The strength switch offers scientifically grounded solution on on strength based parenting. Human nature sees fault in everything, the same is true for parenting, when our attention is selective we only see our child’s faults. The author Dr Walters saw the same when her child Nick did not park his bicycle at the place told, despite reminders. She noticed this but failed to notice his warm welcoming her home everyday or his neatly putting shoes and lunch box at the right place rather than just throwing away.
However, things did not improve, it was only when she lovingly mentioned her child’s strengths that improvements happened. Strengths are in part genetically determined and some are shaped by the environment. Children genetic ability gets multiplied by repeated efforts and they excel. The lesson here is to give the child an environment which reinforces here genetic strengths.
Neuroscientist E.R Sorrell says that from age of six till adolescence the brain density dramatically increases and it produces more cells than it will ever need. Its natural then to be involved in too many new activities and have chaos.Parents should be relaxed and nudge children to their strengths in this phase.In adolescence these strengths are consolidated. Cells diminish, create neural circuits and consolidate. Hence strengths must be focused even more.
Our attention is 20-30 mins and for a child it is even less, for 3 years it is 3-5 mins. If your child is focusing on a single activity it is likely they are putting natural strengths to use. It is important to praise such kind of concentration. But helpful praise is always specific praise.
Guilt and shaming are common methods of disciplining children. But shaming should be avoided. Guilt can act as a reminder of child’s responsibilities and stimulate empathy and remorsefulness but shame preys on the child very person and makes them feel rejected. If you see your child teasing other kids at school a reminder of occasions she displayed empathy and kindness and expressing disappointment that she did not use those special strengths is a good way to work on improving behaviors.
In all, we need to help work on children strength while being mindful and calm ourselves. This creates an environment to prosper.
Can’t Hurt Me is about how David Goggins transformed himself through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work. He details his personal tools like The Accountability Mirror, The Governor, The 40% Rule, The Cookie Jar and Taking Souls
He didn’t come from a perfect family or had God-given talent, he says “It came from personal accountability which brought me self respect, and self-respect will always light a way forward.”
“Very few people know how the bottom feels, but I do. It’s like quicksand. It grabs you, sucks you under, and won’t let go. When life is like that it’s easy to drift and continue to make the same comfortable choices that are killing you, over and over again.”
“You’re probably living at about 40 percent of your true capability.”
“Heraclitus, a philosopher born in the Persian Empire back in the fifth century BC, had it right when he wrote about men on the battlefield. ‘Out of every one hundred men,” he wrote, “ten shouldn’t even be there, eighty are just targets, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior…’”
“From the time you take your first breath, you become eligible to die. You also become eligible to find your greatness and become the One Warrior. But it is up to you to equip yourself for the battle ahead.”
“Only you can master your mind, which is what it takes to live a bold life filled with accomplishments most people consider beyond their capability.”
“Human beings change through study, habit, and stories. Through my story, you will learn what the body and mind are capable of when they’re driven to maximum capacity, and how to get there. Because when you’re driven, whatever is in front of you, whether it’s racism, sexism, injuries, divorce, depression, obesity, tragedy, or poverty, becomes fuel for your metamorphosis.”
“I brainwashed myself into craving discomfort. If it was raining, I would go run. Whenever it started snowing, my mind would say, Get your fu*king running shoes on. Sometimes I wussed out and had to deal with it at the Accountability Mirror. But facing that mirror, facing myself, motivated me to fight through uncomfortable experiences, and, as a result, I became tougher. And being tough and resilient helped me meet my goals.”
“Everything in life is a mind game! Whenever we get swept under by life’s dramas, large and small, we are forgetting that no matter how bad the pain gets, no matter how harrowing the torture, all bad things end.”
Goggins’s Commanding Officer told him,
In a society where mediocrity is too often the standard and too often rewarded. There is an intense fascination with men who detest mediocrity, who refuse to define themselves in conventional terms, and who seek to transcend traditionally recognized human capabilities. This is exactly the type of person BUD/S is meant to find. The man who finds a way to complete each and every task to the best of his ability. The man who will adapt and overcome any and all obstacles.
Goggins began changing his life by speaking to himself in the mirror every night.
