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Book Review: “Mark Zuckerberg: Ten Lessons in Leadership”

I was sceptical that “Mark Zuckerberg: Ten Lessons in Leadership” by Michael Essany would be worth reading, but decided to give it a go anyway. It isn’t a large book, but the documentary style works well and I found it in fact contained good practical advice including inspiration to get out there and make a difference, leveraging mentors, getting started, focusing on the idea first and details later and many other great pearls of wisdom.
The key points I noted were:When popularity supplants passion at the forefront of the entrepreneur’s mind, the likelihood of success rapidly diminishes. Live your regular life and just try to build stuff that matters. The most successful entrepreneurs of tomorrow will be those who take to the next level that which we have today. If you want to be the next Steve Jobs, you're not required to invent anything in order to do that. You simply have to listen, observe, and innovate. Young entrepreneurs are notorious for idolizing the wrong people. You…

Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway

"Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway" by Susan Jeffers contains lots of good practical advice, such as the power of eliminating negativity and pessimism from your vocabulary, taking responsibility for your reactions, how to have a balanced life, and many other great pearls of wisdom.

Here are some of my key take aways: All you have to do to diminish your fear is to develop more trust in your ability to handle whatever comes your wayThe only way to get rid of the fear of doing something is to go out and do itNot only am I going to experience fear whenever I'm on unfamiliar territory, but so is everyone elsePushing through fear is less frightening than living with the underlying fear that comes with a feeling of helplessness. Before you take any action in life, ask yourself: "Is this action moving me to a more powerful place?" If it isn't you will think twice about doing it.Begin eliminating the terribles, can'ts, problems, struggles and so on from your vocabul…

Book Review: How To Have Confidence And Power In Dealing With People by Les Giblin

"How To Have Confidence And Power In Dealing With People” by Les Giblin had been sitting on my bookshelf for years and I was expecting it to be an over the top sales book so had put off reading it, but I was so wrong and now wish I had read it years ago. This is a superb book that has lots of great advice, good examples and is well written. I also really appreciate the short recap that each section has at the end summarising the key points.

Book Review–“Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ” by Daniel Goleman

I found “Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ” by Daniel Goleman to be quite an academic (and at times scientific) view of emotion that includes some good story-telling. It started very dry but I found it got more engaging about 60 pages in. I found the book to be more focussed on describing emotional intelligence as opposed to providing much guidance about how to improve your emotional intelligence. Despite this, I did however find that it contained a wealth of interesting information. My key takeaways were:We have two minds (rational and emotional) that typically operate in tight harmony. Anger builds upon anger; the emotional brain heats up. Distraction is a highly powerful mood-altering device. This is due to the fact that it is hard to stay angry when you’re having a pleasant time. Thoughts are associated in the mind not just by content, but by mood. People have what amounts to a bad-mood thoughts that come to mind more readily when they are down. While cryi…