Recharge Your Routine: Viewing Each Day as a Battery

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The analogy of your energy being like a battery is a way to conceptualize how you expend and recharge your energy throughout the day. Just like a battery, you start the day with a certain amount of energy, and as you go through your tasks, social interactions, and other activities, you “drain” this energy. Here’s a breakdown:

Charging Phase (Morning)

  • Full Charge: You wake up after a good night’s sleep, and your “battery” is at or near 100%.
  • Morning Routine: Activities like showering, breakfast, and light exercise can either maintain your energy or give you a slight boost.

Active Phase (Daytime)

  • High-Performance Tasks: These are the tasks that require the most energy. It’s best to do them when your battery is still relatively full.
  • Social Interactions: Conversations, meetings, and social activities also consume energy, some more than others.
  • Routine Tasks: These are less draining but still consume some energy.

Draining Phase (Late Afternoon/Evening)

  • Energy Dip: Most people experience a natural dip in energy in the afternoon.
  • Low-Performance Tasks: This is a good time for less critical tasks that don’t require much energy.

Recharging Phase (Night)

  • Wind-Down: Activities like reading, taking a warm bath, or meditating can help you transition into a restful state.
  • Sleep: This is when your “battery” recharges for the next day.

What could help?

  • don’t context switch between tasks
  • focus on 1 thing at a time, take a break, focus on 1 new thing
  • in work this could be plan your day
  • be aware of your email inbox and slack absorbing your day

The Planning Fallacy

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The Planning Fallacy is a cognitive bias that causes people to underestimate the time and resources needed to complete a task. Despite past experience showing that similar tasks have typically taken longer than planned, individuals often predict that their own projects will proceed more smoothly. This fallacy is common in both personal and professional settings and can lead to missed deadlines, budget overruns, and increased stress.


Imagine you’re writing a blog post on a topic you’re familiar with. You estimate that it will take you two hours to complete the post, including research, writing, and editing. Based on the Planning Fallacy, you’re likely underestimating the time required. In reality, the process might involve unforeseen complications like:

  • Additional time for in-depth research
  • Multiple rounds of editing and proofreading
  • Technical issues, such as website downtime or formatting problems
  • Interruptions or distractions

As a result, the blog post might actually take four or five hours to complete, rather than the initially estimated two hours.

Real-World Examples

1. Construction Projects

One of the most cited examples is the construction of the Sydney Opera House. Initially estimated to be completed in 1963 at a cost of $7 million AUD, it was finally completed in 1973 at a cost of around $102 million AUD.

2. Software Development

Many software projects suffer from the Planning Fallacy. For instance, Microsoft’s Windows Vista was initially planned for release within two years but ended up taking over five years to develop.

3. Public Transportation

The “Big Dig” in Boston, USA, was initially estimated to cost $2.8 billion and take a decade to complete. It ended up costing over $15 billion and took 15 years to finish.

Agile Crash Course

What is Agile?

Agile project management is an approach to software development and project management that prioritizes flexibility, collaboration, and customer-centricity.

It involves iterative progress and adaptability to change, often breaking down larger projects into smaller, manageable parts known as iterations or “sprints.”

Agile methods are not confined to software development; they can be applied to other fields such as marketing, manufacturing, and organizational change.

Agile in the Tech World

Using Agile methodologies in for example website design allows for a more flexible, adaptive, and customer-centric approach.

Rather than spending months perfecting every aspect of the site before launch, teams can break the project down into manageable “sprints” or “iterations.”

This enables them to release a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) more quickly and then iteratively improve upon it based on real-world feedback.

In this way, design and functionality can evolve in response to user needs and changing market conditions, leading to a more effective and successful end product.

Agile in diagrams

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Useful Terminology

Iteration= A time-boxed period during which a team completes a defined set of tasks. Also known as a “sprint” in Scrum methodology.

User Stories= Short, simple descriptions of a feature or function written from the perspective of an end user.

Backlog= A prioritized list of tasks, features, bug fixes, and technical work that needs to be done in a project.

