Top 10 books, top 10 movies, top 10 sayings, to 10 learnings..
A lot of top 10s float around on the web, in the dying weeks of the year. I used to compile my own, but nowadays I don’t have the time. I kind of like the books and movies lists, since you end up discovering a gem or two.
There are other posts that I don’t relish so much, most have to do with leaving the year behind, quasi-motivational stuff and usually cheesy statements on love life and sometimes the lack of it.
So, from the genuine ones, here are a few further below. But before that, here is a random sample from the whole load of books that I read this year.
Mother Tongue – by Bill Bryson
The 10 Stories Great Leaders Tell – by Paul Smith
Work Rules! – by Laszlo Bock
Pulse – by Julian Barnes
After the Quake – by Haruki Murakami
The Singularity is Near – When Humans Transcend Biology – by Ray Kurzweil
The Fourth Turning – by William Strauss & Neil Howe
Men without Women – by Haruki Murakami
How to Take Over the World – by Ryan North
Onto the posts!
Reframe Your Day
“Instead of feeling that you lost the day after a bad morning,
Reframe each day as 4 quarters:
If you blow one quarter, just get back on track for the next one.
Fail small, not big.”
1 million seconds = 11 days
1 billion seconds = 31 years
We all admire people like Warren Buffet.
But he’s 91 years old.
No matter how much money you have, you can’t buy another billion seconds.
Willpower is Overrated
Successful people don’t have more willpower.
They build systems to make hard things easier to do.
1% better every day for a year = 37,778% gain
1% worse every day for a year = 97% loss
Your daily actions create your future.
The Path Not Taken
Obsess over the past and you forget to invent your own future.
Comparison is the Joy Thief
“To improve, compare little things
• marketing strategies
• exercise technique
• writing tactics
To be miserable, compare big things
• career path
• net worth
Comparison is a teacher only when applied narrowly.”