Book Club

The best way to learn is to read or listen (audio books), especially when you are an independent worker. This page is a short summary of the books I have read. I will keep updating this list and the titles are linked to Amazon, if you want to purchase it. If you are into borrowing, you should check out Libby, an app that connects to your local library

Sleep: The Myth of 8 Hours, the Power of Naps.and the New Plan to Recharge Your Body and Mind

ASIN: B01LYZL94Q | Read: 18 Jan 2019| 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Audiobook: Talks about the importance of sleep and why 8 hours of sleep isn’t necessary. It also discuss about body types; those who are AMers, PMers. Plus the author shares about how to sleep in time blocks. Each block is broken up in to 90 minute slot. There’s lots of other pointers/tips and advice to heed to help make sleeping good.

Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us

ASIN: B00985E3UG | Read: 07 Jan 2019| 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Audiobook: The first few chapters were really interesting. It talks about a meeting that is taking place between the food giants and how they might need to drop some of their top selling products because of the Salt, Sugar and Fat content in it. Beside learning on the details on how they use research to find out about our bliss point ( giving us food high), it also shared the insights on how food giants come up with creative ways to work around regulations.

Growth Hacker Marketing

ASIN: B00INIXL3O | Read: 23 Dec 2018| 🌟🌟🌟

What I like is that it does give a good background on the importance of being data driven in marketing and how regular testing is the key to successful growth hacking. It also provided much examples of what successful startups have done. While the same tactics might not be able to repeated. It is the mindset that we have to embarked on. – Read more

Three Jack Reacher Novellas (with bonus Jack Reacher’s Rules)

ISBN-10: 0553397737 | Read: 27 Dec 2018| 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Read Lee Child’s Jack Reacher once. Love the Jack Reacher character always wanted to read the next book on it but the book is usually pretty long. Found out that they have shorter audio book, gave it a try and I like it a lot. Great for company when doing dishes.

Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence—and How You Can, Too

ASIN: B072DV2GHG | Read: 01 Sep 2018| 🌟🌟🌟

A very inspiring self-help book. It will be even more motivating when you listen to it on audio book. Makes you want to start building the next big thing when you are listening to the book. However the challenge is keeping to your promise and being consistency in the approach. It is alight to fail, suffer when you are building the next big thing. The part that I do not agree is that you do not necessary to suffer while starting up. The risk can be controlled. An entrepreneur porn.

Get Your Sh*t Together

ASIN: B01LYJXXNO | Read: 17 Jun 2018| 🌟🌟🌟

Listen to this during the period when I find that my work-life is getting into a mess. Did not really finish this book but there are some actionable items in it that is pretty helpful

Jonathan Livingston Seagull : A Story

ISBN-13: 978-0006490340 | Read: Forgot| 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

A good friend gave me this book. It is a very short book but it is able to communicate very well the meaning of life. One thing that I remember from this book is “Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you” – Read more

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

ASIN: B019MMUA8S | Read: 23 Jul 2017 | 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Did not actually read this book but listen to the audiobook instead. One thing that really stuck with me, this happens to me too. When I care too much about what others think about me and the stuff I do, I tend to lose focus and start going in the opposite direction. As I learn to Not give a fuck about to what other think, I also tell myself this does not mean not taking in meaningful feedback.


An Unexpected Twist (Kindle Single)

ASIN: B007A4V33M | Read: 23 Mar 2017 | 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Read this book after my climbing session, wanted to read something different apart from business books and also not too long. So I end up with this book which was unexpectedly funny  but also teaches me something about life. My opinion is that the story did not end very well as compared to how it got started but the body gets you hook. I learn the importance of health and the need to ask from 2nd opinion when operation is required for treating illness. I experienced this first hand myself and end up with a “not that perfect sight” for my right eye.


Choose Yourself!

ASIN: B00CO8D3G4 | Read: 06 Mar 2017 | 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Read this book during my soul searching period and it’s like a hammer hitting a nail. It was like the book / author was speaking to me. I also learn that to do good writing, pick a persona and write like you are talking to it. Anyway, here’s my favourite quote from the book. “Maybe I can do lots of different things. And if I don’t—if I die even tomorrow—that’s fine also. What does purpose mean when we are dead? We might as well choose to be happy now.” There is nothing wrong with failures and changing mind, be happy and choose the life you want to lead.


Ego Is the Enemy

ISBN: 1591847818 | Read: 13 Feb 2017 | 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Really love this book. Not a business book per say, but if you are making some form of irrational decisions in your business, perhaps Ego is the cause of it. You see, as we move up in ranks, days become less and less about doing and more and more about making decisions. Such is the nature of leadership, which is also the case for Ego to be a culprit. As a boss, are you able to take in feedback from your employees? Remember: Whatever is next for us, we can be sure of one thing we’ll want to avoid. Ego. It makes all the steps hard, but failure is the one it will make permanent. Unless we learn, right here and right now, from our mistakes

will it fly by pat flynn

Will It Fly?

ISBN: 0997082305 | Read: 20 Dec 2016 | 🌟🌟🌟

Sometimes I think I go too deep into tech. Thinking that starting a business is always about coming up with something new. Innovation is not the same starting a business. Starting a business, you got to make money and is there a way to make money with your passion. I got interested in niche sites after listening to Pat on his podcast Smart Passive Income. The book shows an alternative route of testing idea beside the usual lean startup methodology. A good read but if you are looking for innovation ideas / stuff. You got the wrong book.

The Practicing Mind

ISBN: 1608680908 | Read: 30 Nov 2016 | 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

This book taught to appreciate the process of learning rather focusing on result. No doubt that result is important but without going though the process there will be no result. If something is hard, break it down to 4 simple steps. The mantra to follow is simplify, small, short and slow. Especially slow, it gives you time to thing through the process rather to just wanting to finish. It’s a fine book. Good read if you are about to make big decisions in your life. In fact, this good is so good that I started meditating because of it.

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It

ISBN: 0062407805 | Read: 23 Nov 2016 | 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

This book taught me that negotiation doesn’t necessary starts with getting a  “Yes”. Getting a “No” is also a good start too. Other strategies in the book also including mirroring, labelling and asking “what and How” instead of “why”. Asking “why” makes a person more defensive and in negotiation, getting defensive is the last thing you want.

Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence

ISBN: 1591847087 | Read: 23 May  2015 | 🌟🌟🌟🌟

If you like Game of Thrones, because this version is for nerds. Do not expect any business insights or strategies. When a company grows bigger, it is all about politics and betrayal. Most importantly, be careful when doing business with friends because it will be a real test of friendship.