Scrum Master= The individual responsible for ensuring that the Scrum process is understood and followed by the team.

Product Owner= The person responsible for defining, prioritizing, and updating the product backlog to deliver maximum value to the business.

Sprint= A specific type of iteration in Scrum, usually lasting between one to four weeks.

Daily Stand-up= A brief daily meeting where team members discuss what they worked on the previous day, what they will work on today, and any blockers they might have.

Kanban Board= A visual tool used to manage workflow and optimize efficiency by tracking tasks and their statuses.

Swimlanes= Columns or rows in a Kanban board that categorize different types of work or differentiate between different teams.

Epic= A large user story that is too complex to be completed in a single iteration and must be broken down into smaller user stories.

Velocity= A metric used to measure the amount of work a team can accomplish during a single iteration.

Burndown Chart= A graphical representation of work left to do versus time, often used in Scrum to track the progress of a sprint.

Retrospective= A meeting held at the end of each iteration to discuss what went well, what needs improvement, and how to implement those improvements.

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Burn down chart

as its’ name implies a burndown chart is a chart that shows the burndown of work.

So basically you see the number of story points

the team is delivering over time, so your team’s velocity.

On the X axis you have your sprints and on your Y axis, your story points


What went well?

  • Great teamwork and collaboration.
  • Effective communication.
  • The team worked in parallel on multiple tasks and finished all of them.
  • Management authorized additional resources for the project.
  • Good collaboration with other teams.

What didn’t?

  • Several unplanned issues came up in UAT.
  • Testing took longer than anticipated.
  • BAU (Business As Usual) got in the way of project work.

What could we do differently?

  • Automate testing to reduce cycle time.
  • Define additional resources for the project or handover BAU (if possible).


MVP (Minimum Viable Product), the Core of the Agile Methodology. An MVP is a concept from agile scrum that refers to a product that has just enough features to satisfy the needs of early customers and, more importantly, give them something to provide feedback on to shape the future of the product.

FAQ and Useful Info

What are the 3 core roles in an Agile team?

  1. product owner typically an end customer who defines what is valuable and priroties
  2. scrum master – runs team meetings, removes impedimentswork with product owner and ensures the team reamins on track
  3. delivery team – people in charge of execution, defines which user stories are part of a sprint

What are good Agile Rituals?

  • sprint planning
  • daily standup
  • sprint review (demo/showcase)
  • retrospectives

Top Tips

  • start with sprint 0 for planning
  • define who is in the team and roles
  • agree days and time for rituals
  • make sure you have done due dillegence before you start
  • understand constraints
  • define when releases are done

Does Agile equate to Scrum? Are they equal or the same thing?

Technically no, in reality yes. Allow me to clarify this, Scrum is one of many Agile methodologies, but Scrum is the most popular and widely used of all Agile methodologies. Hence, when people are talking about “Agile” they are generally referring to Scrum. Most people don’t even know there are other methodologies besides Scrum. If you want to learn more about the other methodologies, just go to this link.

Explain agile in an interview

The Agile Way! Keep it simple and succinct. Just let the interviewer know that Agile is an iterative approach to managing projects. Highlight that you love Agile because it follows a customer-centric approach whilst closely collaborating with your team members to deliver value for the business in a short period of time. You can also mention a couple of the things found on this article.

Case Study

Breaking a complex project into manageable tasks

Breaking down a complex project into manageable tasks is fundamental in Agile methodologies. Here’s a simplified step-by-step process:

  1. Define the Vision:

Start with the end goal or the main objective of the project. What are you trying to achieve? This can be documented in a vision statement or a product roadmap.

2 Create Epics:

An epic is a large chunk of work that can be broken down into smaller tasks. It’s more granular than the vision but not as detailed as individual tasks. For example, “User Authentication” might be an epic for a software project.

3 Develop User Stories:

For each epic, create user stories. A user story is a description of a feature or requirement from an end-user perspective. It typically follows the format: “As a [type of user], I want [an action] so that [a benefit/a value]”.

