Life-Life Balance is Moving!

We have now moved to a new blog address:

www.thelifelifebalance.com

Come and check out our blog’s new home, and if you like our content then subscribe through the form in the sidebar. We typically send out an email every month listing what we’ve been writing about. No spam.

As before, we will continue to write about personal development, entrepreneurship and personal finance. Planned posts include…

  • Regular book summaries.
  • More language learning posts as one LLB member moves to Beijing and battles with Mandarin.
  • A series of posts on mobile app development, including an exhaustive resource list.
  • Some reports on recent equity trades.
  • Virtual assistant lessons learned.
  • And of course plenty of general stuff with character.

Enjoy.

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The Most Common Regrets of the Dying

I remember hearing about this a while ago, and recently stumbled across the original source. Bronnie Ware worked with terminal patients for years, and documented the regrets she heard the most from those who were brought face-to-face with their time running out. The original article (now a book) is here.

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“This is Water”: A Message on How to Think by David Foster Wallace

David Foster Wallace was once described to me as “maybe the greatest literary talent since James Joyce” by one of the world’s foremost experts on Joyce. If you have not read his fiction (and non-fiction), I can’t recommend it enough.

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How to Prepare for Interviews

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”
-Benjamin Franklin

I am very good at interviews, of all shapes and sizes. I have never not got a job once I got to a face-to-face interview. I have also been on the other side of the table and seen how a careless lack of research can cost people. One of the key reasons I do well in interviews is that I prepare meticulously. In this post I will discuss how I prepare. On the face of it, these steps are aimed at preparing for traditional job interviews, but a mildly modified approach would work for university interviews, visa interviews etc.

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Language Exchange 101

In my last post, I discussed the pros of meeting face-to-face with a native speaker to practice your target language often referred to as language exchange. If you’ve never done it before, here’s a guide to help you get started.

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How to Do What You Love: Notes from a Paul Graham Essay

It’s rare that I read an essay on Paul Graham’s website and don’t feel inspired or enlightened. There is much, much wisdom in his writing. For those that don’t know, Paul Graham is the co-founder of Y Combinator, a venture capital firm which is basically the Harvard of start-ups. He also seems like a decent chap.

In this post I would like highlight a few key ideas from his essay “How to Do What You Love”. If you get a chance, I would read the full piece, but if you’re short of time, this is for you.

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Improve Your Spoken Language

❝Those who know nothing of foreign languages know nothing of their own.❞ ‒ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Speaking a foreign language can be incredibly fulfilling once you reach a certain level of fluency. The hardest part, though, is reaching that level. Everyone defines fluency differently. To me, spoken fluency involves speaking to a native with very little hesitation and having the ability to avoid correcting your mistakes mid-sentence. Maintaining flow is key.

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