What it Takes to be Great

August 22, 2007

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I recently came across this extremely enlightening article that references some scientific research into the subject of “greatness.”

The lesson I gleamed from it, is that it’s just too easy to see “greatness” and think, “Well, that could never be me because (fill in the blank with whatever lame excuse happens to be convenient ). Sure there may be lots of reasons why one shouldn’t succeed (too: poor, uneducated, short, tall, ugly, handsome, unintelligent, etc.) but it’s not until one allows these “reasons” to become “excuses” that one fails.

Of course like all nature vs. nurture debates, there are valid points on both sides of the argument. But this article seems to be hinting that true success is exhibited by individuals who have learned to use whatever they’ve got to the absolute fullest. That’s the moral of this lesson - learn to do whatever it is you do, exceptionally well!

Here’s an excerpt from the article:

“Scientific experts are producing remarkably consistent findings across a wide array of fields. Understand that talent doesn’t mean intelligence, motivation or personality traits. It’s an innate ability to do some specific activity especially well. British-based researchers Michael J. Howe, Jane W. Davidson and John A. Sluboda conclude in an extensive study, “The evidence we have surveyed … does not support the [notion that] excelling is a consequence of possessing innate gifts.”

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How Adding Pull Dates To Files Saves You Time

August 21, 2007

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Adding “pull dates” to files saves time when purging or archiving your active file drawer.

80% of what we file away, never gets looked at again. That means that at any given time, 4 out of 5 of our files are basically useless.

I can almost hear the protests now, “But this one time I really needed to find an important file … after 30 minutes of looking I finally found it - now, I’m scared to throw anything out!”. Hey that’s ok by me, as long as you’ve got enough room and are so inclined - keep everything!

However, if you take that approach, you should develop a systematic approach for archiving folders you’d like to keep - but rarely access. That way, the next time you go hunting for that special file, you’ll be wading through far fewer “useless” files. Thus saving you all kinds of time.

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A False Sense of Organization

August 20, 2007

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If trays are not given a clearly defined, single purpose … they’ll become a magnet for miscellaneous crap.

They’re everywhere! Everywhere I go I see them. They litter millions of desks all over the world. Of course I’m refereeing to the ever popular desk tray. If you aren’t familiar with desk trays, let me define them for you:

Desk Tray = a stackable device one uses to give the false sense of organization, by taking their horizontal chaos and making it vertical!

Ok, so there not all bad, but you should be cautious with desk trays, as they can promote less then productive habits in hurry.

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8 Moves to Make When the Chips Are Down

August 17, 2007

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The Buddha was definitely on to something when he taught that to be human is to suffer/struggle. Anyone’s that’s been on this planet for any length of time can certainly attest to that!

But the real key to moving beyond “striving” to “thriving” , is learning what actions to take when things get though.

John Wesley, over at Pick The Brain, wrote this interesting article about actions to take when things just aren’t going your way, check it out.

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Desktop Search Tool Revolution 2 – The Power of Triangulation

August 16, 2007

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Search is not just for “lost documents” anymore, the very fast and robust nature of Desktop Search Tools makes them THE perfect information retrieval portal for ALL information on your computer.

In my post Desktop Search Tool Revolution, I discussed the benefits of using a desktop search tool to locate information stored on your computer’s hard drive. In this post, we’ll examine how to optimize its use.

The first step is a hard one for most folks to wrap their thinking around - but it’s the key to optimally using a Desktop Search Tool (DST): Don’t just use the DST as a last resort! Instead make it THE primary “information retrieval portal” on your machine. Even if you know exactly where a file is, the DST can find it and open it faster in most cases.

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