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What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20: A Crash Course on Making Your Place in the World

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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 HarperOne (first published April 14th 2009)
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Friscomama That would be a yes, and a no. I don't aspire to entrepreneurship, but I am finding it a helpful read, and will be recommending it to others. Knowing…moreThat would be a yes, and a no. I don't aspire to entrepreneurship, but I am finding it a helpful read, and will be recommending it to others. Knowing productive ways to look at failure, for example, is something that I certainly wish I knew when I was twenty.(less)
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Rosie Nguyễn
Aug 04, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is not only for twentysomething. It's for who is having questions about their life path, their work, relationships and other things. Containing the basic life lessons that we may forget in our vicious and routine days, reminding us to be excellent, to do our best in life and get what we want. The author's voice is humble and open, with her stories shared in the book just like a talk between friends.
Hatem Shawkat

كثير ما سمعت مفتاح النجاح هو الشغف، ولكن ذلك غير صحيح، تحتاج أن تعرف موهبتك، وما انت جيد به حقًا! تخيل لو كنت شغوفا بشيء ولكن لست جيدًا فيه! الشغف ليس كافيًا.. تخيل لو كنت جيد وشغوف بشيء ولكن السوق المحلي لا يدعمه إذا الشغف والمهارة كلاهما ليسا كافيين. ما نحن شغوفين به يمكننا ان نحوله الى هواية ولكن ما نحن جيدين به هو مصدر رزق لنا. إجعل هدفك أن تحصل على وضيفة لا تصدق أنهم يدفعون لك مقابل عمل شيء ان تحبه وتعشقه، إجعل كل يوم عمل كأنه يوم تسلية، لأن الشغف هو وقودك.
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
Oct 11, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
ای کاش همهی دانشگاهها به دانشجویان تازهورودشان کتابی مفید هدیه میدادند.این کار دانشگاه شریف شایستهی ستایش است.

به پیشنهاد دوستم کتاب "ای کاش وقتی 20 ساله بودم میدانستم" را خواندم.اوّل که اسم کتاب را شنیدم ، خیلی جذب شدم.امّا کتاب بیشتر به جنبههای کارآفرینی میپردازد و این عنوان کلّیتر به نظر میرسد.

یکی از ویژگیهای کتاب ، مثالهای فراوان آن است که تفهیم موارد گفتهشده را روان میکند امّا نکته اینجاست که مثالهای آن در جامعهی ما نیست در نتیجه بعضی از آنها برای ما ملموس نیستند.

به نظر من نسبت حجم کتاب به م
Aljazi Al-Maghlouth
كتاب تحفيزي، مليء بالتجارب التي تُحكى على لسان المُحاضرة والدكتورة في علم الأعصاب “تينا سليج”، تينا كمحاضرة في جامعة ستاندفورد، تعطي طلابها مهام والمطلوب منهم حلها والتحدث عن التجارب المستفادة منها، ولكن المهام كانت مسلية وإبداعية. تثبت كيف تغلبوا على الحظ من خلال العمل الجاد، كيف يمكن أنك لا تحتاج المال لتبدأ في ريادة الأعمال بل أفكار واضحة. كيف تتخطى مخاوفك وتعانقها.