He writes, I set goals, wrote them on Post-It notes, and tagged them to what I now call the Accountability Mirror because each day I’d hold myself accountable to the goals I’d set. At first, my goals involved shaping up my appearance and accomplishing all my chores without having to be asked. […] [It] kept me on point from then on, and though I was still young when this strategy came through me, since then I’ve found it useful for people at any stage in life.
According to Goggins, like a car with a governor that places a ceiling on the car’s performance, we, too, have a governor that impedes us from reaching our true potential.
In his own words,Our governor is buried deep in our minds, intertwined with our very identity. It knows what and who we love and hate; it’s read our whole life story and forms the way we see ourselves and how we’d like to be seen. It’s the software that delivers personalized feedback—in the form of pain and exhaustion, but also fear and insecurity, and it uses all of that to encourage us to stop before we risk it all. But, here’s the thing, it doesn’t have absolute control. Unlike the governor in an engine, ours can’t stop us unless we buy into its bulls*t and agree to quit.
Goggins writes that many of us live at 40% of their true capability. Only when we callous our mind through stepping out of our comfort zone on a regular basis can we move beyond it.
He writes, Most of us give up when we’ve only given around 40 percent of our maximum effort. Even when we feel like we’ve reached our absolute limit, we still have 60 percent more to give! […] Once you know that to be true, it’s simply a matter of stretching your pain tolerance, letting go of your identity and all your self-limiting stories, so you can get to 60 percent, then 80 percent and beyond without giving up. I call this The 40% Rule, and the reason it’s so powerful is that if you follow it, you will unlock your mind to new levels of performance and excellence in sports and in life, and your rewards will run far deeper than mere material success.
Before eating a cookie as a child, Goggins always took the time to admire it first as a way of practicing gratitude. Today, “The Cookie Jar” is a concept he employs whenever he needs a reminder of who he is and what he’s capable of.
In his own words, We all have a cookie jar inside us, because life, being what it is, has always tested us. Even if you’re feeling low and beat down by life right now, I guarantee you can think of a time or two when you overcame odds and tasted success. It doesn’t have to be a big victory either. It can be something small.
On the toughest day of the hardest week in the world’s toughest training, Goggins tormented his instructors by motivating his team to push themselves harder.
Goggins coined the term “Taking Souls” after motivating himself to push him and his team harder as a means of getting inside his instructors’ heads.
He writes, Taking Souls is a ticket to finding your own reserve power and riding a second wind. It’s the tool you can call upon to win any competition or overcome every life obstacle. […] This is a tactic for you to be your best when duty calls. It’s a mind game you’re playing on yourself. Taking someone’s soul means you’ve gained a tactical advantage. Life is all about looking for tactical advantages.
Bad Blood is about Elizabeth Holmes and
her startup Theranos . She was considered the female Steve Jobs in the making.
But the company she and her Stanford alumni peer Shaunak Roy built was a house of cards, trapped in lies and
trickery .The startup promised a tiny,
ultra-portable, cheap and quick blood-testing device capable of screening for
The idea was a wearable patch which would test patients’ blood
over the course of a day using microneedles. It only aimed to do away not only with
the needles but also provide real-time information on bloodwork to assist
ongoing diagnoses. It was hailed as a “miracle machine.”However, there was just one
problem: the machines was virtually impossible to build and what they built did
not live up to the promise they had made. However, rather than owing it.
At one time in 2014, this company
selling a device that didn’t work was valued at $9 billion and had agreements
to supply the Edison to global distribution heavyweights Safeway and Walgreens;
Theranos mislead regulators, investors and customers and risked the lives of millions
of people and even prompted an employee suicide.
