How to Plan Effectively, Stay on Budget & Be on Time

how-to-plan-effectivelyIn July 1997 the proposed new Scottish Parliament building in Edinburgh was estimated to cost up to $66,5 million.

By June 1999, the budget for the building had increased to $181 million.

In April of 2000 legislators imposed a $324 million ”cap on costs” and by November 2001 they demanded an estimate ”final cost” of $400 million.

That estimated final cost then rose twice in 2002, ending the year at $489 million. It then rose three more times in 2003, reaching $624 million by June.

In 2004 the building was finally completed at an ultimate cost of roughly $716 million, more than 10 times as expensive as the initial estimation. [Read more...]

How to Not Procrastinate: The Power of The Tiny First Step

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Happy family watching Läderlappen.

In the early 90’s when I was about 10 years old I was completely hooked on a TV series that had everything you can possibly need.

Action, drama, romance (a little bit), a cool car and sound effects that were spelled out in speech bubbles when someone got hit on the mouth or were thrown across the room.

You guessed it – I’m talking about but the 60s (super-awesome) tv series version of Läderlappen. Or Batman, as it’s called in English. The translation to Läderlappen never made any sense to me as it’s direct translation is The Leather Patch. But anyway.

What had me, and pretty much all of my friends, so completely hooked on this show was not so much the brilliant acting and jaw-dropping action scenes as you may expect. Not as much as… [Read more...]

How to Educate Yourself & Unleash Your Creativity

When I was in elementary school me and my classmates were assigned to read a book called Goodnight Mister Tom.

As I’m researching this article the book actually looks pretty good but at that point in time I had no intention of actually reading it.

To tell you the truth, I went out of my way to find a way to pass the assignment without having to crack the thing open.

This was my standard practice for all educational material that came my way that didn’t spark an immediate interest.

I usually found ways to effortlessly pass these assignments by skimming the most important sections and make it seem like I had put in more time and effort than I actually had.

Little did I know how much I was damaging my creativity and limiting my understanding of the world. [Read more...]

How to Read More Books & Become The Go-To Expert in Your Field

how-to-read-more-booksIf you read one hour per day in your field, that will translate into one book per week.

One book per week translates into about 50 books per year.

50 books per year will translate into about 500 books over the next 10 years.

According to Brian Tracy, this will make you one of the best educated, smartest, most capable and highest paid people in your field (1).

There’s no doubt that reading can make all the difference in terms of your success.

And these days you can spend way less than an hour a day and still reap… [Read more...]

How to Achieve Your Goals Using a Simple, Science-Based Technique

how-to-achieve-your-goalsThe way that you approach the goals you’ve set for yourself is very likely not sophisticated enough.

And you’re not alone – according to research only 8% of Americans achieve their New Years resolutions (1). I bet the rest of the world isn’t doing that much better either.

Coming up with a goal is easy enough. And in the beginning when your inspiration is high making progress isn’t all that difficult.

But then, somewhere along the way, your energy starts to seemingly run out and before not too long your good intentions fizzle out leaving you back on square one. Only a little bit more disappointed than before.

Why is it so hard to just keep trucking on and sticking with the process? Research suggests that one small tweak to your approach can be what’s needed to make all the difference. [Read more...]