Category Archives for "books"

master a skill

The Art of Learning & How to Master a Skill

This book, "The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance", is not the ultimate guide to learn how to learn, but a journey. Josh’s journey mastering chess and later in his life mastering Tai Chi (a Chinese martial art). Based on his experience he offers valuable advice on how to master a skill! 

Joshua Waitzkin won the U.S. Junior Chess championship two times, and won several other chess competitions during his career.

As an adult, he learned Tai Chi and won several US National medals and also won a champion title (Taiji Push Hands in 2004).

I didn’t know exactly what to expect from this book, but I can say it was a nice surprise.

Even though the book focus mostly on the author's career and life, he teaches valuable lessons on how to master a skill.

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choose yourself

My Notes on Choose Yourself by James Altucher

I’ve been listening to James Altucher podcast lately, and because he is such an interesting human being, I decided to read one of his books: Choose Yourself : Be Happy, Make Millions, Live the Dream.

This book covers some important moments of his life. He talks a lot about the way he messed up everything in his life more than 3 times.

Choose Yourself in Tough Times

Those were dark and difficult moments, when he lost everything he had. He lost his wife. He lost friends. And also money and jobs. 

I really admire the author for having the courage to tell us his story. His human story. Because just like all of us, he made a ton of mistakes.

I’m glad I read this book, because sometimes we think about really successful people as some sort of “perfect heroes”, who know exactly how to be successful without much effort. Heroes who were simply lucky in life. Heroes that make no mistakes at all.

That’s not true, of course.

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the creative habit book review by twyla tharp

My Notes on The Creative Habit by Twyla Tharp

I started reading The Creative Habit because of Chase Jarvis recommendation. 

He wrote a blog post where he shared a list of 6 books that "will make you more creative". I chose The Creative Habit to read because the title was already a lesson! And when the title is a lesson, you know the rest of the book will be great!

Twyla Tharp, is a great American dance choreographer, that produced more than 130 dances.

Inside Creative Habit I learnt a lot about dance and Twyla experience with creating choreographies which I found really interesting.​

As you can imagine, creating choreographies requires constant creativity.

But what is creativity for Twyla?

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gave my books

Why I Gave My Books Away – Marie Kondo’s Method

I really love to read! But recently, I decided to gave my books away.

When I was a kid instead of sleeping with toys, I would sleep with my favourite book.

I remember reading that same book more than 5 times, and that was my favourite book to sleep with.

Even though some years passed, my passion for reading didn’t change a bit! I still read and buy a considerable amount of books! Actually, if you want to gift me, a book is always a good choice!

Two years ago, my main goal was to “collect” a lot of books, so later I could build an enormous library. But my perspective changed!

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purple cow book review

My notes on Purple Cow by Seth Godin

I’ve recently found a very interesting book: Purple Cow written by Seth Godin.

Seth Godin is a bestselling author of 18 books, a marketing expert but mostly: a very interesting person.

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The Productivity Project

My notes on The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey

Recently I finished a great book: The Productivity Project, by Chris Bailey.

This book is a collection of the most valuable lessons Chris learnt during his one year of productivity experiments.

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