This Blog's Purpose

The purpose of this blog is help people improve their Mind, Body, Soul (relationships) and their Money.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

MM EP. 26: Facing death in order to live.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Quote 24 - Emerson

“A man in debt is so far a slave."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, May 20, 2011

Quote 23 - Zig Ziglar

"People often say that motivation doesn't last. Well, neither does bathing--that's why we recommend it daily."
Zig Ziglar

Friday, May 13, 2011

Quote 22

“First-class players lose to second-class players because
second-class players sometimes play a first-class game”

- Siegbert Tarrasch (famous chessplayer)

Friday, May 6, 2011

Quote 21 - Colin Powell

There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.

- Colin Powell

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Books I've read in April (2011)

Ulysses by James Joyce

This is apparently one of the first and one of the best in the 'stream of consciousness' genre of novels.

My Opinion:

I couldn't finish it. To be quite honest, I couldn't even make it to the 100th page. The book was somewhat confusing to me due to the fact that the majority of the story is dialogue but there are no quotation marks anywhere (at least in the version I was reading) within the text. This was my second time trying. I'll plan to wait until I have ample free time (say a month) before I try a third time.

The Tipping Point - By Malcolm Gladwell

In The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell's first book, he talks about how certain things - diseases, poverty, crime, fads-of-fashion & even the American Revolution in a sense - can spread dramatically through the nurturing or neglect of three types of people. The book also goes in depth looking at what can be done to help spread these things and what can be done to prevent their spread as well.

My opinion:

I've read three out of his four books thus far and I would have to say this one and his more recent book Outliers are a toss-up when it comes to which is more entertaining and informative. I haven't yet read What the Dog Saw. Mr. Gladwell has a way of crafting what would normally seem to be boring and dry statistical & historical analysis - into colorful and informative stories that keep the reader engaged and entertained.One of the most interesting concepts I picked up while reading the book was the "broken window rule"; the idea that if people don't care to repair broken windows in a neighborhood, people likely don't care about more nefarious aspects of the neighborhood as well such as violence, drugs, grafitti...etc.

Personal Development for Smart People - By Steve Pavlina

In this book, internet personal development star Steve Pavlina explains his seven principles of personal development then goes on to give examples on how his principles can be applied in everyday life. Specifically, he talks about mastering the concepts of Truth, Love & Power in his own life and how others can apply these same principles.

My opinion:

This book is good yet different. Pavlina talks about many different things in this book including how he got into video-game programming, how he met and learned from his wife and why he switched from video-game programming to the personal development/self-help arena. A lot of his advice is helpful but, it definitely has a new age 'bend' to it so if you find yourself a more conservative reader beware.

MM Ep. 22: Failing Forward