rePost::The Grandmaster in the Corner Office: What the Study of Chess Experts Teaches Us about Building a Remarkable Life

I’m in IT and this is so fucking true. It’s the Usual Suspects, a small group of people who frequent the message boards, go in study groups for the newest technologies, the same people who go to meetups and technology sharing. This is why although I think highly my skills when compared to most people in my field, I am humbled whenever I am with people of this small group; Compared to them I’m such a n00b.

Deliberate Practice for the Rest of Us

Colvin, being a business reporter, points out that this sophisticated understanding of performance is lacking in the workplace.

“At most companies,” he argues, “the fundamentals of fostering great performance are mainly unrecognized or ignored.”

He then adds the obvious corollary: Of course that means the opportunities for achieving advantage by adopting the principles of great performance are huge.

It’s this advantage that intrigues me.  To become a grandmaster requires 5000 hours of DP. But to become a highly sought-after CRM database whiz, or to run a money-making blog, or to grow a campus organization into national recognition, would probably require much, much less.

Why? Because when it comes to DP in these latter field, your competition is sorely lacking.

Unless you’re a professional athlete or musician, your peers are likely spending zero hours on DP. Instead, they’re putting in their time, trying to accomplish the tasks handed to them in a competent and efficient fashion. Perhaps if they’re ambitious, they’ll try to come in earlier and leave later in a bid to outwork their peers.

via Study Hacks » Blog Archive » The Grandmaster in the Corner Office: What the Study of Chess Experts Teaches Us about Building a Remarkable Life.

rePost::Self-Schemas: Finding The Surprising Gaps in Your Self-Knowledge? | PsyBlog

Wow! Read the whole thing it’s fascinating. This actually explains a lot of the people around us that we obsess on being oblivious to their faults. I remember a friend’s description of who he finds beautiful,”someone who has no idea how beautiful she is”. His description maybe circular but this definition is simply saying “some on beautiful that doesn’t think she is entitled to anything because she is beautiful”.

And we all have these aschematic areas in our self-knowledge, traits which are blind spots to us but are perfectly obvious to others. Unfortunately the only way for us to find out is to ask other people, but this may prove difficult or embarrassing. Still, while our hidden traits might be negative, they might also be positive: people are sometimes surprisingly unaware of their charm, warmth or conscientiousness.

Whether or not we pluck up the courage, this research reveals the fascinating and unnerving idea that some aspects of our own personalities may be completely mysterious to us only because we never bothered to take any notice of them.

via Self-Schemas: Finding The Surprising Gaps in Your Self-Knowledge? | PsyBlog.

rePost::On being a Bastard

If you are thinking of starting an online community of sorts this is an excellent read.

Any shared resource must be managed in a sustainable fashion, and short term losses (of people or of revenue) must be accepted in order to avoid a tragedy of the commons and ensure that that shared resource continues to be available and effective for those who are using it in a responsible manner.

via On being a Bastard.

rePost:: giving to help

I remember that during Ondoy there were people who tried to fool people who wanted to help. ELE is an excellent way to sieve where you are going to give your money.

giving to help

Many have already written about ways to help in Haiti. The needs there are so desperate that I’m adding my voice to the mix. If you need advice on ways to choose a charity, this, this, & this are helpful guides.

My general rule of thumb could be summarized as the ELE rule:

1. Is it an Established organization with a longtime in-country presence?

2. Does the organization employ, empower, and partner with Local individuals and organizations (eg, houses of faith, community groups)?

3. Does the organization have Experience in disaster relief and/or health care?

via Texas in Africa: giving to help.

rePost::Lawyer’s life lessons from Jollibee | ABS-CBN News Online Beta

Nice set of lessons, hope they can do a more indepth feature.

Lawyer’s life lessons from Jollibee

by Arnel Paciano Casanova | 01/14/2010 8:06 PM

(Editor’s note: Between slapping relish on Jolly Hotdogs, funneling Crispy Fries in carboard holders and pledging allegiance to a giant bee–working at a global fast food chain has its lessons.

Here are some nuggets of wisdom from a former rank-and-file Jollibee employee, who has since moved on to brighter things.)

Lessons I Learned from Jollibee

1. A Jollibee worker is a happy worker. When you do things with a smile, a heavy task becomes lighter. Then you discover that you can lift up the mountains in your life.

2. When your contract ends, it means a better job is waiting for you.

Atty. Arnel Paciano Casanova is the Executive Director of Asia Society in the Philippines and the youngest appointed General Counsel of the Bases Conversion and Development Authority.

He is a law graduate of the University of the Philippines with a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Harvard University. He is a Philippine Legion of Honor Medal awardee, the highest non-combat merit medal in the country.

via Lawyer’s life lessons from Jollibee | ABS-CBN News Online Beta.

rePost:: How to brag

Do I brag a lot? I hope not. Nice read!! from MR!

I think save for the obvious name/school/gadget dropping we are largely ignorant of the times we brag about stuff. This presents us a problem when trying to control our bad habit. I suggest that the cliche advice thinking before speaking is one of the most useful advice that we could employ against bragging.

How to brag

No one likes a show-off. But to get ahead in this world, you're going to need to let at least some people know what you're capable of. Thankfully Nurit Tal-Or has arrived with a pair of studies that offer some insight into how to brag without coming across as big-headed.


The crux of it: context is everything when it comes to boasting. If Avi’s friend raised the topic of the exams, Avi received favourable ratings in terms of his boastfulness and likeability, regardless of whether he was actually asked what grade he got. By contrast, if Avi raised the topic of the exams, but failed to provoke a question, then his likeability suffered and he was seen as more of a boaster. In other words, to pull off a successful boast, you need it to be appropriate to the conversation. If your friend, colleague, or date raises the topic, you can go ahead and pull a relevant boast in safety. Alternatively, if you’re forced to turn the conversation onto the required topic then you must succeed in provoking a question from your conversation partner. If there’s no question and you raised the topic then any boast you make will leave you looking like a big-head.

via BPS RESEARCH DIGEST: How to brag.