The Power of Positive Thinking is a classic book about how the right perspective can change your life. I must admit that I was a bit skeptical about rThe Power of Positive Thinking is a classic book about how the right perspective can change your life. I must admit that I was a bit skeptical about reading this book because it was a classic and it was a bit too esoteric for my taste. I was surprised to find out that this is actually a very religious book about the power of prayer and self-affirmation. Apart from self-development, this book can be easily be qualified as a Christian/Religious book. I really don't mind this being a Christian/Catholic myself I strongly relate to the situations in this book. There were times when strong and fervent prayer was the only thing I could do when facing adversity. However, there were times when I felt like rather than recommend practical solutions, it would have you go to 'cuckoo-land' where everything is alright. It was kind of a chore to read sometimes because of this. This is a not a book for everybody especially for non-Christians, but the change in perspective is an excellent suggestion. ...more
I have always admired Brian Tracy's works because of how direct and simple he delivers his message. He details his steps one by one as if you are readI have always admired Brian Tracy's works because of how direct and simple he delivers his message. He details his steps one by one as if you are reading a manual. Which is great in most instances but it does get annoying. But what's good about this book is that its a very easy read. It tells you cold hard facts that are black and white.
For Brian Tracy there is no middle ground, no excuse in discipline and success. This is something to be admired because most self development books usually sugarcoat the truth. But an interesting thing about this work by Tracy is that he points out that in every achievement there is a price to pay. This is a universal truth for success in all areas.
Reading this will not make you successful. But applying it will! Which is in reality really really hard. This is the truth that we all must face in life. Reading this book made me realize how diligent and focused you must be to succeed in life. If there is one idea that is most insightful in this book is the way Tracy defined discipline which is "...the ability to do what you should do, when you should do it whether you feel like it or not".
Overall it is a wonderful read with a lot of insightful ideas on how you can apply self-discipline in every aspect of your life....more
Influence is a highly insightful book that teaches the various factors of persuasion and influence. Its a great book that you will never regret readinInfluence is a highly insightful book that teaches the various factors of persuasion and influence. Its a great book that you will never regret reading. As someone who works in sales, it has changed my perspective on marketing and sales tactics. I can say that I am more aware now of how many use these strategies in selling their products. I can even say to an extent that I am a little bit paranoid of these strategies on me (lol). As a result when buying products I often question the utilitarian purpose of everything. I often ask myself do I really need this stuff? Or am I just conforming to the strategies of influence. Overall its a welcome read for any business person looking to get into sales, or to the average joe who just wants to be more aware of these influence tactics....more
I'm really not a fan of books that were specifically written for young adults especially because it has a reputation for being shallow. But this bookI'm really not a fan of books that were specifically written for young adults especially because it has a reputation for being shallow. But this book is an exception. The fault in our stars tells the story of star-crossed lovers who find themselves in difficult situations because of their affliction with cancer. We see their romance blossom amidst this predicament. But what I like about the story is that it does not focus too much on their diseases. Albeit it focuses on how they use their limited time to discover themselves and their love for each other. Its tragic romance novel without being too mellowdramatic. Which how I feel with real life romance vs how romance is portrayed in the media The only complaint I have is that it feels like I'm reading a script instead of a novel. The excessive use of dialogue feels very unnatural. But overall I would easily rank this book one of the best romantic novels I have ever read. I would recommend it not only for young adults or teenagers who want to die giggling, but to everyone....more
I read this book at darkest time in my life. I felt so lonely I fell into a deep depression. In addition, my grandmother was dying and eventually passI read this book at darkest time in my life. I felt so lonely I fell into a deep depression. In addition, my grandmother was dying and eventually passed away and I got fired from my job due to inappropriate behavior. I was so depressed that I was at a point where I was about to commit suicide.
It was fortunate that one of my coworkers noticed my depression so she gave me this book. She also referred me to a pastor at a local church.
I was brought up as a Catholic most of my life. I went to a Catholic school and I went to church often. But I didn't really establish a personal relationship with God. Most of the time I participated because it was a routine and I wanted to avoid the guilt of not participating in church.
This book brought me back to my roots as a Christian. It made me realize how lucky I was to receive to God's gifts. Although I can't say that I am and will be problem-free (no one ever is!), there is still a deep happiness within my heart because I know I am not alone. As I read through the book chapter by chapter it made me realize that God has a wonderful plan for my life. He is molding me to carry out his mission and his love on this earth. It made me start a relationship with my creator. That is why I consider this book as a treasure.
Some people might find this book to be too biased to Christian view. But that's why I like it! It takes a stand of faith in a time when secularization seems to be the trend. I have nothing against secularization and being at the "present moment" but all of that is nothing without faith. That's also the reason why it's missing a star. It's not a book for everybody. Those who would want to explore the Christian faith should not make this a book to start with because it some people might be culture-shocked by the one dimensional view. We all have the freedom to say what we want to say, believe what we want to believe. I commend the author for stepping forward and standing up for his convictions.
