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How Music Works by David Byrne

I have expected a book about music theory, but it's something completely different.
You can learn about history and origin of music and how music industry evolved to its current state. It was intriguing to read about amateurs and how that music was played locally before recording technology emerged.

Book motivated me to finally learn guitar and explained a lot about the music industry.

Rating: 6/10


Book Review: So Good They Can't Ignore You by Cal Newport

One of the best books I have ever read.

Do you feel that you don't really have the passion for your work?
If you have passion then maybe you feel that you don't have any particular mission?



Long story short this book will liberate you.
Your gain your passion with work and effort you put into something you do - preferably that pays your bills. If you like something or you have no other choice and you have to do something you still can make it your passion. In my opinion, that's liberating. What's the alternative? For me, I would need to be sad that I can't make reading fantasy books my job...

Mission:
After watching Brett Victor Inventing on Principle, I was thinking about my mission... What should it be? Cal Newport puts that into another perspective. First you have to gain expert experience and skills to have a mission. With enough knowledge in your field, it will be obvious next step to do. Keep build your skills and mission will show up eventually.

The most im…

The Now Habit A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play by Neil A. Fiore

Most interesting ideas:

Be mindful about your self-talk.
Do not think about yourself as lazy - procrastination is an escape when you're overwhelmed or are scary about finishing.

Unschedule
Put your free time and thing like commute/lunch/dinner etc into the calendar. What is left is your time for work but:

You have to start working for 30min and you can put something in the calendar after you have finished 30min work.Do not work more than 20hours a week and 5hours a day.


Interesting that I read it to read how I can do more to discover that I already work too much. Guilt-free time for play is probably the nicest idea from the book.


Rating: 6/10