ففي ألو مهمة تم تقسيم الطلاب إلى مجموعات، وتم إعطاء كل مجموعة خمس دولارات فقط، والمطلوب: هو إستثمار هذه الدولارات وجعلها أكثر في
Nastaran Heydari
امروز تمومش کردم. امروز آخرین روز از بیست سالگیمه و این کتاب امروز تموم شد. به نظرم یکی از مفیدترین کتاباییه که خوندم و خوشحالم که این کتاب رو دارم. نکاتی که تو این کتاب بهشون اشاره شده واقعا نکات ارزشمندیه. مخصوصا فصول "چاشنی اسرار آمیز دره سیلیکون" و "مهندسی فقط برای دختران است" و "از اعتبار و نیکنامی تان مراقبت کنید" . آموزه های ارزشمندی دربا ره روابط و رفتار با آدم ها و نحوه عکس العمل نسبت به شکست های خودمون و دیگران داشت و چیزایی که واقعا مهم هستند ولی در طول زندگی آدم کمتر بهشون توجه میکنه ...more
Amirmohammad Ghorbani
بهترین قسمت کتاب برای من، وقتی بود که در صفحهی یکی مانده به آخر، به موضوع ابهام و بلاتکلیفی و عدم دوست داشتن آن رسید. موضوعی که برای من بسیار جالب و قابل تأمل است. در مجموع، به نظرم کتابی خوب و با ترجمهای مناسب است. در میان بازار این روزها، کتابهای روانشناسی و موفقیت و کسب و کارِ "بازاری" به غایت زیاد شده است. کافی است نگاهی به عنوانهای کتابها بندازیم. از موفقیت در ... روز تا زبان بدن در ... دقیقه. سخت است میان این کتابها، کتابهای خوب در این زمینه پیدا کردن. اساس این کتاب، تغییر مدل ذهنی است و ب ...more
Oct 13, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 can I get in on one of her classes! A wonderful Christmas present for many on your list and a fu ...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.
Dave Emmett
Apr 20, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: advice, 2010, vpl
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
Yuliya Skripnik
May 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Хорошая книжка, емкая, без воды, много историй. О том, что самое интересное начинает происходить, когда вы сворачиваете с предсказуемого пути, бросаете вызов устоявшимся предположениям и разрешаете себе видеть все безграничные возможности окружающего нас мира.

Пять интересных мыслей из нее, которые больше всего понравились:

Проблемы — это слитки золота, которых горы. Найдите один, решите проблему, придумайте как это монетизировать. И все дела.

Все самые крутые вещи происходят, когда ты делаешь что-
Thi Nguyen
Aug 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nếu tôi biết được khi còn 20
Thì cuộc đời có thực sự khác ???

Và tôi biết được khi còn 19, và thậm chí tôi còn bị khủng hoảng trầm trọng hơn nữa. Giống như một con bệnh đã kháng thuốc rồi, tôi chìm đắm trong những cảm xúc tiêu cực và trầm cảm trong một thời gian dài. Không muốn làm gì, không muốn đi đâu, chỉ muốn ở nhà gặm nhấm nỗi buồn và sự cô độc.

Nói vậy thôi chứ cuốn sách này có nhiều ý tưởng rất là hay, đặc biệt là phát triển bản thân theo hướng "T-shape". Tức là có kiến thức chuyên môn
Theerasak Maneeneim
ทีนานำประสบการณสวนตัวและการสอนที ดี สคูล (มหาวิทยาลัยแสตนฟอรด) มาเลาใหเราฟัง วิธีคิด ไอเดีย นวตกรรมมากมายสามารถออกมาจากตัวเราไดหากเราไมยึดติดกับความรูเดิมๆ พืนทีปลอดภัย มากจนเกินไป ความลมเหลวเปนสวนหนึงของความสำเรจ ... อยากลัวทีจะทำมัน ... เรืองราวและความคิดดีๆ มากมายอัดแนนอยูในหนังสือเลมนี
Oct 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best books I ever read in my life
Inspirational and motivational I liked every story and took many quotes . Life is all about experiencing and learning.
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
اغلب آدم در اطراف خود کسانی را دارند که مدام توصیه میکنند از مسیرهای معروف پیشرفت در جامعه که از پیش تعیین شده است جلو بروند. دلیلشان هم بیشتر امنیت شغلی و آرامش روانی است، اما در واقع آنها توصیه میکنند که قدرت تصمیمگیری را تعطیل کنیم و به جای تفکر و تصمیم، هر روز به دستورالعملی که برایمان تعریف شده عمل کنیم. این کتاب برای کسی که میخواهد گامهایش را فراتر از چارچوبهای محدودکننده بگذارد توصیههایی عالی دارد.
"من به آسانی میتوانستم عنوان تمام فصلهای این کتاب را «به خودت اجازه بده» بگذارم. منظورم این
#كتاب / #what_i_wish_to_know_when_i_was_20
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كتاب ممتع وجميل ، ولكنه تقليدي ، قرأت الكثير من الكتب التي تتحدث عن قصص النجاح والتي يكون دورها الألهام فقط ، ربما لهذا وجدته تقليدي في السرد و الفكرة ، هذه الكتب أشبه بالإستماع لأحد مقاطع " اليوتوب" المحفزة وبالخصوص TED !

