What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20
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What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20

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Major life transitions such as leaving the protected environment of school or starting a new career can be daunting. It is scary to face a wall of choices, knowing that no one is going to tell us whether or not we are making the right decision. There is no clearly delineated path or recipe for success. Even figuring out how and where to start can be a challenge. That is, u...more
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Published May 12th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published April 14th 2009)
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Shankar Ganesh
Tina quotes many examples of entrepreneurs and tells us how they manufactured their own luck by working hard. The very first lesson that you'll learn from this book is that you needn't have huge money to start an enterprise - just a cool idea and you can start working on your own. She tells us you can create wealth from almost nothing.

The book becomes quite less interesting towards the middle, because she keeps on describing one successful person after another but you can still read it.

It would...more
Tina Seelig is a dynamic presenter and an inspiring teacher of innovation and entrepreneurship who believes that all learning should be experiential. This little dynamo of a book will get your creative juices flowing if you are 14 or 74! I walked around the house reading bits to my family. It is the next best thing to sitting in on one of Dr. Seelig's Stanford classes. It will leave you asking....how can I get in on one of her classes! A wonderful Christmas present for many on your list and a fu...more
Theerasak Maneeneim
ทีน่านำประสบการณ์ส่วนตัวและการสอนที่ ดี สคูล (มหาวิทยาลัยแสตนฟอร์ด) มาเล่าให้เราฟัง วิธีคิด ไอเดีย นวตกรรมมากมายสามารถออกมาจากตัวเราได้หากเราไม่ยึดติดกับความรู้เดิมๆ พื้นที่ปลอดภัย มากจนเกินไป ความล้มเหลวเป็นส่วนหนึ่งของความสำเร็จ ... อย่ากลัวที่จะทำมัน ... เรื่องราวและความคิดดีๆ มากมายอัดแน่นอยู่ในหนังสือเล่มนี้
Tina Seelig's inspiring and insightful book resonates with many of my thoughts and worries at the moment. Being 20 years old, also dealing with uncertainty and a future out of focus, and I'm very glad to have received these precious advice early on in life. As I reached the end the book, I found myself with even more knowledge about life and myself.

A few memorable things of mine:

1. The key to success is not dodging every bullet but being able to recover quickly.
2. If you throw gasoline on a log...more
Dave Emmett
I expected this book to be more “list-ey” but fortunately it wasn’t. Instead there’s a bunch of short chapters with specific lessons that encourage entrepreneurship (in the broad sense, not the start your own business sense). Essentially, it all boils down to that point; give yourself permission to be good at whatever it is you’re doing, to do better than you are asked to do, and to help others more than you expect help in return.

Overall, it was good; Tina uses a lot of examples from people she...more
Ghassan Dardas
A beautiful experience with the authors long list of experiences in her life. Making your place in this world comes from within yourself, you just have to have the courage to get out and claim it.
This book was a bit more business oriented than I expected. Some parts were a bit repetitive and there were more than a few times where I was like, "Okay, I get it. You teach at Stanford." But interesting real-life stories, lessons and ideas to consider. AND I found some golden nuggets of information and advice:

"We can challenge ourselves every single day. That is, we can choose to view the world through different lenses -- lenses that allow us to see problems in a new light. The more we take on...more
One of the most interesting, inspiring, motivating and useful books I've read. I really enjoyed reading it all, and longed for the time I'm back to it.

The book is full of inspiring stories which makes the author's ideas clear.

I'll quote part from what the the author wrote in her last chapter of the book:

"I easily could have titled all the previous chapters "Give Yourself Permission". By that I mean, give yourself permission to challenge assumptions, to look at the world with fresh eyes, to exper...more
I found this to be an easily-accessible and inspirational book for those needing a push to re-frame their mindset about life changes and risk-taking. There are many examples of Stanford's d.school program assignments that teach students to think outside the box, and while I felt like merely a spectator reading what are undoubtedly hands-on exercises for learning, I still came away with the follow-your-passion and nothing-ventured-nothing-gained message. These examples are reinforced with tales f...more
Trixie  Ricablanca
What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 by Tina Seelig (Book Review) Title: What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20Author: Tina SeeligRatings: 5/5

If you are going to ask me who is my new favorite author now, it would be Tina Seelig. I read the first 30 pages of this book in about 20 minutes and I knew by then, I won’t be putting this book until I finish it.

