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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up

by josephwrichards on December 5, 2015, 2 comments

“The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up” by Marie Kondo is a great book on how to de-clutter and organize your house. When you follow her method, you feel like you space is so much bigger, open, and pleasurable. It truly is a game changer. We ended up throwing/giving away 60-70 garbage bags worth of stuff when we

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How to Fail at Almost Anything and Still Win Big

by josephwrichards on November 28, 2015, 4 comments

I read the book “How to Fail at Almost Anything and Still Win Big” by Scott Adams (creator of Dilbert) after reading “So Good They Can’t Ignore You”, “The Art of Learning” and “Talent is Overrated“. It had a more attainable-sounding approach to achieving success than the other books. While they advocate for becoming excellent or

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Talent is Overrated

by josephwrichards on November 14, 2015, one comment

I recently read the book “Talent is Overrated” by Geoffrey Colvin which has a similar learning philosophy to “So Good They Can’t Ignore You” and “The Art of Learning” in that you become expert at something when you systematically learn it, or deliberately practice it. “Talent is Overrated” uses the phrase, deliberate practice. Deliberate Practice

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So Good They Can’t Ignore You & The Art of Learning

by josephwrichards on November 1, 2015, 2 comments

I recently read the book, “So Good They Can’t Ignore You” by Cal Newport, and it was truly paradigm shifting for me. Cal Newport says a great job has three characteristics: (1) Creativity, (2) Impact, and (3) Control. But getting such a job requires rare and valuable skills because everyone wants that type of job. So the

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