A review of “Create or Hate” – the book that will inspire you to start writing

Let me start by saying that this book inspired me to create the offline book sharing platform BoocShare.com. You probably haven't heard of this quick read about creativity that you are about to discover. You can thank me later. Have you ever wondered if people who write books or build businesses are more intelligent or talented than the rest of us? The truth is that they are not. They say so themselves. Steve Jobs, one of the most successful people of our times said, "Everything around you was created by people who were no smarter than you." They only differ from us in that they keep showing up and never stop creating. They focus and keep working towards their goals. Theron Q. Dumont calls it the power of concentration in his book by the same title, "The Power of Concentration". I recently read the awesome book "Create or Hate: Successful People Make Things" by Dan Norris. The author says you and I can be as...
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The book lover’s lifelong birthday wish

That's me, Churchill in the picture below during the good old days. As my wife says, "The best days of my life", meaning when I looked my best. Without the belly and grey hair. :-) Unfortunately, I have passed the stage in life where plucking grey hairs out made sense. I would be almost bald if I tried to pluck out all grey hairs now. There are just too many of them. One thing doesn't change, though. Ever since I was a kid, I heard people saying life begins at 40. I thought I would notice something special when I reached that age, but I didn't. It came and passed and nothing spectacular happened. All I noticed is that it started to take me longer to recover after every physical activity that I did. Be it running, weight lifting, push-ups, etc. You know what I mean. As I approach another decade in my life, I am beginning to hear more and more often...
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10 simple quotes and 6 awesome books that motivate me

Learning is a never ending process. Everyday I discover new things that I did not know about myself. Of late I have discovered that simple quotes are very motivating to me. Quotes are usually short sentences, but the power they wield is sometimes enormous. They can convey compelling messages in just a few words. One tiny sentence can turn non-believers into believers, sad people into happy people or people like me who used to keep putting things off into people who get things done, when they have to be done. A single quote can change lives. Here are 10 quotes that I find to be very motivating. Simple quotes that get me all fired up and ready for action. image credit: Arya Ziai "People are where they are because that is exactly where they really want to be" - E. Nightingale. I say no to this one. I refuse to be where I am because that is not where I want to be. So I have...
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Find time to read by saying NO

Have you ever thought about how to find time to read by spending less time fulfilling other people's requests? Do you know that every time you say YES when someone asks you to do something you are either moving away from achieving your own goals or helping that person to move closer to achieving their goals? There is nothing wrong with helping other people to achieve their goals, but it shouldn't be because you are programmed to say YES to everything.   Help others After all, a rising tide raises all ships. Meaning if you help someone to succeed, there is a chance they will also help you later. This follows from the Reciprocity law of influence as explained by a Robert Cialdini in his book Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion, which I highly recommend. The law says that, if you do something for someone (even a tiny thing) they will remember that and try to find ways to reciprocate. Kevin Spacey put this whole idea nicely...
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How to make book reading a habit that sticks

Are you thinking of brushing up on your book reading? Maybe you have realised you haven't done any real reading for some time or you just want to read more often. Well, I am afraid I have to disappoint you because that's probably the wrong starting point. A better plan is to look at the things you currently spend your time on and find the time wasters that you should eliminate and make way for the good habit of reading. We all have 24 hours in a day and 7 days in a week, right? You can’t change that.. At least, not unless something extraordinary happens, which is highly unlikely. Read on for some tips on how to develop the habit of reading and start expanding your horizons and creativity. Building habits takes time. Especially good habits. Forming the habit of reading is not an exception. Just like the new year resolutions that we make every year and never see through,...
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