I love her writing style. Simple yet very educational. I felt like she is actually doing a lecture as I read it.

Her simplicity in presenting the ideas make...more
Brad Feld
Solid advice for anyone in college

The title matches the book nicely. if you are 18 - early 20s and interested in a solid dose of Silicon Valley life philosophy then this book is perfect for you. some of the stories are well known and others are very valley centric, but Tina Seelig does a good job of weaving her own personal experience, stories, and friendships into a good philosophy of life book aimed at someone just discovering themselves as an adult.
The title of this book doesn't quite do it justice ... it is more about opening yourself to seeing and addressing problems creatively and taking initiative in your life. It has quite a few nuggets, including some activities from Stanford that sound quite entertaining (anyone ever right a failure resume?). I would describe it as an easy weekend read for a bit of extra motivation and reflection in your life.
สร้างแรงบันดาลใจ ทดลองให้คิดนอกกรอบ ช่วยวางแผนการใช้ชีวิตวัยทำงานได้ดี เลิกคิดถึงข้อจำกัดทางการเงิน วางแผนที่จะรับมือกับปัญหา ใครกำลังสับสนกับชีวิตว่าเอายังไงดี. ลองหามาอ่าน อาจจะได้อะไรๆ ใหม่ ๆ บ้าง อิจฉาเด็กสแตนฟอร์ด ที่มีหลักสูตรดีๆ อย่างนี้ให้เรียน เพราะชีวิตไม่ใช่การซ้อมใหญ่ คุณมีโอกาสเพียงครั้งเดียวที่จะทำให้ดีที่สุด :)
Excellent anecdotes. Some of the advice is kinda contradictory (you should quit early...but if you stick in there, maybe you can fix it) and the message is always kinda the same (take opportunities! blah!), but I was inspired nonetheless.
Семь ключевых мыслей
1.Учит проблемы воспринимать как возможности.
2.Мы сами выбираем как воспринимать окружающий мир и наши достижения зависят от нашего отношения
3.Школа задаёт модель не имеющую ничего общего с правилами по которым живёт реальный мир
4.Успешные компании появляются лишь за счёт концентрации на поиске решений важных задач с энергией присущей миссионерам
5.Для большинства успешных людей дно любой ямы, в которую они падают потерпев неудачу, покрыто не бетоном, а резиной
6.Организации д...more
This is a fun book that definitely gets your creative juices flowing for seeing opportunities out there. A quick read.
Emily Miethner
This was the perfect book to read during my transition from college to the "real world."
[Tina Seelig: What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20, paperback, 1st ed. 2009, 195 pages]

I just gave myself a wonderful, inspiring gift luckily before turning 21 :)
This book is full of inspiring stories about men and women who achieved success and great results in their entrepreneurial lives, and what we need to learn from them. I haven't set a 'clear' plan with certain goals for my life yet, but after reading this book I found that before doing so I have to know that the best and lucky moments in lif...more
Aaron Maurer
I have not posted about the books I have been reading and realized it is time to share some great titles with you.

Today I would like to suggest that you read this book by Tina Seelig. Tina is quickly becoming another one of my favorite people who I go to for information, new ideas, and fresh perspective. This book has been around a few years, but it is not one to miss.

I always know I have a book of greatness when I have to stop highlighting and just fold the corner of the pages because there is...more
Jay Connor
Apr 18, 2010 Jay Connor rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: jess.hudak@gmail.com
Tina Seelig is someone you would love to spend some time with. In her class, on her team, in her audience: you’re sure it would be worthwhile. And her “What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20” only suffers because you want to be with her longer…giving her the time to expand on some of her observations and lessons.

Like Dr. Seuss’ “Oh The Places You’ll Go,” Seelig’s book will be a great graduation present. (Don’t Tell Patrick!) And perhaps its quick-read, quick-absorb format is perfect for the audiences...more
*The road to success is not lined*

Although the target audience for this book is entrepreneurs, its contents are on target for anyone wishing to pursue possibilities. With interesting case stories and conversational text, _What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20_ convincingly conveys how "the most interesting things happen when you get off the predictable path, when you challenge assumptions, and when you give yourself permission to see the world as opportunity rich and full of possibility."

