May you always do for others
Firstly, you need know what kind of book you choose to read. It is novel or a learned book.For novels, while it is much interesting than the learned books. It would be much easier for you finding the pleasure. I would prefer to giving some suggestions for learned books. You could turn to the words from writer at the very beginning. Then it is the catalog, from which you could get the general structure of the wholel book. And get the main words which the writer mainly want to express. After these steps, you would have rough idea of the book. It is up to your need if it worth detailed reading or only fast reading.
If we understand the way the world is really organized-even though that may be completely opposite to what we expect- we can fit in with that way and get much more of what we care about with much less energy.
It's impossible to make real improvements to our lives unless we do things differently.
I can sing the praise of the 80/20 Way and say without hesitation how miraculous it is.
80 percent of results come from only 20 percent of causes or effort.
It has turbo-boosted their careers, and enabled them to escape the rat-race treadmill.
In 1990 I ditched a conventional career.
I've always allowed large tracts of time for family, friends, and sheer enjoyment of life.
I was taken aback when he said ...
Heard how great the book was, tried to get the hang of it, but I failed.
The book is breezy and easy.
It revolves around two ideas: The law of focus: less is more. The law of progress: we can create more with less.
It is not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results. ---Warren Buffett
Instead of working to live, we live to work.
greater social equalty and fraternity
dispite our increasingly frantic striving, rededes ever further from us
low social standing
missing out on the increasing material delights enjoyed by those on the fast track
But the fast track is not without its hazards. For many it means a single-minded obsession with getting ahead, total commitment to the job at the expense of personal relationships, and a frenzied lifestyle where work takes precedence over everything elso.
strike a chord
screw up our personal lives
I'm referring to the 80/20 principle, the observation that roughtly 80 percent of results stem from 20 percent or fewer of causes.
drive progress throught the modern world
If it were so appllied, we could enjoy life much more, work less, and achieve more.
In reality, the best way to achieve more is to do less. Less is more when we concentrate on the few things that are truly important, not the least of which is happiness for ourselves and our loved ones.
I mustn't run ahead of myself.
Let me introduce you properly to the 80/20 principle, one of the most mind-blowing, far-reaching, and surprising discoveries of the past 200 years.
Make the wonky world even stranger.
in this curious and lopsided world
The world routinely divides into a few very powerful influences and the mass of totally unimportant ones.
The power of the 80/20 principle lies in the fact that it is counter-intuitive, it's not what we expect.
an innate sense of fairness
It was staggered to learn that 17 percent of customers yielded 93 percent of profits.
In every age, it is the celebrated few scientists who make the vast majority of discoveries.
Crime statistics repertedly show that about 20 percent of thieves make off with 80 percent of the loot.
It may have fizzled out by the time you read this.
Note that 80/20 is simply shorthand for a very lopsided relationship between causes and results. The mubers don't have to add up to 100. In some cases, 30 percent of causes may lead to 70 percent of results.
bet fair, the world's leading 'betting exchange', where individuals take bets with other individuals, says that 90 percent of the money staked comes from 10 percent of its clients.
Stanley Milgram 'six degrees of separation'
in an outbreak of gonorrhea in ...
History is full of cases where a tiny minority of players have diverted its whole course.
As the high performers are not 10 or 20 times more intelligent that other people, it is the methods and resources they use that are unusually powerful.
There are always a small minority of every powerful forces and a great mass of unimportant ones.
No prize for guessing the species.
be churned out time and again
The whole process of life is the perfect expression of the 80/20 principle, taken to its fullest extent.
Diminutive causes, massive results.
Evolution presents a stunning example of selectivity.
The 80/20 principle works everythere in life. It's surprising and amazing. It's not what we expect. There is a big imbalance between causes and results. Most causes have little result, a few transform life.
It is a fallacy that there is any restriction on who uses the 80/20 principle or that it is a zero-sum gain.
To object to improvement on the grounds that it is elitist is wrong-headed: progress is desirable and helps everyone. Perfection and equality are equally impossible, and in my opinion equally undesirable.
We use the 80/20 Way to go with the grain of the universe, producing better results more easily.
We will always have something to improve.
The 80/20 principle can make us happy, fulfilled, and relaxed. We start by creating more with less ...
We ‘re always busy every day .We’re busy with our work, study ,exam and so on. As for me, I have to study 10 hours or more aday in Junior 3. I only have a day off every week. Every Saturday when I get home, it’s always over 6 ’o clock. After having some rests, I make an effort to write something. I try to find a bit of time for my hobby----writing. That’s the best time to recharge and reduce the stress from studying while I am writing. After dinner, I like going outfor a walk if the weather is nice . Then, I usually watch my favorite channel with my family. We chat with each other . I tell then about my school life.Even though I have lots of homework to do, I still try my best to spend more time with my family.
