I am near the end of the book “21 Lessons for the 21st Century I am near the end of the book“ by Yuval Noah Harari. This is the third book of his that I am reading.
Yuval Noah Harari is the author of the popular science bestsellers “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (2014)“, “Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow (2016),“ and “21 Lessons for the 21st Century (2018)“. While there is so much that he has talked about in his book he concluded the book with an explanation on how he has written these books.
Since the age of 24, he has been doing Vipassana (a type of meditation where the user concentrate on the breathing and the body sensation while meditating) for 2 hours daily. In addition to that, he goes on Vipassana retreat for 2 months every year. He shared in the book that all these insights have come from the introspection while doing Vipassana.
I have many friends who complain that they don’t have enough time to do 15 minutes of meditation daily, and here we have the best selling author who has brilliant insights on where we have been in the past and where we are heading in the future, and he manages to take out 2 hours daily from his super busy life to do meditation.
We all have priorities, the bitter truth is that we give meditation less precedence than everything else and it never becomes a habit.
I finally completed the book, “59 Seconds” by Richard Wiseman. It was one of those books which have given me much knowledge about human psychology, and that too in a plain natural language meaning I understood it well.
It was one of the books which I have written most about in my blog while reading and now that the book is completed I am feeling nostalgic and I already have planned to read other books by Dr. Richard because of his simple writing style.
The book basically consists of many short and simple techniques on dealing with people, dealing with our own self, how to beat procrastination, how to do more and stuff like that. Very simple and practical techniques that can be understood and applied by all. I personally am applying several techniques and although it’s too soon to tell I have an intuition that they are working already.
Richard Wiseman is a Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom. He has given keynote addresses to The Royal Society, The Swiss Economic Forum, Google, and Amazon.
The magazine Scientific American described him as“…the most interesting and innovative experimental psychologist in the world today”.
I have found it very impressive so far, basically, it’s all about Psychology but he has explained things in far more simpler way than that of Daniel Goleman. I actually have read 2 books of Daniel Goleman and I find this one much simpler than those twos. And don’t even get me started on the book “Interpretation of Dreams” by Sigmund Freud because reading that book was pretty much reading Operating Systems by Galvin.
I finally completed the book, “How to Master Your Time” by Brian Tracy. I started reading the book in the first week of November, it was an easy read overall. The book title says it all so it’s no brainer to figure out what this book is all about. What the author didn’t share in the title that, this book is specifically for the top managers in MNCs, sales guys, employees, businessmen and students.
The title was very obvious which was the reason why I didn’t pick this book up from the shelf for a very long time, I guess I was prejudging the book by its title and I thought that I was managing my time very effectively. I was so wrong. Often we think that we are right and later find ourselves to be so wrong. If you think you manage your time well and you are kind of proud of it (like I was before reading this book) you should definitely read this book. This book actually tells what other successful people do to use their time effectively.
In the beginning, the suggestions we were very obvious but gradually I started relating them and started saving the important suggestion in my notebook. If I would list them here they would seem quite obvious but the reason why author suggested them to the readers is not at all obvious. The last 5 pages of the book were like the best summary ever of the book and I was thanking God that I picked this book up. In order to share with you more effectively, I would share the learnings later in subsequent posts.
If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter you must have seen the daily NASA pics which I share in the morning. They are pretty awesome and if you haven’t seen any, click hereto go to the Facebook album. Like everyone else, I also have the curiosity for knowing what’s out there beyond our world. The cosmos and the galaxies fascinated me since childhood.
I first heard about Neil deGrasse Tyson when I was looking for the meaning and scientific explanation of the movie “Interstellar” which came out a couple of years ago. I have watched a couple of his videos on YouTube explaining Singularity, Blackholes, and Wormholes.
A couple of days ago I got know about the books that he has written and I thought it would be really cool to know our origin stories. Yes, as a Muslim we already have an origin story but it’s nice to know what science has to say about our origin story. So I picked up the book, “Origin: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution” by Neil deGrasse Tyson and finished its first chapter. Until now it’s all about the particles, a whole bunch of particles whose names I have already started forgetting. Nevertheless, it’s just the beginning and I am pretty excited to read the rest of the book. Stay tuned for more updates.
There can be as much value in the blink of an eye as in months of rational analysis.