It's hard n...more
Li Zhineng
First of all, I would like to thank the author that I am so glad to read it before I am 20. Solid advice for anyone in college and the stories in it are absolutely inspiring and interesting. What I wish I know when I was twenty? Embrace problems, uncertainty, challenge the assumptions and question the rules, showing appreciation and never miss an opportunity to be fabulous and so on. One of the tips is very useful for me, write down a failure resume. It can always remind you that do not make the...more
Tina Seelig is the kind of people you love to hear story from. With the gumption of following her passion and confounding other's expectation, she graduated with of a PhD of neuroscience but opted for a management career path and successfully became a "fabulous" entrepreneur. As she mentioned in this book, she always encourages her students to "never miss a chance to be fabulous". In this book "What I wish I knew when I was twenty" she told stories of how she and amazing people she met becoming...more
Being 20 right now, I picked up this book on a whim at the library and I am glad that I did, because it was very inspiring! The author, Tina Seelig, is a professor at Stanford University, and writes about many inspirational experiences that she has had with her students and vice vera. Her whole book is pretty much about thinking outside of the norm to find creative ways to solve everyday problems. Each chapter had a theme that was accompanied by multiple examples of successful people in the cor...more
Jacob Portes

I felt somewhat unsatisfied after finishing this book, and I realize that there were a few things that really bothered me:

1. Tina Seelig's writing style is really simple - so simple, in fact, that it made me feel dumb. Of course I understand that the book is a "self help" book, and that "self help" books are often written in a simple style, but still! I would have expected a book by a Stanford professor to be slightly more intellectual. And the book is supposedly an international bestseller


A fast read on creativity in business and life. Heavy on extended anecdotes, so it didn't lend itself to highlighting, unfortunately. A few kindle quotes:

However, the team that generated the greatest profit looked at the resources at their disposal through completely different lenses, and made $650. These students determined that the most valuable asset they had was neither the five dollars nor the two hours. Instead, their insight was that their most precious resource was their three-minute pre...more
Buku yang terdiri dari 10 bab pendek ini berisi tentang kumpulan anekdot menarik yang dikumpulkan oleh penulis. Sebagai seorang pengajar mata kuliah Entrepreneurship di Stanford, tentu saja sebagian besar isi buku ini berkaitan dengan entrepreneurship. Inti pesannya pun cukup jelas: jika ada masalah, ubah itu jadi kesempatan, dan raih kesempatan itu.

Sangat cocok untuk dibaca bagi mereka yang butuh sedikit pencerahan dalam meniti karir atau memilih fokus studi, tapi akan sangat berguna bagi merek...more
Silvana Gagu
Here are some ideas from the book that I enjoyed the most:

"It is much more comfortable to stay locked in a role that's "good enaugh" than to reach for an alternative that has a higher degree of uncertainty"
"It is worth questioning rules along the way.Sometimes side roads around the rules can get you to your goal even when the traditional paths appear blocked"
"The interesting things often occur when you are open to take un unexpected turn, to trying something different, and when you are willing t...more
Tie Kim
This is arguably one of my favorite nonfiction reads of the year. Several years ago I remembering listening to a podcast on a lecture that Tina Seelig gave at Stanford. At the time, I didn't realize she was in the midst of researching and writing this book. I so thoroughly enjoyed this book that I bought several copies for friends, family, and interns at our company. There are countless pearls of wisdom contained in this brief volume including:

* Be a T-shaped person: Someone with a depth of know...more
Leonidas Kaplan
Summary: A hind-sight look at entrepreneurialism and how it can be taught and developed within the early adult life (ie. college/university students).

Several examples included competitions that gauged the creativity of the students, ultimately stretching the boundaries of what was thought possible (imagine converting a $5 into a $600 return, without even using the $5).

Further emphasis is placed on personal development and awareness, as well as the 'fail until you succeed' concept.

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Tina Seelig is the executive director for the Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP), the entrepreneurship center at Stanford University's School of Engineering. STVP is dedicated to accelerating high-technology entrepreneurship education and creating scholarly research on technology-based firms. STVP provides students from all majors with the entrepreneurial skills needed to use innovations...more
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“There's a big difference between trying to do something and actually doing it. We often say we're trying to do something-losing weight, getting more exercise, finding a job. But the truth is, we're either doing it or not doing it.” 24 likes
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