When they knew microneedles wouldn’t be able to draw enough
blood. They had a credit-card-sized blood-testing machine which would draw a
few drops of blood using a pinprick. This could be plugged to another machine
to check for 240 common ailments from vitamin D deficiency to HIV.The machine
was called Edison. But it soon ran into trouble.The idea of using a single
pinprick was unworkable. That was a problem – after all, it was the
Edison’s main selling point. But it proved impossible to screen for 240
ailments using such a tiny blood sample. Timothy Hamill, the vice chairman of
the University of California’s San Francisco-based Department of Laboratory
Medicine, went on the record to say that it was unlikely that you’d be able to
run 240 separate tests on a single drop of blood even if you worked on a
solution for a thousand years
The company tried special microchambers to move the blood
around. But nothing worked for more than
80 common illnesses. The accuracy was questionable, the blood became diluted
during the with low reliability of the results. The Edison was also
temperature-sensitive and not workable in different climates. The pipettes became clogged up and
became useless in a month . Cleaning
required a physical employee to do it. The machine had problems determining sodium and potassium
levels. Red blood cells split apart when they’re extracted with a pinprick,
making the results dubious at best.
But Holmes was seen as female Steve Jobs, Investors lined up and ,
and cash started pouring into the company. Holmes chose Apple’s ad to represent
Theranos. People looked at her, as an icon in the making – the first self-made
billionaire businesswoman who earned her fortune making a machine that saved
Theranos hired Larry Ellison, the respected Oracle ex CEO.
he applied his software model sending
out buggy software and working on perfecting it later during beta-testing. Theranos
was in such a rush to get its products to market.
Theranos started deceiving and fooling its investors as well as
journalists and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about its devices. She said tests could be done in 30 mins . The
vast majority of tests, for example, weren’t even carried out by the Edison! On
a good day, the boxes were capable of running around 20 of the 240 most important
tests.. Hematology and chemical tests were performed using the traditional
method of extracting blood from a vein. The vial containing the customer’s
blood was then express-couriered to a lab in Palo Alto where it was tested
using machines produced by other manufacturers, notably Siemens. So what did
Theranos do? They secretly used third-party machines to do the tests, knowing
full well that the regulators would assume they were using their own Edison.
Theranos wasn’t just lying to its investors and customers. The
company was also deceiving the entire medical establishment and press. By this
point, team Theranos had become a past master at manipulating and
cherry-picking data to polish its image. Theranos also liked to boast that the
efficiency of its Edison had been verified in peer-reviewed journals.That
turned out to be a bogus claim.The only “peer-reviewed” article published about
the device appeared in an obscure pay-to-publish Italian journal called Hematology Reports. The article’s data set was drawn from a mere six patients.
So how did the company continue to attract investment given that
their product was performing so poorly?Unsurprisingly, they lied some more. The
demonstrations shown to angel investors were also fake.
The levels of deception practiced here bordered on the surreal.
In the early stages of product development, Theranos even used mock machines
incapable of performing real blood tests.
Blood could be seen percolating through the device before false
readings popped up on the display.
The investors were kept in the dark. When VIPs visited Palo
Alto, a pinprick of their blood was put in the Edison for show. Once they’d
left the room, however, the blood sample was quickly dispatched to a lab and
processed in a Siemens machine!
By now, you might be wondering how Theranos managed to pull off
its scam in such a carefully regulated market. The answer is simple: it went to
extraordinary lengths to dodge FDA regulation. The key to Theranos’ ploy was to
pretend that the Edison wasn’t a medical device at all.Because the results were
forwarded to Palo Alto for analysis, it claimed, the device was simply a tool
for sending information. That meant it wasn’t subject to FDA regulation.
Theranos reluctantly changed its tack when Dr. Shoemaker, a lieutenant
colonel in the US Army, insisted on having the boxes approved by the FDA before
he would consider installing them in military field hospitals.The company
promised that it’d conform to FDA standards but stalled just long enough for
Shoemaker to retire. After that, the whole project was quietly dropped.
Discontent among employees was high, and the company had a huge
staff turnover. Theranos protected its secrets by making workers sign
confidentiality agreements, preventing the disgruntled from leaking
compromising details to the press. Theranos had a trick up its sleeve,: it
systematically hired Indian employees who were dependant on their work visas to
remain in the United States. Recruiting staff from India was easy enough.
Elizabeth’s boyfriend and second-in-command Sunny Balwani was Indian and had
excellent connections in the country’s tech industry.
But these policies soon resulted in tragedy.Ian Gibbons, a
British biochemist who’d been tirelessly working on Theranos’ immunoassays for
years, committed suicide in 2013. Earlier, he’d been demoted for questioning
the company’s honesty regarding the machines it was using for tests.As a result
of his objections, he was replaced by a junior scientist with far fewer
qualifications but one key asset: he didn’t rock the boat like Gibbons.
