Trump: The Art of the Deal

Trump The Art of the Deal
Trump: The Art of the Deal by Donald J. Trump with Tony Schwartz Read:  2017-07-10, Rating:  6/10. My Notes: Listen to your gut, no matter how somethings sounds on paper You're generally better off sticking with what you know Sometimes your best investments are the ones you don't make Trump Cards: The Elements of the Deal Think Big Protect the downside and the upside will take care of itself Maximize your options Know your market Use your leverage Enhance your location Get the word out Fight back Deliver the goods Contain the costs Have fun Much more often than you think, sheer persistence is the difference between success and failure Good publicity is preferable to bad. But from a bottom line…

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The Way of Zen

The Way of Zen
The Way of Zen Discover how the understanding and practice of Zen can bring peace and enlightenment into your daily life by Alan W. Watts Read:  2017-05-16, Rating:  7/10. Part One:  Background and History 1. The Philosophy of the Tao Taoism Difference between western and eastern thought Intro to self You are who you are now But we define self on past Concrete past Intro to Taoism "Superior work has the quality of an accident" 2. The Origins of Buddhism "Knowing what is not so is often as important as what is." "The function of negative knowledge is not unlike the uses of space" "The value of emptiness lies in the movements it permits or in the substance which it mediates and contains. But…

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Finding Flow

finding flow
Finding Flow The Psychology Of Engagement With Everyday Life by Csikszentmihalyi Mihaly Read:  2017-05-16, Rating:  9/10. Three Sentences from Finding Flow It is the full involvement of flow, rather than happiness, that makes for excellence in life. The happiness that follows flow is our own making and it leads to increasing complexity and growth in consciousness. The first step in improving the quality of life, consists of engineering daily activities so that one gets the most rewarding experiences from them. (This sounds simple but...) My Notes What makes a life serene, useful and worth living? The only path to finding out what life is about is a patient, slow attempt, to make sense of the reality of the past and the possibilities of…

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up
The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo Read:  2017-05-04, Rating:  9/10. My Takeaways This long-winded, repetitive, poetic cult classic (audiobook read by Emily Woo Zeller) could be condensed into a short list. However, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up offers much more than tips for organizing and purging items. Entertaining anecdotes help the reader learn how to let go and appreciate the things we already have. I recommend this enjoyable light read for anyone interested in lifestyle design. Thoroughly donate and discard before organizing. Lay out all items, touch each individual item and ask "does this spark joy?" Tidy up, one category at a time, in sequence:  Clothing, Books, Papers, Komono (miscellaneous) and finally, Momentos Fold, don't…

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The Obstacle is the Way

The Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph by Ryan Holiday
The Obstacle is the Way The Timeless Art of Turning Trials Into Triumph by Ryan Holiday Read:  2017-04-26, Rating:  8/10. My Notes Obstacles are not only to be expected but embraced. Our actions may be impeded... but there can be no impeding our intentions or dispositions. Because we can accommodate and adapt. The mind adapts and converts to its own purposes the obstacle of our acting.  The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way. Are you worthy? Can you get past the things that inevitably fall in your way? Will you stand up and show us what you're made of? Most of us are paralyzed. Whatever our individual goals, most of us sit frozen before the many…

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The Fault in Our Stars

TFIOS
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green Read:  2017-04-02, Rating:  9/10. My Favourite Quotes Depression is not a side effect of cancer. Depression is a side effect of dying. (Cancer is also a side effect of dying. Almost everything is, really.) There will come a time, when all of us are dead. All of us. There will come a time when there are no human beings remaining to remember that anyone ever existed or that our species ever did anything. And if the inevitability of human oblivion worries you, I encourage you to ignore it. God knows that's what everyone else does. Hamartia - a fatal flaw Without pain, how could we know joy? This is an old argument in…

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Thinking, Fast and Slow

Thinking Fast and Slow
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman Read:  2017-03-21, Rating:  5/10. Three Sentence Summary The master of all pop-psychology books, full of rich and fascinating studies, dives into knowing how our two systems, 1. automatic and 2. effortful, shape our judgements and decisions. We have excess confidence in what we believe we know but our minds have an inability to acknowledge the full extent of our ignorance and the uncertainty of the world we live in. A huge thorough book, but unfortunately, my system 2 was too weak to get through this book. Two Systems: System 1 operates automatically and quickly, with little or no effort and no sense of voluntary control. System 2 allocates attention to the effortful mental activities that…

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River Town

River Town
River Town Two Years on the Yangtze by Peter Hessler Read:  2017-03-21, Rating:  8/10. Chinese saw their landscapes differently than outsiders did. I looked at the terraced hills and noticed how the people had changed the earth, taming it into dizzying staircases of rice paddies; but the Chinese looked at the people and saw how they had been shaped by the land. Nothing was quite what it seemed, and that was how life went in those early days, everything uncertain and half a step off. I came to teach at a college that was built on the ashes of the Cultural Revolution, where history was never far away and politics everywhere you looked.    

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life by Mark Manson Read:  2017-02-21, Rating:  10/10. Three Sentence Summary This book will help you think a little bit more clearly in what you're choosing to find important and what you're choosing to find unimportant. It's OK for things to suck sometimes. The idea of not giving a fuck is a simple way of reorienting our expectations for life and choosing what is important. Practical enlightenment as becoming comfortable with the idea that some suffering is always inevitable, that not matter what you do, life is comprised of failures, loss, regrets and even death. My Notes Our culture today is obsessively focused on unrealistically positive…

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The Rosie Project

Rosie Project
The Rosie Project a novel by Graeme Simsion Read:  2017-02-19, Rating:  10/10. Can You Be Too Logical? The Rosie Project takes you on a first-person ride inside the overly logical mind of a genetics professor. In one weekend, I finished reading this thought-provoking, humorous and touching novel. Below are my personal notes from the first half of the book. I highly recommend you read The Rosie Project! My Notes Naturally, the books and research papers described the symptoms of Asperger's syndrome, and I formed a provisional conclusion that most of these were simply variations in brain function that had been inappropriately medicalised because they did not fit social norms - constructed social norms - that reflected the most common human configurations rather…

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