What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20
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
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
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.
It's also, happily, the kind of book that can be read easily on the bus to work. What more could you ask from a book?
Well, it inspired me to write this little essay entitled, "What I Wish I Knew When I was 36".
Thank you, Ms. Seeling. And many happy journeys. ...more
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" ...more
Overall, it was good; Tina uses a lot of examples from people she ...more
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
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, b ...more
Ideas of this book are nothing new with good examples, which are simple yet valuable. Also, this book had good notes on the back matter which specifies links and information connected with topics.
The most agreed quotation was from Lao Tzu:
"The master of the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He simply pursues his vision of excellence in what ...more
I would really recommend this book about how to be creative. There are lots of examples and ideas about creativity and how to be a starting entrepreneur. The examples she gives would help you see things differently and c ...more
Really grateful having read it.
Well, In general it just encourages everyone to experiment on risky choices and challenge traditional safe approach. I just discussed about these things with my supervisor at the university so this may influence my immersion with the book....
OK 5 stars for now though (would like to give something like 4.5) !
Quite an easy read. I found myself turning pages and suddenly realising I'd read 20 pages without losing attention.