Self Help (87)

  • Hell Yeah or No

    By: Derek Sivers   

    Pages: 133

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 9 / 10

    Date read: 16th Sep'2021

    Brief review: Short and sweet. That is how I will introduce this book. Full of personal experiences by someone who is living a life of choice. You will find many anecdotes and examples that you can relate to your own life. The main idea behind this book is to focus on your most important work and goal and say No to everything else. The book is available only on Derek's website You should also check out other books of Derek (Anything You Want & Your Music & You) that I have read and reviewed here. 

  • Principles

    By: Ray Dalio   

    Pages: 552

    Investments, Self Help

    My recommendation: 9 / 10

    Date read: 10th Aug'2021

    Brief review: As the name of the book suggests, it talks about principles to follow in life, work, and investing. Ray Dalio founded the world's largest hedge fund 'Bridgewater'. He is an extraordinary individual who started his journey from a two-bedroom apartment and reached the pinnacle, in personal and professional life. A few key messages in the book are, build what you want to use. Do one thing great, not many things average. Make a small to-do list. Whether you are starting out in your life or a seasoned professional, this book has to offer something which you won't get anywhere else. The first half of the book was really nice and it got a little preachy in the second half. I will recommend this book to all.

  • Deep Work

    By: Cal Newport   

    Pages: 263

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: 13th July'2021

    Brief review: Many books have been written on the concept of focussed work. ie., spending a few hours every day in total solitude without any interruptions into your most important craft, developing skills, or a meaningful project. Sometimes, even days and months. Though the concept is simple, I liked most were the examples of great men and women who achieved remarkable success using deep work principles. If you struggle to get things done on time or lack focus on that one thing that can bring lasting success and happiness, you should read this book.

  • Most and More

    By: T T Rangarajan   

    Pages: 242

    Self Help

    My recommendation: 8 / 10

    Date read: 9th July'2021

    Brief review: T.T. Rangarajan, also known lovingly as Mahatria by his followers is an inspiring personality. He has the ability to break complex things into simple forms. This book is a guide to all those who are looking for an answer to their personal and professional problems and illusions. I loved the way life lessons were articulated by way of stories. The context and examples are relatable by one and all. It's an easy read for all ages. This book was gifted to me by a dear friend Ashish Modani. Thank you Ashish.

  • The Courage To Be Disliked

    By: Ichiro Kishimi & Fumitake Koga   

    Pages: 272

    Philosophy, Self Help

    My recommendation: 10 / 10

    Date read: 20th June'2021

    Brief review: The book is based on Alfred Adler's theory of human psychology. Adler is considered to be one of the greatest in history in the area of human behavior, alongside Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. He suggests that we all have the power to change our lives from this moment onwards. His theory is based on teleology (the purpose) and not aetiology (the cause and effect). The book is written in a conversation mode between a philosopher, who advocates Adler's theory, and a youth who wants to question it. The arguments are brilliant. There were a lot of take-aways from me and I believe you too will have more clarity in life.

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