No one knows how many patients died
as a result of Theranos’ reckless behavior. What we do know is that its Edison
boxes were used one million times in Arizona alone before Walgreens
pulled the plug on its collaboration with the company. Theranos was forced to
repay the $4.65 billion it had received for carrying out blood tests in the
A lesson for entrepreneurs not to get carried away too far on their idea.
What books inspired Chuck Palahniuk to write “Fight
“The Great Gatsby” by F. Scott Fitzgerald
– from interview to barnesandnoble.com
Also recommended by Bill Gates, mentioned in 5 Good Books To
Read According To Haruki Murakami
The Great Gatsby, the crowning achievement of the literary
career of F. Scott Fitzgerald, is set in the Jazz Age, that is, 1920s. This is
the story of Jay Gatsby, very wealthy and powerful billionaire, who is in love
with Daisy Buchanan. As almost every man of power, Gatsby likes to throw
luxurious parties, gather the Beautiful People in his house. The Great Gatsby
is one of the great classics of XXth century literature.
“Knockemstiff” by Donald Ray Pollock
– from interview to theweek.com
Pollock’s tribute to the hardscrabble town of Knockemstiff
is surrounded by all the necessary symbols of small-town depression and decay.
The very name of the town is a tribute to its rowdy women, and appears as a
tatoo on its drug-using inhabitants. Ramshackle trailers, smelly factories, and
domestic violence make up the tapestry of this gritty and grisly collection of
short stories. This book may never make it onto the reading lists of Nicholas
Sparks fans or those seeking out feel-good stories, but it certainly reflects a
sensational version of the author’s 30-year struggles with factory work and
“Gladiator: A True Storyof ’Roids, Rage, and Redemption” by Dan Clark
– from interview to theweek.com
Steroid use and abuse seems to be everywhere in the world of
sports, from cyclist Floyd Landis’ urine test to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s legal
case against Dr. Heepe. While the use of steroids may no longer be surprising,
some details of its negative effects will be of interest to avid readers of the
latest in sports reading lists. For instance, American Gladiator Clark uses
personal testimony to detail how steroids lead to anger outbursts, muscle
depletion, hormone imbalance, and run-ins with the law. A natural follow-up to
this book should be Juiced, the tell-all autobiography of baseball star Jose
“Jesus’ Son” by Denis Johnson
– from interview to barnesandnoble.com
Both a novel and a collection of short stories, Johnson’s
fifth work explores similar themes to Donald Ray Pollock’s Knockemstiff: drug
use, abuse of women, and unrealized dreams. The addition of eternal themes and
questions of redemption are more prevalent than in Pollock’s work, but the
soul-killing effects of internal and external poverty still prevail, along with
the authors’ personal knowledge of the inside of rehabilitation centers. New
York Entertainment magazine suggests this book as a worthy addition to
intellectual reading lists, citing it as influential to younger authors such as
National Book Award winner Dave Eggers.
“Reasons to Live” by Amy Hempel
– from interview to barnesandnoble.com
As you might deduce from the title, Hempel is no stranger to
soul-searching questions or experiences. The Paris Review details some of the
worst times in the author’s life, including the suicides of both her mother and
aunt, her best friend’s unsuccessful battle with leukemia, and two car
accidents. Nor was the author unsuccessful in rising above these experiences,
since she went on to write for New York Times Magazine and Vanity Fair. Readers
whose favorites list include Frank McCort’s cautiously hopeful Angela’s Ashes
will probably see similarities in this fictional story collection.
“The Ice at the Bottom of the World” by Mark Richard
– from interview to barnesandnoble.com
If variety of professional experience is the Mark Twain
indicator of a great writer, Richard certainly deserves to be put at the top of
the reading list. From bartender to investigator, from DJ to political
string-puller, the author has lived both in poverty and in plenty. His novel
also follows a dizzying array of human experience, from a beach-haunting
vampire to children in a charity ward – and all sorts of drug users in between.
This short story collection was added to the 2008 summer recommended reading
list of Bates College, and Arlington’s University of Texas.
