Communication is at the heart of human relationships: reading, writing, speaking, listening.
“Writing means sharing. It’s part of the human condition to want to share things --- thoughts, ideas, opinions,” wrote Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho.
Use care: what you write often impacts others much more and lasts far longer than what you say. How well you write influences the opinions of others about you.
Have You Acquired Covey’s 7 Habits?
Twenty-six years ago, the late Stephen R. Covey rocked the personal-growth and keys-to-success world with his book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, a best-seller that made him famous.
Before detailing the 7 habits, Covey distinguished his approach from that of so many of his predecessors in the human-development field, men like Dale Carnegie, whose How to Win Friends and Influence People was itself highly popular and certainly influenced me in my youth.
If you want to perform like a champion, get your advice from a champion.
Wunderkind Josh Waitzkin won U.S. and international championships in both chess and “Push Hands Tai Chi Chuan,” a martial arts form of the familiar Asian exercise. In his engrossing book, The Art of Learning, Waitzkin explains what he has learned from years of preparation and participation in these two seemingly very different, though both highly competitive, activities.
I’ll admit it: I am addicted to the TV program Shark Tank. I watch the re-runs Monday through Friday on CNBC and the new shows Friday nights on ABC. In this reality show, one billionaire, Mark Cuban, and four mere multi-millionaires are wooed by would-be plutocrats to get one or more of these five panelists, these “sharks,” to ante-up their own money to invest as new partners in businesses that range from the brilliant to the brain-dead, from sure-fire successes to shaky start-ups, from “heroes” to “zeroes.”
In his recently published The Ingredients of Outliers, physician-lawyer-businessman John Shufeldt, MD, JD, MBA, has written a succinct recipe book for personal achievement, for becoming outstanding, an “outlier,” in your field. In statistics, an “outlier” is a rare case, and in life, outstanding excellence is rare and treasured.
Dr. Shufeldt’s section headings and my comments follow:
HUMILITY: The Root of Success
“Some people have all the luck.”
You’ve heard that said, and perhaps you have wondered whether it is true. Professor Richard Wiseman, a research psychologist at the University of Hertfordshire in Britain, set out to test that proposition, and he subsequently wrote a book about his findings, The Luck Factor: The Four Essential Principles. His studies showed that people can improve their luck, or at least feel that they have, by changing their behavior and attitudes.
Many of our readers have made it through difficult times and are, to some degree at least, survivors. Today’s Asian Americans come from cultures that have endured famines, wars, purges, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, panics, epidemics–as have people from other parts of the world. Their immigrant ancestors had severe challenges to surmount after coming to America, too.