This punched me in the gut from page one. Sort by , , or. The editor of the column is Nils Petter Gleditsch. Maybe this was an editing mistake - that the exact same points are made over and over and over and over - often with the exact same words, sentences, even paragraphs. Anything else you might have to add, especially from that book, would be great. When to give to charity, what restaurants to choose, what insurance to buy, etc.
I liked the point of considering the downside of the internet, instead of only the positives. Mine was self-developed haphazardly, so it was fascinating to read the refined developed original. Half of it was super-inspiring, painting a vision of the future that made me want to jump on it. Using the most up-to-date techniques and insights, and a unique emphasis on getting the sounds correct first. Among saints and mystics, he makes use of Ambrose, Augustine, and Thomas, as well as of Benedict, Ignatius, John of the Cross, and Thomas à Kempis.
Inspired the hell out of me. Even those that prefer not to read much. But they give a great glimpse into an approach to life: Doubt, challenge, and most importantly: test everything. But the historical perspective helped explain some core aspects to the culture. Found it very hard to finish. Very instructive, but also good perspective like how until the industrial revolution, there were no employees: everyone was freelance.
Been thinking about it for weeks afterwards. Great metaphor of a rider on the back of an elephant. Strange mix of history and philosophy. Trying hard to resist my natural inclinations, then, and to provide at least a modicum of balance, I devote this column to a handful of recent examples. Often due to circumstances and early opportunities, but really comes down to the fact that it takes about 10,000 hours of hard work to master something. My proposed replacement version can be found in my user sub-space, here:. I read it first in 2003 before I was taking book notes, so I read it again now to take notes.
Makes me want to learn French. He also catharticly details his own painful injuries in every chapter. You'll also find quizzes, discussion questions and suggested reading lists to enhance your understanding of the material. If you need a role model or inspiration for thinking big, this is it. Obviously made from copy-n-paste with his other books about German, Spanish, Russian, etc.
Amazing and inspiring, you can read the whole thing in 90 minutes, then get to work! Gives an approachable overview of past philosophies and shows how they apply to your life today better than the harmful pop-self-help-positivity stuff. The stuff I preach is like a cute casual intro to the real deal: the Lean Startup methodology. Mostly fundamentals I had heard before, but put in a very energetic go-do-it way. Shame, because I thought it was going to be about teaching the lay-person the importance of programming. It does not have the same format of prayer, but it has the same virtue of distilled wisdom, showing that theology has everything to do with real life.
Very inspiring, and sparks a lot of further discussion. He writes with artful simplicity, his prose both beautiful and lucid. Extremely thoughtful, but occasionally abruptly concludes with an unsupported point. Skip the final section on his governor days. Is Kaup a twenty-first-century Palladius? I wish I was an expert at this. Makes me want to write a novel. Example: Empires of Light: Edison, Tesla, Westinghouse, and the Race to Electrify the World -- Link to , , ,.
Absolutely adored the opening of this book, about discipline. And I confess to a taste for the obscure: microhistories of nuns and recoveries of lost cities exercise a perhaps unhealthy attraction for me. I loved the distiction between the industrialist and the artist, as it helped me give a term for something I'd experienced: not being able to relate at all to those who just want to grow business for business' sake, whereas I always saw my business like a creative art project. Not just what but why! It made a big impact on me then. Inspiring counterintuitive stories of huge organizational change against all odds.