4 Break Down User Stories into Tasks:

A user story can often be broken down into multiple tasks. For instance, for the user story “As a user, I want to reset my password”, tasks could be:
– Design the “Forgot Password” interface.
– Develop backend logic for password reset.
– Implement email service for sending reset links.
– Test the password reset functionality.

5 Estimate Tasks:

Once tasks are identified, the team can estimate the time or effort required for each task. In Agile, this could be in story points or hours, depending on the team’s preference.

6 Prioritize:

Determine the order of importance for your user stories and tasks based on business needs, dependencies, risks, and other factors.

7 Plan Sprints:

In Scrum (a type of Agile methodology), work is divided into sprints, which are time-boxed iterations (often 2-4 weeks). Place your prioritized tasks into these sprints based on the team’s capacity and the project timeline.

8 Review and Adjust:

After each sprint, conduct a retrospective. Discuss what went well, what didn’t, and how processes can be improved. This feedback loop ensures that the project remains adaptable and the team continues to improve.

9 Maintain a Backlog:

Not all tasks or stories will fit into the immediate sprints. Keep a well-maintained and prioritized backlog of these items. Over time, some backlog items might become irrelevant or new ones might be added.

10. Continuous Communication: Foster an environment of open communication. Ensure that team members can discuss challenges, clarify doubts, and collaborate on solutions. This keeps everyone aligned and ensures that tasks are accurately defined and understood.

Remember, the goal of Agile is flexibility and adaptability. As you move through the project, it’s okay (and expected) that tasks, priorities, and even the broader scope may change. The key is to maintain communication and ensure that the team is always working towards the most valuable outcomes for the project.

Case Study -Example

Let’s take the hypothetical scenario of developing a new e-commerce platform:

Vision: Create a user-friendly e-commerce platform where users can buy handcrafted products from local artisans.


  1. User Authentication
  2. Product Browsing
  3. Shopping Cart Management
  4. Checkout and Payment
  5. User Reviews and Ratings

User Stories (for the ‘User Authentication’ Epic):

  1. As a new visitor, I want to register for an account so I can make purchases.
  2. As a registered user, I want to log into my account to view my order history.
  3. As a user, I want to reset my password in case I forget it.

Tasks (for the ‘Reset password’ User Story):

  1. Design the “Forgot Password” interface.
  2. Develop backend logic for password reset.
  3. Implement email service for sending reset links.
  4. Test the password reset functionality.

Estimate Tasks:

  1. Design interface – 8 hours
  2. Backend logic – 5 hours
  3. Email service implementation – 3 hours
  4. Testing – 4 hours


  1. User registration and login (critical for user acquisition)
  2. Product Browsing (core feature)
  3. Checkout and Payment (necessary for monetization)
  4. Shopping Cart Management
  5. User Reviews and Ratings (can be introduced as an enhancement in version 2)

Sprint Planning:
– Sprint 1: Complete the design and development of user registration and login, start on product browsing.
– Sprint 2: Complete product browsing and start on shopping cart management.
… and so on.

Review and Adjust (after Sprint 1):
– Found that users want social media login options.
– Adjust upcoming sprints to integrate social media authentication.

Backlog Items:

  1. Implement a recommendation system based on user’s browsing history.
  2. Offer gift wrapping options during checkout.
  3. Create a loyalty rewards program.

Throughout the project, the team meets daily for stand-ups to discuss progress, blockers, and next steps. They also engage with stakeholders frequently to ensure the platform is aligning with business goals and user needs.

After the launch of the e-commerce platform, iterative feedback is gathered from real users, and the team continues to enhance the platform based on this feedback, ensuring its success and adaptability in the market.

Now, let’s evolve the e-commerce platform example by focusing on a comprehensive database design and implementation for it.

Vision: Develop a robust and scalable database for the e-commerce platform to efficiently manage products, user data, transactions, and reviews.


