I believe that Vietnamese technology professionals have the ability to be some of the best in the world.
I love this quote from Teddy Roosevelt, 26th President of the USA:
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; Continue reading →
I love it. Here’s why.
The secret is the great violin players set aside concentrated, focused 2-hour blocks of time to practice twice each day. The average violin players do not.
Working with great focus on a difficult subject for only 3-4 hours a day separates the great from the average. Then the rest of the day the great violin players can relax and stop thinking about playing. In other words, “If you’re busy you’re doing it wrong.”
This is a big challenge for me.
I have a couple talks coming up this week. I gotta double down and focus on them. Planning, writing and practicing a talk is consuming and hard work. I’ll start with 1.5 hours in the morning, 1.5 hours in the afternoon of focused work. I won’t check email or do other, smaller tasks during that time. Let’s see how this works out!
Effective communication is making sure you are understood.
I found an incredible way to increase your productivity, instantly.
It’s called “making a list.”
Last year I wrote about the power of focus and not doing things. Doing fewer things delivers better results at the few things you do.
I thought that was pretty good. Then I read about Peter Thiel’s philosophy of extreme focus. Continue reading →
A friend of mine, Dat, writes a blog where he posts his observations of life in Vietnam. Recently I read his post “Price Collusion in Vietnam.” It’s a great little story that gives insight into why so few Vietnamese companies or entrepreneurs innovate.
They just don’t think that way.
A Roman philosopher named Lucius Annaeus Seneca wrote that 2,000 years ago.