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The Secret To Exponential Improvement 🏗️

The Secret To Exponential Improvement 🏗️
By Jamie Lim Yin Yin • Issue #30 • View online
Hi friends!
I just finished watching the last season of the anime Food Wars!: Shokugeki no Soma - if you enjoy watching cooking shows and anime, I’d highly recommend this series, it’s really light hearted and entertaining.
Besides the interesting story plot and mouth-watering food (it really was, trust me), my main takeaway (haha!) was really, (the main character) Soma’s attitude towards the relentless improvement of his cooking. Spoiler alert, but he starts off as the underdog, but eventually rises to be the top chef at school.
What’s the secret? He separates his ego from his desire to become better.
Do you remember? When the seniors were about to graduate, Soma challenged them to countless food wars. He lost several times. When facing opponents who are stronger, people tend to put up a front or feel anxious. But this kid doesn’t seem to care about his pride getting hurt. He gives it his all in every single battle, like he never had anything to lose at all. He even always has a bright smile on his face.
If only we could face all of life’s trials with such an attitude!
When we are faced with a daunting situation: the typical person might be overcome with fear and doubt. Instead, Soma is usually filled with excitement and determination! Infact, the same attitude is the same in athletes who are just about to compete in any competition. Ask them how they are feeling, they will always reply with ‘I’m excited!’, you definitely don’t hear them say ‘I’m nervous’.
This the reaction of someone who has placed the need to improve over their ego, above the fear of loss or rejection, and anything else that might stand in their way of being the best they could possibly be. Even if Soma loses a battle - he never dwells too long on a loss. Instead of sulking, he thinks about how he can leverage his failure to produce a future success.
I believe that this is an attitude and reaction that can be trained - and it’s one that I am going to cultivate. I’m going to give my best to all my endeavours, and leave my ego at the door. As I grow my channel and brand, I’m sure I will come across comments or feedback that I don’t agree with (and potentially may get hurt by), but I won’t take it personally and take it as constructive criticism. I’ll just continue learning, improving and refining my skills where I can!
Who knew we could learn so much from an anime character? :)
Till next week - and Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to each and everyone of you! 🎄
Jamie

My Favourite Things This Week 💛
Reflections / Writing - The Ultimate Annual Review by Steve Schlafman
Every year, I take some time out of the last two weeks of December to look through my goals for the year - and write new ones for the year ahead. I was about to do so when I came across this template created by Steve Schlafman which puts even more structure into place, and breaks things down quite nicely:
  • Exercise 1: Moments & Milestones
  • Exercise 2: Reflections & Learnings
  • Exercise 3: Current Life Assessment
  • Exercise 4: Intentions For 2021
  • Exercise 5: Planning For 2021
  • Action Plan (LOVE THIS!)
I’ve blocked some time in my calendar this week to get this done. I find that taking the time to reflect and look inwards always helps me become a better version of myself. It continually builds upon my foundation of experiences and propels me forward to my next challenges! The last exercise I did on my personal user manual certainly helped bring clarity to me, and I was pleasantly surprised by how well I knew myself!
If you haven’t tried one of these exercises, I’d highly recommend that you try it! It may seem like a chore and a bore while doing it - but I guarantee that you’ll get so much out of it!
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport
Sometimes when I’m ‘in the zone’ - I feel so productive because I just get so much stuff done! Folks sometimes refer to this as ‘flow’ and there’s a fair bit of research that has gone into how folks can attain this state!
One important component of attaining flow is deep work. Cal speaks extensively about deep work in his book. He shares both theory and practical ways in how to ‘achieve’ deep work.
Deep Work: Professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to their limit. These efforts create new value, improve your skill, and are hard to replicate.
To remain valuable in our economy, therefore, you must master the art of quickly learning complicated things. This task requires deep work. If you don’t cultivate this ability, you’re likely to fall behind as technology advances.
What I’ve done to facilitate deep work (in the work setting) is to only check email x3 a day with ½ blocks at 9AM, 2PM and 5PM respectively. Sounds simple? It wasn’t at first.
Cal argues that:
..when you switch from some Task A to another Task B, your attention doesn’t immediately follow—a residue of your attention remains stuck thinking about the original task.
“People experiencing attention residue after switching tasks are likely to demonstrate poor performance on that next task,” and the more intense the residue, the worse the performance.
After strictly sticking to this - I found that I was actually able to better concentrate on my projects at hand! Somehow my mind was at ease when I didn’t need to constantly check my emails. This was tough and there was definitely an itch to switch to gmail in between, but I stuck to it! It worked out so well, that I’m going to continue to keep to this model.
I may be a little slower to reply to my emails, but honestly, no one is saving babies here in my current job. I’ll still get to important emails by the end of the day.
I’m still in the midst of reading the book, and will be sure to share more valuable insights as I come across them!
Videos Of The Week 🎥
The ideal resume length (student version) #shortss #youtubeshorts
The ideal resume length (student version) #shortss #youtubeshorts
In this 1 minute video, I share what the rule of thumb is for the length of an ideal resume!
5 common resume mistakes that get you rejected (student edition)
5 common resume mistakes that get you rejected (student edition)
In this video, I share the 5 most common resume mistakes that recruiters see. These mistakes can get you instantly rejected, so avoid them if you want to land that interview! If your resume is mistake-free, you’ll already be in the top 40% of candidates that are interviewing for the role!
Please watch it, and give it a like 👍🏽 and subscribe to my channel here if you haven’t yet done so! 🙏🏼 Of course, sharing the videos with anyone who may potentially benefit from this information would help me a ton as well! 🤗
Kindle Highlight Of The Week 📖
I know this sounds kind of depressing, but it really isn't. The thought that we actually don't have THAT much time left on this earth forces us to be more conscious - to be intentional and to live a happier life! Seriously, life is short.
I know this sounds kind of depressing, but it really isn't. The thought that we actually don't have THAT much time left on this earth forces us to be more conscious - to be intentional and to live a happier life! Seriously, life is short.
Photo Of The Week 📷
Did I mention that I have the best team ever? Got a charcuterie box filled with love and caught up with these lovely folks - we summed up our year with 3 words. Really looking forward to working with these amazing people in the coming year(s) ahead!
Did I mention that I have the best team ever? Got a charcuterie box filled with love and caught up with these lovely folks - we summed up our year with 3 words. Really looking forward to working with these amazing people in the coming year(s) ahead!
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Jamie Lim Yin Yin

My name is Jamie and I’m a Googler based in Singapore 🇸🇬. I love exploring topics on mindful productivity 📈, personal development 🌱and intentional living 🖌️🎨 to help Gen Z & millennials navigate life. Every week, I send out a newsletter with learnings I've encountered throughout the week and share them to help folks around the world lead a happy and healthier life!

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