The 80/20 Principle and 92 Other Power Laws of Nature: The Science of Success – Richard Koch
Richard Koch is an author, management consultant, entrepreneur, investor, and life long lover of history. Koch has worked at the cold face of business and management consulting for forty years.
In this book, he provides a unique perspective on the interaction between scientific laws and success within the business world. Coming from a data-focused business consultant background, Koch brings the science of these laws to life in their real world application.
Who doesn’t want to be smarter, faster, and better? I know I do, and if you’re reading this summary, then you probably do as well. Smarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg dives into deep productivity tactics with teaching examples. Everything from goal setting to innovation is covered in this book. If you are looking for an easy way to inspire yourself to reach higher and to make a better, stronger version of yourself, well, this is the place to start!
Let me guide you through the way I created an effective reading routine.
“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read” — Mark Twain
Quick note to start:
With “reading”, I refer to reading for self-improvement and educational purposes. No fictional stories, fairy tales, or anything related.
This kind of reading allows us to absorb the necessary information and move towards our life goals. Physical books, e-books, blog posts; whatever you can think of that will educate you can be placed under the ‘reading umbrella’.
In fact, research shows that the difference between rich and poor people is that the former group reads for self-improvement, while the latter reads for entertainment.
Reading is important. There is almost no issue on this planet that hasn’t been solved by someone else. Let’s be honest.
Tons of books have been written to give you a roadmap, allowing you to improve in the four major life areas: health, wealth, relationships and spirituality.
The question for many people is:
How do I get started?
I’ve found that incorporating reading as a daily routine is the most effective way to improve in whatever life area you want.
In this article, I’ll share with you the details and benefits of this routine.
We live in a world full of distractions. With the latest new show on Netflix calling your name, how can you expect to work with intense focus? Cal Newport answers this question in his new book Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World. It is possible to produce quality work while surrounded by the daily chaos of life.
The definition of Deep Work is as follows:“Professional activities performed in the state of distraction free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to the limit. These efforts screen new value, improve your skill, and are hard to replicate.”
Deep Work: Rules for Focussed Success in a Distracted World
Business / Productivity
Grand Central Publishing
In this book, Cal Newport guides us how to regain focus in a world full of distractions. How can we deliver quality work in a world of chaos and an endless amount of external stimuli? Cal Newport provides the answers.
People are busy. Even stronger: people like to be busy. We take pride in being busy and we see it as a brand and an approach to happiness. However, the body and the brain are not designed to be always ‘on’. The body is designed for switching between active and passive states; to fire up into an adrenaline‐fueled, alert state , and then cool down to a calmer one.
The aim of this book is to move beyond busy, towards a sustained, focused attention. This is to be found in the way we use our attention, not time; in how we think, not produce; and in how we engage, not acquire.