  1. Database Design
  2. User Data Management
  3. Product Data Management
  4. Transaction Data Management
  5. Reviews and Ratings Data Management

User Stories (for the ‘Product Data Management’ Epic):

  1. As an admin, I want to add new products to the database with all related data points to list them for sale.
  2. As a system, I need to categorize products based on several attributes (e.g., type, artisan, price range) to aid in product searching and filtering.
  3. As an admin, I want to update or delete product details to maintain accurate inventory and product information.

Tasks (for the ‘Add new products’ User Story):

  1. Create a table ‘Products’ with columns: ProductID, ProductName, Description, Price, ArtisanID, CategoryID, StockCount, ImageURL, etc.
  2. Develop an admin interface for entering product data.
  3. Integrate data validation checks to ensure product data integrity.
  4. Implement backend logic to insert product data into the ‘Products’ table.
  5. Test the product addition functionality.

Estimate Tasks:

  1. Create ‘Products’ table – 3 hours
  2. Design admin interface – 10 hours
  3. Data validation checks – 5 hours
  4. Backend logic for data insertion – 8 hours
  5. Testing – 5 hours


  1. User Data Management (to support user registration and login)
  2. Product Data Management (to list items for sale)
  3. Transaction Data Management (essential for sales)
  4. Reviews and Ratings Data Management (for user feedback)
  5. Database Design (constant across all other epics, foundational)

Sprint Planning:
– Sprint 1: Set up initial database schema, focus on user data management.
– Sprint 2: Focus on product data management and start transaction data management.
… and so on.

Review and Adjust (after Sprint 1):
– Found that users also want to store multiple shipping addresses.
– Adjust upcoming sprints to add a ‘UserAddresses’ table in the database schema.

Backlog Items:

  1. Implement database archiving for older transactions.
  2. Design data redundancy and backup protocols.
  3. Analyze database performance and optimize queries.

Throughout the project, the database team collaborates with frontend and backend teams to ensure seamless data flow. Regular backups, testing, and performance checks are scheduled to maintain data integrity and system health.

Once the database is up and running, periodic audits and optimizations are conducted based on system usage and growth patterns, ensuring its scalability and reliabil

Great quotes

This is a dumping ground of great and powerful quotes i have found along my journey.

“Living well means spending more time on things that matter. Living poorly means spending more time on things that don’t matter. Wisdom is knowing the difference.” –

Mark Manson

All change starts with awareness

The quote “All change starts with awareness” is a commonly used phrase, but it is not specifically attributed to a single individual. It is often cited in the context of personal development, organizational change, and social movements to emphasize the importance of recognizing a problem or opportunity as the first step toward making a change

Being busy and being productive are not the same thing. It’s easy to be busy. It’s hard to be productive. Being productive is not about doing more; it’s about concentrating all your energy on the few things that matter.”

Shane Parrish

Don’t get caught up in distant goals or 5-year plans. Life is not linear; it’s a series of meandering paths. Focus on the next step, on what’s in front of you now. There are no ‘aha’ moments; only tiny, incremental gains. And that’s OK. Keep at it

“Do the best you can. No one can do more than that”

John Wooden

I never lose. Either i win or learn

Nelson Mandela

“the one thing that can solve most problems is dancing”

James Brown

“the universe buries strange jewels within us all, and then stands back to see if can find them”

Elizabeth Gilbert.

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity

Seneca Stoic philosopher, statesmen and Orator.

We are so lucky to live in this world , over a century ago we would have been able to watch a world class music performance once in a lifetime today we can re-watch it every day.

You tube Contributor

Success doesn’t have to be defined by status, title or material wealth. You can measure achievement any way you want

Jim Carey

The Work Life Balance

From a great article at

This article discusses the importance of maintaining a healthy work-life balance and the challenges of doing so, particularly in the era of remote work. It delves into the definitions and signs of healthy and unhealthy work-life balances. A healthy balance involves setting boundaries, time management, stress management, and flexibility. On the other hand, an unhealthy balance is characterized by overwork, neglected personal life, and burnout.

