Do We Really Need 10,000 Hours to Learn Something? Or 20 Hours?

Malcolm Gladwell, in his famous book, Outliers, talked about 10,000 hours to become an expert in a field. Malcolm looked at how many hours it took experts in the field to become and expert.

But how many hours does it take for normal people like us to become good in something? Do we also have to spend 10,000 hours?


Josh Kaufman explains how to learn anything in 20 hours.

COVID-19 — We’re All Not In The Same Boat!

The following message came through WhatsApp today. The message is quite true. We’re not all going through the same thing.

WE ARE NOT IN THE SAME BOAT …I heard that we are all in the same boat, but it’s not like that. We are in the same storm, but not in the same boat. Your ship could be shipwrecked and mine might not be.

Or vice versa.

For some, quarantine is optimal. A moment of reflection, of re-connection, easy in flip flops, with a cocktail or coffee. For others, this is a desperate financial & family crisis.

For some that live alone they’re facing endless loneliness. While for others it is peace, rest & time with their mother, father, sons & daughters.

Some are bringing in more money to their households than they were working. Others are working more hours for less money due to pay cuts or loss in sales.
Some families of 4 just received $ from the stimulus while other families of 4 saw $0.

Some were concerned about getting a certain food for Buka Puasa while others were concerned if there would be enough bread, milk and eggs for the weekend.
Some want to go back to work because they don’t qualify for unemployment benefits and are running out of money. Others want to kill those who break the quarantine.

Some are home spending 2-3 hours/day helping their child with online schooling while others are spending 2-3 hours/day to educate their children on top of a 10-12 hour workday.

Some have experienced the near death of the virus, some have already lost someone from it and some are not sure if their loved ones are going to make it. Others don’t believe this is a big deal.

Some have faith in God and expect miracles during this 2020. Others say the worst is yet to come.

So friends, we are not in the same boat. We are going through a time when our perceptions and needs are completely different.

Each of us will emerge, in our own way, from this storm. It is very important to see beyond what is seen at first glance. Not just looking, actually seeing.
We are all on different ships during this storm experiencing a very different journey.

Learning Business Ideas from Shark Tank

You have an idea. But you need money to grow your idea. How do you pitch your idea to investors?

Shark Tank is an American business reality television series that shows entrepreneurs making business presentations to a panel of five investors or “sharks,” who decide whether to invest in their company.

Watch the clips below to learn how investors evaluate businesses and what you should aim for when starting on your adventure as an entrpreneur.

And just because you fail to get an investment from the sharks does not mean that your idea is a failure. Look at these entrepreneurs below.

Man’s Search for Meaning in Life

Viktor Frankl survived the holocaust.

His memoir has riveted generations of readers with its descriptions of life in Nazi death camps and its lessons for spiritual survival. Based on his own experience and the stories of his patients, Frankl argues that we cannot avoid suffering but we can choose how to cope with it, find meaning in it, and move forward with renewed purpose.

At the heart of his theory, known as logotherapy, is a conviction that the primary human drive is not pleasure but the pursuit of what we find meaningful. Man’s Search for Meaning has become one of the most influential books in America; it continues to inspire us all to find significance in the very act of living

People have voids in their lives is exactly what Frankl’s book deals with. Find meaning in what you do and always have something left to accomplish are just two of the ideas that speak across the years.

Wisdom from Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington is a great actor. He’s starred in good films — films that have meaning and are worth watching. Some movies make us laugh, some movies teach us a thing or two. Denzel’s movies tend to teach us things, at least to me.

The short video below is the commencement speech he gave last year. In it, he talked about his experience – from getting a 1.7 Grade Point Average (GPA) to the small success (he calls his success small).

He talks about setting daily goals, being prepared to fail, about not seeing a U-Haul behind a hearse, making a difference in life, the power of faith, the ghost’s at your death bed, …

I hope this video inspires you to make a small difference in this world.

How to Read Fast (and Understand)

In school, we were all taught to read aloud. This is good for pronunciation but makes your brain go asleep. Your eyes and mind are capable to grasping the words very quick if the audible part of the brain stays silent.

Howard Berg is the world’s fastest reader. Dont take my word for it, he really is.

In the podcast below, he teaches speed reading is a skill that we can all learn.

How to Read More Books

I love to read. Always had and always will.

I used to love going to the book stores. The smell of new books. The amount of knowledge in that place.

I used to be proud of myself when I could finish a book very fast. I took pride in it until I realized that I couldn’t remember what I had read. Bummer.

The value of a book is not it’s price but the ideas that you get from it.
The value of a book is it’s price if you do not use anything that you’ve learnt from it.

Wise, fat man from Kepong

The above words struck me hard when I read them. I was like Wow. No wonder I am missing out on the knowledge these books had.

My dad used to tell me that books paint a different picture when you read it at different points in your life.

Max Joseph made a film about his thirst for books and I thought I’d share it with you here.