12。 What does the speaker think is inevitable truth？
And climb on every rung
By chance, I just read the bookKNOW CAN DO recently. The writer is Ken Blanchard. It is really a good book for people who attempts to better themselves. Have you ever found though we know a lot of principles but we still live a normal life?
Chapter 2: Create More with Less
Many might go to heaven with half the labor they go to hell. ---Ben Jonson
Computers keep getting cheaper, smaller, easier to use, and more powerful. They exemplify more with less.
We can often get more with less simply by leaving something out.
It is scant exaggeration to say that more with less is the basic principle by which modern science, technology, and business advance living standards everywhere.
They can never rest on their laurels.
Life in the fast lane turns into work in the fast lane. There is certainly more challenge, more stimulation, and more money, but there is also total submission to work demands, more burnout, and pervasive anxiety.
a more balanced and relaxed life
Many of the things we do absorb energy but are worse than useless. Worry is a prime example. Worry is never useful. When we find ourselves worrying, we should either act and not worry, or decide not to act and not worry. If we can act to avoid a bad fate or reduce its chance of happening--and the action is worthwhile--then we should act and not worry. If, on the other hand, we can't control or influence what will happen, then worrying will cause us distress but not help us: we should not act and not worry. Worries will always arise but we can do without them, instantly deciding to act or not act, but in either case not to worry.
We have a big project ahead of us: nothing less thanthe reversal of modern work and living habits, the change from more with more to more with less in our personal, social, and professional lives.
Social fashions don't change all that easily or quickly.
The Calvinist notion that toil and trouble are essential for personal advancement is so deeply rooted in the culture and working assumptions of modern life that it will take a generation to uproot it.
It is always possible to improve anything in our lives, not by a small amount, but by a large amount. The way to make the improvement is to ask, "What will give me a much better result for much less energy?"
By deliberately cutting back on what we put into the task and yet asking for much more, we force ourselves to think hard and do something different. This is the root of all progress.
It's incredibly corny, but the best things in life are free or nearly free, giving a fantastic return on effort.
The reward is out of proprotion to the effort.
The only way to take leaps forward in our lives is to demand more with less.
A bit of upfront thinking is a small price for a huge lifetime reward.
One final element of more with less that can make a big difference to our lives is the role that habit plays. Anything we do is much more difficult the first time, and gets progressively easier the more we do it, to the point where it bacomes easier to do it than not to do it. A terrific example is exercise.
What's fieeicult becomes easy and what's easy often creates difficulties.
Why work hard for nothing, when a few habits that become second nature can give you a healthy rhythm every day?
We get more reward with less energy if we adopt rewarding habits earlier rather than later. But also, given human nature, we'd better be selective about the good habits we're going to adopt. We get more happiness with less effort if we carefully select a few excellent habits we'd like to have and master these, not bothering about all the other good habits we could in theory cultivate. There's a limit to the number of good habits most of us can practice. Yet a few habits can have a phenomenal effect on our happiness throughout life--we get a massive bonanza from a little upfront effort.
high-payoff new habits
You shouldn't choose a habit because it's morally 'good', but because of the huge benefit to you. Just choose seven super-rewarding habits that will be your friend for life.
Examples of high lifetime payoff habits
Daily intellectual exercise
Doing one altruistic act a day
Meditating or quiet thinking each day
Daily nurturing of your lover
Always give praise or thanks where possible
Save and invest 10 percent of income
Being generous to friends
Always having 2-3 hours of pure relaxation every day
Keeping calm and relaxed always
Focusing on what matters to you
Deciding never to worry: always to act and not worry or not act and not worry
Habitually asking yourself how to get more with less
Pick the few high-payoff habits that will make you happiest. This list is far from exhaustive, so add any habits that have the potential to make you very happy, then master your seven.
Time is a gentle god. ----Sophocles
He decided to go to Tibet, enter a monastery, and undertake rigorous spiritual studies.
It took just a moment of inspiration, while he was relaxing, thinking about nothing much.
Time is like that: cussed when we try to speed up, a dear friend when we slow down.
In fact, being lazy---having plenty of time to think---may actually be a precondition for achieving a great deal.
Because most of us don't have to labor with our hands, we use our minds to create great wealth, science, and culture.
Here is a parabox. We have never been so free, yet failed to realize the extent of our freedom. We have never had so much time, yet felt we had so little. Modern life bullies us to speed up our lives. We use technology to do everything faster. But in racing against the clock, all we do is stress ourselves out. Going faster doesn't give us more time---it makes us feel that we're always behind. We battle against time, our imagined enemy. We perceive time as accelerating, draining out from our lives at an alarming rate.