The article highlights the negative consequences of poor work-life balance, such as increased risk for health issues like stroke, anxiety, and depression. It also emphasizes that poor work-life balance impacts productivity and relationships.

To improve work-life balance, the article suggests various tips:

  • Planning ahead for work and leisure
  • Using productivity hacks
  • Designating specific time blocks for different tasks
  • Setting a time to end work for the day
  • Using technology to help unplug
  • Taking time off and practising mindfulness
  • Communication with your manager
  • Working with a coach or therapist

It also includes a section aimed at managers on how they can support their team’s work-life balance. The advice includes reminders to unplug, creating space for social connections, respecting working hours, and setting examples.

The article ends by discussing the unique challenges and benefits of remote work. While working from home has some advantages, it also blurs the lines between work and personal life, making it harder to maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Time Blocking

My take aways

  1. Plan every minute by blocking off time for all activities to optimize your day.
  2. Reduce context switching by scheduling related tasks together for greater efficiency.
  3. Time-blocking helps clarify your priorities and work goals.
  4. The “Parkinson’s Law” states that tasks expand to fill the time available for them, so allocate time wisely.
  5. Avoid time-blocking on weekends for flexibility.
  6. Schedule important tasks at the beginning of the day.
  7. Include a block for quick, small tasks and also for breaks and relaxation.
  8. Complete tasks within their assigned time blocks and include buffer time, like 15 minutes, to wrap up.
  9. During time blocks, stay focused and avoid distractions.
  10. Limit the scope of what you focus on, such as choosing one article to read instead of many.
  11. Replace idle mobile usage with engaging in new hobbies when you’re bored.

Gamification: The Art of Making Goals Irresistibly Engaging

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In a world where attention spans are constantly challenged by an overflow of information and distractions, the ancient wisdom of “making work feel like play” has never been more relevant. Gamification, or the integration of game elements in non-game contexts, offers a transformative approach to achieving personal and professional goals. By tapping into the basic human desires for achievement and reward, gamification can turn the mundane into the extraordinary. Let’s explore how we can apply these principles to make our goals not only achievable but also enjoyable.

The Allure of the Carrot: Making Goals Feel Fun

Imagine a goal as a journey, where the path is lined with challenges but also rewards. The essence of gamification is to make this journey feel so compelling that the desire to proceed is driven by want, rather than necessity. The key? Treat your goal like a game, where each step forward is both a challenge to overcome and an opportunity for enjoyment.

Breaking It Down: The Game Plan

Consider the journey of an NFL team through a season: it’s not just about winning the Super Bowl from the get-go. The path is segmented into stages—free agency, the draft, pre-season, regular season quarters, playoffs, and finally, the Super Bowl. Each phase has its own set of objectives, challenges, and rewards. Similarly, by breaking down your goal into smaller, manageable stages, the ultimate reward feels just within reach—like a carrot dangling in front of you, motivating you to keep moving forward.

Scoring and Rewards: The Feedback Loop

Every game needs a way to keep score, and every effort deserves recognition. Setting up a system to track progress is crucial. It provides immediate feedback and a sense of achievement with each milestone reached. However, rewards should be thoughtful. Rewarding a week of healthy eating with a fast-food binge, for example, is counterproductive. Instead, opt for novel rewards that don’t undermine your efforts—perhaps a new experience or a small luxury that doesn’t contradict your objectives.

Achievability and Realism: The Balanced Challenge

In any role-playing game, you wouldn’t start by battling the boss monster; you’d first gain experience by tackling smaller challenges. Apply the same logic to your goals. If a target seems daunting, break it down into more manageable tasks and add a sprinkle of time pressure to elevate the challenge without making it overwhelming. Ensuring goals are realistic is also vital; if the “carrot” feels perpetually out of reach, motivation dwindles.

