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Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us – Daniel H. Pink
Non-fiction / 28th March 2021

Introduction Drive is a book about motivation. The author wants to close the gap between what science knows and what business does. I would like to find out the motivating factors that the author shows in this book. Author Daniel H. Pink is an American author with 6 books under his belt. He was a host and co-executive producer of “Crowd Control,” a television series about human behavior on the National Geographic Channel. He also served as the chief speechwriter for Al Gore from 1995 to 1997. Contents Drive has an introduction, 7 chapters, a toolkit, and a recap. The book is organized into 3 parts. Part One is A New Operating System and contains 4 chapters. These chapters are 1) The Rise and Fall of Motivation 2.0, 2) Seven Reasons Carrots and Sticks (Often) Don’t Work…, 2 A) … and the Special Circumstances When They Do, and 3) Type I and Type X. Part Two is The Three Elements with 3 chapters: Autonomy, Mastery, and Purpose. Part Three is The Type I Toolkit. It contains 7 guides that will help us to put the ideas in the book into action. It also has the Drive Discussion Guide: Twenty Conversation…

Barking Up the Wrong Tree: The Surprising Science Behind Why Everything You Know about Success Is (Mostly) Wrong – Eric Barker
Non-fiction / 14th February 2020

Introduction Everyone wants to be successful but how do we achieve success? Barking Up the Wrong Tree provides some interesting views on this topic. It explores what brings success in the real world. Author Eric Barker is a blogger. His blog has the same name as this book. He has experience working in the film industry and gaming industry. Content Barking Up the Wrong Tree has only 6 chapters. It begins with an introduction and ends with a conclusion. The chapters are 1) Should We Play It Safe and Do What We’re Told If We Want to Succeed? 2) Do Nice Guys Finish Last? 3) Do Quitters Never Win and Winners Never Quit? 4) It’s Not What You Know, It’s Who You Know (Unless It Really Is What You Know), 5) Believe in Yourself… Sometimes, and 6) Work, Work, Work… or Work-Life Balance? In the chapters, the author presents the strengths and weaknesses of both perspectives and recommends the action with best upside and least downside. Review What does success mean? We have to define it on our own and it should be individualized. It is not supposed to be measured against other humans but according to our own choice….

Your Best Year Ever – Michael Hyatt
Non-fiction / 5th September 2019

Introduction This book is about achieving goals. It tackles the issue of not following through our new year resolutions and provides a system to setting and achieving goals, hence the title “Your Best Year Ever”. Author Michael Hyatt is a best-selling author and a successful blogger who owns the eponymous site, He was working in the publishing industry before founding Michael Hyatt & Company, a leadership development firm. He also created several online courses that aim to increase productivity. Content There are 7 chapters in this book and an appendix. The first chapter is Your Best Is Yet to Come and serves as an introduction. The following chapters are Step 1: Believe the Possibility, Step 2: Complete the Past, Step 3: Design Your Future, Step 4: Find Your Why and Step 5: Make It Happen. The author ends each chapter with an action plan which is essentially a summary of the chapter. The final chapter is The LEAP Principle. The appendix contains some sample goal templates for the readers. Review Have you ever made a new year resolution and could only sustain it for a few days (maybe a few weeks) before giving it up? Then this is the…