how to become a polymath

I recently read a post which stated that the days of the polymath are numbered. A polymath (Greek: πολυμαθής, polymathēs) is a person of wide knowledge or learning, one whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas.

But this definition applies to everyone today, right?

Politics, world affairs, human rights, economics, stock markets, business, productivity, motivation, solving crime – everyone knows about everything. Is the polymath really dying?

source: Times Union

Do you know the lady in the above photo? (credit)

No? Well, you should.

She is Bonnie St. Johns.

Bonnie was sexually abused between ages two and seven. At age five, doctors amputated her leg. She got an artificial leg and had to learn to walk again. Her mother was a single working woman, and the family was stuck in poverty. Bonnie said they always had ‘month at the end of money’.

simplicity vs complexity

We live in interesting times.

Complex is simple, and simple is dauntingly complex. We applaud intricacy, and scoff at simplicity. The latter has no place in this modern, technological sound world.

Yet, achievers – the giants among men – worship simplicity with undying fanaticism. Dive deeper into the lives of maestros, and you’ll find they produce work at astonishing levels by following simple techniques.

how to help someone with depression or other mental health issues


This hashtag starts trending each time we hear someone succumbed to depression or mental health disorders. Up go videos, social media updates, newspaper articles, blog posts, and more.

But like other horrific events, these tragedies make the headlines for a few days before they lie forgotten.

You hate reading about it, don’t you? Why did they give their lives up? Life, which is precious and rare! It may not be a bed of roses. Hell, it may have a hundred thorns for every rose. Yet, it’s beautiful. And they gave it up.

how successful people are different from the rest

‘Success’ is probably the most lusted-after term today. Everything else, we believe, follows it. Wealth, love, sex, fame and happiness.

The media hypes success. But it doesn’t show what occurred behind the scenes. Rarely, if ever, do we hear about the struggles, trials and tribulations of achievers. We think they had it easy, and we can too.

The truth couldn’t be farther.

how to read more books in less time

“Man’s mind, once stretched by an idea, never regains its original shape.” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

Admit it.

You enjoy reading books. You want to read more often. But you’re always stretched for time with more important (read urgent) tasks. As a result, the time you spend reading is about ten percent of what you want to.

On the other hand, wildly successful people incorporate reading as a mandatory part of their daily routine. Warren Buffett reads 500 pages a day. Bill Gates reads one book each week. Oprah discusses her favorite books with readers each month in the popular “Oprah’s Book Club 2.0”. Stephen King reads for a whopping five hours a day. In fact, he’s been spotted reading at Red Sox games too. When Elon Musk was asked how he learned to build rockets he answered, “I read books.”

find more time be more productive

More time? MORE TIME?

Am I crazy? You can’t even finish your existing tasks. How will you find more time? How will you be more productive?

Each morning, you wake up with the resolve to make the most of the day, to be more productive than yesterday. But when the day ends, you wonder where it went. When you reflect, your realize how much time you wasted. This wastage, you discover, is why you didn’t do many important things.

Tomorrow will be different, you promise yourself. You’ll buckle up and use your time meaningfully. You’ll complete important tasks which will make you feel happy. You will find time to do everything that’s important to you.

how habits are formed

When the announcer said his name, he stepped on the starting block and then stepped down, like he did before every swimming race. He swung his arms three times, like he had done before every race since he was twelve. The, he stepped on the block and took his stance. When the gun went off, he dived.

Instantly, he knew something was wrong. Moisture seeped inside his swimming googles. He hoped things wouldn’t turn bad. But by the third and final lap, he couldn’t see anything. Water had filled his goggles.

It was the 2008 Olympics held in Beijing. Most swimmers would panic if they lost sight during an Olympics race.

what people who are not creative lack

It’s nice,” my mother said in response to a mind map I drew. That’s her most generous appreciation of my work. A “nice” from my mother for my work is equal to a “wow” from others.

“It’s nice,” she said. “You apply what you learn. But I can’t do this.”

“Why not?” I asked, fully aware of what I would hear.

“I’m not creative enough.”


She shrugged and walked away. Apparently, she was in no mood for my pseudo-deep talks. But why doesn’t she feel creative?