Books that shaped the personality of an outstanding author and scientist
“The Innovator’s Dilemma” by Clayton M. Christensen
– Gladwell’s review
Also recommended by Steve Jobs, Evan Williams, Mark Cuban,
Andrew Grove, Guy Kawasaki
Out of Harvard Business School Press has come a ‘must’ on
the business book list – Christensen’s explanation of why technology changes
can derail established companies. He points out the strengths of the companies
who use best management practices (listening, aggressive investment in customer
demands) but get side-swiped by the paradigm shifts that inevitably happen when
disruptive technologies emerge. The cheaper and simpler technology of disk
drives, for example, became increasingly more convenient to customers, who then
demanded enough to establish that technology in the marketplace – above its
“Stone’s Fall: A Novel” by Iain Pears
– from interview to The Guardian
Pears’ eye for detail as a financial reporter comes out in
this historical novel, which describes the many influences and possible reasons
for an arms dealer’s death. Since he fell from a London office window, and had
many powerful connections in finance and the spy world, the possible puzzling
reasons are many and varied. So are the reading list recommendations, from the
New York Times to Richland College. While the book mirrors modern headlines,
the setting is in Victorian times, which ought to intrigue fans of Austen and
“Super Freakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance” by Steven D. Levitt
– Gladwell’s review
Also recommended by Bill Gates
After publishing Freakonomics in 2005, Stephen D. Levitt and
Stephen J. Dubner didn’t stop. Having worked a lot, unrevealling new sides of
current situation in the world, they present SuperFreakonomics, a book that
will twist our way of thinking once again! Can television rise crime levels?
What do prostitutes and department store Santas have in common? These and many
other at first sight looney questions that can arise in the head of everybody
are answered by the authors. It’s not an analysis, it is a freakalysis!
“Fooled by Randomness: TheHidden Role of Chance” by N. N. Taleb
– Malcom Gladwell
Also recommended by Evan Williams
The role of luck in life is under-appreciated, and reasons
assigned to success are over-simplified, declares Taleb in his new work.
Positing that risk and uncertainty are an ignored part of life and business
(including not knowing why something works and why it doesn’t), he points to
the amount of information in which society drowns, after drawing misguided
conclusions. Using historical figures such as the wealthy Croesus, and games of
chance such as Russian roulette, Taleb forms a picture of unwelcome reality
that must be faced. Recommended as thought-provoking, from Pine River Capital
Management trader Steve Kuhn to the Trading Pitt, this book makes an intriguing
addition to the reading list.
While fans of former President Theodore Roosevelt may be intrigued by works such as a Strenuous Life, these may be too short to really satisfy the need to know details about Roosevelt’s accomplishments and interests. Like William Manchester’s three-volume work on Winston Churchill, Morris has gone into eye-opening detail about Roosevelt’s early life, influences, and political prowess. It may startle some readers to know thatRoosevelt wrote over 100,000 letters per year, went on his famous African safari, and also promoted Woodrow Wilson into power over Taft. Political and legal readers may want to add this to their book lists, just on the strength of the libel suit details.
“Lord of Misrule” by Jaimy Gordon
– Don Graham’s answer on Quora
Dick Francis has a dark horse competitor in the fictional world of horse racing. While the New York Times seemed to dismiss Gordon’s achievement as a winner in the 2010 National Book Awards, perhaps because the story centers around the small but complex doings of claims races and ill-paid grooms. The humans and the horses alike have exotic names and characters, fromMedicine Ed the philosophical groom to racers Mahdi and the Lord of Misrule.Business students searching for fictional additions to their reading lists can’t go wrong here. The compelling descriptions of human behavior and crooked attempts at profiteering read like any Wall Street expose.
Mind-blowing reading list from a famous author and
“The Alchemist ” by Paulo Coelho
The lure of treasure, the advice of a gypsy, and the golden
obsession of a king. These eternally alluring themes are woven with mystery and
magic throughout Coelho’s novel, which features a travel-hungry shepherd boy
named Santiago, searching for wealth and the meaning of life. This simply
worded book has been added to the favorite lists of Hollywood stars Julia
Roberts and Will Smith, as well as the reading list of former President Bill
Clinton. Its fame came as a shock to its Brazilian author, who lived the
nomadic life of the protagonist across many years and Latin American countries.
