What it Takes to Live a Good Life: Leo Babuta Shares his Failures, Struggle and Success

I got an opportunity to watch this inspiring conversation between Leo Babuta and Jonathan Fields on what it takes to live a good life. Ideas shared in this conversation sink deeply, simply because of the authenticity and honesty with which Leo talks about his failures, struggle and staying grounded after success.

Here are some key take aways from this conversation:

  1. If doing something scares you, just think – “No matter what happens, I will be fine” – it is this Confidence and Self belief that will help you overcome challenges
  2. There is nothing more important than – genuinely helping others. Everyday, ask yourself this question – “Have I helped someone?”
  3. Measure your growth not by how may clicks or twitter followers but by how many people you have helped and how many people can put trust upon you.
  4. Be real, be honest and be trustworthy. People have a sense if someone is faking it out.
  5. Share your success and failures with others because it might help them and you have nothing to loose.
  6. Stay grounded and modest. No matter how much you know, there will always be another door opening a new world of knowledge. Don’t get overwhelmed by how much you don’t know. At the same time, don’t get boastful if people admire you for something that you know.
  7. Replace “Opinions” with “Curiosity” (This is my favorite!). The moment you have an opinion, you stop learning. Instead, if you have curiosity, you can move with the flow of what’s there and possibly learn from it.
  8. Build genuine human connections

That’s all I can remember. Do watch the entire video. I am sure you will discover something more.

Here is the full video:

Request: Bookmark this video and watch it later if you don’t have time right now


7 Valuable Productivity Lessons from Seth Godin

Seth Godin is the best selling author of 18 magnificent books on marketing and change. He is regarded as the modern marketing guru. As an avid fan of his blog and having read his timeless classics such as LinchpinThe DipThe Icarus Deception and Poke the Box, I know for sure that his writing is “phenomenal” – nothing short of a genius.

Valuable productivity lessons from Seth Godin

Seth Godin productivity lessons

In an interview with Michael Sliwinski at Productivity Magazine, Seth uncovers some of his productivity secrets.

Here are the 7 lessons on personal productivity learnt from this interview:

  1. Don’t’ spend time attending meetings (unless absolutely necessary)
  2. Keep yourself away from things which are stalling – social networks, television (list is endless)
  3. Focus on things you do very well and do them with leverage and passion
  4. Do things where you feel uncomfortable and scary, don’t let the resistance slow you down
  5. You have a built-in-thing, ‘a talent’, the world is afraid of – show it
  6. Pick yourself, don’t wait for someone or some else’s permission to get started
  7. Don’t keep a schedule, modeling your day based on someone’s is a huge mistake

To read the entire interview, visit the Productivity Magazine Interview page here.

I think those are some of the most fascinating lessons learnt on productivity – I hope you find them equally valuable.

Now that you know how his genius comes into play, how do you want to uncover yours?

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