**spoiler alert** I really disliked this book at first but stuck with it and was pleasantly surprised. The reason I almost gave it up was that it seem**spoiler alert** I really disliked this book at first but stuck with it and was pleasantly surprised. The reason I almost gave it up was that it seemed to be just a bunch of snippets from an interview of the author rather than a well written book. After getting over that it was actually really easy to listen to and understand.
Flow is being completely immersed in what you are doing and while in the state of flow a person can find their greatest enjoyments. Mihály Csíkszentmihályi ...more
Title:Drive Author:Daniel Pink Notes: Motivation 2.0 is based on carrot and stick. This is where most of business is stuck; with the belief that peoplTitle:Drive Author:Daniel Pink Notes: Motivation 2.0 is based on carrot and stick. This is where most of business is stuck; with the belief that people must be rewarded or punished for them to perform well.
Pink introduces us to motivation 3.0. He provides three elements of motivation 3.0. Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose. An example of autonomy among motivation 3.0 companies is a ROWE system. ROWE is a Results Only Work Environment. They rely on having the right people that are motivated to do the work that needs done because they love doing it not because they are paid to do it. Pink adds that being paid is essential but only to the level that meets the employees basic needs. He defines people who are motivated this way as Type I or intrinsically motivated. They are able to complete their work on their own schedule, in the office or at home with no set PTO or other management needed. Type I's are able to perform better in a ROWE due to the lack of worry they need to put into their personal life's needs.
How does one find a Type I? You may have heard that Zappos offers all of their recent hires a bonus of $2k for leaving the company after their initial training is complete. This is a tactic that identifies any extrinsically motivated people, Type X, and also weeds them out from the Type I's. Anyone taking the cash offer must not be motivated by the intangible benefits that working for Zappos may provide....more
This was a pretty good book that had great ideas on how to live a happier life. The overall message is that success doesn't breed happiness like we haThis was a pretty good book that had great ideas on how to live a happier life. The overall message is that success doesn't breed happiness like we have been conditioned to believe. The author defends his belief that happiness leads to success and I think he has very solid evidence that proves this.
Some things I remember:
Belief alone in someone's ability to succeed has a strong impact on that persons success.
Write down three good things that happened to you each day.
Send an email of gratitude each day to someone at work or home.
Social interactions are the strongest positive factors in our happiness. Ironically, they are the first thing to go when we become overwhelmed with work or other life stresses.
If you want to change or create a new habit make sure you place it into your path of least resistance. The author states that there is a 20 second rule. If it takes more than 20 seconds away from our path of least resistance, we are not likely to make the effort. Author attempted to use will power alone to create a habit of practicing the guitar. He made it to day four before giving up. He tried again, putting the guitar next to his couch where he would sit every day after work and watch TV. He completed his 21 days in a row goal after shifting the guitar INTO his path of least resistance.
Using this same method, the author explains how to break a distraction or bad habit. One example was from an exec that always got distracted by his email. He set up a goal for the exec to only check his email once an hour. They deleted all desktop shortcuts to outlook and buried the only access inside many sub-folders. This got the exec over the 20 second path of least resistance rule to the point where he was able to avoid the distraction.
A great book for understanding how to improve happiness in our lives and some of the common mistakes we make that hinder our happiness. ...more
The book had a lot of great examples of industry leaders and others who have smartcut their way to success. The author obviously isnt saying that thisThe book had a lot of great examples of industry leaders and others who have smartcut their way to success. The author obviously isnt saying that this is an easy way to success but that if you learn to work hard in the right way, then you can become successful in a more efficient way. I learned a lot that I had forgotten or never knew about Elon Musk and it was cool to hear his SpaceX story.
The author returns to an analogy about momentum many times so I will include it here. For example, when you try to swing across the monkey bars it is pretty easy to get from one bar to the next if you keep moving. If you stop at any point, however, it is much more difficult to ever reach that next bar. We are reminded to never lose momentum in our goals and to prepare ourselves for any moment of extreme propulsion in that momentum so that we can harness it properly. When we are prepared and catch the right wave (another surfing analogy) we gain success that others fail to achieve.
