Surprisingly simple hack that saves lives and businesses
I use a checklist to manage month-end accounting for my business. I physically check off each item before moving to the next. Accounting mistakes can be costly. A remarkable study where medical staff across dozens of hospitals worldwide adhered to a 12-point checklist before performing surgeries. It resulted in a 50% drop in fatalities! Healthcare mistakes cost lives. NASA astronauts use checklists before launching into space.
Our Digital World: Choice Over Blame
We often blame the digital world, with endless notifications and feeds, for our constant distractions. But complaining about a drama-filled social feed or constant phone notifications overlooks our power in choosing our digital connections and what our phones display. It’s our responsibility to use any invaluable technology wisely, learning to leverage the benefits for our growth and well-being, and when to disconnect completely.
Success despite diverse routines — What the top 1% have in common
The most successful people in the world (by any measure) have habits that are routines or rituals. Surprisingly, the one commonality was that each of them worked daily on whatever was most important in improving their lives. Aside from that, there was almost no common correlation in routine. Not everyone wakes up at 5am. Not everyone exercises the same way or number of days per week. What makes them successful is the fact that they HAVE routines, and that one of them is constant, daily progress on what’s most important.
Cultivating Growth: Lessons from Martial Arts and Gardening
One of my martial arts instructors coined the phrase: Great teachers create an environment where learning reveals itself. Plant lovers don’t “grow” plants; they create an environment that encourages growth (water, sunlight, etc.). This post is not about martial arts or plants. The most profound responsibility for anyone in a role of leadership or influence is to create the optimal environment where growth can occur.
The heart of empathy: The art of listening
Traditional schooling emphasizes three key communication skills: reading, writing, and speaking. We have left out the fourth equally crucial skill: listening. Listening is not a passive activity or a mere synonym for “hearing.” The Toastmasters organization has been around for 100 years for good reason. Learning to organize thoughts and speak well is an important skill. It’s a shame there’s no equivalent for listening.
The number one deathbed regret
Across every country, culture, and demographic, the number one deathbed regret is some version of: “I wish I dared to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.” Here are a couple of useful definitions of wisdom: 1) Having deathbed clarity long before you’re on your deathbed 2) The ability to take the same advice you’d give others
“Smart” persistence is everything
We value hard work and tend to say things like “Persistence is everything.” But if you’re trying to get from L.A. to NY by heading west, harder work and more persistence aren’t the things to optimize. Work ethic and persistence are valuable traits. But only when applied to the right things.