Tag: life lessons

Lessons from Jiro Ono – a World Class Sushi Chef

April 6th, 2014   •   no comments   

Lessons from Jiro Ono – a World Class Sushi Chef
Jiro Ono (courtesy of Magnolia Pictures)

85 year old Jiro Ono of Sukiyabashi Jiro is an exceptional sushi chef.

He is so good in his craft that his tiny 10-seater restaurant in a subway in Tokyo is accorded with three Michelin stars. And he is still working there, almost every single day of the year.
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The Zeigarnik Effect

March 27th, 2014   •   1 comment   

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Russian psychologist/psychiatrist Bluma Zeigarnik (source of image)

What do video gamers, book worms and waiters taking multiple orders have in common?

Well, they usually remember what they have not completed until the task is done. And then, it literally gets wiped out of their system.
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David and Goliath: Book Review

March 5th, 2014   •   no comments   

 

David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

Why do underdogs triumph over mightier enemies? How does one turn a weakness into a strength?

In yet another entertaining trip of the intellect, Malcolm Gladwell’s latest volume David and Goliath tackles perennial paradoxes with much aplomb. Written in his usual captivating prose, Gladwell’s book – subtitled Underdogs, Misfits and the Art of Battling Giants – provides one with much food for thought while challenging conventional wisdom.
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How to Make Better Decisions

February 16th, 2014   •   2 comments   

How to Make Better Decisions
Courtesy of Life Hacker

Decisions, decisions, decisions. If only you can make better ones in the course of your work and life.

Thanks to a recent podcast on Derek Halpern’s Social Triggers Insider featuring Dan Heath, co-author of Decisive, I uncovered a couple of secrets to making good decisions.
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5 Reasons why Frozen is Fabulous

February 9th, 2014   •   1 comment   


Courtesy of Disney

Disney’s latest blockbuster movie Frozen was a blast, freezing the competition in their tracks this winter.

Taking top prize at the 41st Annie Awards for best animated film, the film is nominated for two Oscars, and has heated up box offices worldwide. Costing US$300 million to make, Frozen is anticipated to generated some US$1 billion when it completes its big-screen run. The movie did so well that it helped Disney to report a 33% increase in quarterly profits and has been lauded by Disney’s CEO Bob Iger as a “turnaround for animation”.
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Why Winners Wait

January 22nd, 2014   •   no comments   

Why Winners Wait

Courtesy of Healthland.Time

Have you heard of the “marshmallow test” for kids?

First conducted by American psychologist Walter Mischel in the 1960s, the experiment involved putting four-year olds in a room with a marshmallow on a plate, and testing how long they could endure before popping that sweet morsel into their mouths.
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Thoughts on The Time Keeper

January 15th, 2014   •   2 comments   

“Everything man does today to be efficient, to fill the hour? It does not satisfy. It only makes him hungry to do more. Man wants to own his existence. But no one owns time. When you are measuring life, you are not living it.”

Since time immemorial, man has always been preoccupied with optimising his use of time. He invented innumerable ways to improve efficiency, generate greater returns on time spent, and maximise mileage out of every waking minute.
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10 Ways to Learn from Life

January 12th, 2014   •   no comments   


Courtesy of Marc and Angel Hack Life

Are you too cool for school? Do you loathe exam jitters?

Well, consider this. Most of the stuff we learn don’t actually hail from the hallowed halls of educational institutions. Instead, they come from our everyday encounters and experiences.
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Mothernist – Helping Mothers Cope with Modern Living

January 1st, 2014   •   1 comment   

Life in a modern city can be hectic and stressful. Especially if you’re a working mother trying to balance multiple roles – career/business, caregiver, mother, wife, and friend.

The tremendous strain of continually juggling numerous balls may also result in the deterioration of one’s mental, spiritual and emotional health.

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The Four Faiths of Life

December 25th, 2013   •   no comments   


Courtesy of EcoPlum

What happens when you’ve lost millions, struggle to pay your rent, and lose your family? Should you kill yourself?

Thankfully, James Altucher didn’t and ended up becoming a lot more successful after his experience.
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