Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Review: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by Daniel H. Pink
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Daniel Pink just nailed it. Now he too comes in my favorite authors list. It has been more than year since I've been seeing and hearing about his book Drive. And, finally, I got a chance to read and review for you...!



As the title Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us suggests, it's something about a hidden force among us which makes us do whatever we're doing. Basically, he has classified & discussed Motivation in 3 categories, along with their history & relevance.

What I liked most is the elaborated examples of some fabulous companies with their innovative work methodologies ie Zappos, Meddius, Google and others.

The key message in this book is:

Rewards and sanctions are effective on a short-term basis as performance incentives. In the long run, however, they lead to harmful behavior and destroy the inner impetus. Passion and dedication on the part of workers are better achieved through self-determination, possibilities for perfection and meaningful goals.

The following questions are answered in the book:

What types of motivation are there, and how do they work?

Motivation 1.0 and Motivation 2.0: basic needs and the stick and the carrot.
There is another way: Motivation 3.0 – intrinsic motivation in place of exterior incentives.
Missing the target: the stick and the carrot can have harmful consequences.
How does intrinsic motivation work, and what influences it?

Extrinsic promises destroy intrinsic motivation.
Get into the flow: the inner drive for perfection leads to passion and dedication.
The pursuit of meaningfulness: a fundamental inner impetus.
How can intrinsic motivation be increased in everyday work?

My task, my time, my team! Self-determination promotes intrinsic motivation.
The effective company: upgrading to 3.0.

Verdict - Don't waste your time any further, buy this book http://amzn.to/2nG1gvQ and start reading! Here's the link for the best price available.


Suggested further reading: A Whole New Mind by Daniel Pink

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Review: Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life

Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life Wherever You Go, There You Are: Mindfulness Meditation in Everyday Life by Jon Kabat-Zinn
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Though I didn't gained anything new from this book (audio book in this case) but it doesn't mean I didn't liked it. This is good for someone who didn't know anything about Mindfulness, informal or formal which the author Jon Kabat-Zinn has categorized in his book.

Here's short summary & I don't recommend you to buy this book but at least go through the highlights & notes I've made & posted on my profile. As it'll be very helpful in your quest for peace & happiness. Particularly, the anecdote of H. H. Dalai Lama.



The key message in this book:

By being constantly on the move and cramming a crazy amount of activities into our daily schedules, we’re losing our ability to fully enjoy the present moment. Our minds are constantly focused on the past or the future, and we’re forgetting that the only time we really have is now. Fully appreciating the present is a matter of pausing and bringing our attention to it.

Actionable advice:

Practice loving-kindness meditation.

Help others and yourself by using and extending your heart-centered presence. First, center yourself and, from your heart or your belly, invite feelings of kindness, love and acceptance into your body. Let these feelings grow until they fill your whole being. Once you feel them radiating within you, you can stay in the moment and relish it, or direct these feelings outward to wherever or whoever you please – be it your family or even people you don’t know. Picture them, honor them and wish them love and acceptance.

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Review: The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success

The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success by Kevin Dutton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Though I've read this book quite fast but I really enjoyed those useful lessons and somehow in mid of it, I started considering myself as a good psychopath. Someone who has total control on fear or any emotion, whatsoever. And, it maybe due to years of mediation & reading spiritual scriptures.

The main message in this book is:

Some psychopaths end up in jail as tried murderers and rapists, but others are successful executives, lawyers and surgeons and hold high political offices. Actually, it’s specific psychopathic traits like fearlessness and living in the now that help them achieve success – a lesson for anyone who wants to learn from successful, functional psychopaths.

This book in blinks answered the following questions:

What makes psychopaths different from others? What are they like?

Psychopaths are often charming and intelligent – and know no fears.
Psychopaths make decisions coolly and rationally; emotions and morals aren’t factors.
Psychopaths don’t just contemplate doing something – they take action.
Why are psychopaths successful? What sorts of positions are best for them?

Some psychopathic traits are more common in executives and politicians than in convicted criminals.
Living in the here and now – what psychopaths have in common with Zen masters.
Psychopathic traits are especially useful in stressful, chaotic environments.
“Generation Me”: Psychopathic traits are more widespread in younger generations.
What can we learn from successful psychopaths?

Acquiring psychopathic traits can be useful for your own advancement.
Functional psychopaths can flip their behavioral switch depending on the situation.

Now, I can understand that you're seriously hoping to read it, as soon as you could. So wait no more, here's the link to buy it from Amazon at very discounted price - http://amzn.to/2mH3yHO



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Saturday, March 4, 2017

Review: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Basically this Audible Audiobook is an extension and elaborative discription of Angela Duckworth's book where the author put forwarded the differences between Fixed Mindset and Growth(Grit) Mindset. And, what I love is the real life examples of many personalities from once a famous violinist to Top Golfer and their mindsets.

This book will surely give you a new perspective to see life differently, not in Black and White order.
So, I personally recommend you to read either one of them as both discuss the very same thing.

Links to buy at best price -
Mindset - Updated Edition: Changing The Way You think To Fulfil Your Potential Kindle Edition - http://amzn.to/2lK7Spf

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance Kindle Edition - http://amzn.to/2m7S1mP





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