I’ve got a simple question for you: Who are you?
Look, this is not a job interview or any type of interview.
I’m not looking for a politically correct answer. “I’m a person who’s serious about his career. I like to spend time with my family and friends.” That’s true for every single person who is determined enough to have a job.
No, I’m talking about who you truly are — deep down.
Because let’s face it, you and I both know that we all have two personalities, who live two different lives.
It seems like all my peers have this idea that being young is an excuse for not living a satisfying life.
But millennials are not the only group of people who hide behind excuses. We all do.
I get it. Taking on responsibilities in life is scary. It’s way cooler to have toast with avocado.
But you know what’s also cool?
- Building a meaningful career that you’re proud of.
- Contributing to other people’s lives.
- Creating a product or service that is useful.
- Investing your money for your retirement.
Have you ever made a decision that seemed illogical looking back? We’re all highly illogical beings even though we think the opposite!
Every person creates their own social reality. The way you view the world is completely subjective because we all have cognitive biases.
The concept of cognitive biases was introduced in 1972 by two psychologists, Amos Tversky and Daniel Kahneman. A cognitive bias is a systematic thinking error that impacts judgments, and therefore, our decisions.
As of this writing, there are 106 decision-making related cognitive biases known! We all make these errors. So there’s no point in trying to become a perfect thinker. It’s impossible.
However, with practice, you can avoid some thinking mistakes that many of us make. And by avoiding these errors, we can improve our decisions, and consequently: Our lives and careers.
What follows is a list of three thinking errors. The question is: Do you make these errors? If so, I’ll also share a fix.
I love to learn. And reading is my favorite way to learn. But sometimes I get tired from reading. Do you know that feeling?
I try to read two books per week. But when I’m working on a lot of things, and have an irregular schedule, like the past three months, I tend to read less.
But no matter what’s going on in my life, I must read at least one book a week. Why? Reading is simply my favorite time of the day. Reading gives me energy and new ideas. That’s why I do it.
But for the last three months, I’ve been working on a lot of things. We opened a new office, and I spent a lot of time with my hands tied: Moving, decorating, putting together new desks, painting walls, building a garage-gym in our warehouse, you name it.
“How do I build an audience? Should I try guest posting or focus on building a community on my own site?”
I asked myself those questions when I started blogging. I’ve learned that there are three types of options when it comes to building an audience:
- Post your articles on every platform that allows publishing (LinkedIn, Medium, Facebook, Tumblr). Some argue that it will increase your traffic.
- Only post your articles on your own site, and drive visitors exclusively to that site. Some argue it’s better for SEO traffic.
- Find a balance between the two above strategies (which is what I do, but more on that later).
You can be successful with all strategies. Some successful writers publish everywhere and syndicate their articles to a bunch of outlets (James Altucher). But other bloggers only stick to their own site (Mark Manson).