1% Rule

Consistency and frequency is greater than amount…

It is better to work on being better at what you do by 1% everyday for 1000 days, than trying to improve by 1000% in one day, which is virtually impossible.

Constant progress is the key to improvement.

1% is easy to do and may seem little, but it’s not the amount that matters, it’s the consistency and frequency at which you improve yourself.

Read 10 pages of a book a day and you will read 10 books a year; try reading 10 books in one sitting and you will burnout before getting through half of one.

Jog for 10 minutes every week instead of trying to run a marathon once a year without exercising any other time.

Focus on that 1% improvement, consistently and frequently, and you’ll eventually make it to the top 1% in what you do.

I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times” – Bruce Lee

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Mentors

It has officially been one month since I started this blog on October 29th, 2017.

This month has been nothing short of amazing for me…and I hope to continue this newfound excitement for education, knowledge, and writing.

But I didn’t start this alone. I had mentors to guide me. So, in tribute to Tim Ferriss’s release of his new book Tribe of Mentors, I’d like to talk about my mentors as well.

There are honestly too many people who have positively influenced me, but I will designate this post to paying homage to my first-semester professors at Villanova.

Thank you to these mentors:

My business professor, who gave me the idea to start a daily blog, introduced me to Bitcoin and investing, and most importantly, has the humility to share his knowledge over lunch with a freshman student. I can only aspire to live up to his near-perfect lifestyle. Thankfully, I’ve taken some of his books to help build my army, and I also read his daily blog to pick his brain.

My ACS professor, who revived my passion for writing and continues to be one of the most down-to-earth, casual & humorous, and yet assertive professors I’ve met. And perhaps the most significant thing I’ve gained from taking his class is a love of learning, knowledge, and philosophy, which I hope to carry with me forever. This man has much to teach me.

My statistics professor, who broke this stigma I had about math professors and how they couldn’t build relationships with their students. She shows great kindness to all her students, and never ceases to entertain me with her teaching. Despite math being my least favourite subject, she has somehow kept me interested for the past few months.

My theology professor, who consistently provokes insightful thinking in her lectures. I’ve never been more intrigued by religion and faith than I have been now. I’ve learned much about dialogue and understanding different perspectives on important subjects, such as religion, and I can only thank her for opening so many doors for me in such a short time and encouraging me to express my opinions and thoughts.

My leadership professor, who is possibly the nicest person I know. He undoubtedly has immense EQ, which I hope to obtain more of through learning from him. I cannot fathom how he is able to conduct every class with such a respectful and calm demeanour. I appreciate him for making me feel important.

My Mandarin professor, who wishes the best for her students. I appreciate her passion for teaching the language and appreciate the kindness she shows in class.  I had previously been afraid to study Chinese because of how aggressive my past teachers were. I thank her for creating a safe environment.


I hope all of you reading this have great mentors as well. Take some time out of your life to thank them for all that they teach you, and learn as much as you can from the time you spend with them.

The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.” – William Arthur Ward

 

Listen to the music…and the lyrics

I’ve just recently added a soldier to my army. : Raving Fans by Ken Blanchard and Sheldon Bowles

There was an interesting concept in the book that used this metaphor:

Listen to the music...and the lyrics.

Sometimes the lyrics and music of a song are in harmony, but sometimes they say completely different things.

Just like with human behaviour, we often say we are “fine” or “great” when in actuality there is discourse in our lives. There are people who seem nice, yet have exploitative intentions. And how often do we do things we don’t want to do and say things we don’t truly mean?

Look at both the music and lyrics in your life. They may tell you two different stories, and that’s perfectly fine. Just make sure they are also in harmony once and a while, because that’s when you are able to do what you want, and say what you mean, and I’m sure you’ll have created a beautiful song.

 

Give Yourself the Gift of DONE

Perfectionism kills projects

Why?

Because “perfect” doesn’t exist.

It’s unachievable, which is why we use the term as a rhetoric to emphasize excellence and use it as a flattering comment.

But in reality, perfectionism is this flawed philosophy of never getting anything done.

When you hold yourself to impossible standards of “perfect”, every project you embark on will result in either 1) unsatisfactory results, which if you read my last post, would be remarkably worse than just mediocre, or 2) you never finish the project because you cannot achieve the desired results.

Writers understand this very well. So do artists. In fact, many people in the arts field will understand this, because of the innate subjective manner of the projects we often involve ourselves in, you can never truly be “done” because there is always more you can do. But the important part is also understanding that achieving excellence and achieving (false) perfection, are two different and separate things.

You can be excellent, beyond satisfied, without being “perfect”…

The important thing is finishing the project. It feels great to complete every blog post on a daily basis. I know that none of my writings is perfect, which was a thought that held me back for nearly 2 years when I first wanted to start writing. Now here I am, finished 30 days of excellence.

Give yourself the gift of done.

 

Don’t be Satisfied

 

Satisfied is this flawed term that we like to throw around too often because we think it means “good”. Satisfied means we met the requirements and didn’t take any effort to do more than simply checking off the checklist. Customer service has become so bad, that oftentimes as long as we are not being insulted or attacked, we are “satisfied”.

Satisfactory” no longer means good, it simply means not crappy. It means okay. It means we could do better. Being satisfied means being mediocre.

We are becoming too complacent. Don’t be “satisfied” with your performance in life, be excellent.

 

Stop lying to yourself

I am going to be a doctor…because my parents and cultural media tells me to.

I should become an accountant…because it is a safe and well-paying job in the world of business.

I will sell my soul to whatever job pays the best…so I can make unethically large amounts of money.

If the second part of those sentences rings true in whatever you are trying to pursue, then my question to you is: why?

Stop lying to yourself about what you truly want to do. Oftentimes we are too focused on trying to please other people–our friends, family, and social media–that we forget to please the most important person in our lives: ourselves.

 

 

 

Starting a fire

If you’ve ever gone camping and tried to start a fire with nothing but small twigs, weeds, whatever you can find in the woods, and a few matches, you know how hard it is.

There are three methods (that I know of) for preparing the set of twigs to burn: tent formation, box, or just throw everything in one pile.

One of the most important things for starting a fire is knowing when to start over…if you throw in the lit match, and the fire doesn’t catch on the wood, you need to fix the formation. Maybe the twigs were too big, or you didn’t give enough space and oxygen for the fire to burn, or maybe there weren’t enough smaller weeds to burn.

It doesn’t mean you need to give up on starting the fire, it just means you need to know when to try a different method, or else you will never know that just throwing all the twigs in a small pile and hoping that will burn never works.

Keep trying and you’ll be able to start a fire in all the projects you’ve been trying to start.