Book Review: The Art of the Start



I was hesitant to read this book - thinking it is another feel-good, self-help, inspiration, yes you can do it kind of content. However it turned out to be completely different. It is a step-by-step guide for entrepreneur to start a business.  There are 11 chapters each detailing a specific topic - the art of starting, positioning, pitching, pitching, writing a business plan, raising capital, bootstrapping, recruiting, partnering, branding, rainmaking and the being a Mensch. The book should be useful for starting any kind of business but is more geared towards technology start-ups seeking venture capital. The message is clear and simple – Put your passion to work –and the book will guide you to do so.

Quotes

“Entrepreneur is not a job title.  It is a state of mind of people who want to alter the future.”

“The higher you go in big organizations, the thinner the air, and the thinner the air, the most difficult it is to support intelligent life”

“10/20/30 rule of presentations- 10 slides, 20 minutes, 30 font size”

Bozo explosion – “A” players hire "A+" players, but "B" players hire "C", "C" hire "D", etc..”

“Beware of the "successful bozo" wearing a nice suit - People automatically equate rich with smart"

“10 slides of VC presentation – Title, marketing and sales, problem, solution, competition, team, business model, projections, underlying magic, status and timeline”

“You should always be selling—not strategizing about selling. Don’t test, test, test—that’s a game for big companies. Don’t worry about being embarrassed. Don’t wait to develop the perfect product or service. Good enough is good enough. There will be plenty of time for refinement later. It’s not how great you start—it’s how great you end up.”

“And doing, not learning to do, is the essence of entrepreneurship.”

“The wisest course of action is to take your best shot with a prototype, immediately get it to market, and iterate quickly. If you wait for ideal circumstances in which you have all the information you need (which is impossible), the market will pass you by.

“Make the world a better place. Increase the quality of life. Right a terrible wrong. Prevent the end of something good.”

“Everyone should carefully observe which way his heart draws him, and then choose that way with all his strength.”

Book Review: The Magic of Thinking Big


The whole book can be summarized in just one sentence: You are what you think you are – so think big and be successful. There is no other success mantra in the book – if you are feeling low, pessimistic or need some motivation go ahead and read the book.

Quotes

“A wise man will be master of His Mind. A Fool will be Its Slave."

“Look at things not as they are, but as they can be. Visualization adds value to everything. A big thinker always visualizes what can be done in the future. He isn't stuck with the present”

"Remind yourself regularly that you are better than you think you are. Successful people are not superhuman. Success does not require a super-intellect. Nor is there anything mystical about success. And success doesn't based on luck. Successful people are just ordinary folks who have developed belief in themselves and what they do. Never -- yes, never -- sell yourself short."

“Build castles, don't dig graves.”

“If you want something done give it to a busy person” (not a person who has a lot of time. Most likely the person will like to keep that way).

“Hope is a start. But hope needs action to win victories”

“Action cures fear.”

“Look at things as they can be, not as they are.”

“Whether the psychological problem is big or little, the cure comes when one learns to quit drawing negative form one's memory bank and withdraws positive instead”

“Those who believe they can move mountains, do. Those who believe they can't cannot.”

“The thinking that guides your intelligence is much more important than how much intelligence you have”

“Belief triggers the power to do.”

"The test of a successful person is not an ability to eliminate all problems before they arise, but to meet and work out difficulties when they do arise. We must be willing to make an intelligent compromise with perfection lest we wait forever before taking action. It's still good advice to cross bridges as we come to them."

"Believe Big. The size of your success is determined by the size of your belief. Think little goals and expect little achievements. Think big goals and win big success. Remember this, too! Big ideas and big plans are often easier -- certainly no more difficult - than small ideas and small plans."

"How we think shows through in how we act. Attitudes are mirrors of the mind. They reflect thinking." 

“Knowledge is power only when put to use - and then only when the use made of it is constructive.”

