The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking

The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking
The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking by Edward B. Burger and Michael Starbird Read:  2018-01-29, Rating:  9/10. This book offers thought-provoking ways to provoke thought. I know quite certainly that I myself have no special talent. Curiosity, obsession and dogged endurance, combined with self-criticism, have brought me to my ideas. —Albert Einstein Understand deeply: Don’t face complex issues head-on; first understand simple ideas deeply. Clear the clutter and expose what is really important. Be brutally honest about what you know and don’t know. Then see what’s missing, identify the gaps, and fill them in. Let go of bias, prejudice, and preconceived notions. There are degrees to understanding (it’s not just a yes-or-no proposition) and you can always heighten yours. Rock-solid…

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Little Bets

Little Bets
by Peter Sims Read:  2018-01-19, Rating:  5/10. You can't put into a spreadsheet how people are going to behave around a new product. Jeff Bezos will say David Galenson Two types of Innovators: Conceptual - Mozart, bold new ideas, breakthroughs early in life Experiential innovation - experimental, iterative, trial and error, persistence, accept failures and setbacks Entrepreneurs and MBA trained managers use two different approaches when doing something new Experiment Play Immerse Define Reorient Iterate Cofounder Bill Hewlett loved to make what he called small bets to uncovered unpredictable opportunities Calculator HP35 Seasoned entrepreneurs will tend to determine in advance what why're willing to lose rather than to calculate expected gains. Affordable loss principle The subject of affordable losses highlights…

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One Small Step Can Change Your Life

the kaizen way
The Kaizen Way by Robert Maurer Read:  2018-01-07, Rating:  7/10. using very small steps to improve a habit, a process, or product using very small moments to inspire new products and inventions A journey of a thousand miles must begin with the first step.” —Lao Tzu Kaizen and innovation are the two major strategies people use to create change. Where innovation demands shocking and radical reform, all kaizen asks is that you take small, comfortable steps toward improvement. These strategies include: asking small questions to dispel fear and inspire creativity thinking small thoughts to develop new skills and habits—without moving a muscle taking small actions that guarantee success solving small problems, even when you’re faced with an overwhelming crisis bestowing…

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How Not to Be Wrong

The Power of Mathematical Thinking
The Power of Mathematical Thinking by Jordan Ellenberg Read:  2018-01-02, Rating:  6/10. I wanted to like this book, but some concepts are explained in brief and others are strung out without conclusions. The title is misleading. This book is more about the power of mathematical thinking than how not to be wrong. My Notes: WHEN AM I GOING TO USE THIS? Math is a science of not being wrong about things, its techniques and habits hammered out by centuries of hard work and argument. With the tools of mathematics in hand, you can understand the world in a deeper, sounder, and more meaningful way. ABRAHAM WALD AND THE MISSING BULLET HOLES A mathematician is always asking, “What assumptions are you…

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So Good They Can’t Ignore You

So Good They Can't Ignore You Cover
Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love by Cal Newport Read:  2017-12-16, Rating:  8/10. The Four Rules: Don't Follow Your Passion - Passion Is Rare. Importance of Skill - Most any work can become the foundation for a compelling career. Importance of Control - Enthusiasm alone is not rare and valuable and is therefore not worth much in terms of career capital. Importance of Mission - A good career mission is similar to a scientific breakthrough—it’s an innovation waiting to be discovered in the adjacent possible of your field. Rule #1 Don't Follow Your Passion Steve Martin quote, “so good that they can’t ignore you.” The “Passion” of Steve Jobs The Passion Hypothesis The key to occupational happiness is…

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Born to Win

Born to Win
Find Your Success Code by Zig Ziglar Read:  2017-11-27, Rating:  7/10. Three Repeated Sentences: You are born to win, but to be the winner you were born to be, you have to plan to win and prepare to win; then and only then can you expect to win. You can change who you are, and what you are, by changing what goes into your mind. You can have everything in life you want, if you just help enough other people get what they want. My Notes: Winning doesnt come without work, but focusing on the proven steps and processes to winning will allow the journey to be faster and a ton more fun. Two works and a phrase Identity and…

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The $100 Startup

The $100 Startup
The $100 Startup Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future by Chris Guillebeau Read:  2017-11-27, Rating:  6/10. My Thoughts: Good starting point for entrepreneurs, broken down for an easy read, full of short stories, similar to The 4-Hour Workweek My Notes: You just need a product or service, a group of people willing to pay for it, and a way to get paid. A better way is to give people what they actually want, and the way to do that lies in understanding something very simple about who we are. Get this point right, and a lot of other things become much easier. Ask three questions for every idea: a.How would…

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Made to Stick

made to stick
Made to Stick Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath and Dan Heath Read:  2017-10-15, Rating:  6/10. Urban Legends are: Simple Unexpected Concrete Credible Emotional Stories My Notes: The Curse of Knowledge. Once we know something, we find it hard to imagine what it was like not to know it. SIMPLE What we mean by “simple” is finding the core of the idea. We know that sentences are better than paragraphs. Two bullet points are better than five. Easy words are better than hard words. It’s a bandwidth issue: The more we reduce the amount of information in an idea, the stickier it will be. Proverbs are the Holy Grail of simplicity. Finding the core and expressing it…

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Mindset

Mindset Book
Mindset The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck Read:  2017-8-3, Rating:  8/10. Plenty of stories demonstrating growth mindset and fixed mindsets, with main points summarised at the end of the chapter. Many suggestions on how to recognize and show interest in efforts and choices. CHAPTER 1: THE MINDSETS Whether human qualities are things that can be cultivated or things that are carved in stone is an old issue. Believing that your qualities are carved in stone—the fixed mindset—creates an urgency to prove yourself over and over. This growth mindset is based on the belief that your basic qualities are things you can cultivate through your efforts, your strategies, and help from others. The passion for stretching yourself and sticking…

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