Earth by Jon Stewart

As always, Jon Stewart delivers candidly funny facts. He explains how humans evolved to walk upright and are unable to lick their testicles in turn. Something like that.

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Earth by Jon Stewart

This is Gonna Hurt

I went to a school with misfits and outsiders. Nikki Sixx’s life story is not unusual to me, let alone shocking. It’s a good book for high school students and under. I’m not diminishing it in any way, but rockstars’ lives have been so well broadcast that it doesn’t feel new and fresh now. But for sure, we need more people like Sixx. Just a thought.

This is Gonna Hurt

Start with Why

Let’s say, someone asks you what the purpose of your existence is. How many people can clearly define it? Not too many. Likewise, not many companies know the purpose of their existence other than of making money. Hence, many fall short of greatness. Sinek did a good job of illustrating the importance of a clear corporate vision. This is a good companion book for Good to Great or vice versa.

For Sinek’s presentation at TEDx, visit here.

Start with Why

Anna Karenina

Tolstoy writes it so vivid and real that it is like living among the fictional characters.
I read it in my college years and re-visiting it almost after 10 years when I’m about the ages of the main characters, Levin and Anna. This time, I had a strange connection with both of them. I understood them and they understood me. What a masterpiece!

Anna Karenina

Demian and my Franz Cromer

When I first read Demian like 10 years ago, I remembered my Franz Cromer in my freshman year in high school.
He made my school life miserable enough to be marked as a bully. He did to me what all bullies do except taking money. I hated him but strangely also understood him and his “intentions.” Years later, I met him almost surrendipidously in my hometown, Guam. That was actually this May. I wanted to see him and was curious how we both turned out. We had great time catching up and reminescing. He even came to my place and stay with my family for a week, which I thought of it as my personal triumph. We were supposed to have a basketball match but didn’t get to settle who’s the man on the court. I know he can still beat me, but it’s all good. I won the battle.

The story of Demian starts here. Bullies still exist in my life albeit disguised in different forms. They could be business competitors or even people within my organization. They could also be emotional or inter-personal issues. Because these bullies take much more complex forms than my high school bully, it now takes longer to identify them as bullies. At first, they seem too big to face and too powerful to challenge. Years later, when you “grow up,” those bullies just become irrelevant. Irrelevant as in you no longer have to play their game. Only then, you can understand the smile of Sinclaire. Until then, you must believe Demian within yourself.

Demian and my Franz Cromer

Great by Choice

This book didn’t beat his previous books. In fact, it feels more like an addendum to them. Still, Collins did a superb work on illustrating his findings by juxtaposing an real account of north pole expedition.

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Great by Choice