In a world of instant gratification and rapid acquisition of rich plans, activities that are worth doing are often forgotten or ignored.
These are simple things like habits that produce changes and results. The reality is that you can not notice because the transformation is slipping on you. You practice or run your routine one day at a time. It's often incremental and slow.
But success in life comes from playing the long game even when you have a limited time. Read books and take the time to discover, learn and create sit in this setting.
What you read and meditate today will change you tomorrow.
Here are three books I've read recently that could change the way you view your world.
1. Essentialism – The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
Poet Mary Oliver wrote "Tell me what you planned to do with your wild and precious life?"
This quote from Essentialism sums up perhaps the central messages that author Greg McKeon conveys to the reader.
It forces us to look at the 3 realities of individual choice, the prevalence of noise and the reality of compromises.
To help achieve a successful life of passionate purpose that is yours and yours alone, it describes three essential steps.
- Explore – Discerning the Large Number of Vital People
- Eliminate – Cut the insignificant many of those who are vital
- Execute – Remove Barriers and Facilitate Execution
The author wrote this book by blocking 8 hours a day without a phone, email or other distractions to interrupt his priority of doing something important. This is something that is also explored in the book "Deep Work."
For me, there is a genius and magic to the routine. It eliminates distraction and creates concentration. Focusing on these essentials can result in more clarity, control and joy.
2. Life 3.0: Human being in the era of artificial intelligence
The title of the book Life 3.0 is what the author, Max Tegmark, considers as the 3rd stage of human evolution. The first is the biological, the second is cultural and the third is technological.
With the rise of perhaps the most important development of the technological revolution "Artificial Intelligence", there are implications for what it means to be human.
He also threatens to take away what gives us meaning.
This includes our jobs, our careers and even the essence of many people who are considered solely human. Creativity.
The authors assume what being human means to set goals and use creativity and intuition to solve unresolved problems. Deep reinforcement learning using artificial intelligence technologies such as DeepMind are growing in these areas.
DeepMind AI is now at a point where he has learned to play 45 different games without telling him anything about the game. On intuition, creativity and strategy he has evolved to the point where he has applied a creative strategy to beat Lee Sodol (the best player in the world) at AlphaGo.
In the book, he also raises the idea that whatever answers to the question of what makes us truly human, we will have to change slowly.
He also sees the challenge with "AI" as the management and use it to increase prosperity without leaving people without income or purpose.
The analogy that he uses?
Thousands of years ago, Athenian citizens of antiquity lived lives of leisure and meaning where they could enjoy democracy, art and games. This was mainly due to the fact that they had slaves to do the work.
So Max postulates "W by not replacing slaves with AI-powered robots, creating a digital utopia that everyone can appreciate" "
But there are some challenges for democracies and also culturally in the way we approach and solve that. It's about making sure we do not end up with the haves and the have-nots. And right now we are witnessing the rise of inequality around the world.
For the bottom 90% of US households, the average net worth in 2012 is the same as it was 25 years ago ($ 85,000). While the top 1% have more than doubled to $ 14 million.
The 3 reasons for that economists economists?
- Replacing old jobs with those that demand more skills has rewarded the most educated.
- They claim that since the year 2000, a growing share of corporate income has gone to those who own businesses as opposed to those who work there.
- The digital economy rewards superstars compared to everyone else.
How do we repair this growing inequality? It's a conversation we must have.
3. The Guide to Digital Transformation: Rethinking Your Business for the Digital Age
In this book, David Rogers examines the critical categories for each business: customers, competition, data, innovation, and the value proposition in the digital world.
Here are my main points to remember.
Adapt Your Value Proposition – How can you adapt and how you can deliver the best value as technologies reshape opportunities and needs. This may mean finding new digital uses and customers for its current products. For example. The Encyclopedia Brittanica has been redefined as an educational resource. The New York Times has reinvented what it means to be a source of information.
Exploiting customer networks – The intangible value of customer networks goes beyond transactional value and participation, data and collective knowledge are now a business asset and a competitive advantage. These are the main drivers of share prices for companies like Facebook and LinkedIn. Yahoo paid $ 1 billion for Tumblr because of its network of customers and not its revenue.
Review and develop your access strategy – Be faster, easier, everywhere and always for your customers.
The real idea in the book that you need to grasp and consider for your business?
Building platforms, not just products – AirBNB is a platform that does not have hotels or physical assets for its customers. The same applies to Uber. Here are some ideas on the platforms.
- Customers interact with each other and you via the platform
- Competition – The platforms allow you to facilitate collaboration and to allow cooperation with other companies. Amazon has built its network with APIs for vendors and even with competitors to allow this to be done easily and on a large scale.
- Data – The power of the platforms is in the data that it collects. Facebook does not have any content. But the data collected on its platform is its source of income.
- Innovation – The platforms can help you develop innovation and low cost. You can also experiment with a minimal investment.
- Value – One of the great things about the platforms is that they allow you to add value for free.
Giving meaning to this changing world means that you must always continue to learn. That's why I love books.