Saturday, October 2, 2010


"Risk is what separates life's winners from losers - the survivors from the thrivers!

Success all comes down to a series of gambles: your ability to make positive choices at pivotal moments & to thrive on challenge & high levels of stress.

Sending out a resume; going on a job interview; asking that stranger on a date; the courage to pick up the phone & make a call that could change your life for the better - all of life's big decisions & defining moments require a talent for (& a willingness to) risk."

~ Wayne Allyn Root, founder & CEO of GWIN Inc., which is America's only publicly traded sports handicapping company; (GWIN specializes in developing & marketing sports handicapping advice & information via television); also, the author of 'The Zen of Gambling: Lessons from the World's Greatest Gambler';

Thursday, September 30, 2010


I have spotted the following interesting review of the book, 'HOW WE READ: Passion for Knowledge Disciplined by Subtle Turns of Strategies & Tactics', by Rong Fan.

Here's a quick summary of the key points from the perspective of the Top 500 Amazon book reviewer, Irfan A Alvi:

1. Effective reading requires technique and skill, not just passion.

2. Let your goals and interests guide your reading, and so don't feel obligated to read non-fiction books cover to cover. Learn to map the overall structure of a book and then skim or read in depth as appropriate (including reading chapters in sequence when necessary).

3. Since time is limited, choose books very carefully. Books of intermediate size, written by a single expert author, are often best. Use resources like Amazon to help find suitable books (since you're reading this review, you already know that).

4. Be flexible and customize your reading approach for each subject and each book, factoring in the prior knowledge you're starting with.

5. Read multiple books on each subject, to get the benefit of different perspectives, explanations, and emphases.

6. Mastering the general principles of a subject is more important than remembering details, so read accordingly. For this purpose, read introductory chapters and paragraphs very carefully.

7. Organize your reading according to a plan and a daily schedule, with the quiet early morning hours often being the best time to read. Be consistent and patient with your reading, and you may be surprised by how much you learn over the course of months and years.

8. When learning a new subject, consider starting with intense reading for several weeks in order to get your bearings.

9. Take regular breaks during your reading sessions, even if you'd rather push on. Allow longer reading sessions for more complex topics.

10. Arrange your reading environment (seating, lighting, quiet, etc.) to make it comfortable and effective.

11. Don't read so much that you don't allow time to think and wind up stifling your creativity.

12. Don't bother with speed-reading. Read at the proper pace to learn well, with slower usually being better.

13. Be diligent about learning the core specialized vocabulary of a subject, keeping a dictionary close at hand for that purpose.

14. Highlight books, but do it selectively, taking care not to overdo or underdo it, and keeping in mind that the purpose is to aid both learning and review.

15. Take notes, especially for difficult subjects, but aim to capture only the essential ideas, not all the details. Preferably take notes in the book itself, so that the notes stay with the book.

16. Don't be afraid of numbers. Use "tricks" to help remember them.

17. Do practice questions to test your knowledge and gain experience in applying it.

18. Undertake projects in order to integrate and apply your knowledge.

19. Do regular reviews in order to renew your memory and deepen your understanding. To keep things fresh, consider reviewing using different resources than the ones you initially learned from.

20. To enhance your learning, write book summaries and critiques (which is basically what I'm doing now for this book, and for just that purpose).

21. Recognize that reading must be balanced with hands-on experience. Reading informs experience so that more is gained from experience, but reading is never a substitute for experience. For that matter, balance reading and experience with other aspects of your life, including rest and recreation. In other words, don't become a bookworm.

[To read the original review in its entirety, please go to this link.]


I have spotted the following interesting review of the book, 'Secrets of a Buccaneer-Scholar: How Self-Education & the Pursuit of Passion Can Lead to a Lifetime of Success', by James Marcus Bach.

Here's a quick summary of most of the key "secrets" from the book by Top 500 Amazon book reviewer, Irfan A. Alvi:

a. View yourself as an evolving work in progress which you're responsible for creating (Nietzsche had the same idea).

b. Education must be lifelong and customized for your needs and desires, so learn to educate yourself by scouting and using the vast array of resources at your disposal (books, the Web, peers, etc.).

c. Work on "authentic problems" which engage you, rather than artificial problems which have no significance for you.

d. To sustain passion for learning, go with the flow of what engages your curiosity, is fun, and fits the natural rhythms of your mind. In other words, engage in "low-pressure learning."

e. When possible and helpful, let yourself procrastinate so that your creative subconscious mind can help you solve problems.

f. Allocate some "disposable time" to meander and try things (or do nothing) rather than always following a rigorous schedule.

g. To increase overall productivity, work on multiple projects in parallel.

h. Try alternating between complementary learning activities, rather than getting stuck with just one approach.

i. Learn by experimenting, contrasting ideas with each other, constructing stories, and engaging in various forms of "play."

j. Tame complex problems by employing systems thinking, using models and heuristics, and building understanding and expertise step by step.

k. Use your area(s) of expertise as a gateway to learn things relevant to many other areas.

l. Don't worry about forgetting things. Forgetting clears up mental clutter, and you can always re-learn what you forget.

m. Recognize that much learning is a side effect of what you do, so try to learn something from every situation and experience in your life, including your failures.

n. Don't let institutions hold you back, and be prepared to challenge authority and the status quo when necessary. Believe in yourself, don't judge yourself too harshly, and don't be intimidated.

o. Aim to succeed based on the quality of your work and the resulting reputation you build, not diplomas, degrees, and other paper credentials.

p. Rather than aiming to do what's popular as a career, be willing to carve out your own unique niche, since you only need enough work to support one person (assuming that you don't necessarily want to build a large business).

q. Recognize that charting your own course requires willingness to face major challenges and risks.

r. Learn to separate aspirations and expectations, keeping expectations well below aspirations.

s. Recognize that you're part of a community and that service to others (love) has a lot to do with giving your life meaning. Learn from others while also helping them by teaching.

[To read the original review in its entirety, please go to this link.]

Tuesday, September 28, 2010


"Once you admit that you aren't as smart as you think you are... or as you want other people to believe... you're going to get a lot smarter."

~ J K Harris, millionaire founder of the J K Harris & Co., & author of 'Flashpoint: Seven Core Strategies for Rapid Fire Business Growth';


Dr Timothy Wakefield, writing in his book, 'Mental Toughness: Understanding the Game of Life', highlights the 3 things that can change your life in a fraction of a second:

1) Sex;

2) Drugs;

3) Alcohol;

Think about it.

Monday, September 27, 2010


"There is a deep longing to create that resides within the soul of humanity. Beyond our natural instincts for survival.... we also have a natural instinct for building, organising, forming & creating..."

~ Robert Fritz;


Here's an interesting personal perspective.

According to Bill Bartmann, writing in the Afterword of his book, 'Billionaire Secrets to Success', a person has achieved true success if he or she has three things:

~ something to do;

~ someone to love;

~ something to hope for;


Who am I when nobody is watching?