I recently re-read a book on Napoleon by British Historian Andrew Roberts. Napoleon of course is known to some as one of great military commanders in history. But I looked for Napoleon’s broader leadership style and character. This is what I took away from the book: Continue reading “Napoleon As Management Guru?!”
As the tectonic plates of my life have been shifting this year, I’ve found my routines to be the stable ground to fall back on to. There’s something about doing the same thing in chaotic times as you did in stable times. It provides reassurance and continuity of self.Continue reading “Routine In a Chaotic World”
Many people ask me how I am able to produce so much content. Aside from work-related research, I maintain two websites, one is this site, where I write on topics that enhance our living and another that contains my twice weekly curated lists of the best free articles on the web. I’m also putting the finishing touches on my own podcast channel (Deep See With Bilal). Besides of all of that, I still get time to read one or two books a week, spend time with family and friends and still feel like I have free time.
So how I do it? It really comes down to having a good system and being ruthless in removing time-wasting activities from my day. But to show how it works in real life, here’s a taste of my system on a typical day:Continue reading “My Daily Routine For Super Productivity”
After my blog on What I Tell Young Researchers, a friend of mine suggested I add the annual shareholder letters of Warren Buffet * (Berkshire Hathaway), Jeff Bezos (Amazon) and Jamie Dimon (JPMorgan) to my recommended readings. I read their latest letters and my friend could not have been more right. This trio of leaders talk about bureaucracy, high standards and the dangers of debt: Continue reading “What Buffet, Bezos and Dimon Told Me About Being Successful”
There I was thinking whether I should buy a new smartphone or stay with my ancient Nokia when the repair shop called to say my I-Phone was fixed! I had mixed feelings. As my recent blog showed, I was quite enjoying a smartphone detox. But there are some things I really do need a smartphone for.
One is checking train times and Continue reading “My Smartphone Was Resurrected!”
It happened while on holiday. I dropped my iPhone in the salty sea, my phone got soaked, end of phone. I’ve been iPhone-less for over a week now. That means no WhatsApp, no social media, no Google Maps, no newsfeeds and no camera. I’ve had to resort to using my “back-up” old-school Nokia (pictured) – it can make calls and its battery lasts forever, but that’s about all it can do.
I’m always intrigued by how one succeeds in industries outside of finance. Take the creative sector, it is filled with photographers, designers, artists and directors, surely they need a different ethos to us desk-bound numbers-obsessed financiers. It turns out the fundamentals could be more similar than one would think. I came across a set interviews of “creatives” in a publication produced by “Lecture in Progress”. These interviews were aimed at giving advice to other creatives, but they could just easily work for any industry: Continue reading “What Creatives Can Teach Us At Work (5 min read)”
I’ve been thinking a lot of about how I can learn better. While I’ve “learnt” lots of subjects at school or at work, I’ve never really learnt how to learn. I’ve written about this topic in the past, yet I’m constantly looking to learn new techniques. One new technique I’ve recently learnt was from an interview of Jim Kwik, an expert in accelerated learning. He talks about how “to learn anything faster, you just remember FAST”, where FAST stands for: Continue reading “How To Make Your Brain Run FAST (2 min read)”
Spring is here, the sun is out and days are getting longer. There is something special about this time of year. Most cultures mark this time as the beginning of new things – we have Easter (Christian-influenced cultures), Nowruz (new year, Persian), Passover (Jewish), Holi (festival of colour, Hindu), Qingming (Tomb-sweeping, China), the spring equinox (usually March 20th when day and night are of equal length) and of course the new fiscal year (!). So rather than using Jan 1st as the time to make resolutions for the year ahead, I think spring is a much better time to begin afresh. The trick is to pick small changes that have outsized impacts on your life, and here would be mine: Continue reading “Spring Cleaning For the Mind, Body and Soul (4 min read)”
We spend a lot of our lives learning, but we never really learn how to learn. As it happens, I recently came across a book called “How We Learn” by Benedict Carey, which synthesises the latest thinking on just that. The book feels a bit padded out, so can be read quite quickly, but it has some great points, the main ones are: Continue reading “The 8 Essentials of Learning (2 mins)”