Life Hacking: What Can You Really Hack in Life 51

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I few years ago I struggled with making changes, improving myself, defining what I want in life, getting things done, being social, having self-esteem and much more. But then I turned to life hacking.

I got tired of not seeing progress because I was absolutely sure there was more to life than this unproductive version of myself that had no confidence or clear vision.

Getting tired of something while doing it for a long time is actually a great thing. It makes you take the decision to change and finally take action in your desire to live a better lifestyle.

Plus, if others could achieve a lot in life in any area, so can I. I just needed to find smarter ways to do it and use different approaches.

What is Life Hacking?

According to Wiki it “refers to any trick, shortcut, skill, or novelty method that increases productivity and efficiency, in all walks of life.”

It doesn’t mean skipping important steps on the way to success, or the lack of hard work and consistency.

To hack something means to find a way to do something faster, better and with less effort. It means finding what works best, using the right tools and making the most of the opportunities around you.

Life hacking helps people use body language to appear more confident, the right words and intonation in order to make the person in front of them say yes, techniques to get more done in less time, tools to organize time better, and much more.

It leads to saving time, effort, worries and eliminating anything unnecessary in your life that doesn’t get you ahead.

It’s all about working smarter rather than harder, taking things to the next level, getting results, being efficient and making the most of your time.

What areas can you hack in life?

All of them.

But keep in mind a few things first:

  • you need to be selective

That’s a time management hack too. Prioritize and choose to learn about hacking the areas that interest you the most and which will help you improve and see progress.

It’s worth spending a lot of time now brainstorming, doing your research and creating a strategy. Then you put all that into practice and make adjustments in the process.

Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.
Helen Keller

  • let go of perfectionism

It’s important to leave your ego behind so that you can learn from others and listen to their advice and feedback.

And also to be okay with failure and accept it as a sign that you’re trying new things and finding out what doesn’t work, so that you can move onto the next thing which can be what works.

A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.
George Bernard Shaw

Life hacking goes together with making mistakes and learning from them.

6 Areas You Can Start Hacking Today

1. Productivity.

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2015 was the most productive year in my life so far. I learned a lot and will keep improving.

But I didn’t give everything I read a try simply because it wasn’t the right fit for my daily schedule and life goals.

It’s important to remember that everyone’s walking a different, unique path. And what works for others may not be the best option for you.

But in terms of productivity, you can hack so many things.

You start by understanding the principles of getting things done and the reasons why we procrastinate, and move onto smart time management and productivity techniques to improve your performance.

Check out my book Productivity Hacks, Habits, Myths and Mistakes to see it all in one place.

2. Building habits.

Ingraining a new behavior is a process that takes a lot of time, mental preparation, the right mindset and consistency and motivation. But it can easily be learned.

Small things like working on one habit at a time, giving it 30 days, doing it at a certain time during the day, are all habit hacks.

Here I’ve listed 30 of them and it’s – in fact – all you need to know about starting a new habit and making it stick.

3. Confidence.

If you have no confidence in self, you are twice defeated in the race of life.
Marcus Garvey

It’s a skill and requires practice.

But things like faking it, using the mirror technique, repeating affirmations and surrounding yourself with people who only lift you higher are simple ways to hack building self-esteem and believe in yourself and  overcome shyness in no time.

You can use the power of your mind and trick it into believing you’re more confident right now. Here’s an auidobook with 100 positive affirmations for self-esteem.

4. Focus.

We can’t really get anything done and do our job well if we can’t concentrate.

That can happen by defining distractions and finding a way to remove each once and for all, doing one thing at a time instead of multitasking, creating a nice working environment, and so on.

5. Language learning.

It’s proven that you can learn a foreign language and speak it fluently (even if it’s Chinese, for instance) in around 3 months.

But the masters of life hacking have already hacked language learning and found the ways in which our brain gets used to the new things faster and easier. So let’s listen to their advice.

Tim Ferriss is one of the best in the niche.

How to Learn Any Language in 3 Months
12 Rules for Learning Foreign Languages in Record Time – The Only Post You’ll Ever Need

6. Travel.

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Today many people are living on the road. Some are digital nomads working from anywhere and traveling the world. Others may just be frequent travelers and adventure seekers.

But they all love it so much and do it so often that it was smart to find a way to find cheaper flights, avoid delays, choose the best destination faster, get deals and bonuses, and more.

The Internet is full of blogs about travel hacks that share tips on how to travel on a budget, pack like a pro, get free miles, stay productive while doing all that and find cheaper accommodation.

All that adds up to a much greater experience once you get to your destination. And allows the travelers to keep doing what they love.

These are just 6 of the countless things you can hack in life. And that’s just the beginning.

You can hack eating, fitness, social life, writing, reading, waking up early, longevity, creating products, building businesses, approaching new people, health, relationships, determination, willpower, any sport, etc.

I can go on like that forever, really. But you get the picture.

So what do you think about life hacking? What do you want to hack? Which skill would you like to get better at faster?

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What the Richest People in the World Have in Common 4

What the Richest People in the World Have in Common

Getting rich is something everyone dreams about.

For those facing financial hardships, getting rich seems the only way out to tide over shortage of money. For the bourgeoisie – the working class – getting rich conjures up visions of stuff they want to buy for luxury or higher social status. Millionaires also wish to get rich: they want to become billionaires and enter Forbes List of the world’s wealthiest people.

Unless you inherit a fortune or get lucky at lottery or sweepstakes, getting rich can be quite tough.