“As a Man Thinketh”by James Allen
– Anthony Robbins
Using many Scriptural quotes and real-life examples, James
Allen shows why the thoughts of a man’s mind turn into the events in a man’s
life. Many additions to bestseller book lists (such as The Secret) have used
Allen’s illustrations on how the inner life of a person can either contribute
to health and wealth, or sickness and poverty. Motivational teachers and
speakers, from Anthony Robbins to Norman Vincent Peale to Steven Covey, have
made use of Allen’s principles and examples on the power and nature of noble
thoughts and visions.
“Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got” by Jay Abraham
– Anthony Robbins
Success is available using normal means, indicates JayAbraham. Readers of Russell Conwell’s business classic, Acres of Diamonds, willrecognize the same principle of looking at the resources in front of you(rather than treasure afar off) to bring wealth. Business leaders from HarveyMcKay to Tony Robbins have added Abraham’s work to their favorite lists.Businesses from Clear Vision Development to the Personal MBA recommend the bookfor its tips on increasing a businesses’ client list and profitability – and asa way to save on seminar costs.
“The Singularity Is Near:When Humans Transcend Biology” by Ray Kurzweil
Anthony Robbins said that he has read this book two times
and he loves it.
– from interview to CSMonitor
Science fiction books have profited off the concept (and
fear) of man versus machine, from HG Wells’ futuristic reading list classic
(War of the Worlds) to Ray Bradbury’s Martian Chronicles. Man in combination
with machines, such as Frederik Pohl’s Man Plus, is an achievable goal,
according to Ray Kurzweil. He includes scientifically baffling words such as
gigaflops and ‘probabilistic fractals’ (per the New York Times) to make his
point that the future will be filled with increased and personalized use of
technology that will surpass human intelligence.
“Pain Free: A Revolutionary Method for Stopping Chronic Pain” by Pete Egoscue
Pain management is both a growing concern, and a growing industry.
In this book, Egoscue indicates that it is possible to achieve true health
without the shackles of surgery, therapy, or objectionable pharmaceutical
methods. Professional sports players should add this book to their reading
list, on the basis of Egoscue’s expertise with sports injuries alone (such as
rotator cuff issues). Office workers can benefit from the helpful instructions
on how to stretch your way out of carpal tunnel issues and migraines. Retired
workers may be intrigued by the author’s methods of mitigating chronic pain
issues with knees, hips, and the lower back area.
An award-winning American novelist, story writer and
essayist provides a list of the books worth reading.
“Where Are the Children?” byMary Higgins Clark
David Foster Wallace’s said that this book is one of his
favorite and included in his 1994 Syllabus from hrc.utexas.edu
This novel was as ground-breaking in the author’s life as it
was in the life of her reading public. This is one of the best books to read,
either to get a feel for the author or for mystery fiction, because it taps
into that psychological horror that every mother feels eventually – losing her
children. Added to that is the fear of a murder charge by unsympathetic courts,
another bout with sensation-hungry journalists, and the loss of a second
marriage. The worst fear of all, in Nancy Harmon’s mind, is that somehow she
has killed her own children – and forgotten about it.
“Rock Star” by Jackie Collins
David Foster Wallace’s said that this book is one of his favorite
and included in his 1994 Syllabus from hrc.utexas.edu
Collins’ novels are known for a ‘glamour girl’ appeal, mixed
with the dark underbelly of Hollywood politics and people. This work is a
slight deviation, focusing on three music stars at the height of their power –
and vulnerability. For every hit, there is a hit man (or crew) to be reckoned
with. For every dream, one lies broken, and the other has been hijacked by a
blackmail attempt. The names (such as Kris Phoenix and Cybil Wilde) are as exotic
as the locations and events, and reading through the pages should be a swift
and exhilarating roller-coast ride.
“The Big Nowhere” by James Ellroy
David Foster Wallace’s said that this book is one of his
favorite and included in his 1994 Syllabus from hrc.utexas.edu
Ellroy manages to exude both ennui and the dark currents of
crime noir, in the best traditions of Raymond Chandler, and make it seem new.
