I am a busy professional and mother who loves to learn but have little time to devote to reading or doing courses.
Personal finance and self improvement are passions on mine, and I am always looking for ways to be more productive.
Completed Audiobooks and Reviews:
No Rules Rules – Reed Hastings
What I liked about this book: I loved the new take on how a large company like Netflix is run.
What I disliked about this book: The book seemed somewhat unrelatable at times, and geared very much toward tech companies, but still a great listen.
My Main Takeaway: Sometimes giving people freedom (with proper limits) and encouraging openness can lead to a more productive, more successful workplace. The modern way of working and doing business might not be best, and there are other ways to accomplish your goals. I loved how if an employee was faced with a decision, whether it was about billing a meal to the company, taking a first class flight on the company, or deciding if they should speak up during someone’s presentation to help them, they would ask “is this in the best interest of Netflix?”, a saying which the author states came from a rowing team who solved every decision by asking themselves “Will it make the boat go faster?” This is something I am incorporating into my life and work.
The Urban Monk – Pedram Shojai
What I liked about this book: This book had many great ideas on how to live more monk like.
What I didn’t like about this book: Some of the things mentioned in this book, although inspirational, seemed very out-of-reach for normal people. Also, some of the language could have been cleaned up.
My Main Takeaway: Anyone can be more monk-like, no matter where you live or your life situation. To be on the road to happiness, you need to take care of you mind and your body, which takes time and dedication. Meditation can be a secret weapon in the pursuit of inner development and happiness.
The Secret – Rhonda Byrne
What I liked about this book: This book taught me that everyone can be rich, happy, or anything that they want to be if they have the right attitude and are always looking for opportunities.
What I didn’t like about this book: This book makes “the secret” sound like its a magical spell that only a select few people know. In reality, it is much more common, although many people still do not practice it.
My Main Takeaway: Be kind to yourself and others, keep a positive attitude and surround yourself with positivity, use meditation and mantras in daily life, think it and believe it if you want to succeed, be open minded, and never stop looking for opportunities. Opportunities for us to become the person who we want to be are everywhere, and we just need to not be blind to those opportunities. The universe wants to help us, so we must let it.