My notes on “Made to Stick” by Chip & Dan Heath
S.U.C.C.E.S.s: Simple, Unexpected, Concrete, Credible Stories
- Not dumbed down or sound bites
- Find the core fo the idea
- “The curse of knowledge” if you say 3 things you say nothing
- Simple = core + compact, forced prioritisation
- To make a profund idea compact use flags – “tap the existing terrain of your audience”
- Schema’s are a collection of generic properties of a concept or category
- Higher level schemas are composed of other schemas. Analogies are great
- The goal is to write a proverb
Yesterday I was reading through one of my old journals from 3 years ago when I faced exactly this decision.
In the journal I found my list of Pros and Cons that I had written to help me decide.
Maybe they could help you to?
- I’m ready. I’ve had my 3 years of experience. I’m learning more in my own time than at work
[for a few months I had been getting up at 6am and reading business books at a rate of 1.5 per week]
- I’ll learn more, I’ll be more productive, I’ll get things done in shorter time frames because I’ll be working for myself & my clients rather than half heartedly working for someone else for about $20/hour
- I’ll accelerate my growth and learning whether I succeed or fail just by trying
- This recession could mean that what I’m selling [website design and marketing advice] is more valuable, and businesses may want to outsource more
- If I survive the recession, when the boom comes I’ll have it made
- With zero income we could still survive for 10 months by drawing on our revolving home loan overdraft
- I’ll have the freedom to take time off for myself or for my family any time I choose
- I don’t have to spend another cent to get started. I have my computer and my brain.
- It is scarey giving up steady $46k/annum income
[It turned out I earned that in my first year anyway, and doubled in the year after]
- The risk of failure. If it doesn’t work, my self esteem will be crushed
- I’ve always thought of working alone at home would be lonely but now I know it won’t be because communication and interaction will be a big part of what I do every day
- Risk of less income (or no income) for my little family
[my wife was 6 months pregnant with our first child at the time]
- It would scare the hell out of my wife
- Spending too much time with my wife might be hard on our marriage
- I’ll be putting enormous pressure and stress on myself, marriage and my wife
- The recession could mean hard times for me, harder to sell what I’m offering
- We are in a recession, I should be greatfull that I have a job at all… Shall I wait 2 or 3 more years and then give it a go? Hell no!
- I might have to work longer & harder hours, not less (especially at the start)
[It turned out that working on my own projects was actually fun and didn’t feel like work]
- Very stressful for my Dad because he’ll have to pay the mortgage if I fail
- No paid sick days. No paid holidays.
I went for it, and it’s been great!
What’s Your Favourite?
My favourite is Pro #8. 🙂
What’s your favourite?
Are you facing this decision now? Or do you think you might in the future? Tell your story.
My notes on “Getting Things Done” by David Allen
[Borrowed heavily from Josh Kaufmans notes]
1. Define what being “done” looks like
- Most of the tasks people keep on their to-do lists are “amorphous blobs of undoability” – commitments without any clear vision of what being “done” looks like
- What does the end point look like?
Continue reading “Getting Things Done by David Allen”
My notes on “The Unwritten Laws of Business” by J. King & James G. Skakoon. 2007
Good advice for employees who want to get the most out of their current role.
- However menial and trivial your early assignments may appear, give them your best efforts
- Demonstrate the ability to get things done
My notes on “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie
3 Fundamental Techniques in Handling People
- Don’t crisicise, condemn or complain
- Instead, try to understand them, why they do what they do
- The most important human desire: A feeling of importance
- Give honest and sincere appreciation
- Find out their good points
- Try to see everything from the other person point of view
- Arouse in the other person on eager want