One of the best books of his litany, besides the sequel L.A. Confidential, this
novel draws together three officers of the law into a grand jury investigation
gone bad – and they’re not anyone’s idea of a boy scout. Federal Agent
Considine is haunted by a heroic act on the books that also resulted in a
marriage full of tension. L.A. detective Upshaw is getting closer to a crazed
murderer, though the nature of the murders both horrifies and fascinates him –
for personal reasons. Meeks the ex-officer is involved with mobsters and
prostitution rings. Friendship between these three is bound to be explosive.
“Black Sunday” by Thomas Harris
Harris’ novel makes dangerous reading – especially for fans
of the Superbowl. Though Harris is better known for other his serial killer
character, Hannibal Lecter, this novel displays some of the author’s best
gifts: suspense and conflict. A crazed Vietnam veteran should not be playing
with explosive blimps in the vicinity of crowds, but that’s just what Michael
Lander wants to do – set off a bomb and kill the President in the middle of the
Superbowl. The power of the FBI and international experts are against him. The
question is, how will they search out and destroy a timed bomb in the middle of
such a huge crowd?
“The Silence of the Lambs” by Thomas Harris
One of the best books to read on the psychology of a
murderous madman, this novel sets the tone for all of Harris’ other works…and
the serial killer genre. A former crime reporter and Associated Press editor,
Harris blends action with good word choice. Hannibal Lecter knows all about
psychology and killers, because he used to practice it on his patients – and
then eat them. FBI agent Clarice Starling is on a mission to prove herself and
find a serial killer named Buffalo Bill. When Clarice tries to glean
information from Lecter, he turns the interaction into a life-and-death game,
while Clarice struggles to keep a hold on her sanity and her mission.
“Carrie” by Stephen King
If every girl’s American dream is to attend a high school
prom, it wouldn’t be the kind of prom within 100 miles of Carrie White. King
takes the idea of a troubled teen, exacting vengeance on her bullies, to new
levels in his first novel. After suffering years of neglect and psychological
abuse from her mother, and ridicule at school, Carrie’s new powers of
telekinesis become a dangerous weapon. Highlighting the issue of not fitting
in, Carrie’s first blood comes from herself, as other high school students in
the shower room crowd around, throwing tampons. Carrie takes on the idea that
one cruel act deserves another, and the rest is well worth reading to fans of
“The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” by C.S. Lewis
Besides the Lord of the Rings, perhaps no other series is as
well-loved globally by the reading public as Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. This
is the first introduction to the family of four (Peter, Susan, Edmund, and
Lucy) who become kings and queens in a magical land, which just happens to
appear at the back of a seemingly ordinary wardrobe. Family ties are tested
alongside their characters, as the four children discover why the frozen land
of Narnia must be freed from the tyrannical hand of the White Witch. Behind all
stalks the regal lion, Aslan, who will bring eternal spring to Narnia – at a
“Lonesome Dove” by LarryMcMurtry
Not only did McMurtry win a Nobel prize because of this
novel’s quality reading level, but it set the tone for Westerns written after
the 1980’s. Cattle drives across American prairies, Texas Rangers and ranchers,
outlaws and American Indians, and their women – this story has it all. One
young man carves out his own identity as he works his way toward Montana.
Meanwhile, a sheriff searches for his wife, who’s run away in search of more
adventure than a two-horse town can provide. There are international trade
issues with Mexico, and cattle rustling, and the ever-present threat of outlaw
leader Blue Duck. Behind all of the drama are the horses and cattle, on which
the West was built.
Edidor-in-chief in WIRED talks on favorite business books
“Rework” by Jason Fried
– Anderson’s review
Also mentioned in Mark Cuban: 6 Great Books For Entrepreneurs
This book is enthusiastically endorsed as a reading list
additive by Tribes author Seth Godin and Diane Danielson of Entrepreneur.com.
From the guesswork of business plans, to the need for speed in making
priorities, Fried and Hansson have written a book that will appeal to startups
and managers alike. Many of the research and development issues are the same,
though some business leaders may be surprised by topics on which the authors
urge their readers to say no – including third-party investors and business
escape plans. If boiled down to a phrase, this book would heavily promote the
rejection of multi-tasking and the necessity of focus.
