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Category: Books

Outliers: The Story of Success

Outliers , a book by Malcolm Gladwell,  covers the world of “outliers”–the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful and answers the question: what makes high-achievers different?

The conclusion is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and not enough attention to where they are from:  their culture, their family, their generation, and the experiences of their upbringing.

This book is very interesting to see what is really needed to be successful. One of the observations early in the book is that talent is certainly not enough. In any field you need at least 10.000 hours of practice to master your field and become an outlier, no matter how smart or talented you are. But also luck plays an important part.

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The snowball

I’ve just finished the book: The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life by Alice Schroeder.

I wrote a small review in my Books section for those interested in this book.

My next book will be How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big: Kind of the Story of My Life by Scott Adams.

Feel free to recommend more books via the comments.

Books section update

I recently updated my Books section with an overview of books that I still want to read.

For the moment I just added them as thumbnails since it is a long list of books.

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7 habits of highly effective people

What is it?

7 habits of highly effective people is an inspiring book by Stephen Covey that I discovered a few years ago. This book didn’t make it yet to my Books section because I limited myself to books I’m reading now or read recently.

I try to recommend it to as many friends as possible but it is a bit hard to tell what the book is really about without having read it.

And then I found this video…

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How to read more books in 2016

What is this post about?

This post might be obvious for many people, but I wanted to share how I was able to go from reading 1-2 books a year to reading 2 books a month.

You can also check my books section to see what I am currently reading.

Why I needed to read more

Reading books can really have a big impact on your life.

A feel that I’ve become so much more knowledgeable and inspired in the last few months than I was in the last few years together.

I read mostly non-fiction books, but it is not only the contents of the books that broadened my thinking.

The process of reading a book and following another person’s frame of thought triggers your own thinking and can make you come up with new ideas that weren’t even mentioned in the book.

I will spend more time on the books I’ve read in other posts, let me move forward to the process of improving your reading time.

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