This was a great book. It actually has made me take action and try to achieve some goals I have set for myself. More importantly, it has directed me tThis was a great book. It actually has made me take action and try to achieve some goals I have set for myself. More importantly, it has directed me to what those goals should be. For example, as of 9/3/2014, I have ten consecutive days of waking at 5am to work on my personal interests and development. I have also taken on time blocking so from the hours of 5am-7am I focus only on these projects, no distractions allowed, not even email during this time. Only 56 days to go and I will have a solid habit formed according to the author. At this 66 day mark the effort and will power needed to continue making it happen will be very minimal. The author explains that once the habit is formed we can focus our will power on creating the next habit. Will power should be reserved for creating habits not just doing things we should do. We have a limited amount of will power and when it is focused on creating habits it is used most efficiently.
The author states that there is an action where 20% of your effort can create 80% of your results, classic Pareto, this will be your ONE thing and the hard part is figuring out what this one thing will be and focusing on doing it. Use the focusing question, "What's the ONE thing I can do such that by doing it, everything else will be easier or unnecessary?" to help. I don't know that I have found my overall ONE thing yet but I have discovered some smaller areas I can improve that are getting me on the right track. Some of the areas where I use the focusing question are: Spiritual Life, Physical Health, Personal Life, Key Relationships, Job, Business, and Financial Life.
I use the author's tool to keep me accountable and see the results of my efforts. It includes reminders and access for an accountability team to help. ONE thing tracker Its not perfect but its a great resource!
The author describes so much more than what I can here and I would pick this up if you are like me and looking for some good focus and direction....more
It was a great book that made me want to study stats again. I especially liked thinking over and discussing the Monty Hall problem that was included.It was a great book that made me want to study stats again. I especially liked thinking over and discussing the Monty Hall problem that was included. At times, I thought I had it figured out and other times I couldn't grasp it fully. It is definitely one to read again....more
It was a great intro to d3.js. I had to figure out with some help how to connect to some live data via php as that wasn't included. I say intro becausIt was a great intro to d3.js. I had to figure out with some help how to connect to some live data via php as that wasn't included. I say intro because I am still looking into learning much more about different charts that can be created using the library. It is a good place to start if you want to learn js data visualization....more
This was great book and very well written. I didn't realize how little I knew about WWII in the Pacific and the author did a great job of teaching meThis was great book and very well written. I didn't realize how little I knew about WWII in the Pacific and the author did a great job of teaching me many things about it. The layout of the story was excellent, providing a history of each of the flag raisers then bringing them all together during other battles or training before landing on Iwo Jima together....more
I enjoyed reading this and finding a method for saving without having to give up most of it to big G. It is a great idea as it is currently untaxed buI enjoyed reading this and finding a method for saving without having to give up most of it to big G. It is a great idea as it is currently untaxed but I would expect that if it grows in popularity, partially because of this book and any others out there advocating it, it won't be flying under the radar forever. ...more
Not too excited about the title, especially pulling it out on the bus. I couldn't have expected much more though with the author being from a marketinNot too excited about the title, especially pulling it out on the bus. I couldn't have expected much more though with the author being from a marketing firm. It had a lot of good information about data analysis as it pertains to finding and retaining your most profitable customers though. It begins with how to find and use the data you most likely already have. Then it gets into marketing using data and allocating spend which was too far from the actual analysis for me but I enjoyed the rest. I especially enjoyed the info on breaking down a customer and determining how to find similar customers whether they were profitable (retain) or non-profitable (let go)....more
I was able to attend the launch of this book and Earl is a great speaker. His writing lived up to those speaking skills as well. Earl compels the readI was able to attend the launch of this book and Earl is a great speaker. His writing lived up to those speaking skills as well. Earl compels the reader, a potential business owner or long-time entrepreneur to look deep inside their respective companies and the personal reasons for ownership. His mission statement is "To help entrepreneurs realize their dreams through business ownership." This book is one tool that he is using to accomplish this mission. So far it has made me think a lot about the startup I am working with and how to make it more successful. I have even followed his advice and am filling out the exercises included in each chapter. These help the reader/owner focus on what is most important for the business at any of its potential stages. I will have to get back and update this review with what I have found to work and what I am still struggling with once I have some results. ...more