I would like to share a message that I thought was so profound by our new Prime Minister. When asked about his wealth, he answered the interviewer by saying he was extraordinarily lucky in life:
“The important thing is to have the emotional intelligence and the empathy and the imagination that enables you to walk in somebody else’s shoes,” he said when asked how he would relate to ordinary Australians.
“To be able to sit down with them on a train or in the street, hear their story, and have the imagination to understand how they feel. Emotional intelligence is probably the most important asset for – certainly for anyone in my line of work.
“I remember when I was a partner of Goldman Sachs in New York, very successful investment bank, everyone was earning very big money. The chairman, the Chief Executive of the firm gave a pep talk to the partners. He said ‘We’re doing well. We’re making lots of money ’cause we work hard.” And we deserve it.’ I said to him afterwards just quietly I said ‘You know, there are taxi drivers in this city that work much longer hours than anyone does here. And they don’t earn very much at all.’ So the truth is, we don’t really deserve our good fortune.”
In the past month, a couple of problems have hit 2 different apps that I rely on to store some information.
The first time it happened, I simply shrugged it off and said to myself “Well, that’s just tough luck isn’t it?”
The second time it happened (different app), I had to take a step back and think “What is wrong here? Is it the app, is it Apple or do I have a problem? Am I just too reliant on certain apps?”
I had a chance to reflect more on the topic and I have come to the conclusion that I have a problem. People that sell apps, market the need to us, that’s their job. And along the same vein, it is my job to ask the question “Do I need this? What am I doing now to fix the problem? Is there even a problem? Or is it simply a want?” I have clearly failed myself.
I’ve been going through and adding a couple of Chrome extensions this morning and thought that sharing my extensions would make for a useful post.
These are my extensions of choice, grouped under appropriate category/use. They help me stay productive by either saving time or helping me avoid unnecessary errors (or both).
- Chrome Pocket – With just one click, the extension saves the page in your pocket app for later reading (simply open Pocket to retrieve your articles).
- Evernote Web Clipper – There are times I want to add an article or an image directly to Evernote, this is where this extension comes in. When I crawl through websites and find something useful for my notes (in Evernote), all I have to do is clip it.
- Grammarly – A ‘must have‘ for people who write a lot. I recently added Grammarly and it works like a charm with WordPress (refer to images). They do have a premium plan with added ‘bells and whistles’ but the free version works like a charm.