How do you make yourself smarter?

Ask questions. Listen. Learn. Analyze. Connect. Then ask more questions.

Do so with careful thought and humility. Know that you don’t know everything.

It’s even okay to not know what you don’t know. Just ask, absorb, and analyze until things make sense. If you ask considerately, people will be thrilled to share their knowledge.

Preparation yields success

The famous Winston Churchill once said,

Those who fail to plan plan to fail.

I take this quote to heart. When I know I have a responsibility to fill, I plan and prepare ahead of time. When I am building a running habit, I pack my workout gear the night before. The night before my first day of work, I prepared my bag with important documents and made sure I had an idea of where and when I needed to show up. When I had my salary negotiation, I wrote and practiced a script the morning of, as well as made sure I got advice from three specific people.

All these ways of preparation have set me up for success. It always me to take action and follow through when my brain gets too lazy or emotional to make a productive decision. It provides buffer time when unexpected events happen when I’m running out the door a few minutes late.

Failing to plan is planning to fail, but preparation yields success.

Surround yourself with these people

Like many others, being with my family is one of my top priorities. I am convinced that I am able to reach my level of security and growth in my career because I have such a strong foundation. My family provides me with mental and emotional support that has been built in for years. It is when buildings have a strong foundation when they can rise with the ability to weather the strongest of earthquakes.

Surround yourself with people like these.

Decisions, decisions

How do you create a fulfilling life?

By the decisions you make. Big or small. All your decisions culminate to influence the paths you take in life.

Make decisions wisely.

My decision-making process:

If it’s not a hell yes, then it’s a no. No in-between.

Life gets better when you get better

If you are experiencing hardships, do the harder thing: believe that life will get better. It will. Much like the economy, life is a continuous series of peaks and troughs. However, do not blindly believe in improvement. Put in the work to make it happen.

Life gets better when you get better.