Skip to main content

Book Review: Search Inside Yourself by Chade-Meng Tan

I have read it because it was recommended to me as a way to raise emotional intelligence. You know, that thing that is more important that 'standard' intelligence measured by IQ tests.

First I will admit that I haven't done all of exercises in the book. I barely started (and hope to have something similar at work as they had at google). But this book was insightful.

Most important thing for me was learning about mindfulness and meta-attention. Of course it helps that all of this is backed by science ;). Meta-attention is being aware when your attention wanders off. Think about how useful it can be. You are trying to do some work but get curried away by facebook/email notification. Best thing is that it can be trained with only 2 minutes a day. The only thing you do is you try to focus on your breath. When your mind wanders it's not failure. It's most important part of exercise. You train bringing your attention back to breath. There is great metaphor for that. It's like riding a bike. When you are beginning you fall a lot to left or right. With time you can adjust a bit a ride a bit longer. When you can ride you are adjusting all the time to left or right. It's just very subtle so it looks like riding straight. The same goes with attention. Your mind wanders and you bring it back. If you train with something like breath to master attention you can bring attention back in the moment your mind would wander so it would look like constant attention - focus and hopefully 'flow'.

It's just one example from the book. Latter chapters bring much more sophisticated techniques that will help you understand other people, better know the feelings and values of others.

For me it was challenging to read this book. Language used is often abstract. Add to this that I'm not feeling strong in emotional intelligence and it was tough from time to time.

Rating: 10/10.


Popular posts from this blog

How to simulate slow connection (developer proxy in Node.js)

Update: If you use Chrome then you can use "Throttling" so simulate slow network for all your assets. This should be easier than proxy.

Toggle device modeChoose Network type.Refresh the page 


For some time I wanted to use some proxy for development and testing of eg. slow internet connection, but it was hard to find something useful and free. I know there is Charles but buy it to use it at most one in a month is not for me.

I started thinking about Node.js, maybe I can write proxy for me? But fortunately I found one.

With this module I can write really short code to create slow server:

var http = require('http'), httpProxy = require('http-proxy'); httpProxy.createServer(function (req, res, proxy) { var buffer = httpProxy.buffer(req); setTimeout(function () { proxy.proxyRequest(req, res, { host: 'localhost', port: 8080, …

How to use NPM packages from private repositories on bitbucket

Using Node.js you want to use NPM packages for reusable parts of the apps you create, that is a common sense. At the same time not everything makes sense as a public module unfortunately. Right now we are using Bitbucket at work for private repositories but there is a problem. How to use them as NPM modules? We do not want to publish them to the public but still want to have an ability to install them easily.

After googling and experimenting I have found simple solution.
First create new user in your organization with obscure password and give it read access to the repo. It is best to assign really obscure password but do not fool yourself. This is convenient but you must sacrifice security a bit. You should always consider how in your context that would be important.

Change example from below to:
user - username
PASS - password of the user
organization - owner of the project (you can find it in bitbucket url to your project)
project - your project name