مناسب ك " سناك " أثناء السفر ، خفيف ولا يستدعي فائق التركيز ، تستطيع قراءته في قطار أو طائرة ، سوف يلتهم الوقت بسرعه ، شيق نوعاً ما ، رغم أنه تخللني الملل خلال بعض الفصول عندما أصبح السرد مكرر !

أحب قرأت هذا النوع
Chihaya Furu
Dec 31, 2016 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
This book is a huge disappointment and a waste of time.
The author expounds on common sense and draws simplistic conclusions about life.
The narrative is disorganized, jumping from groundless personal conclusions to random examples drawn from impersonal experiences, each chapter includes multiple different aspects of life and superficial advises that do not tie together under a unifying theme.
The title of the book is strikingly misleading, as the content does not relate to what she "personally"
ای کاش وقتی 20 ساله بودم میدانستم

خب اسم کتاب خیلی کامله و خوشحالم که قبل 20 سالگی خوندمش
کتاب جذاب بود و مسالههایی که در طول کتاب مطرح میشد چالش برانگیز بود

Jun 24, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
це така гіпержиттєрадісна мотиваційна книжка, і я рада повідомити, що вона частково вмотивувала мене не піти сьогодні на латину.
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To tell the truth, this kind of motivational books are not my favorite but certainly, this book was strong enough to break this rule. First, the history of the author will catch your eyes (Tina seelig, neuroscience Ph.D. Stanford School, the executive director of the Stanford Technology Ventures program and professor in Stanford's then you'll start the book and sense the pure enthusiasm of the author herself about the subjects. It's clearly like a mother who wants to instruct her child ...more
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's such an amazing book that really helped me now. Recommend everyone.
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
با کتاب خوب ارتباط بر قرار کردم. از خوبی کتاب ساده و واقعبین نشان دادن تفکراتش بود. دقیقتر بخوام بگم، اینکه بعضی از کتابهایی ازین دست (رشد شخصی) بیش از حد فرد رو تهییج میکنه و بعد از مدت کوتاهی داغی متن و تاثیرش از بین میره. ولی این کتاب اون هیجان و شتابزدگی رو نداشت.
طراحی جلد و پشت جلد به شدت مزخرف هست و اصلن قرابتی با نسخه اصلی نداره و هر کس کتاب رو دستم میدید احساس میکرد ازین مجلات تبلیغاتی هست!.
قطع و اندازه قلم متن کتاب هم اصلن مناسب نبود. کتاب رو باید از نزدیک خوند و اکر یکم حساس باشید سری
Jun 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nora by: Maria
It is the first time that a book influences my decision directly. Since I
read the example on 96th page when I was in the same situation. It teaches me to not turn opportunity down and stop making assumptions.

The author says:"learning from others can significantly reduce your failure rate"
Truly, there is a lot to learn from this book, but what stands out in my mind is to embrace problems instead of avoiding them and look at them differently. In the same way, it is impossible to avoid failure, bu
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.
Apr 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
بر خلاف عنوان و طراحی جلدش، از این کتابای زرد نیست که صرفا حرفای مثبت و حالخوبکن میزنن. بلکه واقعا یه چیزایی رو به آدم اضافه میکنه. بهخصوص درباره ورود به بازار کار و کارآفرینی.

طی چند فصل با کمک خاطرات و مثالهای متعددی که از خودش و موسسان کمپانیهای معروف میاره و یا تمریناتی که به شاگردان خودش داده، چند تا از اصول و ضروریات کارآفرینی رو به خواننده یاد میده.
Apr 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Эта книга для меня обладает удивительным свойством - пока я читала примеры автора казались интересными, но немного частными; когда я закончила читать - примеры нередко приходят на ум, когда я анализирую собственное поведение и ситуации в работе. По формату, это записанная беседа с человеком, которому есть о чем сказать. В итоге мне было полезно
Apr 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Có nhiều điều để học hỏi trong cuốn sách này, không biết có phải do dịch thuật không nhưng khá khó đọc, không cuốn hút lắm dù nội dung không hề dở. Mỗi cuốn sách đều có những điều hay để học hỏi, quan trọng bạn có nhận ra được hay không thôi.
Ghassan Dardas
Jun 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nadin Adel
An excellent must-read book for entrepreneurs and venture start-up-ers.

Thanks Tina Seelig
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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.” 47 likes
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