Be Better

Be Better

A small collection of inspirations, musings, guides and tips to be a better, more successful individual.Do It









from Andrew Chen 2017

Good Habits
(of successful people)


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Curate a Positive Attitude

Having a positive attitude is not just a result of being successful – it’s one of the root causes of success.

Work on it here

If it can be improved, improve it

A growth mindset believes that most things are malleable. Almost anything can be improved through learning and work. Your physical appearance. Your social skills. The quality of your work. All can be better if you have a growth mindset.

A growth mindset is the key to improving in all areas of your life.

Be the Solution

Train your mind to “default” to searching for solutions, to take action, on anything you can. Business is a team effort. Even if you’re a solopreneur, the rest of your team are your customers. If you aren’t willing to constantly solve problems for them and go above and beyond, you don’t have a business. 

Start small. When you see a piece of trash on the ground that people are walking past, pick it up and throw it away. Overhear someone lost and asking for directions and you know the way? Jump in and help them. Don’t know and have your phone on you? Jump in and offer to look it up.

Give 10x more than you ask

Psychologists call this The Law of Reciprocity. When someone does something nice for you, you have a deep, psychological urge to return the favor. Studies have shown that the return favor often far exceeds the original kind gesture.

Career wise, it’s not about you anymore (at least, yet). You’re solving people’s problems. Giving away your good ideas. Connecting high level people with one another.

You become known as the person that solves problems, helps people, make them look good. Who doesn’t want to work with someone like that?

Whether through donating to charity or the sharing of ideas, successful people have a habit of giving. They know the value of sharing and most believe their success should result in something more than the accumulation of wealth for themselves.

Constantly build Networks

Successful people know the value of exchanging ideas with others through networking. They also know the value of collaboration and teamwork – all of which are likely when you network.

According to author Thomas Corley, successful people know the importance of surrounding themselves with other successful people. Corley says 79% of wealthy (successful) people spend at least five hours a month networking. By contrast, only 16% of poor (unsuccessful) people network on a consistent basis.

Get Organised

Develop systems for anything you repeat often.

That means - e-mails, your work process, your fitness routine, how you reach out to people...everything you do more than once a week. This isn’t just about saving time, but mental energy.

It saves time here and there, but what’s most important is that is has reduces stress levels (raising the quality of the work and my life) and has makes you extremely efficient.

Organization includes planning as well as setting priorities and goals. Create to do lists the night before, and organise the week on Sunday.

some tips here

Take Action

It is important to organize, to plan and to set priorities, but without action, a plan is nothing more than potential.
Successful people act – quickly and often. In addition, although it may sound counter-intuitive, they act (start, anyway) before they feel ready.

While others come up with reasons not to act, successful people take that all-important first step – even if it seems outlandish.

Develop Writing Skills

Become a story teller.

Great writing speaks to the reader. Great writing connects. Great writing feels like the writer is reading your mind.
In order to do any of that, you have to develop an ability to see the world from the reader's perspective. To understand what it’s like not to know something, in order to teach them.

What it really teaches you is empathy.

Improve your Social Skills

Improving your social skills requires you to go out and talk to people. And that’s scary. And because it’s scary, a lot of people don’t do it. And that’s why if you apply your growth mindset and take action mindset, you’ll get an unfair advantage.

Learn social cues. Learn how to start conversations. Learn how to keep a conversation. Learn how to gracefully leave a conversation. Learn how to give feedback. Learn how to ask questions.

Build Relationships

Pay attention to style and appearance

Whether you’re trying to tell a first date you’re someone worth seeing more often, or tell a potential client you’re successful and want to make them successful too, dressing well is a powerful weapon to give you the edge in life.

Take a look at Entrepreneur Neil Patel’s fascinating article How Spending $162,301.42 on Clothes Made Me $692,500

A few great resources to check out: Effortless Gent and Articles of Style.

Create and maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • You’ll have more energy to work harder
  • You’ll live longer 
  • You’ll be less likely to get diseases 
  • You’ll be less prone to injury
  • You’ll be happier
  • You’ll be more attractive
  • You’ll have more confidence


Be a Good Person

Because being a good person is good business.

Reflection on Action 


Empathetic awareness is what makes an authentic person so magnetic. As we share experiences and perspectives, clarity in communication facilitates positive outcomes, and awareness of interests, both internal and external is the basis for that clarity. This is how trust is established and grown.

Empathy fuels connection.

Judgement is rooted in assumption.

To assist is shifting your mindset from one of judgement to one of empathy, here are two template worksheets to be used for reflection - in your personal life editing room - after interactions and scenarios have occurred.

The first part is designed to identify both positive interactions and highlight areas for improvement. The tool explores the nature of the interaction to understand the kind of mindset one is operating in. If found to be falling into judgement, move on to the second part for asking better questions.

Next, break down the situation to fine detail to gain insights that will help shift to the empathetic frame of mind. Explore how reactions affected the outcomes and specifically where in the interaction went “off track.” Repeatedly ask ‘why’ particular circumstances are in play, to discover root causes for behaviours.

The ultimate goal of this tool is to identify themes in the areas where we most likely to fall into judgement, the moments when we fall, and how we can make adjustments to remain in frame of mind of empathy.




developed during MGSM unit "Leadership Transformed" with Dr Peter Fuda


Cover Letter Guide 


Are cover letters absolutely necessary?

Do they even get read?

More and more the answer is No! As one recruiter admitted on Quora:

“Not only do we not usually read them, most of the time we don't even open that attachment or give cover letters a cursory glance. It's such a waste of time. Many companies have even stopped asking for them altogether.”

Cover letters are a bit of a throwback to another era in job hunting where we didn't have Linkedin and Facebook profiles to provide additional information personality beyond the CV to our application submission. In the more modern industries the cover letter is becoming increasingly less relevant.

While an official letter may not be required for an application, the exercise of crafting a letter can still provide a valuable outline and understanding of ones offering to a prospective opportunity. It is essentially a personal branding and marketing exercise where you are illustrating a problem and how you can be the solution. 

This is a digest of information collected from around the web with a few different frameworks and suggestions.



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