Merging Curiosity and Gamification: The Adventure of Side Quests

Incorporating elements of curiosity into gamification, such as side quests, can significantly enhance engagement. These are activities or challenges that, while not directly related to the main goal, expand knowledge, skills, or interests, much like Mary Poppins turning chores into games. They inject a sense of adventure and discovery into the journey, making the process as rewarding as the outcome.

The Rhythm of Progress: Adding Music to Mundane Tasks

Music has the power to transform the mundane into something magical. Integrating music into tasks can elevate the experience, making it more enjoyable and engaging. It’s about adding a rhythm to progress, turning even the most tedious activities into fun, dance-worthy moments.

Conclusion: Play Your Way to Success

Gamification is more than just a productivity hack; it’s a mindset shift. By viewing goals through the lens of gamification, we can transform the pursuit of achievement into a journey that’s as enjoyable as it is rewarding. By breaking down goals, creating a feedback loop, ensuring achievability, and integrating elements of curiosity and music, we can turn even the most daunting tasks into engaging and fun experiences. So, let’s play our way to success, one goal at a time.

Atomic habits – Book Review


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In today’s fast-paced world, the quest for self-improvement and personal growth is ever-present. One method that has garnered significant attention for its practicality and effectiveness is the concept of “Atomic Habits.” This approach, centered on making tiny, manageable changes, can lead to profound and lasting impacts on our lives.

The Philosophy of Atomic Habits

At its core, Atomic Habits is about the compound effect of small habit changes. It’s based on the idea that making minute alterations in our daily routines can lead to substantial and positive changes over time. These habits are “atomic” in the sense that they are small, fundamental components that contribute to the overall system of our lives.

Why Atomic Habits Work

  1. Ease of Integration: Small habits are easier to integrate into our daily lives. They don’t require massive amounts of willpower or motivation, making them sustainable in the long run.
  2. Compound Growth: Just like compound interest in finance, these small changes accumulate and grow exponentially over time, leading to significant outcomes.
  3. Focus on Systems: Atomic Habits encourage focusing on the overall system rather than individual goals. By improving the system, the goals naturally follow.

Implementing Atomic Habits

  1. Start Small: Begin with habits that are so easy you can’t say no. For example, if you want to start reading regularly, begin with one page a night.
  2. Habit Stacking: Link your new habits to existing ones. After an established habit, add your new tiny habit. For instance, after brushing your teeth, immediately read a page of a book.
  3. Optimize Your Environment: Make good habits obvious and bad habits invisible. If you want to eat healthier, place fruits in visible spots and hide away the junk food.
  4. Embrace the 1% Improvement Rule: Aim for just 1% improvement each day. Though it seems small, the cumulative effect is monumental.

The Impact of Atomic Habits

The beauty of Atomic Habits lies in their long-term impact. These habits shape our identity, transforming not just what we do, but who we are. They foster a mindset of continuous improvement and adaptability, essential in today’s ever-changing environment.

Example of the Power of Atomic Habits

Fitness Journey

Imagine Sarah, a busy professional who hasn’t exercised in years. She decides to improve her fitness by starting with an atomic habit: doing just five minutes of yoga each morning. This habit is small and manageable, not intimidating enough to be skipped even on busy days.

Over weeks, this tiny habit becomes ingrained in her routine. She starts feeling more energized and decides to add five minutes of jogging to her mornings. Months pass, and these compounded habits have transformed her lifestyle. She now runs 30 minutes daily, practices yoga, and feels healthier and more active than ever. This journey began with just five minutes of yoga, demonstrating how small, consistent habits can lead to significant life changes.

Parable Illustrating the Power of Atomic Habits

The Story of the Two Gardeners

Once in a small village, there were two gardeners. The first gardener decided to transform his barren land into a lush garden. He started with grand plans, spending hours each day planting, watering, and tending to every corner of his garden. However, after a few weeks of intense effort, he felt overwhelmed and exhausted, eventually abandoning his garden, which returned to its original barren state.

