Home a blog which contains reading notes of some of the books I've read.

60. The $100 Startup - Chris Guillebeau (📖)

Reading Notes: Freedom is what we’re all looking for, and value is the way to achieve it. Value means helping people. “If you make your business about helping others, you’ll always have plenty of work.”... Read More

59. Drive - Daniel Pink (📖)

Reading Notes: “When money is used as an external reward for some activity, the subjects lose intrinsic interest for the activity.” Rewards can deliver a short-term boost – just as a jolt of caffeine can... Read More

58. The Greatest Salesman In The World - Og Mandino (📖)

Reading Notes: Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough. Time teaches all things to he who lives forever but I have not the luxury of eternity. I will form... Read More

57. Rework -Jason Fried & David Heinemaeier Hansson (📖)

Reading Notes: long-term business planning is a fantasy. There are just too many factors that are out of your hands: market conditions, competitors, customers, the economy etc. You have the most information when you’re doing... Read More

56. Emotional Intelligence 2.0 - Travis Bradberry (📖)

Reading Notes: You experience things emotionally before your reason can kick into gear. Personal competence is made up of self-awareness and self-management skills, which focus more on you individually than on your interactions with other... Read More

55. Mindset - Carol Dweck (📖)

Reading Notes: Believing that your qualities are carved in stone – the fixed mindset – creates an urgency to prove yourself over and over. If you have only a certain amount of intelligence, a certain... Read More

54. Reclaim Your Heart - Yasmin Mogahed (📖)

Reading Notes: Don’t let your definition of success, failure, or self-worth be anything other than your position with Him (Qur’an, 49:13). And if you do this, you become unbreakable, because your hand-hold is unbreakable. You... Read More

53. Deep Work - Cal Newport (📱)

Reading Notes: Deep Work: Professional activities performed in a state of distraction-free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to their limit. These efforts create new value, improve your skill, and are hard to replicate. Peter... Read More

52. Braving The Wilderness - Brene Brown (📱)

Reading Notes: Dr. Angelou said: You are only free when you realize you belong no place—you belong every place—no place at all. The price is high. The reward is great. I wept for the parents... Read More

51. You Are A Badass - Jen Sincero (📱)

Reading Notes: Reading Notes: You are a victim of the rules you live by.—Jenny Holzer; I can pretty much guarantee that every time you tearfully ask yourself the question, “WTF is my problem?!” the answer... Read More

50. The Six Pillars of Self Esteem - Nathaniel Brandon (📱)

Reading Notes: The turbulence of our times demands strong selves with a clear sense of identity, competence, and worth. Of all the judgments we pass in life, none is as important as the one we... Read More

49. The Highly Sensitive Person - Elaine N Aron (📱)

Reading Notes: Reframing. You must actively reframe much of your past in the light of knowing you came into the world highly sensitive. So many of your “failures” were inevitable because neither you nor your... Read More

48. An Hour To Live, An Hour To Love - Richard and Kris Carlson (📱)

Reading Notes: “You will be remembered most, not from your accomplishments in life, but for how well you lived and how much love you carried in your heart.” the best things in life aren’t things.... Read More

47. Love's Executioner and Other Tales of Psychotherapy - Irwin D. Yalom (📱)

Reading Notes: Many things—a simple group exercise, a few minutes of deep reflection, a work of art, a sermon, a personal crisis, a loss—remind us that our deepest wants can never be fulfilled: our wants... Read More

46. The Forty Rules of Love - Elif Shafak (📖)

Reading Notes: For despite what some people say, love is only a sweet feeling bound to come and quickly go away. Human beings tended to disparge what they couldn’t comprehend. Knowing yourself will lead you... Read More

45. Mind Platter - Najwa Zebian (📖)

Reading Notes: You are the Sun: For them to see you shine, you must stay far away, for you are just like the sun; when you’re too close, your light makes them blind. And when... Read More

44. The Gift of Therapy - Irvin D. Yalom (📱)

Reading Notes: One of our chief modes of death denial is a belief in personal specialness, a conviction that we are exempt from biological necessity and that life will not deal with us in the... Read More

43. The Four Agreements - Don Miguel Ruiz (📱)

Reading Notes: Just being ourselves is the biggest fear of humans. We have learned to live by other people’s points of view because of the fear of not being accepted and of not being good... Read More

42. Just Listen - Mark Goulston (📱)

Reading Notes: You need to speak with them in a manner that moves them: From resisting to listening From listening to considering From considering to willing to do From willing to do to doing From... Read More

41. Grit - Angela Duckworth (📖)

Reading Notes: What we say we care about may not correspond wuth what –deep down– we actually believe to be more valuable. It’s a little like saying we don’t care at all about physical attractiveness... Read More

