So Good They Can’t Ignore You

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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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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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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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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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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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Ego Is the Enemy

Ego Is the Enemy
Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday Read:  2017-02-15, Rating:  8/10. Everyone should read this book because, for everything that comes next, Ego Is the Enemy. A really quick read full of anecdotes from Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, John DeLorean, Malcolm X, Jackie Robinson, Marcus Aurelius, Richard Nixon and Genghis Khan. My Takeaways Stay Humble Stay a Student Don't Tell Yourself a Story My Notes An unhealthy belief in our own importance. Arrogance. Self-centred ambition. "Not me," you think. For people with ambitions, talents, drives, and potential to fulfill, ego comes with the territory. Precisely what makes us so promising as thinkers, doers, creatives, and entrepreneurs, what drives us to the top of those fields, makes us vulnerable to…

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If you had one last breath and the entire world was listening to you, what would you say?

Take a long deep breath and reflect on the life I've had. Nothing else matters. The world might be listening, but honestly, the people of the world wouldn’t care what I would have to say. Smile and Breathe. Quora: If-you-had-one-last-breath-and-the-entire-world-was-listening-to-you-what-would-you-say ?

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Influence

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Influence The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini Read:  2016, Rating:  10/10. READ THIS BOOK BECAUSE IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE. My Keep Notes: Commitment and Consistency Get them to write it down - commitments such as from vp to get more headcount Don't let people commit public ally if you want to influence Idea: get people to write they are committed to customers Pin them down, then have them say he commitment instead of pinning them down - even if it doesn't work, they will feel more guilty Effort commitment such as Jewish Bar Mitzvah Or fraternity initiation and pledges Action: Get people to write down things you want them to do Active Public Effort full No must take…

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The Power of Habit

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The Power of Habit Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg Read:  2016-12-28, Rating:  7/10. Entertaining and practical introduction breaking down the formation of habits and the three-step habit loop. Long and detailed case examples throughout the book. I will definitely re-read the first couple chapters again. My Notes: "In some sense... a community is a giant collection of habits occurring among thousands of people that, depending on how they’re influenced, could result in violence or peace." "...once you see everything as a bunch of habits, it’s like someone gave you a flashlight and a crowbar and you can get to work" "...there’s nothing you can’t do if you get the habits right." Larry…

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What are the best blogs for improving one’s thinking?

I’m not sure if they are the best but I currently follow: Derek Sivers (great book summaries too) Scott Adams' Blog (lots of recent posts about Donald Trump) Brain Pickings (long form exploration and discovery) The 4-Hour Workweek (entertaining podcast) Sam Harris (deeper topics podcast) https://www.quora.com/What-are-the-best-blogs-for-improving-ones-thinking

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