This masterpiece “The Miracle Morning – The not so obvious secret guaranteed to transform your life before 8am” by Hal Elrod is about becoming a better version of ourselves. A way we can improve our health, happiness, productivity, success, relationships and any field of our lives.
By having an own Miracle Morning routine we do by setting the alarm 1 hour earlier, we can start our day extremely positive and learn how to handle stress and become more focused.
Miracle Morning is not only a book but a community where thousands of people already shared their success stories. For many people it would be no chance to set the alarm one hour earlier but it is only our mindset. Once you get your intrinsic motivation waking up is not only no problem anymore – it will become a motivation.
There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.
- Albert Einstein
ReWork – Change the way you work forever by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
“We have something new to say about building, running and growing (or not growing) a business” – this is how the book starts.
The book is written by the founders of e.g. base camp. They share their experiences with us in this book. What follows isn´t very academic or theoretical – it´s more a sequence of advices and experiences which are definitely true and sometimes eye-opening because of their visualization/ explanation.
At first: This book is worth reading and especially because of its shorts chapters (every topic has only 1-3 pages) it´s kinda quick read. I disagree to 3 or 4 of those dozens of chapters but almost all of them are worth considering.
I´ve just read “Stumbling on Happiness” by Daniel Gilbert. Almost 10 years old and not everything is new for an ambitious reader but Gilbert shares some great insights and results of his studies of happiness.
Up front I gotta say that this book is easy to read and it´s absolutely worth it. Some of his theses are eyeopening or at least thought provoking.
The beginning of the book is about “how much of what you do is for you NOW and how much is to please you in the FUTURE“. All of us are very future-focused and do actions often to please our future-us. Do you know that the human beings are the only animals that think about the future?
“It´s not how good you are, it´s how good you want to be” by Paul Arden was my recent read and my newest quick read recommendation. The book is separated in dozens of short 1-2 page chapters which are easy to read and point out their message. Give it 2-3 days and you are through with some new insights and ideas.
I´ve summarized nine quite interesting parts of the book for you, so that you will get a clue what this book is about.
Your vision of where or who you want to be is the greatest asset you have.
Do not seek praise, seek criticism.
It´s quite easy to get approval if we ask enough people or those we know that they say what we want to hear. Instead of seeking approval go for “What´s wrong with it? How can I make it better?” – with this question we probably will get criticism and may have the chance to get an improvement on our idea.
A couple of days ago I gave an introduction to Cal Newports “Be so good they can´t ignore you“. The introduction was about Newports first rule “Don´t follow your passion” and the difference between the craftsman mindset and the passion mindset.
So, how can we be so good they can´t ignore us?
Cal Newport starts with pointing out what great jobs make so great. There are traits that define great work:
- Creativity: Newport gives an example of Ira Glass who is pushing the boundaries of radio and winning armfuls of awards.
- Impact: From the Apple 2 to the iPhone, Steve Jobs has changed the way we live our lives in the digital age.
- Control: No one tells Al Merrick when to wake up or what to wear. He is not expected in an office from nine to fice. Instead, his Channel Island Surfboards factory is located a block from the Santa Barbara beach, where Merrick still regularly spends time surfing.
How to get creativity, impact and control in our working lives
At the moment I´m reading Cal Newport´s “So good they can´t ignore you – Why skills trump passion in the quest for work you love“. This book disproves the common saying of “follow your passion“. I´ll give a short introduction in the book and it´s content. More will follow to complete the remaining parts.
Newport set up some rules and cases to show you what is to wrong with this mindset and what we actually can do to become successful and get the jobs we want.
Rule #1: Don´t follow your passion!
Starting with the passion hypothesis:
The key to occupational happiness is to first figure out what you are passionate about and then find a job that matches this passion.
The genius of value creation
Getting a good deal in negotiation is not simply about claming as much value as you can. Often, a much more important (and difficult) task is to create value and increase the size of the pie. Unfortunately, too many negotiators focus most of their energy on claiming value. In doing so, they leave money on the table and walk away confident, satisfied – and also poor.
Remember: to take what is there, you must work with the other side to make what is there. And if you care about your reputation and your relationship with the other party, all the more reason to exercise the genius of value creation.
I´ve recently read The Year Without Pants by Scrott Berkun – former Microsoft manager. It´s the story about Berkun´s time working for Automattic on WordPress as a manager. It´s about the open culture of Automattic and the advantages and obstacles of a remote-work-culture instead of a conventional office culture.
This book is great for entrepreneurs who are interested in unconventional ways of leadership and people with an outsourcing mindship. Why? Because Automattic´s team works almost completely spread throughout the world and is connected via blogs, skype and IRC chats.
Remote work is the key.
Business Model Generation – Part5 – Process & Final Words
In this chapter we tie together the concepts and tools from the book to simplify the task of setting up and executing a business model design initiative.
The process the authors describe provides a starting point upon which just about any organization can customize its own approach. The process has five phases:
Business Model Generation – Part4 – Strategy
“There is not a single business model … There are really a lot of opportunities and a lot of options and we just have to discover all of them.” Tim O´Reilly, CEO
This section is about re-interpreting strategy through the lens of the Business Model Canvas. This will help us constructively question established business models and strategically examine the environment in which our own business model functions.