Yesterday, I was having tea at around 12 o’clock in the night. Pretty unconventional time to have a tea, thanks to my friend who invited me at the odd time of 11 o’clock for having a cup of tea. It reminded me of my college days, the time when we were accustomed to going outside to refresh our minds from prolonged studies especially during odd times. Since I was too tired to do anything I slept without publishing my blog(and doing anything for that matter) and I am ashamed of it. (I forgive myself for not writing the post though)
I started reading the book “Blink : The Power Of Thinking Without Thinking” by Malcolm Gladwell, one of my favorite authors. I have read and reviewed several of his books, below are the links to the book reviews of Malcolm Gladwell’s by me.(click on the link below for more details)
The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make Big Difference
(Click herefor other learnings from the author Malcolm Gladwell)
Blinkis going to be the next in above collection, I have just read one tenth of the book and I am already in love with it. The book title is pretty descriptive and it is exactly what this book is all about. It’s about the intuition we have at times, it’s about the feeling which we have when we encounter a situation, it’s about the first 2 seconds of whatever comes to our mind when we are exposed to a situation. The book enlarges those 2 seconds and explains why we feel what we feel in those first 2 seconds. It’s about why you chose to open this blog post when you first laid eyes on its title.
If the above paragraph excited you to some extent, this book has a lot of content for you and you will love it for sure. I just have read a couple of chapters and I was blown away by the first chapter only. Stay tuned for more updates.
Thank God, I finally started the long awaited book, “Emotional Intelligence” by Daniel Goleman. I have read the book, “Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence” by the same author, you can find the video review of the book by clicking here , and you can also find other related stuff by clicking here. The book, “Emotional Intelligence” was first published in 1995 and I am reading its 10th edition so there no question doubting the book.
For the major part of today’s reading the author dedicated the text to establish the ground for the aforementioned topic and how the world has responded to it until now. He shared the number of countries around the world which have accepted the theory of emotional intelligence and have included SEL(Social and Emotional Learning) in children’s curriculum as a result.
To put in layman terms (and I am a layman until now since I only have read one tenth of the book) Emotional Intelligence is basically the person’s ability of self-control, the amount of which he is persistent, and his the ability to motivate himself when he is down. Daniel Goleman says that it is one of the most important factors in anybody’s success. I am looking forward to learning a lot from this book. Stay tuned for more updates.
Like everyone else I was also pretty sure that Hillary Clinton was going to win the elections and like everyone else I was wrong. Long time back one of my seniors recommended a book called, “Why We Want You To Be Rich: Two Men, One Message” by Robert Kiyosaki and Donald Trump. Back then Donald Trump wasn’t running for the president, he was just another billionaire and I knew just the basics about him. It’s only after he declared that he would be running for the president we got to know what was in his mind the whole time.
The book gave an insight on how the system worked two hundred years ago. Basically the book focused on becoming an entrepreneur rather than working for a boss. Back then I wasn’t blogging, so I wasn’t taking any notes while reading the book and now I realize how important it is to write down while reading. Since I just read the book (and no notes for the important stuff) I could only recall that it encourages entrepreneurship, it also threw some light on the economic system two hundred years from now and it was good stuff.
Of course I wouldn’t have read the book if I knew about Donald Trump’s views. He may not be a good leader or a president but he shared some useful information in the book and I am very grateful for it. Let’s see how he is going to make America great again.
Since everything is slowly becoming normal I am also back to reading my books. Currently I am reading “Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie”. I have just started reading it and it sounds pretty interesting so far. Along with this I am also reading “How to Master Your Time” by Brain Tracy. “How Mind Works” by Steven Pinker is still in progress though, the book has become too technical to read but I will try my best to at least complete what I have started. “Emotional Intelligence” is in my wishlist for a very long time, I will start reading that too in parallel with whatever I am reading right now(I haven’t started it yet).
“Willpower is a limited resource”, that’s right. This is one of the first take aways from the book, “How to Master Your Time“. Remember the time when you were too exhausted to go to the gym after having a rough day at work. I know you curse yourself to death and felt guilty, I was there too. It wasn’t your fault, actually it was just that you ran out of your willpower and that’s completely okay.
With that said, there is a good news which is that like every other resources our willpower can also be increased but that is another story, another post. Over all, “How to Master Your Time” has a promising start let’s see how the rest of the book unfolds.
Finally, I completed the book, “Solving the Procrastination Puzzle”. Well, I procrastinated too much while reading the book and because of that, it took me more than 3 weeks to read the book. The good thing is that every now and then I wrote my learnings from the book on my blog which turned out to be a great asset because now I can revisit it anytime I want and relearn from it. To read all the posts related to this book click here.
The book became really technical in the later half which actually led the delay. If the book is interesting it takes no time to read till the end but when it becomes too technical to understand it becomes difficult to follow through. With that said, I really liked the last chapter because it dealt with my problem specifically and showed the how I can overcome it (I would share the detail of my problem and its solution in the next post).
The bottom line is when we give in to feel good, we procrastinate. That’s it. It happens in almost any endeavor of life. When the going gets tough we find an easy way out and that’s what giving in to feel good mean and it leads to procrastination. For most of us, this has become a habit, we are habitual to procrastinate. Realizing this would be the first half of solving the procrastination puzzle and acting upon it to create a new habit of doing things rather than giving in to feel good is the solution that I have found for myself.
PS: My mother is doing fine, she is still in bed but fever and headache are down thankfully. Thank you for all your support.