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Blinkist Black Friday 2021: Get 50% Off

Quick link: click here to get 50% off Blinkist Knowledge is power. Benjamin Franklin once said that “An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.” I’m a big believer in self-education myself. Related to that, there is a Blinkist Black Friday deal for you: for a limited time, you can get 50% off a Blinkist subscription....

Appreciating Our Modern World: A Lesson From the First Tycoon

I’m currently reading The First Tycoon by T. J. Stiles. It’s a Pulitzer-prize winning book that tells the story of Cornelius Vanderbilt. From a humble beginning, Vanderbilt became the first tycoon in America. He was the precedent to other tycoons like Rockefeller and Carnegie. It’s an eye-opening book for me. I didn’t know much about the...

Introducing Habit Ace 2.0

Building good habits is essential to living a fulfilling life. That’s why I’m happy to announce that Habit Ace 2.0 is now available! Habit Ace is an iOS app I develop that can help you build good habits. This is the app that I’ve been using to optimize my life. You see, I started Life Optimizer back in 2006, but for years I didn’t know how...

Eric Hoffer and the Power of Self-Education

I recently read The True Believer by Eric Hoffer. It’s a book about how mass movements evolve. With a lot of historical examples, the book explains the patterns and common threads among them. It’s an insightful book and reading it was a great learning experience for me. What I’d like to share with you here is not the content of the book,...

Why Energy Management Is Important: A Lesson From Theodore Roosevelt

What is a key factor for personal productivity? For many people, the answer is time management. Time management has even become synonymous with personal productivity. The assumption is that the better you manage your time, the more productive you will be. But there is a missing element here. With good time management, you can allocate the...

Life Optimizer’s New Tagline: Live a Fulfilling Life

Recently I changed the tagline of Life Optimizer to “Live a fulfilling life”. It replaces the previous tagline “Insights to reach your full potential”. Why did I change it? Well, I believe that the new tagline can better describe the mission here. It can give you a better description of how Life Optimizer can help you. The previous tagline...

The Power of Imagination: A Lesson From David Yonggi Cho

I have been writing about personal effectiveness since 2006. Over time, I have learned more and more about the factors that can help you live a fulfilling life. Recently, one thing that has caught my attention is the power of imagination. You see, the more I study those who have gone far in their lives, the more I see how imagination plays...

Today Is Life Optimizer’s 15th Anniversary

I published Life Optimizer’s first post on September 7, 2006. That’s 15 years ago! Wow, time flies. Back then, I was a graduate student, and I decided to start a blog on personal effectiveness. I was inspired by the race to optimize performance in computer science, and I thought that something similar could be done to optimize our lives....

Freedom: The True Objective of Productivity

What is the goal of productivity? In Free to Focus, author Michael Hyatt gave this answer (emphasis mine): Productivity should free you to pursue what’s most important to you. The goal, the true objective of productivity, should be freedom. He went on to define freedom in four ways: Freedom to Focus: the ability to do...

Identity Crisis: A Possible Root Cause of the Afghanistan Fiasco

I have been following the development in Afghanistan in the past few days. At a blistering speed, the Taliban took over control of the country. The chain of events felt bizarre to me. There were many things that didn’t make sense. Among those things, one thing stood out: Why didn’t the Afghan army fight to defend the capital? How could the...

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