„just tell me what to do“: Compressing books into directives

I´ve read a few dozens of books and uncountable blog articles on the internet about business, marketing and entrepreneurship in the last years. In the beginning I read as many books as possible – soaking them in but recognizing that I forget most of the information a book offered me after reading the next 2-3 books.

I started summarizing them to get more out of the books and being able to re-read them from time to time.

Once started summarizing and sharing them with friends I started my blog selfvestors because this was way easier to share the insights I got from books and articles which everybody who might be interested.

This is my kinda 3-stage-process of reading a book. Reading, summazing and compressing for my blog. Through repetition and summarizing I can get the most value out of the book.

But today I´ve read a new article by Derek Sivers – “just tell me what to do”, Continue reading

Want to rock your finances? Use this kind of sheet and 10 seconds everyday…

If you want complete control over your finances, read this! My routine will costs you 10 seconds and brings lots of benefits. This is one of my most important articles I´ve ever published on selfvestors.net

I know, there are some tools and apps out there already. But with the following simple sheet I have a COMPLETE overview over all my assets, earnings, expenses and so on. I don´t have to worry about data in any cloud or online service and it literally costs me 10 seconds to keep it running.


Why have I started this sheet?

Everybody knows this situation: After a month or week you are asking yourself where your money went because you actually only were out for having 2-3 beers, were shopping a bit and bought some food and stuff. No big deal, but a load of money is gone. How much we really spend day to day, we just don´t have a clue about.

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A secret to creative problem solving

A secret to creative problem solving.

Quite a long time ago there was a short but interesting article on entrepreneur.com.

Problem SolutionIt´s about problem solving and the statement by Art Markman that we are often too limited in thinking about solving a problem. Everyone knows the feeling finding ourselves going over and over a problem in your business, only to hit a dead end or draw a blank.

Art Markman points out a simple technique:

Re-describe the problem.

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My favorite top 9 TED talks – what about yours?

My favorite top 9 TED talks – what about yours?

Today I´ll share with you my current top 9 TED Talks I´ve watched repeatedly.

TED-logoAll in all this is one inspiring, eye-opening and entertaining hour.



The talks are actually about different topics. I chose them either because they have some worth sharing content or the speaker is just  fantastic in his way of presenting/talking.

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Fragile Plan vs Robust Plan

Fragile Plan vs Robust Plan

Derek Sivers made an article about “Making a plan” this summer. As the titel says it´s about the difference between a fragile and a robust plan.

makingplansSivers starts his article with a private story when he was publishing 16 books about 16 countries. He decided to hire one write per country and all the details were up to them. He just gave a direction like “the book need sections on culture, government, business” and so on.

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A clip about working in less time – and creativity.

A clip about working in less time – and creativity.

There are always great discussions about enough space of time for creativity vs pressure of time.

The Hungarian advert agency Café Creative created a playful experiment with some kids to prove that the first idea under pressure of time isn´t normally the best one.

They show (in a 2min YouTube clip) what happens if they lower the pressure of time … Café Communications – Deadlines

Café Creative found their own conclusion:

Creativity is not inspired by the pressure of time but by the freedom, the playfulness and the fun.”

7 Key Habits of Super Networkers

7 Key Habits of Super Networkers

Even most people who has already took part at a few networking events know these habits or rules, it´s still a good idea to recap them and think about them from time to time.

It´s easy to lose habits.

There is a great article (entrepreneur.com) about 7 key habits of networkers.

They pointed out:

1. Ask insightful questions.
2. Add value.
3. Learn their ‘story.’
4. Share a memorable fact.
5. Keep a list.
6. Make small promises and keep them.
7. Reward your ‘power’ contacts.

See the previous link for details. It´s a worth reading quickread.