One of my goals for writing this blog is to better educate ourselves on how to think, whether about our careers, relationships, finances or personal growth. I
believe one of the best ways we can achieve this goal is not to reinvent the wheel, but to improve upon it by learning from the masters.
Leonardo da Vinci believed that to gain fresh insight into a problem one needed to restructure the problem so that it could be viewed in many different ways, from many different angles. He called this thinking, saper vedere, or “knowing how to see.”
Oftentimes when faced with a problem we focus on the first perspective that comes to mind. Naturally the solutions that follow will likely be based on the side of the problem that we’re looking from. Our attempt to make sense of the problem is based on what we’ve so far been accustomed to thinking. With this single way
of looking at the problem we close off other...
The first question that likely comes to mind with advice that says, follow you gift is: “But how do I know what is my gift?”
Most of us will agree though that following your gift is likely to be the most rewarding path emotionally and sometimes financially path.
However, where we get stuck is the nagging suspicion that there lies around the corner, obstacles, disappointments and barriers
that might be too unsurmountable. In the meantime, we settle for what we consider safer, less-risky options, such as taking jobs
that we know precious little about, or ones we hang on to simply because they pay well or simply pay the bills.
However, following your gift doesn’t have to mean settling for a life of mere existence.
And it does not have to mean a singular career choice either.
What it does mean is to take time to identify what your special, unique gift happen to be.
Just as getting a college degree or learning...
The wise investor and billionaire Warren Buffet gave this advice to at a commencement address:
“I get to work in a job that I love, but I have always worked at a job that I loved,” Buffett said of his investing career.
And don’t think it’s just about the money for him, either:
“I loved it just as much when I thought it was a big deal to make $1,000.”
“You really should take a job that if you were independently wealthy that would be the job you would take,” Buffett told University of Florida students.
“You will learn something, you will be excited about, and you will jump out of bed. You can’t miss. … When you get out of here take a job you love, not a job you think will look good on your resume. You ought to find something you like.”
This simply means pick something at which you can throw yourself into for a lifetime, if that’s what it takes. A passion that will sustain...