Review: Unscalable

Unscalable by Charlie Guo My rating: 1 of 5 stars Quite a number of the interview responses were not particularly insightful and most of the case studies were boring as hell to read. If you’re curious about startups and their journeys, I would recommended checking out the StartUp podcast by Gimlet Media instead. View all… Read More »

Review: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown My rating: 4 of 5 stars Like Carol Dweck in her book “Mindset”, Greg McKeown separates people into two camps – the essentialists and the non-essentialists. Sadly, the real world is not as black and white. Unlike Dweck, McKeown explains his “theory” with well-supported reasoning so… Read More »

Review: Grit

Grit by Angela Duckworth My rating: 3 of 5 stars So apart from delayed gratification being a predictor of future success, as documented in Walter Mischel’s book The Marshmallow Test, “grit” – a special blend of passion and perseverance, does the same thing too. Well, at least that’s what Angela Duckworth seems to imply in… Read More »

Review: Steal the Show

Steal the Show: From Speeches to Job Interviews to Deal-Closing Pitches, How to Guarantee a Standing Ovation for All the Performances in Your Life by Michael Port My rating: 3 of 5 stars The first two parts of the book are boring to read with a lot of fluff. It didn’t steal the show as… Read More »

Review: Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol S. Dweck My rating: 2 of 5 stars The concept of fixed/growth mindsets is sound, but the arguments for it in this book are stretched too thin at times (like a simple blog post being over-extended into a book). Dweck ended up devoting many pages describing the… Read More »

Review: The Marshmallow Test

The Marshmellow Test by Walter Mischel My rating: 4 of 5 stars First things first. This is not a self-help book. If you’re reading it expecting to find some kind of magic panacea for the lack of self control, you will be sorely disappointed. Instead, Walter Mischel delves into his in-depth study of the psychology… Read More »