There are two ways in which we experience time. There is the small quantity of time--the 20 percent or less..that delivers 80 percent of what we want. And there is the much larer quantity of time..the 80 percent or more..that delivers a miserable 20 percent.
Time doesn't run at a constant rate. Time flows in fits and starts, in gurgles and splurges, in trickles and floods. There are long periods when nothing happens, and short bursts when a tidal wave tranforms our world.
There are times when we are totally absorbed, absolutely happy, in tune with the universe---when time stands still.
We can sharply boost the quality of our lives by changing our use of time.
a good rule of thumb
When they first hear about the 80/20 principle, many people get the wrong end of the stick.
I was worn out.
I was goofing off.
Achievement islands are the small time periods when you are your most productive or creative: when you get more with less, accomplishing the most with little apparent effort in very little time.
Could you spend more time on the things you enjoy, even without quitting your day job? Could a hobby, interest, or sideline in your life blosson into a new career? Find out: spend more time on the things you enjoy. Try out your new projects while you are still working at your normal job. Experiment with different ideas until one clicks.
Once there was a wayward school kid. Expelled for being disruptive, he found a badly paid job as a junior clerical officer.
In his mid-twenties he rocked the scientifil world with teh theory of relativity.
He relished the rest of his life as the first "celebrity scientist."
Many great ideas have come from people doing ordinary jobs. Time that would otherwise be wasted and miserable can become hugely creative and enjoyable.
Think about the 80/20 questions overleaf. To answer them, try thinking about or writing down everything that really excites you, that you love doing in any part of life---at work, your hobbies and sports, the best minutes of each day. Then either choose one of these activities and make it central to your life, or work out what the activities have in common and do more of that, and less of everything else.
My life took a turn for the better when I realized that what I loved doing was evoking enthusiasm.
It's the thing I enjoy most and do best has led me to a fuller and richer life, while also doing less.
Down with time management, up with time revolution.
51. In today's faster world, hours are longer, work less leisurely, and pressure more intense.
With time management, we work more and relax less.
Time revolution says the opposite. We have too much time, not too little. It is because we have so much time that we squander it.
To detonate your time revolution, slow down. Stop worrying. Do fewer things.
Chuck your to do list, make a not to do list.
Act less, think more. Reflect on what really matters to you. Stop doing anything that isn't valuable, that doesn't make you happy. Savor life.
Reclaim time for yourself and the people you care about.
He was always dressed immaculately.
languidly writing down ...
The present moment is vital. Don't live in the past or the future. Don't worry about the past or the future. Get more with less---confine yourself to the present moment and enjoy concentrating on it.
We can be proud of our past and we can hope for our future, but we can only live in the present.
We have the precious gift of life today, to be enjoyed and experienced how we choose. Each moment of life has the quality of eternity, the stamp of our own individuality. When time stands still, we are totally absorbed in the present. We are everything and we are nothing. Time is fleeting and eternal. We are happy, life has meaning. We're part of time, and also out-side it.
When the present moment has meaning, time is one seamless whole, valuable yet inconspicuous.
The rush is over, anxieties recede, bliss increases. We can be intensely happy in no time at all. When we are at one with life and the universe, we step outside time. We reach the highest form of more with less.
We can apply less is more and more with less to our life.
We will develop a personal action plan enabling us to thrive in the modern world while elegantly side-stepping its wearisome woes.
Chapter 4: Focus on Your Best 20 Percent
- I've got more energy now than when I was younger because I know exactly what I want to do.
---Legendary ballet master George Balanchine
He ducked out of the standard tour to find a real movie being made.
He commandeered a deserted trailer.
He became a fixture on the lot.
He made a string a hits.
Focus is the secret of all personal power, happiness, and success. Focus means doing less; being less. Focus makes less more. Few people focus, yet focus is easy. Focus expands individuality, the essence of being human.
Life's greatest mystery is human character and uniqueness. We craft individuality. Other animals can't.
We're not totally subject to our genes.
Our destiny lies in becoming individuals---creating and fulfilling our unique potential. We each evolve differently and unpredictably.
Individuality implies differentiation. Becoming different requires editing, subtraction, focus. We become dissimilar by focusing on our distinctive and authentic parts.
True, we're not blank slates. Our genes determine our appearance and have a big say in many other matters.
We become individuals though subtraction. Less is more. We have the wonderful opportunity to let go of the bits of ourselves that are not authentic, not 'really us' --- the parts imposed by background, parents, and environment. The authentic self is a small part of our total self, yet it's the vital self. We all have special gifts, unique imaginations, our little bit of genius: the spark of life that's wholly ours.
When we focus our self, we give up doing what many other people do, thinking what others think. Is this a loss? Of quantity, yes; but not of quality. In quality, less is more. By narrowing our interests, we deepen and intensify them. By focusing on our best, unique attributes, we become more individual, more human. We focus our power, our singularity, and our ability to enjoy life profoundly and uniquely.
