Wednesday, 4 January 2017


But what should you learn? The school's trying to teach you the facts, and that you'll need to pass the test, but that does not interest them otherwise. In passing, you may learn some useful skills, such as literacy, which should cultivate. But Guy Kawasaki is right in this, at least: schools will not teach you things you really need to learn in order to be successful, both in business (whether or not you choose to live life as a toady) or in life.

Here, then, is my list. This is, in my opinion, what you need to know in order to be successful. Moreover, it is something you can begin to learn this year, regardless of the degree that you are in, regardless of your age. I can obviously be writing much more than that in each of these topics. But take this as a starting point, follow the suggestions, and learn the rest for yourself. And educators, I ask, if you do not learn these things in the classroom, why are you not?The focus of risk in such cases, what you want to happen rather than what might happen instead. When preparing to jump across the gap, for example, you may visualize yourself landing on the other side. This is good; it leads to a successful jump. But you also need to visualize not landing on the other side. What will happen then? Do you even think about the possible fall of 40 meters results?

This is where the math and science come in, you need to compare the current situation with the past experience and calculate the probabilities of different outcomes. If, for example, you're looking in the presence of 5-meter gap, you should be asking, "How many times have you successfully jumped 5 meters? How many times have failed?" If you do not know, you should know enough to try jumping test at ground level.

People do not think in the future. But while you're in school, you should always take advantage of this opportunity to ask yourself, "What will happen after that?" Watch cases and interactions unfold in the environment around you and try to predict the outcome. Write a blog or your own expectations. With practice, you will become an expert in predicting the consequences.

Most interestingly, over time, you will start to observe patterns and generalities, things that make consequences even easier to predict. Falling objects, for example. Glass breaks. People get mad when you insult them. Will be dropped hot things. Dogs bite sometimes. Bus (or train) sometimes late. These types of generalizations - often known as the "common sense" - will help you avoid unexpected, and sometimes harmful, consequences.] 

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