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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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What stops people from having the life they want?

My answer, based on what I learned from The Willpower Instinct Willpower is a mind-body response, not a virtue. It is a biological function that can be improved through mindfulness, exercise, nutrition, and sleep. Willpower is not an unlimited resource. Too much self-control can actually be bad for your health. Temptation and stress hijack the brain's systems of self-control, but the brain can be trained for greater willpower Guilt and shame over your setbacks lead to giving in again, but self-forgiveness and self-compassion boost self-control. Giving up control is sometimes the only way to gain self-control. Willpower failures are contagious—you can catch the desire to overspend or overeat from your friends­­—but you can also catch self-control from the right role…

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