Developing individuality is a consicous process. It involves deciding who you are and who yuo are not; who you want to become and who you don't want to become. We become more distinctive individuals through deliberate decisions and actions, honing and increasing what is different and best about us.
Many people meander through life, muddling along without great hope or direction.
Are they short-changing themselves?
All of these decisions exclude. They simplify life, close off options, eliminate excess choice. They concentrate energy.
a sounding board
Whether you believe you can do something or you beliee you can't, you are right.
Focus decreases doubt and turbo-charges confidence and power.
The subconscious can resolve dilemmas, breed brilliant ideas, bring us peace and joy.
We are living a fast life. It seems that everything has to be done quickly. For example, fastfood, fast internet, fast roads. But there are some moments that we have toslow down and enjoy our lives.
How often do you say to people “I’m busy” or “I haven’t got time for that。” （12）It’s inevitable true that all of us live a life in the far slain， even though we know that being busy is not always particular healthy。 Growing-up in New Zealand， everything was always calm and slow， people enjoy the tranquility of a slower pace of life。 After I moved to the Tokyo and lived there in a number of years， （13） I got used to having a pilot to do lists。 And my calendar always looks like a mass with lots of things to do。 Return across it， I found myself feeling my timer with endless work meetings in social events。 Russian along as busy as it be。 Then， one day， （14） I came across a book， called in praise of slowness and realized that being busy is not only detrimental， but also has the danger of turning life into endless race。 So I started practicing various practical steps， mentioned by the author of the book， and began to revolt against every idea of being too busy。 It doesn’t mean that to do lists no longer exist， （15） but I become more aware of the important of slowing down and making sure that I enjoy the daily activities as I care about。 From now on， when someone asked how your life is， try your responding with the words like “exciting and fun”， instead of the culture norm that says busy。 Say if your experience that tranquility that follows。
The last bit of advice I’ll give you is very simple, but I think it could make a big difference in your life. Once a week, you should write a note to someone. Not an email. A note on a piece of paper. It will take you exactly 10 minutes. Talk to an adult, let them tell you what a stamp is. You can put the stamp on the envelope. Again, 10 minutes, once a week. I will help you, right now. I will dictate to you the first note you should write. It will say, ‘Dear [fill in the name of a teacher at Cardigan Mountain School].’ Say: ‘I have started at this new school. We are reading [blank] in English. Football or soccer practice is hard, but I’m enjoying it. Thank you for teaching me.’ Put it in an envelope, put a stamp on it and send it. It will mean a great deal to people who — for reasons most of us cannot contemplate — have dedicated themselves to teaching middle school boys. As I said, that will take you exactly 10 minutes a week. By the end of the school year, you will have sent notes to 40 people. Forty people will feel a little more special because you did, and they will think you are very special because of what you did. No one else is going to carry that dividend during your time at school.
I have always thought I can read until I meet the book HOW TO READ A BOOK. Luckily I meet this book when I am still young enough. Have you ever found after reading a book, you have got nothing only moved when reading? It is due to something wrong with your reading method.
What I’m trying to say is this: If you don’t take some time to slow down once in a while and enjoy your life ,it will pass you by .You will be unhealthy both in body and mind if you don’t take the time to relax. So this weekend, don’t make any plans. Just get up on Saturday morning when your body say it’s time to get up. Make some coffee, step outside and get some fresh morning air, turn on the radio and prepare yourself for nothing.
15。 What happened after the speaker changed her life style？
When the winds of changes shift
Hope it would help in some way. Good night.
Just slowing down and enjoying our life.
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And may you stay forever young
Very appreciated to my leader, setting such a good habit of reading half an hour every other day morning. It is Tuesday and Thursday on working days.Reading books has been a habit of my daily life. No matter what kind of book, I need read several pages. Otherwises, I feel something missed in a day.
14。 What makes the speaker change her life style？
Stand upright and be strong
For some classic books, you could do the fast reading first and get the repeated words appeared in the whole book. And you could combine what you need and expand the idea to what you want to apply. Here is a very important point. It is thinking when and where you could use the information you get from the book while you reading. Not just follow up the writer's thought stream.
13。 What does the speaker about her life in Tokyo？
You’ve been at a school with just boys. Most of you will be going to a school with girls. I have no advice for you.
After finishing reading a book, it is important to get the framework of the book and and let more people know who may be willing to know.
So that’s the deep advice. Now some tips as you get ready to go to your new school. Other the last couple of years, I have gotten to know many of you young men pretty well, and I know you are good guys. But you are also privileged young men. And if you weren’t privileged when you came here, you are privileged now because you have been here. My advice is: Don’t act like it.