Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Steve Jobs

Listened and read Steve Jobs biography. Listened it on iPhone.

Going to add the book to my collection. Must read.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017


I am fan of Shriyut Gangadhar Tipre series. Wanted to see what the source of the series looked like. Liked the book. Aba Tipre's observations are awesome.

Read the book to Bela and we were done before we knew it. Also noticed one thing about news. News pattern is same now as it was in 1997.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Total Money Makeover

Liked the book because of

1)Dave Ramsey's style. The way he says stupid, stupid.
2)Explanation why debt is evil.

Dave works on forming habits and I am a fan of his way of looking at things. Great book. I would highly recommend it to everyone starting to earn a living. It's going to be valuable if one reads at beginning of career. Because compounding is the eight wonder of the world. Truly.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

1 Mile Challenge

I won the 1 Mile Challenge at our gym this spring. It was a six weeks challenge starting April 1st. We were challenged to do the following

1)Climb 25 floors of stairs - Had to go up and down 5 times in our 5 floored office building.
2)Bike 1 mile on stationary bike
4)Treadmill 1 Mile Run
5)Jump Role - 2000
6)100 Burpees 

We were given 5 points for completing each activity. It was required to be done three times a week. Best among each category got 5 extra points. Climbing 25 floors looked overwhelming me to when I saw the challenge and thought this isn't for me. After a casual chat with our gym instructor Zack, I thought that its wise to give it a shot. I could do it and didn't think it was too hard. That helped me to take the challenge. I am glad that I did. At the last attempt in stair climbing, I was listening to Power of Habit. That's a beautiful coincidence.

Hardest part of the challenge was jumping rope for 2000 count. Not continuous of course, but it got really hard after first 500. Last 500 were brutal. Calves burn and mind tells to stop. That might be the reason, no one did it more than once. Burpees were fun too.

This is the first time that I won anything athletic. I am thankful to Zack for being an awesome gym instructor. Gauri and Bela are  always cooperative especially I when am tired after a hard workout.
They are amazing. Looking forward to more fun years to come. Thank God.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Grit - The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Power of Habit has references to Grit. I had read articles by Atul Gawande and few more posts on the internet mention Grit. Finally got an opportunity to read the book.

Grit provides many success stories of how people achieved excellence by pursuing a difficult subject over a period of many years. The author explains how having a growth mindset is crucial for success. IQ is nice to have but what we do with the IQ is crucial.

The book teaches importance of passion and finding something that we love to do. By definition it go to be a lifelong pursuit. The proverbial "enjoy the journey" kind of stuff. A good manual to keep motivated to keep learning and hopeful for better outcomes at work and play too.

PS - this book is read by the author Angela Duckworth herself. Good example of someone learning a new trade and getting good at it. I watched her Talks at Google last year and loved it.

Also - the mindset that IQ is the answer to everything is an excuse for not working hard enough. It's pessimistic thinking too.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Power of Habit

Charles Duhigg explains at length what makes habit stick in The Power of Habit.

How habits are formed?

Loop of - a cue, a routine, and a reward.

Example - want to develop an exercise habit?

Cue - Pack gym cloths/socks/water bottle the previous night.
Routine - Go to the gym once you get up in the morning/Running the first thing you come home from work.
Reward - Improved appetite that helps enjoy a sweet treat like a fruit/Increased energy to play with kids/The kick I get by logging my workouts/Sleep like a baby for 9 hours straight.

What I loved about the book is the idea - how we can control a whole lot of things we are genetically destined to. Things like the propensity to procrastinate, gamble, drink or overeat. Once we recognize the bad habit loops we can take concentrate steps to break the habits. It's work, but it's doable. And that's an awesome thing, because it sets us on the growth mindset. Making a habit of thinking "I am Not Yet there" and then taking deliberate steps towards mastery.

Monday, March 20, 2017

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.