40. The War Of Art - Steven Pressfield (📱)

Reading Notes: There’s a secret that real writers know that wannabe writers don’t, and the secret is this: It’s not the writing part that’s hard. What’s hard is sitting down to write. What keeps us... Read More

39. The 8th Habit - Stephen R. Covey (📖)

Reading Notes: If you want to make minor, incremental changes and improvements, work on practices, behavior or attitude. But if you want to make significant, quantum improvements, work on paradigms. The four basic needs and... Read More

38. Zero To One - Peter Thiel (📖)

Rating 9/10 Reading Notes: Whenever I interview someone for a job, I like to ask this question: “What important truth do very few people agree with you on?” All failed companies are the same: they... Read More

37. The Magic of Thinking Big - David Schwartz (📖)

Reading Notes: The “Okay-I’ll-give-it-a-try-but-I-don’t-think-it-will-work” attitude produces failures. It is well to respect the leader. Learn from him. Observe him. Study him. But don’t worship him. Believe you can surpass. Believe you can go beyond. Others... Read More

36. Thinking, Fast and Slow - Daniel Kahneman (📖)

Reading Notes: the psychology of accurate intuition involves no magic “The situation has provided a cue; this cure has given the expert access to information stored in memory, and the information provides the answer. Intuition... Read More

35. The Power of Giving - Azim Jamal and Harvey McKinnon (📖)

Rating 9/10 Reading Notes: Thomas Merton once wrote, “Souls are like athletes who need opponents worthy of them if they are to be tried and extended and pushed to the full use of their powers.”... Read More

34. Elon Musk - Ashlee Vance (📱)

Reading Notes: One thing that Musk holds in the highest regard is resolve, and he respects people who continue on after being told no. “I would like to die thinking that humanity has a bright... Read More

33. The Prophet - Kahlil Gibran (📖)

Rating 9/10 Reading Notes: When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. Together they come, and... Read More

32. Quiet - Susan Cain (📱)

Rating 9/10 Reading Notes: We’re told that to be great is to be bold, to be happy is to be sociable. We see ourselves as a nation of extroverts—which means that we’ve lost sight of... Read More

31. Free Will - Sam Harris (📱)

Rating 8.5/10 Reading Notes: How can we make sense of our lives, and hold people accountable for their choices, given the unconscious origins of our conscious minds? Free will is an illusion. Our wills are... Read More

30. The Mastery of Love - Don Miguel Ruiz (📱)

Rating 9/10 Reading Notes: When the fear becomes too great, the reasoning mind starts to fail and can no longer take all those wounds with all the poison. In the psychology books we call this... Read More

29. Don't Sweat The Small Stuff - Richard Carlson (📱)

Rating 10/10 Reading Notes: The greatest discovery of my generation is that a human being can alter his life by altering his attitude. — WILLIAM JAMES We often rush around looking busy, trying to solve... Read More

28. Who Moved My Cheese? - Spencer Johnson (📱)

Rating 9.5/10 Reading Notes: “Life is no straight and easy corridor along which we travel free and unhampered, but a maze of passages, through which we must seek our way, lost and confused, now and again... Read More

27. Stumbling On Happiness - Daniel Gilbert (📱)

Reading Notes: The human being is the only animal that thinks about the future. The greatest achievement of the human brain is its ability to imagine objects and episodes that do not exist in the... Read More

26. The 4 - Hour Workweek - Tim Ferriss (📱)

Reading Notes: Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect. —MARK TWAIN Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination. —OSCAR WILDE... Read More

25. Very Good Lives - JK Rowling (📱)

Rating 9/10 Reading Notes: You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that... Read More

24. Reinvent Yourself - James Altucher (📱)

Rating 9.5/10 Reading Notes: We can’t ignore that money is important. Money buys freedom. Sometimes it’s just as good (often better) to read all of their materials rather than be directly mentored. Your legacy is... Read More

23. Ignore Everybody - Hugh McLeod (📱)

Rating 8.5/10 Reading Notes: The more original your idea is, the less good advice other people will be able to give you. Plus a big idea will change you. Your friends may love you, but... Read More

22. This is Water - David Foster Wallace (📱)

Rating 9/10 Reading Notes: liberal arts education is not so much about filling you up with knowledge as it is about, quote, “teaching you how to think.” But I’m going to posit to you that... Read More

21. Anything You Want - Derek Sivers (📱)

Rating 9/10 Reading Notes: You need to know your personal philosophy of what makes you happy and what’s worth doing. No “yes.” Either “Hell yeah!” or “no.” You can use this same rule on yourself if you’re... Read More

20. Steal Like An Artist - Austin Kleon (📱)

Rating 9.5/10 Reading Notes: “Art is theft.” —Pablo Picasso “Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different. The... Read More

