I don’t know why I always have some skepticism for the bestseller lists, perhaps it’s my natural penchant for going against the grain, so books that have “More than one million copies sold” on their covers don’t really catch my interest that much. However, being in convalescence, The E-Myth Revisited (Why Most Small Businesses Don’t Work and What to Do About It) by Michael E. Gerber was lent to me and when I had to stay away from fiddling with my smartphone and chatting with friends, I finished reading this book and I would have to say that it makes a lot of sense.
Perhaps if I hadn’t gone through the failure and subsequent of our small business this year I would not have appreciated the book as much since it seemed to be common sense and sound theory at best but having gone through the actual experience of starting a business and it not working out, I would have to say that the author Michael E Gerber shared nuggets of wisdom which I wish we would have known before even starting the business. However, we cannot turn back time even if we wish to cry over spilt milk.
It is in this light that I wish to share that anyone who wishes to start a business with their talents and hard-earned money would benefit from reading this book as a primer even before starting out. The instinctive mistakes many neophyte business owners commit are discussed in the book. Most of the time when we start a business, we tend to be over-optimistic and let our dreams of success carry us away, and Gerber shares how we can fine tune our perspective and approach towards the business.
(c) Niconica 2015
A couple of years ago, I began reading Kindle books thinking that it would be a reading back up plan only when the books were not available in physical form and thinking that I would always prefer printed books over books in electronic format.
I believe that having a physical book in one’s hands and having the joy of flipping and smelling (yes) the pages is still one of the more enjoyable experiences in life. However, it seems that my kindle library has increased in size through the years and I’m starting to get the hang of reading books from the comfort of my iPhone screen.
The advantage of a kindle book is that it may be read unobtrusively even when the lights are off or in the dark. It is also convenient to read it while lying on one’s back without worrying about the light source or compromising our eyesight.
The convenience of purchasing with one click from amazon.com after consulting reviews is just too tempting to resist at times. For an avid reader like myself, the plethora of books available at one’s fingertips just a tap away presents giddy possibilities of more knowledge to read and enjoy.
Running out of physical bookshelves or spaces to store my hard copy books makes reading and purchasing soft copies appealing as well. I’m starting to enjoy the benefits of kindle more and more and I would say that even if the feeling of leafing through actual printed pages is unparalleled, and kindle books cannot match up to that, it makes up for it in other aspects such as accessibility, convenience, and ease.
(c) Niconica 2013
I’ve recently come across these very interesting books by author Jon P. Bloch. I am impressed by his insight into human nature enough to wish to read all of this non-fiction books. If you enjoy reading my blog, I think that his books will appeal to you. They are well written and insightful. I have not finished reading all of them yet but I would like to share them with you. He is no stranger to the pain and emotional strife caused by emotional vampires and soulless emotional predators and is kind enough to share his insight with the rest of us who might have had to deal with difficult people to say the very least.
I have finished reading The Everything Health Guide to Adult Bipolar Disorder and am now reading The Loveless Family. He is able to relay quite well the convoluted psychological dynamics which exist in dysfunctional and loveless families. We might sometimes wonder whether we are being too needlessly suspicious or untrusting of people, but when we come across his descriptions of these dodgy characters we have grown up with, we start feeling a bit more sane. We realize that we might not have been imagining the ill intentions after all and it might not all be in our head that certain characters we have encountered in our lives are not unique to our own experience but do exist empirically.
I am looking forward to reading Handling Difficult People and I shall share my thoughts about it too. From what I have read so far, it is bound to be an interesting read. Thank you Jon P Bloch, Ph.d for making us feel that we are not alone in our difficult experiences. I look forward to reading more of your books along the same topic as the books above.
(c) Niconica 2013
As a fan and regular viewer of the history channel, I have come across many of its programs these past few months and the History Channel special Mankind The History of All of Us is a very unique and ambitious six part miniseries which chronicles our intricate global history from the very beginning to the present day providing the insights of hindsight along the way.
It’s an interesting perspective to view global history from our currency perspective and see humanity’s monumental triumphs and failures as well as the pivotal decisions and key people who helped shape the development and direction of mankind in wilful, surprising, and/or accidental ways.
It should not be viewed merely as interesting entertainment even if the show is presented in cinematic documentary and unfolds with the natrator’s skill full storytelling, it should also be viewed as both a cautionary tale and a source of inspiration where we should avoid the mistakes of the past with the thought that forewarned is forearmed however we must also draw strength from the monumental and sometimes miraculous triumphs along the way and allow it to inspire us to undertake great ventures which would benefit the greater good in a manner which considers the diversity and perspective of all and not merely one’s own since the stringent adherence to our own perspective without considering other’s interests while claiming our own views benefit others and imposing it upon others have repeatedly caused more grief through time.
The Mankind series is a very educational and interesting program which provides a massive bird’s eye view balanced by close-ups on global history’s key moments and game changers.
(c) Niconica 2013
Beautiful Creatures has been hyped up so much that it reminded me of the overly popularised Twilight series that I would not have gone to see the movie on my own volition. Without knowing anything about it and just going by the title, I thought it was a zombie movie adapted from a book. It isn’t. It’s a witch/witchcraft teen love story.
When I accompanied my friend to watch it, I discovered it was The Craft meets Romeo and Juliet. It was interesting and there were some big names who played some of the key roles despite the fact that the two leads are relatively new actors.
For some reason, I found that I enjoyed the diversion it created for me and I was drawn into the world of Beautiful Creatures. I was intrigued enough to consult Wikipedia and learn that the books were written by two authors collaborating and this is the first instalment of four books.
The premise of teens being thrown on the midst of supernatural beings has been overdone but Beautiful Creatures offers an interesting and relatively fresh take on the intricate world of the age old battle between good and evil supernatural forces.
I have not read the book yet (and still have not decided whether to do so) so I cannot comment whether the movie represented the depth of the original book adequately or whether the original book has depth to speak of. I have yet to decide whether to read all the books in the quartet or remain blissfully unaware until the next movie comes out.
If I do decide to proceed and read the books, I will let you know. I admit, I was surprised that I enjoyed Beautiful Creatures and it was a pleasant feeling to find something diverting amidst the sea of cliches and mind-numbing worldwide popular culture vampire and zombie obsession.
May we continue to come upon books and movies which offer a refreshing tweak to popularly accepted ideas, or even better, a completely novel perspective.
(c) Niconica 2013