But overall this is a good devotional to read (my first devotional). It can be a bridge for God to dwell in one's life. It also has a cliched commercial side to it (almost every book does!) that some people might not like. Although it takes the Christian perspective of things heavily, it makes Christians like me go back to faith and delve deeper into a relationship with God.
Robert Greene's 48 Laws are a revelation to anyone who reads it. It takes you to the mind of the greatest generals, sociopaths, connivers and schemersRobert Greene's 48 Laws are a revelation to anyone who reads it. It takes you to the mind of the greatest generals, sociopaths, connivers and schemers the world has ever seen. Greene makes it exciting by weaving in historical events in his stories which helps him prove his laws. But I refuse to believe that these are fixed laws that cannot be broken. There are several things that he doesn't consider. I find some of his laws conflicting one another. I also find it appalling that this book somewhat lacks moral precedence. But like what Greene said, the game of power is amoral and should not be judged based on someones intentions rather the results of ones actions. This is a reality that everyone must face in the world of power where everyone sets aside his own moral principles, and do anything and everything for gaining power. The most important principle that I've learned from this book is that in the real world we are not judged by our good intentions, but by our actions. This is perfect for anyone who wants to move upward in the corporate ladder or in social status. Overall it is a good read and I would recommend it to anyone who is willing to set aside thinking about morality and wants to think about reality that there are some people, especially in business, who are ruthless and cunning and they would do anything to gain power and influence over you.
This book reminds me so much about my childhood for some reason. Its an incredible feeling that I always want to revisit. It makes me want to go backThis book reminds me so much about my childhood for some reason. Its an incredible feeling that I always want to revisit. It makes me want to go back to childhood. The 'magic' that's being talked about is what I interpret as selfless love. ...more
"Between stimulus and response is our greatest power-the power to choose."
"Seeking to understand requires consideration; seeking to beFavorite Quotes:
"Between stimulus and response is our greatest power-the power to choose."
"Seeking to understand requires consideration; seeking to be understood takes courage."
"I do not agree with popular success literature that says self-esteem is primarily a matter of mind set, of attitude-that you can psyche yourself up into peace of mind. Peace of mind comes when your life is in harmony with your true principles and values in no other way."
There have been many self-help books that have emerged throughout the market. However most of them only provide you quick fixes and temporary band-aids just to momentarily ease the pain by telling you what to hear. There are a few books that really compel you to take your life into perspective and look at it in a deeper meaning. This book is one of those. It makes you really contemplate your functions and goals and helps you integrate that into your whole life. Instead of just telling you what to do it instead helps you make a paradigm shift so that you can transcend your situation and look at it in a totalitarian view.
Most importantly, it shows its readers that balance is the key. Balance in interpersonal and intrapersonal aspects are key for effectiveness. But more important is the fact that you know what you want to balance in your life. It begs the questions, "What is important?", "What are my current functions in society?", "How does this affect my environment?"
I know that some people are not very in to self-help books. But I believe that this is not a self-help book. Rather I think its a self-realization book. As what the title says its only for effective people, not successful people. And if your goal is effectiveness rather than efficiency, then this is for you. But I caution every reader that you must be open-minded when reading this book, or else you will not fully grasp its essence.
All in all its a great book. No wonder the university, and many other organizations highly recommend this book to their people. But what really struck me about this book is that it made me realize one thing: to be effective and efficient you must ultimately do the right thing, that is to say with your conscience. It is fundamental in every aspect in each ones life. Anyone can achieve so-called "success". However, to be in harmony with everything in the universe is to live not only a successful independent life but also a successful interdependent life....more
In this fast paced world, we often bury ourselves with the urgency of things. Deadlines, projects and to-do lists often constitute most of our busy liIn this fast paced world, we often bury ourselves with the urgency of things. Deadlines, projects and to-do lists often constitute most of our busy lives. We often confuse efficiency for effectiveness and this ultimately leads to unfulfilled lives in other endeavors.
First things first tries to break that illusion. Through organizing and planning, integral action and through evaluation of our daily lives it compels its readers to be more effective rather than efficient. It weighs the difference of between important and non-important through its exhibited charts that makes its readers see the bigger picture.
In addition to its familiar self-help concepts, it brings something new to the table. It compels its readers to make a paradigm shift from superficiality to a principle-centered perspective. What makes it different from other conventional self-help books is that it not only tells you what you want to hear and what your suppose to do. Rather, it wakes your conscience up to what is good and it makes you realize the goodness that is already within you. It argues that the only thing that will give you success with a sense of inner peace is when you have intentions that will promote your good and the good of others. It makes people awaken to the reality that we live an interdependent reality in which people and relationships are put ahead of deadlines and meetings.
