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November 16, 2012

Be a Happy Action Hero

Happy action hero

Just started reading Timothy Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Work Week, a book about “Lifestyle Design”, and came across the above quote by former Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli.

It’s an interesting read. Although I feel that I already have that mindset described in the book, and I’m already doing many of the things, there are some wonderful insights in the book that make me nod in agreement. For example, “Less is not Laziness”, which is music to my ears.  “Doing less meaningless work, so that you can focus on things of greater importance is NOT laziness. This is hard for most to accept, because our culture tends to reward personal sacrifice instead of personal productivity”. “Focus on being productive instead of being busy”.

I enjoy reading the book because I share the same attitude with the author. However, I hope people who don’t think like that would read it and understand this (more effective) mindset more.


October 5, 2012

My recipe for professional happiness

My recipe for professional happiness


Convention wisdom says don’t mix business with pleasure. I couldn’t disagree with it more. Mixing business and pleasure doesn’t mean sacrificing professionalism. Pleasure doesn’t mean doing nothing. (As you can see from my 45things list. I get so much pleasure from actively doing things). To me, it simply means integrating my authentic self into my work, and being professionally productive while I’m not officially “at work”. I actively combine my “professional life” and my “personal life” as much as possible because I want just one life. I have a limited amount of time and energy. The way to maximize my return (whether it is professional accomplishments, personal goals or simply “happiness”) is by achieving multiple objectives with a single action.  As explained in this Harvard Business Review blog post, the goal is never to be idle…The goal is to spend as much time possible doing what we want. Mixing business and pleasure makes sense.

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