The second gardener also had a piece of barren land. But instead of overhauling it all at once, she decided to plant just one type of flower in a small corner. She spent a few minutes each day caring for this small area. As days passed, the flowers bloomed beautifully. Encouraged by this success, she expanded the garden bit by bit, planting more flowers, then vegetables, and eventually trees. Years later, her garden was a vibrant ecosystem, thriving with minimal effort.

The first gardener tried to change everything at once and couldn’t sustain it. The second gardener embraced the principle of atomic habits, focusing on small, sustainable changes that grew over time. Her garden became a symbol of how small, consistent efforts can lead to flourishing results.


In conclusion, Atomic Habits are not just about making changes; they are about making changes that last. By focusing on small, manageable adjustments in our daily lives, we set ourselves on a path of continuous improvement and long-term success. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, and the journey to a better self starts with one small habit.

Happiness Advantage Book Review

Largely based on the book “The Happiness Advantage” by Shawn Achor

“The Happiness Advantage” by Shawn Achor proposes that happiness leads to success, contrary to the common belief that success leads to happiness. The book presents seven principles that individuals can use to improve their performance and achieve a more positive and fulfilling life. These principles are:

  1. The Happiness Advantage: Being happy gives us a competitive edge by improving our brain’s performance, which in turn boosts our creativity, intelligence, and energy levels.
  2. The Fulcrum and the Lever: By changing our attitude and mindset (the fulcrum), we can achieve greater success (the lever).
  3. The Tetris Effect: By training our brain to recognize patterns of opportunity, we can see—and seize—opportunities wherever we look.
  4. Falling Up: Failure and setbacks can be stepping stones to success if we learn from them and use them as a springboard.
  5. The Zorro Circle: By focusing on small, manageable goals, we can gain control over our situation, which helps to build momentum and achieve bigger success over time.
  6. The 20-Second Rule: By reducing barriers to change by a mere 20 seconds at a time, we can form good habits and break bad ones.
  7. Social Investment: Investing in social bonds, during good times and bad, is one of the most important choices we can make for our happiness and success.

By applying these principles, individuals can foster a positive mindset that will help them to be more productive, resilient, and successful in their personal and professional lives

Be a better learner -Unlocking Growth: Embracing Learning Agility in a Fast-Paced World



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In a world that’s evolving at a breakneck pace, the ability to swiftly adapt is invaluable. This knack for nimbleness forms the crux of a growth mindset, becoming indispensable as we transition from the traditional job-for-life model, which revered consistency and reliability, to a more dynamic career landscape. Learning agility—our capacity to rapidly assimilate new knowledge and apply it creatively in unprecedented situations—stands as a linchpin for modern-day success.

The danger of a fixed mindset

A fixed mindset can act like a straitjacket, stifling potential, deterring us from confronting challenges, and tethering us to our comfort zones. On the flip side, a growth mindset propels us to perceive challenges as catalysts for personal and professional growth. This shift in perspective metamorphoses us from being static entities to lifelong learners.

The power of a growth mindset

The advocacy for a growth mindset finds its roots in numerous studies debunking the notion of static intelligence. In realms like education and parenting, commending effort rather than solely the outcome has proven to be more conducive for nurturing this mindset. To keep this growth mindset flourishing, it’s prudent to continually venture outside our comfort zones, embracing calculated risks. An annual self-evaluation, akin to a routine doctor’s check-up, can serve as a reflective tool for gauging our standing and identifying areas for improvement.

Enhancing learning agility involves embracing the possibility of public errors and risks, while nurturing a perpetual zeal for learning and adaptation. This isn’t merely a conduit for personal growth, but a quintessential skill for remaining relevant in forthcoming professional ventures.

Individuals with a fixed mindset often view themselves and others through a lens of finite cognitive and physical capabilities. They might think, “If I struggle with something, be it a school subject, a sport, or a business skill, I just don’t have the innate talent to excel in it.” Such a belief, albeit seemingly innocuous, can usher in a life dominated by fear, aversion, and an apathy towards venturing beyond the familiar.

