If you haven’t heard of Netflix’s The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes, I highly recommend you check it out. The show takes viewers to locations around the world to showcase the most luxurious, amazing, and visually stimulating houses ever made. In each episode, host Antonio Ballatore goes inside three different properties and describes them in detail, including their history and the design choices that went into building them.
Learn from your peers
From watching Netflix’s The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes, I learned that it’s important to be open to learning from your peers. No matter how much experience you have, there’s always someone who knows more than you. And, in the world of business, it’s always good to have a mentor.
Sure, we all want to go out and make our own mark on the world, but if you know somebody who has done what you’re trying to do before and is willing to teach you what they’ve learned – take them up on their offer! That way, you can skip over some mistakes that others might have made.
Work with someone who is good at what they do
There’s nothing like learning from someone who is good at what they do. And when it comes to building extraordinary homes, the architects and builders featured on Netflix’s The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes definitely know their stuff. Watching the show, I picked up on one genius tip that I think can be applied to any homebuilding project.
Here’s the tip: when you’re working with someone who is good at what they do, don’t be afraid to let them take the lead. These experts have a wealth of knowledge and experience that you can benefit from, so trust their judgement and let them do their thing.
Improve your writing
One of the things that makes a house a home is the way it is designed and built to suit the specific needs of the people who live there. That’s why, when I started watching Netflix’s The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes, I was immediately struck by the genius of some of the homes featured on the show. What impressed me most about these dwellings is how they were specifically designed to make life easier for their inhabitants.
For example, one homeowner in Mexico City used her building skills to create an invisible toilet that hides away in plain sight in her living room wall! Another couple created a house with three levels instead of two so they could have separate living quarters for their kids and grown-ups. It seems like these designers did not just ask themselves what kind of house would be nice or cool – they asked themselves what kind of place would be perfect for their clients’ lives.
Spend less time on social media
If you want to be more productive, one of the best things you can do is to cut down on your social media usage. Social media can be a huge time sink, and it’s easy to get sucked into the rabbit hole of scrolling through your feed. When you have nothing better to do with your time, this is great; but when you’re trying to make progress on a project or any other task for that matter, this becomes an issue.
When we scroll through our feeds mindlessly, we don’t use our brain in any meaningful way. On the contrary, when we focus on creating something like a blog post (or watching Netflix), our brain is actively engaged.
When we spend less time on social media, not only are we saving ourselves from wasting precious hours each day; but also from seeing hundreds of notifications and messages in which people may not really care about what’s going on in our lives.
Sure there are times where catching up with friends or keeping up-to-date with what’s happening will benefit us in some way (in terms of information gathering) – however these occasions will become less frequent as we establish healthier habits around technology use.
It may seem counterintuitive at first – after all, how can cutting out social media actually help us to be more present? And when many of us feel lonely or sad, isn’t it natural to scroll through our newsfeed looking for comfort? However, research has shown that using Facebook while feeling sad can exacerbate feelings of loneliness and disconnection.
Moreover, by spending less time on social media and choosing instead to engage in activities such as reading blogs like mine (where no comments are possible), or by engaging in conversations with real-life humans – we put ourselves in a position where we can both take advantage of stimulating mental activities and strengthen relationships with others. In doing so, we cultivate emotional intelligence which ultimately leads to greater happiness over the long term.
Think creatively about how you use space
Most of us live in homes that are pretty ordinary. But what if we thought a little bit more creatively about how we use space? That’s what the homes featured on Netflix’s The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes do. And after watching the show, I learned one genius thing that we can all do to make our homes a little more extraordinary.
Have you ever been wondering why there is so much wasted space in your home? Turns out, it’s because most people aren’t aware of all the different things they could be doing with it!
Don’t settle for less
If you want something, go out and get it. That’s the lesson I learned from watching Netflix’s The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes. The homes featured on the show are jaw-droppingly beautiful and unique, and they didn’t come easy.
The homeowners had to fight for what they wanted and refuse to settle for less. When he was designing his own home in Cape Town, South Africa, architect Ralph Appelbaum knew he needed a powerful voice to back him up if he was going to design a home that would make him stand out.
He reached out to artist John Chamberlain who agreed to create an installation as part of the deal. Another homeowner found success by finding creative ways of making money outside of his nine-to-five job so that he could afford his dream house on Mount Desert Island in Maine.
These extreme living spaces were never built by accident and never at a low cost. And even though most people might not be able to afford these types of projects, it’s reassuring knowing that with hard work and creativity anything is possible.
See the details
If you haven’t watched Netflix’s The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes, you’re missing out. The show features some of the most incredible homes from all over the world, each one more jaw-dropping than the last. The one thing that stuck with me though was something that wasn’t even mentioned in the show. There was a group of kids playing in a pile of dirt on their front lawn and for a second it looked like they were just messing around.
But then I realized what they were doing — building something! They were making a sculpture! Even though it seemed like they had nothing to do with anything else in their neighborhood, they still had time to get creative and create something beautiful. It reminded me that every day is an opportunity to get creative no matter what your situation is because we all have time to make at least one brilliant thing happen.