19. Show Your Work - Austin Kleon (📱)

Rating 9/10 Reading Notes: “Give what you have. To someone, it may be better than you dare to think.” —Henry Wadsworth Longfellow “That’s all any of us are: amateurs. We don’t live long enough to... Read More

18. Rising Strong - Brene Brown (📱)

Rating 9.5/10 Reading Notes: We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time. Daring is not saying, “I’m willing to risk failure.” Daring is saying,... Read More

17. Too Soon Old Too Late Smart - Gordon Livingston (📱)

Rating 9.5/10 Reading Notes: I was reminded of a trailer for a self-improvement television series: “Your friends won’t tell you . . . but we’re not your friends and we will.” Well, maybe that’s what... Read More

16. 5 Major Pieces To The Life Puzzle - Jim Rohn (📱)

Rating 9.5/10 Reading Notes: It is by an intricate design of nature that success is a condition that must be attracted and not pursued. We achieve rewards and we make progress not by our intense... Read More

15. So Good They Can't Ignore You - Cal Newport (📱)

Rating 9/10 Reading Notes: The things that make a great job great, I discovered, are rare and valuable. If you want them in your working life, you need something rare and valuable to offer in... Read More

14. The Obstacle Is The Way - Ryan Holiday (📱)

Rating 9.5/10 Reading Notes: Our actions may be impeded . . . but there can be no impeding our intentions or dispositions. Because we can accommodate and adapt. The mind adapts and converts to its own purposes the... Read More

13. Daring Greatly - Brene Brown (📱)

Rating 10/10 Reading Notes: Vulnerability is not knowing victory or defeat, it’s understanding the necessity of both; it’s engaging. It’s being all in. Vulnerability is not weakness, and the uncertainty, risk, and emotional exposure we... Read More

12. Personal Development For Smart People - Steve Pavlina (📱)

Rating 9/10 Reading Notes: You have no idea how good freedom feels until you expect to lose it. What seems nasty, painful, evil, can become a source of beauty, joy and strength, if faced with... Read More

11. The Gifts of Imperfection - Brene Brown (📱)

Rating 10/10 Reading Notes: Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we will ever do. The Do’s and Don’t column. The Do column was brimming with words like... Read More

10. Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It - Kamal Ravikant (📱)

Rating 9/10 Reading Notes: James Altucher, “I don’t do a post now unless I’m worried about what people will think about me.” Meditation is a practice. Working out is a practice. Loving yourself, perhaps the... Read More

9. Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor Frankl (📱)

Rating 9/10 Reading Notes: Life is not primarily a quest for pleasure, as Freud believed, or a quest for power, as Alfred Adler taught, but a quest for meaning. The greatest task for any person... Read More

8. Meditations - Marcus Aurelius (📱)

Rating 9/10 Reading Notes: Philosophy in the modern sense is largely the creation of one man, the fifth-century B.C. Athenian thinker Socrates. Man is like a dog tied to a moving wagon. If the dog... Read More

7. Emotional Intelligence - Daniel Goleman (📖)

rating 9/10 Reading Notes: In a very real sense we have two minds, one that thinks and one that feels. “Life is a comedy for those who think and tragedy for those who feel.” –... Read More

6. The Compound Effect - Darren Hardy (📱)

Rating 9.5/10 Reading Notes: Here’s the bottom line: You already know all that you need to succeed. You don’t need to learn anything more. If all we needed was more information, everyone with an Internet... Read More

5. Ego is the Enemy - Ryan Holiday (📱)

rating 9.5/10 Reading Notes: The ego we see most commonly goes by a more casual definition: an unhealthy belief in our own importance. Arrogance. Self-centered ambition. The performance artist Marina Abramović puts it directly: “If... Read More

4. Think And Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill (📖)

Rating 9.5/10 Reading Notes: One of the main weaknesses of mankind is the average man’s familiarity with the word “impossible” Success comes to those who become SUCCESS CONSCIOUS. If you do not see great riches... Read More

3. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fu*k - Mark Manson (📱)

rating 10/10 Reading Notes: I once heard an artist say that when a person has no problems, the mind automatically finds a way to invent some. I think what most people—especially educated, pampered middle-class white... Read More

2. How To Win Friends and Influence People - Dale Carnegie (📖)

rating 10/10 Reading Notes: Criticism is futile. Because it puts a person on the defensive and usually makes him strive to justify himself. Criticism is dangerous, because it wounds a person’s precious pride, hurts his... Read More

1. The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari - Robin Sharma (📖)

rating 10/10 Reading Notes: Self Mastery and the consistent care of one’s mind, body and soul are essential to finding one’s highest self and living the life of one’s dreams. How can you do good... Read More