Advice from class members of Harvard Business School´s class of 1963

Two friends

A good advice

I found this website “If I Knew Then” in Product Hunt with some advice about different topics covering from careers, marriage and family, business, leadership, wealth until charity, spirituality and life lessons. Enjoy the reading and let us know what theme has an impact for you.

By the way, take a look at Product Hunt to know what products, apps and web services are trending. It is a must read if you are interested in the state of the art of these things.

Three goals behind my Personal Knowledge Management System

Three darts over a table

The tools to reach my goals

As a complement of my previous posts where I introduced the importance of a Personal Knowledge Management system and how to start a PKM plan, these are the three goals I would like to accomplish helped by my Rompecabezas blog:

1. Set up, definitively, a blog focused in how to reach the personal mastery providing my own findings supported by a PKM. This will help other people interested in becoming masters of their favorites topics / hobbies / lives.

2. Post, at least, once a week.

3. Gain insightful knowledge of WordPress functions to improve my business website [WordPress based] and my eCommerce affiliate blog (WordPress based too). This will help me to become a WordPress master and join [some day] the Automattic team.

Am I too ambitious?

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Starting a Personal Knowledge Management plan

Starting the knowledge journey

Every time we are in the process of starting something new [activity, task, or even a company] we have to prepare our tools [I mean knowledge] in order to accomplish the goal. First thing is to evaluate asking us what knowledge we do have now, then what knowledge we do need to capture, and, finally, where we do get such knowledge [the sources].

What do you know?

Follow this procedure to score your current knowledge level:

1. Designate you as a Master, Expert or Beginner according to these definitions:

Master [score 5]: “You are the best in the world”.

Expert [score 3]: “You are proficient and can accomplish with the most of the task you afford”.

Beginner [score 1]: “You are a little bit familiar with the topic or your are starting the journey to acquire the knowledge”.

2. Identify your knowledge level.

Following step is to identify the knowledge you need to capture in order to perform in the role your are going to assume. For instance, if you are starting to blog because you want to become a consultant giving advice in Time Management Strategies, you need to identify the level of knowledge you have according to the previous definitions [Master, Expert, or Beginner]. So, if you know a couple of tricks to reduce time wasting, then you are familiar with the topic and your score is 1.

3. Calculate your knowledge gap.

Once you have identified your knowledge level [in our example you are a Beginner], set up your goal [“I want to be an Expert in Time Management Strategies”] and calculate your gap [the difference between your desired level and current level]. In our example, your knowledge level is 1 and your knowledge gap is 2 [3-1=2].

4. Set up your knowledge goal.

Once your gap is known, do some research and find the sort of activities you have to develop in order to advance from 1 [Beginner level] to 3 [Expert level]. Can you identify some time management referents with good reputation? Is there a seminar, training, or course you can join in order to improve your skills? Is there anyone interested in coaching you in order you can learn for his/her experiences? And the last but not less important question: Are you interested in make some time investment, and money in some cases, to capture the new knowledge?

Next post will deploy a PKM framework to put in place the knowledge management cycle: capture-store-retrieve-share-apply.

Your are welcome to share with us your topic[s] of interest and your knowledge level.

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The “visits” I enjoyed

Neighbor woman

Is there someone there? I would like to talk!

I visited some blogs and made some comments after reading the respective posts. I found many interesting things that, of course, taught me about author´s lives and their experiences. I have always thought every time you know someone, there is something new that bring value to your life.

This is the list of the blog I visited with my comments:

The Crazy Writer

https://annermurray.wordpress.com/2015/01/14/blogging-101-course-being-a-good-neighbor/comment-page-1/#comment-13

The TJ Blog

http://thetjblog.com/2015/01/05/blogging101/#comment-87

The Atul´s

https://theatuljain.wordpress.com/2015/01/12/question-which-single-skill-is-needed-to-grow-very-big/comment-page-1/#comment-39

Eric´s Blog

https://ericjaspers.wordpress.com/2015/01/10/fun-things/comment-page-1/#comment-17

debooWORKS

https://debooworks.wordpress.com/2015/01/08/i-only-wish/comment-page-1/#comment-734

This post [“I only wish” by @debooworks] was my motivation to write my previous post: My desired skill.

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My desired skill

Digital data

What does this data mean?

Reading comments I have received, after publishing my posts, I found the following [thanks to @debooWORKS] that called my attention [also it was posted by The Daily Post on January 8th]:

If you could choose to be a master (or mistress) of any skill in the world, which skill would you pick?

So, my answer is “Data Science“.

I have realized I am a little bit obsessed with data and how to interpret it in order to take better life decisions. For instance, I would like to obtain such skill to analyze the data I got when I go out for running. I have tracked 294 running sessions and 2357 Km since August 2011 but have not taken some decision using such information to improve my performance and avoid some sort of injuries that are common between runners.

At this time I don´t know how to extract such data to analyze it but I took a first step joining a course named Data Science Toolbox offered by Coursera.

Is there anyone over there with such skill?

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Blogging 101 as Personal Knowledge Management System

A banner inviting us to get more knowledge

A banner inviting us to get more knowledge

This Blogging 101 course is the foundation for building our Personal Knowledge Management [PKM] system.

Do you know why?

Because we are in the process of acquiring new knowledge [learning how to blog]; around us, there are many bloggers with the intention of sharing with us their knowledge and experiences; also, we are using a tool [this blogging platform] where we can express  our hobbies and interests, among other things.

The first step to build a PKM system is reflexive: Let´s ask questions as what we enjoy and what we need to improve our performance to achieve our personal and professional purposes.

The second step is to identify those persons that have the knowledge we need and are interested in sharing it with us. Of course, it is important that we have the intention to share with other the knowledge we have.

Would you like to answer these questions?

By the way, how are you storing, categorizing, and retrieving the acquired knowledge in Blogging 101?

Photo credit: I am sorry with the author but do not remember where I got the photo

“Landscaping” your blog: Does it really matter?

El Peñol

Landscape in El Peñol, Antioquia [Colombia]

Normally, the decision to start a blog becomes complicated when you have to think about several things: your time availability, frequency of writing, topics, sort of audience, motivations, and, last but not least important, the look and feel.

In my case, because of the topics I would like to write, I prefer a minimalist theme where distractions don´t exist and reader can be focused while reading. After checking some themes, this is the list I would consider to change mine from Typo to other.

1. Isola

2. Imbalance 2

3. Manifest

4. Syntax

5. Minnow

6. Boardwalk

7. Hemingway Rewritten

8. Suburbia

I will try with Boardwalk because of the concept of horizontal scrolling, customization options, and functionalities. See new theme with next post.

By the way, I didn´t see a theme I´d never use!

Photo credit: me, taken yesterday while looking for El Marial. Did you see the cross?

Blogs as a tools to open your mind

Writing machine

The first blogging tool

I am not sure when I started to read blogs; I think it happened during 2004 while I was looking for specific info to develop a telecommunications project.

After finding some of them in the mentioned topic, I did some additional research and realized that many topics were published by people that always have something to share, something to tell, something to teach. Suddenly, blogs became the main source of information not only to afford professional goals but learning about personal improvement.

I want to share some of them I consider are a must read:

1. http://www.giveandtake.com/Home/Blog

2. http://zenhabits.net/

3. http://www.farnamstreetblog.com/

4. http://www.openculture.com/

5. http://www.edbatista.com/

6. http://blog.ted.com/

7. http://www.brainpickings.org/

I hope you enjoy some of the readings; I am sure you will find many interesting things in these blogs [if not enough time, begin exploring #3 and #7].

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