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When Breath Becomes Air

Read "When Breath Becomes Air" last weekend and didn't want to write how I felt for at least a week. Wanted to let it sink and make sense of it. Probably one of the books which will grow on you with time.

The book ended abruptly, like the way Paul's life ended.

Read it to know what it means to be great at something, what it means to struggle. I think it's about man's search for meaning.

Knock Your Socks Off Selling

I picked "Knock Your Socks Off Selling" at book sale in office few years back. Glad that I did. I got interested in this subject after trying hands on customer pre sales (sort of) and few coffee meetings. Realized that selling is a creative process. Especially when starting something new.

Read this book aloud so that my daughter can listen. Tried to kill two birds with one stone while reading the book aloud.

Part I liked most from the book is - "Cold Calling : Creating Prospects the Hard Way". Going to revisit it. For some hard pressed I would recommend to go over - "The KYSO Selling Checkup".  

TFS - Label - Tip

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1)After you move code to production, we can create a label on it.
2)Check in future changes and if needed create a new label if needed.
3)In case you want to get code for a specific label do the following -

A)Find the label



B)Once you find the label, double click on the name and use Get this version feature to get code from the marked label. 


Reality

In this podcast Naval Ravikant opened doors to interesting concepts. These two hours of entertainment are going to have good impressions on me. To start with it helped me examine what things I could have done better last 11 years. Learning should make me introspect, shouldn't it?

"The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool." - is a Richard Feynman - quote that's going to stick with me for sure.

Highly recommended interview

Never Eat Alone

Been listening to audio books this year and have started to get used to them. Although I miss the ease of note taking with real books, audio books are a lot easier to listen to. I don't think I can retain a whole lot from the books but more will stick if I re-listen to them. Taking notes and rehearsing them is one of the important parts of learning.

Never Eat Alone teaches nuances of developing the networking habit. 
My takeaways from the book are - 
1)Importance of keeping in touch.  2)Keeping score - not a good idea.  3)Be mentored and mentor  4)Ask for help.  5)Be honest. Think about the purpose of making the connect. If the motives are good, we will be in harmony and maintain balance. 
One may get the impression that suggestions in the book are simple. Yet they are not easy. But that's why they are worth doing. 
The book captivated me the most at the ending chapters. Remembered things which excite me the most. Also remembered the joy I got after recording audio books in 2…

Hans Rosling

Hans Rosling died today. RIP Hans.

This video had quite an impact on me. With the body of knowledge Hans created, he is immortal. Yet another spectacular example of "मरावे परी कीर्तिरूपें उरावे"

Predictably Irrational

I would say that "Predictably Irrational" is an extension to Daniel Kanheman's "Thinking Fast and Thinking Slow". It is much lucid though.

Principles I liked from this book are -

1)Explanation on how "Free is not really free."
2)Importance of ability to work in the zone. Doing something even when it's unpleasant in the moment for mastery in the future.
3)Concept of "Structured Procrastination". What can be done to avoid it?

The book helped me identify things I do which can be done better. Although the realization is uncomforting right now, action taken to get better will help.

Dan Ariely's talks on Youtube are highly recommended too. I bet they will make you think.

Read this article from Mr. Money Mustache too.