Personal: Knowledge Bombs #2: Back from Asia
chilling on the beaches of Nha Trang, Vietnam
Knowledge Bombs is a collection of links and random thoughts.
The Science of Productivity – a quick 3 minute video on some of the basics of productivity. Very solid tips.
The First Distraction – This really highlights the importance of a solid morning routine. How you start your day really sets the tone for the rest of the day. If you wake up and immediately start checking Facebook / Twitter, your mind is immediately in distraction mode for the rest of the day. My morning routine / daily routines will be highlighted in a future post.
How to Get Start up Ideas – One of the best articles I’ve ever read in my life. Paul Graham’s a huge inspiration for me and I read his essays quite frequently. The article mainly focuses on building products and startups based on what customers want and are willing to pay for.
Guy Kawasaki, IamA– An ask me anything thread over at Reddit by Guy Kawasaki. He’s a venture capitalist and worked as a marketer for Apple back in the 1980’s. Definitely some interesting thoughts.
9 Ways Successful People Defeat Stress – A look at the various mental ways to destress yourself. I tend to focus more on relieving stress through physical means which include: afternoon naps, meditation, have sex, exercise, weekly massages, vacations, have hobbies you’re passionate about, and always finding ways to work smarter.
The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle – The author travels the world trying to figure out the secrets to unlocking and maximizing talent. He looks into the concept of deliberate practice, certain hotbeds for talents, who makes the best coaches, how the talented stay motivated, etc. I’ve actually read a lot of books like this such as Bounce and Outliers, this is by far the best one. It really helped me to understand how I can grow and acquire new talents.
So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport – I’ve been reading the author’s blog for years and it’s one of my favorites. Basically he attempts to go against the long held advice of “follow your passion.” Lets keep it real, most people in there early 20’s aren’t really passionate about anything. Instead he argues that you should focus on building valuable skills and then the passion will follow after. Fuck this is a good book. Any college kid that asks me for career advice I will recommend them to read this.
The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss – I don’t just read business / self-improvement books; I also spend a lot of time reading for fun. This is one of the best fantasy books I’ve read in years. If I had to describe it, it’s like Harry Potter for men. It’s about a poor orphan who attends a university for magic. The magic system is smart and the plot is unpredictable.
Going to work on a Dr Ngo reading list for you guys