Being effective

What is being effective and how to get better.

What is the single, most important, goal for me?

That is the question we all know we need to ask ourselves to get our priority straight. It is only one thing. Not number one, number two, etc. …  But here it gets a little complicated.

Being effective is not what we are in everything, that is called perfection. And I am sorry, but perfection isn’t the goal. It is a vague dream. 

“Strife for perfection to achieve excellence”

                                                                                     Vince Lombardi 

I like this quote, because it give us the reason to take massive action. But why we need to do more where we want to get more for less time? Isn’t that what is being effective? It is simple, we all want to be there, but it takes time. It takes practice. We haven’t been created with any knowledge or wisdom. We need to put time and try different things until we find something that clicks. Effectiveness is the goal of every modern business, trying to get more for those fixed cost that it is already paying. And it is funny how that transfers to our personal life. Well at least for some of us, who want more of it. We try to do more before going to work. Otherwise we are just chasing other people’s agenda. Sleep, eat, work, repeat. When that might be the case for some entrepreneurs, it is rarely a long-term goal.

How do we measure effectiveness? With time. A simple example. If you produce more units than Tony, for the same time, you are being more effective. Then the boss is likely to keep you longer on work and give you more props. Were that doesn’t mean that Tony isn’t efficient per se. Perhaps he haven’t right, or have been distracted, or he haven’t used the best method. Multiples criteria overlaps here and that’s why the isn’t one solution. Moreover there are many for different situations.

“If you do the right thing at the wrong time you get pain”

Tony Robbins


Wise words from a wise man. But what does that tell us? Do more things, to find those that fit in your capabilities. And eventually it will get smoother. But that require patience. Patience to improve your skills by practice and reading. Where that is only the entry-level. Knowledge isn’t effective, wisdom is. Knowledge is simply potential power that will help you resolve an issue/problem for “x” amount of time. Wisdom, on the other hand is that what is saving your time. And perhaps you need to pay for it sometimes to save yours. Because by definition wisdom is extracted from long hours of expertise. Where that gives you the ability to see what actually brings awesome results, not only works.  It is awesome to be in that level, but in these ages of mediocrity it is hard to find your way to mastery.

That’s why average methods and solutions aren’t much demanded. They are everywhere. Where creative new traits are prone to be effective. For every thing there are some secret moves that save time. If you don’t know how to grill a burger patty you won’t do it faster than a cook will. And it is like that for everything. Specialization is effective. There are being more tech job created after every new emerging technology. They tend to be very narrow and deep in their subject matter. That’s why I can’t describe what my friends are working to my grandmother.

Lastly, with all that being said about excelling and chasing results and goals, there are a few more things to keep in mind. Sometimes it happens that we have the resources to do certain thins the best way possible, aka being effective and creative. But other times it isn’t the case. I am still getting myself to do those things. It is also a reminder for myself and I hope you find that post helpful too. Upgrade with patience. Enjoy the process.

PS: If you lost your key in the hash. Don’t dig for it, ask your roommate to make a duplicate for you. 🙂


Living off the grid

Living off the grid is an awesome experience. Check out what I have to say.

Have you ever thought about selling everything and moving out somewhere unknown and desolated place? Hidden from lazy eyes, but waiting for the seeker to be discovered. A getaway spot that disconnects you from the urban fast pace life and reconnects you with nature.

We are a by-product of nature and we live again because of it. Nature is free for everyone and very diverse. It is there to makes us wonder and use its fruits as we wish. But sometimes we don’t look after nature the same way, she does. Which discussed in previous topic. (click here) All those gifts that we find valuable from the ground and above are for free. We put prices on them and label them, specialize their production. And we all need them, to craft our new house, so we have a shelter.

nature_background_light_stains_paint_83541_1280x1024.jpgBuilding houses is a big leap after cave man ages. We started to settle down for a local life. Creating this new style we saw the benefits to live in a static place. Where everything is there for us to exploit. We started to create villages with people from the same tribe. And over time it build up in a big tribe, later they share the same culture and it emerges into nation. And we than settle down for a more safer life.

When you are outside the city you start to experience the influence of mother nature stronger. You can glimpse moments of that way of living when camping or going to your village. But you are not really getting to understand the full way of it until you made a chose to that for a longer period of time. I remember how I was growing on the weekends outside of my hometown. It is very strange experience for a city child, but somehow, if you have inherited to value nature from your family or another way you do things differently. You won’t be angry if the Wi-fi doesn’t work, because you know you don’t need it. People living off the grid are offline. That’s the point. However, even if you are not used to that way of living you can move somewhere for a suitable time for you to experience the wild.

Remote living is a extreme for modern civilization and the fancy lifestyles that are praised by mainstream society. It is a sacrifice in those people’s eyes and that perspective is one of the many. Nature is there for you to interpret as you wish and desire. Perhaps you connect nature with the weather or the plans and animals they live in. Where all that is absolutely true, there is , more to add. Your could experience nature more fully if you decide to see and to engage yourself in more isolated place. Your local park is not going to give you that same feeling, nor a single trail hikes. It takes time to plant some tree and to see it grow. Any plant or take care of an animal, where you are disconnected from the web. Not much technologies, but enough food, water. Shelter and friends. Those are the basic needs to disconnect once from civilization and then to reconnect with nature. That will be sufficient way to appreciate what nature can offer you in its purest.

Those remote places give me so much serenity and tranquility that nothing else. I am a nature lover and I see the beauty of it. When you wake up with the sun and go to bed with it. You are cultivating more energy, and you are at ease. You don’t feel rushed you just taking your time to go through the day to do certain things, but it’s not that demanding for your attention and making you scattered. Those are still save conditions to live a normal life, you are not trying to survive, you are living. And the key is to get used to it with those sober conditions, where later you can allow yourself some technologies. Why this order is that important? Because, technologies nowadays are still not that well supported in off grid places. And more likely less reliable. You don’t want to freak out with internet don’t you. No Netflix and Pringles. … O M G

PS: I currently live at the house on the main picture  ^_^