This article is brilliant and should be read by all: bookofhook.blogspot.com/2013/03/smart-guy-productivity-pitfalls.html
Then, read these:
Edit: found this gem in the comments:
"The identity recalibration is really the best thing that can happen to you though, IMO. I work with high performers compared to me and that has pushed me to work faster, make better decisions, focus and generally level up. I think a wide swath of the programming world actively seeks to avoid a situation where the identity recalibration is even possible. The others go through that again and again making them better and beter."
I came across your site a few days ago after a friend posted a link to your "What Skills Do You Need to be an Entrepreneur? Only Two" article. While I've read many different blogging sites about similar topics, there was something about your writing that has compelled me to stay on your site and read through dozens of your articles. In fact, of all the sites/blogs I have read, you are the first I have attempted to contact. You seem like a really interesting guy, and you have certainly inspired me.
Anyways, I read in one of your works that you aren't much a fan of small talk (nor am I), so I'll cut straight to my questions:
What are you thoughts on Ayn Rand? Have you read Atlas Shrugged or The Fountainhead? The reason I ask is because a lot of your writing seems to reflect some of the core points of her philosophy, at least on an individual perspective (as portrayed in The Fountainhead). I'm not sure how you feel about her philosophy for a society as a whole, as in Atlas Shrugged.
If you've never read her before, here is a good excerpt of her thoughts on money (to get an idea of what her books are like):http://www.capitalismmagazine.com/economics/money/1826-francisco-s-money-speech.html
So this is what it takes to be world class. I had better get going then. Currently I am reading "The forty rules of Love" around 2 hours a day, I get up and do my prayers then watch an episode of "What do artists do all day" to learn how others work. I draw for an hour and then my four kids start waking up and it's breakfast time. Thankfully it's the end of term.
My studio is any space I can find. I work in the kitchen when I am cooking, in the garden when the sun shines, and in the corridor on the floor when it rains as that is the only space I have that's clear in the house.
My office is my laptop, which I use to research at home and in the local cafes and my inspiration comes from the doodles that I do in my sketchbook as well as the classes I attend.
I love to learn. To read, to write, to draw and to experience new things. Currently I am absorbed in my books and in watching this TV series which is a real eye opener for me.