“The 20% Doctrine: HowTinkering, Goofing Off, and Breaking the Rules at Work Drive Success inBusiness” by Ryan Tate
– Chris Anderson
Goofing off has its business virtues, as pointed out by Tate
and the Shanghai Daily. Instead of rejecting and marginalizing the young and
restless rebels, their creativity should be shaped and allowed to blossom.
Letting them spend one-fifth of their time on projects with personal
significance is the way to encourage innovation and real progress. As a Gawker
gossip blogger, the author has lived his advice. For skeptics who believe in
twelve-hour workdays, he provides compelling examples from real industry
leaders: Google, Condé Nast, Flickr, Huffington Post, and National Public
“Hackers & Painters:Big Ideas from the Computer Age” by Paul Graham
Graham has developed the promotion of unpopular,
go-against-the-grain habits of nerds to a fine art. A common pitfall for large
companies, he says, is simply imitating and improving on someone else’s
innovation, like Hollywood blockbusters that use a tried-and-true formula with
a few new plot twists. Startup companies can nip around bureaucracy, please
customers, and award those who get things done, joining in the true joy of
wealth creation. InSITE, a New York City hub, featured his work on a top 10
reading list for 2012, along with startup job promoter GetWakefield.com.
Much reading and book-learning can drive you to try and
become one of the characters in your favorite novels. This is what happens to
Don Quixote, who attempts many chivalrous knightly acts while hampered by a
world that has rejected knightly virtues. The Guardian rightly placed this
400-year-old classic novel among the its all-time Top 100 books, and quite rightly
between these three selections: Diary of a Madman, The Divine Comedy, and
Anderson’s Fairy Tales. Cervantes weaves all three elements – madness, comedy,
and fantasy – in between conversations and adventures shared between Quixote
and Sancho Panza, his seemingly simple-minded but loyal and outspoken aide de
“A Treatise of Human Nature” by David Hume
David Hume’s “Treatise of Human Nature“ had according to
Einstein’s own words quite an influence on his development.
Exploring the link between science and human nature, or a
scientifically applied moral philosophy, is the goal of this Treatise. Building
on early complaints against the endless conjecture and wranglings between
philosophers, this work promotes a move away from metaphysical speculation and
a permanent shift toward systems based on observational fact. By banishing
supernatural doctrine that looks beyond the existing world, fear and prejudice
can take a backseat in human experience. Kennesaw State University listed this
work in its Honors program, along with the famous Enquiry. KSU should have also
included Hume’s friend Adam Smith, who worked out many of these philosophies in
“None” by B. Kovner
“Isis Unveiled: Secrets of the Ancient Wisdom Tradition” by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky
This was one of Einstein’s favorite books
Along with The Infinite Way and Kahlil Gabran’s The Prophet,
this book made its way into Elvis Presley’s reading list. As a Theosophist,
Blavatsky promoted pantheism and greatly influenced both Mahatma Gandhi and
Annie Besant. In this work, spiritualism and occult practices are the base for
examining ancient Eastern and Western wisdom, rather than the traditionally
reversed path of finding knowledge. Like David Hume, Blavatsky examines
existing philosophical systems and ideas and finds them to be inadquate,
especially in the light of the Kabbala, the Vedas, and Nostradamus prophecies.
“The Brothers Karamasov” by Dostoevsky
Einstein very much liked to read The Karamasow Brothers by
Also recommended by Vladimir Putin, mentioned in 5 Good
Books To Read According To Haruki Murakami
This is of the best allegorical novels to explain the
fractured nature of 19th century Russia. Each character is representative of
one of the ruling classes. There is the father Fyodor, the landowner who is
negligent about his land, but greedy in using its produce for himself. There’s
Dmitri, who has been passed around from house to house, and has grown up an
entitled but debt-ridden soul. There’s the skeptic Ivan, who wishes to live
more among cold concepts than people. Third is gentle Alyosha, the mystic and
religious peacemaker, and the illegitimate Smerdyakov. Throughout are themes of
love, law, and duty, which makes this one of the best Dostoyesky books to read besides
Crime and Punishment.