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2021

The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg Book Summary

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I first read The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg when I was in university. It was one of the first personal development/popular psychology books I had ever read. Since then, I have used many of the concepts in this book to change and build new habits.

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The Inner Game of Tennis by Timothy Gallwey Book Summary

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I first heard about The Inner Game of Tennis by Timothy Gallwey many years ago on a guitar forum. It was recommended because the principles in this book apply not only to tennis, but to many other activities, including playing the guitar. I eventually read this book when I was in university, and indeed, the concepts in this book have since had a big influence on how I perform many activities, such as weightlifting and playing the guitar.

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The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau Book Summary

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I first came across The $100 Startup by Chris Guillebeau at a local bookstore many years ago while I was in university. At the time when I read this book, the concepts were not immediately relevant to me. However, since graduating, many of the ideas in this book have had an influence on me. This book offers plenty of practical advice and detailed steps on starting a small business. The following summary includes the essence of each chapter.

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson Book Summary

  • 5 min read

I first came across The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson at the local book store, and recall how the cover immediately caught my attention - both the colour, typography, and the actual title of the book. I eventually read this book after it was recommended to me many times.

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How to Customize a Jekyll Theme

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This guide outlines how to fully customize your Jekyll site. It includes all the common changes that are typically made, such as how to use your own custom domain name when hosting your Jekyll site on GitHub Pages, to more complicated changes to the look of your site.

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Work Smarter with Speed Reading: A Teach Yourself Guide by Tina Konstant Book Summary

  • 5 min read

I first came across speed reading many years ago while browsing for books at the library. Work Smarter with Speed Reading: A Teach Yourself Guide by Tina Konstant was one of the books that I came across that had the most comprehensive information on speed reading. Every speed reading resource that I have come across since then offers the same advice found in this book, which are found in the summary below.

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The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason Book Summary

  • 3 min read

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason is a classic book on personal finance. I first read this book while in the middle of university, and since graduating, the advice given in this book has proven to be valuable. This book presents timeless personal financial advice in the form of fictional parables that take place in ancient Babylon. It’s a very short read, with much of the advice condensed in the summary below.

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The Ultimate Guide to Managing a Personal Website or Blog with Jekyll and GitHub Pages

  • 4 min read

I first discovered Jekyll and GitHub Pages in my second last year of university. During that time, I was looking to learn how to code in order to pursue a career in software development. I read that Jekyll and GitHub pages were a good platform to start your personal website or blog on. However, being new to this, I was intimidated and confused by all the resources that I came across.

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Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin Book Summary

  • 3 min read

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? by Seth Godin is a book that has had a big influence on my life in the past few years. Although there is a lot of repetition in this book, which could have been condensed into a single blog post, I would still recommend this book. It is essentially a collection of related blog posts that are fun to read on their own, and there are some interesting tidbits of information scattered throughout. The main ideas in the book are summarized below.

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2020

When Teachers are Wrong

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Sooner or later, we all eventually realize that teachers are not the all-knowing, omnipotent beings we once thought they were.

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2019

What Assumptions Are You Making?

  • ~1 min read

In the last few years that I have been working professionally in IT - in roles ranging from customer support, professional services, to software development - one of the most important lessons that I have learned is the following:

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2018

Building Resilience

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Facing new challenges, and bouncing back from uncomfortable, difficult situations requires a high threshold for resilience. Building resilience is a habit and skill that takes time to develop. When you are in a stressful situation, it can be very emotionally draining, but when you overcome it, you become stronger. Always strive to reflect and learn from your experiences.

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2017

The Five Pillars of Getting Things Done

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Getting things done is not about using the right app or buying the right notebook. It’s a philosophy for living your life in a clear and focused manner, that is agnostic to the underlying system that you choose to implement. In other words, it’s not about the app that you use, or the notebook that you buy. It’s about the mindset that you have.

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Just Did It.

  • ~1 min read

A common roadblock that many people — including myself — come across when trying to do anything, is always waiting for things to be perfect before starting.

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