I wrote considerably last year (to update the book), and so this year don’t plan to write much.
Writing requires considerable effort for me (reading and research), and I find the standard advice – One should blog regularly – hard to follow. Whatever I have written / or is worth sharing is there in the book.
(It is for this reason I don’t have a blog sign-up form yet on the site.)
‘Management’ continues to fascinate me. Reading management / self-help books is my favourite pastime.
Some books that I read recently and enjoyed (Jan 2018 onwards):
1. Barking Up the Wrong Tree by Eric Barker
2. The 4 Disciplines of Execution by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, and Jim Huling
3. Measure What Matters by John Doerr
4. The Content Trap by Bharat Anand
5. Insight by Tasha Eurich
6. The 22 Immutable Laws of Branding by Al Ries and Laura Ries
Other than the above, I also subscribe to Outlook Money, a monthly personal finance magazine.
Blogs I follow
1. James Clear
James Clear is an American author, entrepreneur, and photographer who writes about habits and human potential. The articles on his website are neatly sectioned: Habits, Motivation, Procrastination, Decision Making, Focus, etc.
2. Mark Manson
Mark Manson is a blogger, and internet entrepreneur. He writes about ‘big ideas’. The insights in his articles are really good. (The popularity of his blog led to the book, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*CK, which is currently an Amazon and a New York Times bestseller.)
3. Seth Godin
Seth Godin is an American author and former dot com business executive. He publishes a daily blog – now in its 18th year! Other than his insights on product, marketing and customer service – what I like about his blog, is the information he shares on interesting and upcoming books from time to time.
4. Derek Sivers
Derek Sivers is an American entrepreneur best known for being the founder and former president of CD Baby, an online CD store for independent musicians. Through his blog, he shares his experience and insights on business, marketing, and interacting with people. In his words, he loves ‘finding a different point of view’. He is also the author of a wonderful book, Anything You Want.
5. Brian Johnson / Optimize Me
Brian has taken on himself the task of extracting the knowledge from the world’s best books. His book reviews are comprehensive – 15-minutes long in which he extracts the 5 key takeaways from a book. He has reviewed 500+ books till date. Of late, he has also started +1’s (a daily, 2 minute snippet on important things like – how to breathe, how to motivate yourself, etc.)
Watching true-to-life Hollywood movies is another thing I look forward to. Some movies I recently enjoyed (Jan 2018 onwards) :
1. Jiro Dreams of Sushi
The film is about Jiro Ono, an 85-year-old sushi master and owner of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a Michelin three-star restaurant in Tokyo, Japan. It is a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant located in a Tokyo subway station. Jiro Ono serves a tasting menu of roughly 20 courses, for a minimum of 30,000 Japanese yen ($281 USD).
2. The 33
The film is based on the real events of the 2010 mining disaster, in which a group of thirty-three miners were trapped inside the San José Mine in Chile for more than 2 months.
The film is about the racial integration of American professional baseball by [African American] player Jackie Robinson, who wore jersey number 42 throughout his Major League baseball career (1947 – 1956).
4. Hidden Figures
The film is about 3 black female mathematicians who worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), USA during the Space Race (1950 – 1970’s)
5. Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
The film tells the story of actor and martial artist Bruce Lee (1940 – 1973)
6. To Walk Invisible
A film about the Brontë family (authors of English classics like Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights and more). It focuses on the relationship of the three Brontë sisters; Charlotte, Emily and Anne, and their brother, Branwell. All of them died young, with Charlotte living the longest (1816 – 1855).
7. The Way Back
The film is inspired by the novel The Long Walk (1956), a memoir by former Polish prisoner of war Sławomir Rawicz, who claimed to have escaped from a Soviet Gulag (Labour Camp) and walked 4,000 miles to freedom in World War II.
This status is as of 1 August 2018.
The inspiration for this ‘What I’m doing now’ page comes from Derek Sivers whose blog I follow.