All in all this is a great book. Not only does it do good as a recreational book, it also gives us the tools to live life effectively rather than efficiently. Its overall message that made it a winner: balance in everything....more
"The childish and savage taste of men and women for new patterns keeps how many shaking and squinting through kaleidoscopes that theyFavorite Quotes:
"The childish and savage taste of men and women for new patterns keeps how many shaking and squinting through kaleidoscopes that they may discover the particular generation requires today."
" Do not stay to be an overseer of the poor,but endeavor to become one of the worthies of the world."
"What I observed of the pond is no less true in ethics. It is the law of average."
"We would be blessed if we lived in the present always , and took advantage of every accident that befell us, like the grass which confesses the influence of the slightest dew that falls in it; and did not spend our time in atoning for the neglect of past opportunities, which we call our duty."
"God himself culminates in the present moment, and will never be more divine in the lapse of all the ages."
In this ever growing culture of consumerism many people become slaves to their own pleasures, buying item for item never considering what consequences this may do to them and to nature. We cannot deny that it is indeed inevitable for massive industrialization to happen in this modern society. However, frugality seems to have been a lost value in all modern societies around the world today. Even the once simple east is now changing its values to cater to the demands of consumerism.
Life seems to be much easier today. With all the comforts that are within our reach, it is indeed very easy to just sit back, relax put your laptop, pc or ps3 in front of you and be lost in these worldly things.
More than a century ago one man challenged the emerging of the industrial era. Henry David Thoreau immersed himself in a research that would disprove the value of this so called "modern" lifestyle. During his immersion he wrote criticism on these various malpractices. He emphasizes the importance of a natural environment that is without any modern machinery or luxury. He blended himself with the wild and the outcasts that live in the woods near Walden.
Although he might sound too self-righteous at times, he gives us valuable insight on things that are still true to this day. He challenges us to live frugally and as he says, deeper than Walden. It humbles me to find out that he traded his lucrative career as a professor to live isolated. It is truly fascinating to me how he lived alone in the woods away from society. Not only did he study nature around him but he also studied his own being.
I don't know if he is in to the new age stuff but if he was he would probably one of the great spiritual teachers today. It is so easy to read all of his realizations but to see it is another thing. I wish I could fathom something as beautiful in these times. I mean the silence and the stillness that he experienced is truly one of a kind especially in these days.
All in all Walden is an amazing book that records one mans experience in the midst of silence and stillness around him. It truly helps anyone in the midst of poverty (especially me because I'm in a 3rd world country) to appreciate the more unworldly things around himself and to realize not only the stillness that is within nature but to feel the stillness that is within himself.
" The more sorrow that is carved in your being the more joy you can contain"
"Work is love made visible"
These are just some of my favorite quotes of th" The more sorrow that is carved in your being the more joy you can contain"
"Work is love made visible"
These are just some of my favorite quotes of this book. Those who appreciate poetry will really love the direct approach in which Gibran states his message. Its as if he is speaking directly at your soul. I never really appreciated poetry before but after reading this book I found a sense of fulfillment within my soul. Its as if my soul was fed. I loved the direct approach in which he wrote this book.
This is so perfect when you are reading it in the beach or in some picturesque place. Although there may be some repetitive patterns in his writing, the message is what captivated me....more
"At the bottom, you see that we are not homo sapiens after all. Our core is madness. The prime directive is murder. What Darwin was too polite to say"At the bottom, you see that we are not homo sapiens after all. Our core is madness. The prime directive is murder. What Darwin was too polite to say , my friends, is that we came to rule the earth not because we were the smartest, but because we have been always been the craziest, most murderous motherfuckers in the jungle." - Jordan, p. 206
Although the first few chapters were highly exciting and exhilarating, Cell tends to wear down during the ending chapters, resulting in an anti-climactic ending that really infuriates any reader.
In the opening chapters, King presents us with an epic pandemonium of weird and violent occurrences that brings readers a compelling reading. However, as the story wears down and eventually the repetitive plot is revealed. Traveling, staying to eat, dreaming about the raggedy man blah blah blah.
We all know that for one to have a good novel characters must not be overly described. However, the way King describes these characters were too vague. This results in characters becoming laughable and forgettable, at best.
For the record this is the first King novel I've read. And the title "master of horror" seems not befitting for this kind of storytelling. I was so frustrated with the anti-climactic, unclear and unsatisfying conclusion that I wanted to burn the book. But I know this is not the only S.K book out there. And it is clear this is not one of his masterpiece.
In the end, so many questions are unanswered and unsolved. This leaves you looking for more pages just to find the remaining answers and the satisfying conclusion you so desperately crave....more