30 Apr'17

Notes from “The Innovator’s Dilemma” by Clayton M. Christensen

The book is really good for people who are skeptical of the startup scene, both from the side of starting one (i.e. despising startup creation just for the sake of creating a startup) as well as for those in a managerial position in established companies, thinking that they produce by all means a superior product. While both of them are seemingly right, the market forces might decide otherwise.

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22 Jan'17

Notes from “Serve to win” by Novak Djokovic

I really enjoyed the book, it was very refreshing to read about the life of a top athlete outside the training ground. Usually they brag about super special training schedule and top teams supporting them, but this book was about everything except that.

“Sitting in a tiny living room […], I watched Pete Sampras win the Wimbledon and I knew: one day that would be me” (p. xvi)

To test if ...

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09 Jan'17

Deep Work notes

I read a handful of self-help books in the past years. Due to a number of reasons, I didn’t have a chance to apply many of the techniques that seemed useful at a time, so I want to catalogue them in 2017 for my future reference. This is the second summary in the series after HBR Guide to Getting the Right Work Done.

My apologies in advance if you expected a gist of the book that would let you skip reading it altogether. This would require much more work and serve no additional purpose for me as a refresher.

Part 1, or Setting The Stage

Chapter 1

  • Consumer tools like iPad are easy to use, but the work behind them is increasingly more complex (p. 29) and those tools are unlikely to aid us in this complexity (p. 31).
  • Many people knew Ruby, but only DHH created Ruby on Rails (p. 32).
  • Newport paraphrases Sertillanges to say that we must study something systematically if we need to advance our understanding of relevant fields (p. 33).
  • All this leads to the idea of deliberate effort vs. having information at your fingertips (p. 34).
  • Then the problem of multitasking is raised (p. 42), where Newport argues (supported by some references) that if interrupted, not only we need extra time to go back to the original task, but also we bring attention residue to the new task, effectively not giving it our full attention because we keep thinking about the interrupted work.
  • On p. 43 he argues that proper efforts can increase our impactful output by a factor of 10.

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