The Good Stuff (22/8)

Every week I’ll try to share some articles, blogs, images that I’ve found interesting or inspiring – the good stuff! The aim is to learn and promote learning – yet not forgetting the fun in the process! 🙂

7 Casualties of Being A People Pleaser – In leadership, one the things that most easily trips us up and causes us to fail is our desire to please people first. The most dangerous of all is it will cause vision to stall.

60 Reasons Leaders Stop Learning– This is a fantastic list to print out and review often. Great insight.

10 Powerful Quotes From The Steve Jobs Movie And What They Teach Us About Leadership – If you haven’t already read the Steve Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson, then this article gives you a little insight into this man. I especially like to learn from other leaders, no less than from the ex-CEO of Apple. (P.S: I have not watched the movie yet).

Can Christians Be Unitifed If We Don’t Want The Same Thing? – An important question to ask and the author quite simply nailed it. “the key is the fruit of our beliefs. Do our beliefs help us grow in love of God, faith in Christ, and power through the Spirit? Do our beliefs send us out to make disciples, prompting us to tell others that God is reaching out to them too?”

This Nat Geo corespondent does not like durians. There are only 2 types of people in the world, those who love durians and those who can’t stand them. Growing up in Malaysia, we get durians in season and they taste really good.

Why I’m Writing Daily.

When I started writing again, I made a choice to post daily. So far, I think I’ve skipped only a day. That’s not quite an achievement as it’s been less than a month I’ve started writing.

Some of you might be thinking that it’s about quality not quantity. I truly believe that too! That’s why I try to post things that fit into what I believe to be quality – stuff that people would read and find helpful.

However the consistency of posting daily helps me discipline myself. This is my accountability to myself (and to you!) that I’m constantly checking myself if I’m growing, if I’m keeping to disciplining myself to form new habits and remove bat bad ones.

What I posted earlier about routines and baby steps, I seek to apply in my own life.

Here are some ways I apply them in writing;

  • Make it a routine to post daily.
  • Start small by posting simple articles (without much research).
  • Save links to read and share later (I use Pocket for this. Incredibly useful).
  • Make it a habit to clarify what I’m thinking and reduce it to its irreducible minimum.
  • Remind myself to jot down ideas every time. (I use the Notes app on my Macbook and iPhone for this) 

Small start but it gets the job done so far.

How would you apply routines and baby steps into new habits?

The Good Stuff (8/8)

Every week I’ll try to share some articles, blogs, images that I’ve found interesting or inspiring – the good stuff! The aim is to learn and promote learning – yet not forgetting the fun in the process! 🙂

Fittest Man On Earth – The “Fittest Man on Earth” is 26, stands at 5 feet, 9 inches, weighs 195 pounds, and is on fire for Jesus.

Structuring A Ministry Workweek – Useful article not just for pastors for full time Christian workers like me. There is not part time but I’m full time all the time. “If I could choose one word to describe the structure of a common workweek for a pastor, it would be “messy.” Pastoral ministry is less about a vocation, and more about a lifestyle. If you call yourself a pastor, you are likely on duty 24/7/365. Your life is far more like that of a small business owner than a teacher or professor, with set classroom times and office hours.”

Using Your Saturday’s Well – A few good links from Matt Perman on how to maximize your weekends. Article includes a liturgy for Saturdays, having a personal mission statement and recommendations for project management software. Personally, I find Trello to be incredibly useful.

I’m enjoying these few books that I really take turns reading:

By Stephen Covey. I read this for personal development.

By Stephen Covey. I read this for personal development.

By Bill Hybels. I'm learning practical leadership skill here.

By Bill Hybels. I’m learning practical leadership skill here.

A helpful book realigning my focus back on the Gospel and person of Jesus.

A helpful book realigning my focus back on the Gospel and person of Jesus.

By Erik Metaxas. Savoring slowly this biography.

By Erik Metaxas. Savoring slowly this biography.

 

Be a Lifelong Learner

One of the reasons I’ve started writing again is because I believe I have much to learn. I’m young with many more youthful years ahead of me (I hope).

Recently, one of my business mentors shared about the need to be “lifelong learners”. That simply means to keep on growing yourself whether it be physically (to be fit), mentally (to be sharp) and spiritually (to be mature). Let me share a few principles that I have picked up along the way:

Learn to Teach Others

We learn best by passing on what we know. Have you ever had someone ask you to teach them something that you’ve just learnt recently? Whether its a skill or even some principle you picked up from a book or a conference – you reduce what you learn to a few thoughts and you use your own words to explain it.

Writing it down or rehashing some of the things we have been learning helps us remind ourselves the key points we’ve learnt and further engrains the learning in our minds.

Try it. Read thru a single chapter of a book and try summarizing it and sharing it with someone.

Learn to Continually Learn

We should never stop learning. The day you stop learning is the day you stop growing. We tend to think that growth (whether mental or spiritual) happens the same way as physical growth; almost automatically. We think growth happens by default.

No it doesn’t. Once we leave university, we have to move from being spoon-fed to feeding ourselves. Growth happens not by default, but by design.

We learn things by reading, listening or through experiences. Active learning as opposed to passive learning means being intentional to grow yourself. It means growing by design, to have a plan and some simple goals.

What can you do? Pick up a book. Attend a conference. Challenge yourself to learn something new. Keep on learning.

Apply and Keep Applying

You know the quote,”Give a man a fish and you will feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you will feed him for a lifetime”. The wise man continually applies what is being taught.

Naturally we are bad learners. Only learning and never applying strips us of the fruits we could enjoy when we do apply.

So start small. Pick something you’ve learnt and start applying it into your life. You’ll be surprised and you’ll enjoy reaping the fruits of having done the application.

“What I hear, I forget;
What I see, I remember;
What I do, I understand.”

 – Chinese proverb

In summary, these 3 principles are incredibly basic but highly important if we are to grow to be lifelong learners.

  1. Teach others.
  2. Teach yourself.
  3. Apply.