Yet, there are countless rags-to-riches stories around the world. Enterprises such as Amazon, KFC, Facebook or SpaceX have become runaway successes within a short span. The reason: their founders have several things in common, which is rare among other people.

Here we look at various traits that the world’s richest and most successful entrepreneurs have in common.

The Common Traits of The World’s Richest People

The Common Traits of The World's Richest People

1. Serving People.

“If your only goal is to become rich, you will never achieve it,” said John D. Rockefeller, who laid the foundation stone for America’s giant petroleum industry and his own enterprise, Standard Oil. The same adage holds good today.

Facebook, for example, was launched by Mark Zuckerberg and his roommate, Eduardo Saverin to allow Harvard University students to share profiles and pictures

There are countless such examples of ordinary people striking rich. However, they share one thing in common: serving people. The main objective of launching these enterprises was to make life easier or enjoyable for people rather than earning money.

2. Reading Books.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, celebrity TV show host Oprah Winfrey, SpaceX and Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Berkshire-Hathaway CEO Warren Buffet and several other extremely rich people of the world have one more thing in common: they are avid readers.

Bill Gates reads at least 50 books every year – an average of nearly four and a half books per month.

Elon Musk owes his success at SpaceX, the project to open space tourism to his love for books and the knowledge he gained from them about rocketry. Oprah Winfrey attributes her success to dozens of books, including some 70 top titles she read on her way to success while Warren Buffet spends about 80 percent of his day reading books.

3. Long-Term Financial Strategies.

A report by CNBC states, all wealthy people depend upon long-term financial strategies rather than short-term gains. They utilized their earnings and savings to invest in safe stocks that would assure gains in the long run rather than indulging in risky trading that can offer high returns.

Such financial planning and decisions ensured they do not lose money. Further, they invested money in their enterprises without the hope of immediate returns.

These wealthy people first focused on building a brand, offering value for people to identify with the brand. And later, popularize the brand through word-of-mouth publicity, which is more effective than traditional advertising.

4. Never Say Die.

Yet another common character trait shared by the world’s richest people is, they are not quitters.

Like every other human on Earth, these wealthy folks also witnessed ups and downs in life. Some of these were so overwhelming most ordinary people would have called it quits and gone in search of easier ventures.

Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Bleckharczyk, founders of Airbnb, the world’s largest hotels and accommodations aggregator were plagued with financial problems.

 

Heavily encumbered with debts, bankruptcy was staring at these entrepreneurs in the very eye. Yet, they did not budge. They innovated their service that made Airbnb the world leader in its field today.

Another excellent example is Colonel Harland Sanders, whose recipe for fried chicken was rejected as many as 1,009 times before it was accepted. Col. Sanders is the founder of global chain Kentucky Fried Chicken or KFC.

5. Accepting Criticism.

Most people flee from criticism of any sort. Rather than learning from negative comments arising out of their behavior or work, they take umbrage rather quickly. Yet, they do not bother to amend their behavior or work pattern.

All wealthy people, however, are different. They are willing to be criticized for introducing new ideas or thoughts.

Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, rightly says that those who will try and do something new must be willing to draw criticism.

Steve Jobs, founder, Apple, Inc. puts it in even stronger words: “If you want to make everyone happy, do not become a leader; sell ice cream instead.”

The success of Amazon and Apple proves their founders were right when it came to accepting criticism.

6. Out of The Box Thinking.

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Thinking outside of the ‘box’ or a typical mindset is often impossible for most people. Understandably, because everyone draws their mindset from factors and circumstances they are raised and educated in.

This mindset eventually becomes a formidable fetter for anyone wanting to become an entrepreneur. Generally, most people follow the flock and take professions they falsely believe as best suited for their skills. Others try to follow footsteps of their parents.

The wealthiest people in the world never followed flock or took lucrative professions of their parents.

Mark Zuckerberg’s father was a dentist and mom – a psychiatrist. Bill Gates’ dad was a banker father while his mother was a lawyer.

Despite coming from wealthy families, they chose to follow their passion rather than confine their thinking to the proverbial boxed mindset. Col. Sanders had lost his parents at a young age of six years and had to shoulder responsibilities of his siblings.

Other Examples of What The Wealthiest People Have in Common

As we can see, these qualities or personality traits are common to the world’s richest people. It sets them apart from others. Most of them launched small enterprises with the sole purpose of bettering the lives of people. Their products or services gained popularity because money was never their consideration. Widespread use of their technology, products, and services eventually led them to become wealthy.

These traits are not typical to the US or the western world, as one may mistakenly come to believe. A glance at some richest people in India and elsewhere also reveals, they share the same characteristics with their American counterparts. This amply proves that richest people around the world share something in common, regardless of where they live and flourish.

Another common trait that all rich people share in common is philanthropy.

Since childhood, they believe in giving back to the society and helping the underprivileged. They practiced charity when they were not so rich and continue to donate money for the betterment of the society even after becoming billionaires.

These richest people on the planet never waited to become wealthy. Instead, they were philanthropists since childhood – a trait most other people pathetically lack or try to foist upon themselves to gain popularity.

In Conclusion

It is not easy to become wealthy. Or everyone would become a millionaire. People who do make it to the top have a different way of thinking combined with an undying zest for learning new things and educating themselves.

They do not consider conventional learning at universities as the end of their education. Instead, they try and acquire new skills every day and find ways and means to become better humans rather than focusing on fattening their purses.

The world’s wealthiest people also share one common trait: they are not people pleasers, despite their generosity and willingness to serve the society. Because they know, trying to please everyone will get them nowhere and could mean possible failure.