The notion that difficulty equates to incapability can be stifling. If something poses a challenge now, it’s deemed forever challenging. Fortunately, altering our mindset can help us transition from a place of fear to a place of curiosity, fueling our resolve to persevere through the tough times. The journey from a fixed to a growth mindset begins with understanding the boundless potential of our brain.

When faced with a challenge, a fixed mindset individual might fret, “Will I appear intelligent or foolish?” Contrastingly, a growth-minded individual ponders, “What can I learn from this?” The aftermath of a challenging scenario sees a fixed mindset person feeling defeated, thinking, “I’m just not smart enough.” A growth mindset person, however, views it as a stepping stone, thinking, “I’m not there yet, but I will be.”

Transitioning from a fixed to a growth mindset transforms your narrative from, “I am defined by fixed traits,” to “I am an eternal learner, ever-evolving and growing.”

Intelligence isn’t set in stone

Remember, intelligence isn’t set in stone. It’s essential to celebrate effort, especially in children, rather than just the end result. Foster a hunger for learning, be open to making mistakes, set ambitious goals, and remain self-aware of your current standing. Cultivate curiosity—a trait inherent in children but often dulled in adults.

“Remaining in your comfort zone prepares you for today, but it’s a disservice to your tomorrow.” To sustain success, honing learning agility is crucial.

Learning agility encapsulates the relentless pursuit of knowledge from every experience. It’s about harbouring a passion for developing new skills and conquering new scenarios. Being open to taking risks, even at the cost of appearing unseasoned in public, is a hallmark of learning agility.

Your growth is your responsibility. While employers might offer developmental resources and managers might provide guidance, the onus is on you to carve your own career path. Explore avenues like open courseware to delve into university-level content without the hefty tuition fees. Platforms like MIT Open Courseware or a myriad of other universities offering free content provide a treasure trove of knowledge.

Actions for You

Takeaway 1: The Power of a Growth Mindset

  • Embrace a growth mindset in your tech career. Understand that your abilities and intelligence can be developed through dedication and hard work.
  • Action Point: Continuously seek opportunities to learn and improve your technical skills. Don’t shy away from challenges, and view failures as opportunities for growth.

Takeaway 2: Fixed Mindset vs. Growth Mindset

  • Recognize the differences between a fixed mindset (believing abilities are static) and a growth mindset (believing abilities can be developed).
  • Action Point: Reflect on your own mindset and work on shifting it toward a growth mindset. Encourage your colleagues to do the same.

Takeaway 3: Embrace Challenges

  • Carol Dweck emphasizes the importance of embracing challenges as opportunities to learn and grow.
  • Action Point: Take on challenging tech projects and tasks that push your boundaries. Seek out opportunities for skill development even if they are outside your comfort zone.

Takeaway 4: The Role of Effort

  • Understand that effort is a key factor in success. People with a growth mindset are willing to put in the effort required to achieve their goals.
  • Action Point: Set clear tech-related goals and be willing to invest the necessary time and effort to achieve them. Avoid shortcuts and prioritize the process of learning.

Takeaway 5: Feedback and Criticism

  • Embrace feedback and constructive criticism as valuable opportunities for improvement.
  • Action Point: Actively seek feedback on your tech work, and use it to make meaningful improvements. Create a culture of constructive feedback within your tech team.


In conclusion, embracing a growth mindset and honing learning agility are instrumental in navigating the turbulent waters of today’s rapidly evolving professional landscape. As we bid adieu to the antiquated job-for-life model, the onus is on us to become the architects of our own destiny, continually learning, adapting, and growing. The journey from a fixed to a growth mindset isn’t merely about personal and professional development; it’s about fostering a culture of perpetual learning, curiosity, and resilience.

By stepping outside our comfort zones, engaging in self-reflection, and seizing the reins of our own developmental journey, we not only unlock doors to unanticipated opportunities but also contribute to cultivating a more innovative, adaptable, and resilient society. So, let’s shed the shackles of a fixed mindset, embrace the boundless potential within each of us, and march forward into a future brimming with endless possibilities.