Since taking over TED in the early 2000s, Chris Anderson has shown how carefully crafted short talks can be the key to unlocking empathy, stirring excitement, spreading knowledge, and promoting a shared dream. Done right, a talk can electrify a room and transform an audience's worldview. Done right, a talk is more powerful than anything in written form.
This book is a must for anyone who has something to say, who wants to be able to connect with an audience and who wants to not just be an excellent presenter, but an excellent communicator as well. TED values, beliefs and philosophy is shared throughout the book, skilfully woven in with practical advice on how to prepare and deliver a presentation or talk. Very informative and relevant.
For decades we've been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. "F*ck positivity," Mark Manson says. "Let's be honest, shit is f*cked, and we have to live with it." In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn't sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is - a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is his antidote to the coddling, let's-all-feel-good mind-set that has infected modern society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.
The book's title does it a disservice. Once you get past the gratuitous use of the F word, there is substance and a philosophical message in the book. In a world where inadequacy is the norm, the author guides his readers to narrow their focus to areas of true meaning and to be more accepting of the status quo. Not so good for consumerism, but good for people. Making conscious choices with a perspective that speaks to the individual. Interesting topic discussed in an engaging way.
Start with Why shows that the leaders who've had the greatest influence in the world all think, act, and communicate the same way - and it's the opposite of what everyone else does. Sinek calls this powerful idea The Golden Circle, and it provides a framework upon which organizations can be built, movements can be led, and people can be inspired. And it all starts with why.
With a clear purpose, a well defined and articulated "why", exceptional success of the "how" (product, brand, service, business) becomes possible. The book draws on many examples, most prominently Apple. I found the book interesting in a general kind of way, but it lacks applicability for me. Perhaps I am too much of a "how" person, too execution focused. A good book and worth the read.
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Since the introduction of dietary guidelines calling for reduced fat intake in the 1970s, a strange phenomenon has occurred: Americans have steadily, inexorably become heavier, less healthy, and more prone to diabetes than ever before. After putting more than two thousand of his at-risk patients on a wheat-free regimen and seeing extraordinary results, cardiologist William Davis has come to the disturbing conclusion that it is not fat, not sugar, not our sedentary lifestyle that is causing America’s obesity epidemic—it is wheat.
Our modern day wheat is genetically modified. It is therefore harmful and causes all kinds of diseas. And by the way all other grains have gluten, so avoid them too. Finally even beans and legumes over a 1/2 cup serving are a no no.
I found the reasoning unconvincing. Beyond some observational results which were of interest, the book - for me - did little else than reinforce my beliefs around processed foods and managing blood sugars. I may even moderate my wheat consumption a little. But to demonize wheat to this extent seems extreme and unjustified by the evidence provided.
I was curious about the book, glad I read it. Would not read it again though.
In this highly listenable and provocative book, Dr. Jason Fung sets out an original, robust theory of obesity that provides startling insights into proper nutrition. In addition to his five basic steps - a set of lifelong habits that will improve your health and control your insulin levels - Dr. Fung explains how to use intermittent fasting to break the cycle of insulin resistance and reach a healthy weight - for good.
I am interested in nutrition and holistic preventative medicine. Over the past 2 years I have read dozens of books on these topics. Non of them make such a compelling argument linking obiesty and diabetes to hormonal imbalances and specifically to sustained high insulin levels. The author build a solid framework and this theory and provides convincing reasoning for it. Fasting is offered as a remedy and the unorthodox advice to skip meals when you're not hungry. My only minor complaint with the book is that it doesn't always have an easy flow. Other than that well worth the read.
Whether it's selling your company's product in the boardroom or selling yourself on eating healthy, everything in life can and should be treated as a sale. And as sales expert Grant Cardone explains, knowing the principles of selling is a prerequisite for success of any kind. In Sell or Be Sold, Cardone breaks down the techniques and approaches necessary to master the art of selling in any avenue.
Grant lives up to every stereotype of an old fashioned, high pressue, slap on the back, loud and overbearing sales guy out there. He delivers his message with remarkable energy and conviction. The truth of his points is indisputable, taking ownership of personal performance, treating customers with the respect and care they deserve, driving forward towards growth and success and maintaining a pace and drive that outpaces everyone else. With such a mindset and attitude, success is inevitable. I enjoyed the book.
Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.
The book has good theory and content. It covers self fulfilling prophecies, it states that you will manifest what you focus on, that God exists and will guide you if you are open to his guidance. All well and good. I'm sold.
What I found irritating is the way the author speaks, which I sometimes found to feel incencere and fake. Reminds me of someone I worked with in the past and her mannerisim which also irritated me back then. So maybe it's my emotional baggage getting in the way. Secondly, the painstaking avoidance of referring to God. The author talks about the "universe". If you are looking for the creators help, then use his name. God.
Other thank this gripe, a good book and I did enjoy and benefit from it.
In this book Bill Burnett and Dave Evans show us how design thinking can help us create lives that are both meaningful and fulfilling, regardless of whom or where we are, what we do or have done for a living, or how young or old we are. The same design thinking responsible for amazing technology, products, and spaces can be used to design and build your career and your life, a life of fulfillment and joy, constantly creative and productive, one that always holds the possibility of surprise.
The book dives into the application of design thinking to having a deliberate approach to our life plan. Not a prescriptive approach, a curious, inquisitive approach which incorporates prototyping, moving quickly on from failure, commiting to options in an intelligent and methodical way. A well written book, discussing an appealing discipline applied to life as a whole.
"A well designed life, is a life well lived"
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Jack Welch knows how to win. During his 40-year career at General Electric, he led the company to year-after-year success around the globe, in multiple markets, against brutal competition. His honest, be-the-best style of management became the gold standard in business, with his relentless focus on people, teamwork, and profits.
Mr. Welch lead one of the largest and most successful companies in the world. Listening to his book it is clear to me why and how he reached the success he did. Charismatic and full of energy he drives home his point with great candor. Discussions around what the boss wants (competitiveness), differentiation, his 70/20/10 performance management approach, work life balance, dealing with crisis and many more. Well with the time to read it and I will very likely go back to it many times in the future. An excellent book!
Despite constant efforts to declutter your home, do papers still accumulate like snowdrifts and clothes pile up like a tangled mess of noodles?Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever.
I am a minimalist when it comes to paper and clutter in my office, but felt intrigued by the subject of this book non the less. The author provides practical advice on being conscious of the "stuff" we allow into our lives. She guides us through the process of reducing the noise and distraction this "stuff" demands from us. I found the ideas of inanimate objects having energy and of expressing gratitude to the objects roles in our lives very interesting. A Great, easy and entertaining read.