(1) Do you like reading? (2) Do you actually read? (3) Do you read fiction, non-fiction, or both?
These three questions are quite good to learn about yourself.
As for myself, (1) I like reading because I am passionate about learning new things (otherwise, you will live only in your limited world). (2) As much as I would like to read, I haven’t been able to catch up with my book lists (although I read around 30 articles per week), because I use the limited time for other things. (3) I usually like non-fiction to gain more knowledge and life lessons from the real world.
But this time, I learned important life lessons when I went beyond my styleーreading a fiction book “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho in its original language (Portuguese). As I believe some of the learning, if not all, can be beneficial for others, let me share in this post.
The hard copy books and documents stay forever in your shelf, and you have not re-read them for many years and cannot carry due to the weights
Empty chelf, and you can carry and access to soft copy books anywhere any time
As a person who believes in the power of less, the answer was quite clear (the latter), but, I didn’t take action on this for years. Partly because I did not know how to do so (thought of having no time, but this is never the reason of not doing something).
This time, as mentioned in the previous entry, I wanted to organize my past by throwing out books and documents, so I decided to give it a try. And interestingly, it was not difficult to figure out how to do so, because the majority of people who scanned hard copy used the same items, and addressed high level of satisfaction, so why not learning from others?
“Pick one thing, not many. Otherwise you end up failing on all.”
In my childhood, many adults told me this, and accepting this was difficult for someone like me who was curious about many different things.
But luckily we live in a society where such a diversity is embraced and even needed more and more, and it seems OK to be interested in many different things. To highlight this, let me talk about three different sources: (1) exhibition, (2) book and (3) video. Continue reading →
♪Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred (525,600) minutes, ♪How do you measure, measure a year?
―“seasons of Love” from the musical Rent―
With just one day to go to finish this year, this song came to my mind, which got me thinking “How do I measure year 2015?”.
Then I came to pick up travelling, job, people and books. Continue reading →
In my previous post in which I talked about the principales of the presentationーPIAPA, I said it was mainly based on my experience of performance, education, job, etc. But I realized later that I was actually influenced by my entire life experience, what I saw, heard, read, you name it.
And the first book which came to mind in this regard was “Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery” by Garr Reynolds (2011).
This great book shows us that the good presentation is tied to the concept of Zen (Buddhism) as well as Jazz music. As I am interested in three of them, this book was quite striking, and I think some people might feel that way, so I will share in this post. Continue reading →
What is your weak point? Are you willing to show it to others?
I was asked many times what my weak points were, especially during job interviews. And I have mentioned the same thing several times: tendency to seek for perfection. And from my experience, I get to have an answer to this.
Accept yourself and relax, because there is no such thing as perfection.
This is my 200th blog post. Looking back over the last 5 years (initial point of this blog in November 2009) I wrote whatever which came to mind and did not care about the content, let alone continuing it. But I think this is something I would like to keep doing in my own pace, and I hope to improve such that I become very good at.
Speaking of which, are you good at what you really like?
When I was a early primary school teacher, I had several opportunities to talk about this kind of thing, since there are many materials on it, such as self-introduction card. And some kids had hard time filling them out and asked me some help, to which I used to say the following:
It is really hard to find something you are passionate about not only for you young generation but also for adults, so those who already found it, please keep cultivating it. If you don’t have it yet, don’t worry, you will find it eventually, maybe you can start whatever you might think of, because sometimes what you are good at can turn into be what you really like. What’s important is constantly looking for and taking action.
Nodding their heads, some students came to think of something to fill out with. But kids, it was actually a message for all of us, including me. Continue reading →