Happy new year everyone! Just like last year, at the same spot, I'd spent the New Year Countdown with my awesome friends at docklands and had an amazing late night hike at Mount Dandenong to catch the sunrise for an epic way to start 2016!
The year 2015 is over and 2016 has started! I'm really excited for this year! It will be a crazy and adventurous year of growth and professional development. I have a lot of ideas for The Nerd of Passion that I can't wait to work on!
On a more serious note, 2015 have been an intense year for me that really pushes me to my limits. It have been a fulfilling year with plenty of ups and downs and here are some important life lessons that I've learned last year and areas to work on.
I'll briefly write about them, and I'll save for a more in-depth articles for them later.
According Aristotle, balance is the key in life.
Personally I'm having a hard time balancing things I want to work on. I have the tendency to try to do too much, and ended up doing everything haphazardly. As a result, my performance have been really inconsistent. Sometimes I do very well, sometimes I totally mess up.
Balancing out my life over relationship, education, leisure, career and health (not in order of importance) is something I am working on currently. There is no easy to work this out, but this is an area in my life that I will definitely have to improve on over time.
2) 100% Focus at the Task at Hand
Previously I'd written an article about Flow state and its importance in enjoying studying.
Basically flow state is a mental state of total absorption when skills level matches the challenge of task at hand. Although being a flow state is important for studying and enjoying it, getting out of it is equally important as well.
I've learned this the hard way this year as often whenever I entered a full-on flow state in studying, but after my study session when I'll have to do something else, like meeting up with my girlfriend or exercising, my mind is still occupied with what I was doing before, resulting in an inability to focus.
As a result this has caused me to be absent-minded quite frequently, with my mind drifting elsewhere, and having not being to focus on what I am doing at the immediate moment.
Being able to fully focus, and switching the focus to something else when the situation demands it is definitely an area I'll need to focus and research on.
According to Stephen Covoy in Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, to achieve an unparalleled efficiency in what we do; we need to go beyond independence and learn how to cooperate effectively with others, called interdependence.
Interdependence is different from dependency in that interdependence involves an exchange in value, each party offers something that the other party lacks, creating a strong mutual beneficial cooperation.
Growing up I've always had a lone-wolf personality, working on everything by myself and thinking that I alone is all manpower resource I need. I study alone, work alone, and only have a few close friends.
Being independent is definitely a good thing, but there is a limit over how much can a single man achieve. In order to build bigger things, we have to learn how to be interdependent in order to build and achieve greater things.
It's a great thing I have Claire and Zoe working with me in The Nerd of Passion. Claire's been helping me heaps on the graphic design of this site while Zoe helped me tremendously in teaching Chemistry as that is her area of interest.
All those will be not possible if I am working independently by myself. Learning how to be more interdependent is once again a major area in my life to work on, so not only can I build up The Nerd of Passion to new heights, I can also offer more value to the people around me!
The things that I'll be working on are not limited to the ones listed above, as there are always so much more to learn and improve! I'll leave it at that and once again, happy new year to all!