a simple mantra: “Less is More”. Read the rest of this entry »

I was told that settling is the worst thing I can do to forward my career. I agree. A lot of us experience this temptation daily, especially when we become contented with our work (and the pay). I believe that we should keep growing and keep looking towards the next step in our career. As long as we’re not interested in our work, at least.
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