“But there's another type of poison perhaps a little more insidious - thought poison - commonly called "gossip." Thought poison differs from body poison in two ways. It affects the mind, not the body, and it is more subtle. The person being poisoned usually doesn't know it. Thought-poison is subtle but it accomplishes "big" things. It reduces the size of our thinking by forcing us to concentrate on petty, unimportant things. It warps and twists our thinking about people because it is based on a distortion of facts, and it creates a guilt feeling in us that shows through when we meet the person we've gossiped about. Thought-poison is 0 percent right thinking: it is 100 percent wrong thinking. And contrary to lots of opinion, women have no exclusive franchise on gossip. Every day many men, too, live in a partially poisoned environment.”

“Get the action habit - you do not need to wait until conditions are perfect.”

“There is no such thing as smooth bump free road to success.”

“3 most common excuses of the “Exucites” disease: I don’t have time, my health is not good and I am not that intelligence.”

“Ability to think is much more important than ability to memorize facts”

“Confidence is built and developed. Nobody is born with confidence.”

“Ideas without action is like a car without engine”

“A fair idea is 100% better than a great idea that dies because it is not followed up”

When LinkedIn goes down …

Witty message… instead of getting frustrated makes you laugh.



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Book Review: The Fault in Our Stars


Favorite Quotes

That's the thing about pain, it demands to be felt

I enjoy looking at beautiful people, and I decided a while ago not to deny myself the simpler pleasures of existence.

Some infinities are bigger than other infinities.

I’d always thought the world was a wish-granting factory.

We find humor where we can.

I believe the universe wants to be noticed. I think the universe is improbably biased toward consciousness, that it rewards intelligence in part because the universe enjoys its elegance being observed. And who am I, living in the middle of history, to tell the universe that it-or my observation of it-is temporary?

That's why I like you ... You are so busy being yourself you have no idea how utterly unprecedented you are.

Oh, I wouldn't mind. It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.

Some tourists think Amsterdam is a city of sin, but in truth it is a city of freedom. And in freedom, most people find sin.

I thought being an adult meant knowing what you believe, but that has not been my experience.

Grief does not change you. It reveals you.

You've gotta pick your battles in this world.

I take quite a lot of pride in not knowing what’s cool.

You realize that trying to keep your distance from me will not lessen my affection for you.

No matter how hard you kick, no matter how high you get, you can’t go all the way around.

The weird thing about houses is that they almost always look like nothing is happening inside of them, even though they contain most of our lives. I wondered if that was sort of the point of architecture.

People always get used to beauty.

Our fearlessness shall be our secret weapon.

I’m on a roller coaster that only goes up,' he said. 'And it is my privilege and my responsibility to ride all the way up with you.

There is no try. There is only do.

Ignorance is bliss.

The real heroes anyway aren’t the people doing things; the real heroes are the people noticing things, paying attention.

Don't tell me you're one of those people who become their disease.

Pain is like fabric; the thicker it is, the more its worth.

Book Review: Great by Choice


Quotes:

Good is the enemy of great.

The purpose of bureaucracy is to compensate for incompetence and lack of discipline.

Bad decisions made with good intentions, are still bad decisions.

A company should limit its growth based on its ability to attract enough of the right people.

Creativity dies in an disciplined environment.

Great vision without great people is irrelevant.

20 Mile March describes the fanatic discipline that leads you to manage for the long term rather than chasing short-term results or the fade. Three reasons for 20 mile march:

  • Builds confidence 
  • Reduce likelihood of catastrophe 
  • Exert self-control in an out of control environment

It is impossible to have a great life unless it is a meaningful life. And it is very difficult to have a meaningful life without meaningful work.

By definition, it is not possible to everyone to be above the average.

What separates people is not the presence or absence of difficulty, but how they deal with the inevitable difficulties of life.

Letting the wrong people hang around is unfair to all the right people, as they inevitably find themselves compensating for the inadequacies of the wrong people. Worse, it can drive away the best people. Strong performers are intrinsically motivated by performance, and when they see their efforts impeded by carrying extra weight, they eventually become frustrated.

When you marry operating excellence with innovation, you multiply the value of your creativity.

Freely chosen, discipline is absolute freedom.