So I did buy the book for its main topic – a fictionalised biography of Dmitri Shostakovich. Actually, as I had not read any review of the book nor its cover, it took me a couple of pages to reach the point where I realised this was about Shostakovich. Or probably more precisely, about his moral struggle with the Soviet government. Lees verder “Purity vs Dark Brown suppression – The Noise of Time”
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Of course Tom Peters doesn’t need an introduction. He wrote In Search of Excellence with Bob Waterman, a monumental book from 1982 reporting on the key characteristics of
successful companies. I would summarize it as: well-run businesses don’t bullshit around.
In 2010 Tom Peters gathered his thoughts in 163 categorized topics, The Little BIG Things. I reread all the Things recently. It has been a fun read again, and here’s a list of the things I like so much about this book. Lees verder “163 Reasons To Love Reading Little BIG Things (ok, a few less)”
Derek Sivers wrote Anything You Want. He tells us about his life as founder of CDBaby, one of the first online record stores.
Sivers has a massive strife for independence. He doesn’t actually want to grow his business that started by accident anyway. Shows business can be fun but if you let it tke it’s own course instead of yours you will likely become unhappy iwth that process.
He advocates “enough” for hapiness. Or rather, where is your path in hapiness in business. What Do you want and just as importantly: what not. Running a large business growing from your small handful of staff may not be fun and make you unhappy.
Pave your own path. Don’t give a shit about what other think. Choose Yourself….
Not sure where I dug up the reference to Tim Kreider’s We Learn Nothing, but I am sure it was a reference from a self help book.
So when I began with this book I was quite confused. It was like taking a sip coffee, expecting the bitterness of a black coffee but testing the sweet creamy flavor from the choice of you friend opposite you with your cup and a disgusted frown on his forehead after tasting yours.
So this is not a self-help book. They are essays about the strangeness in Tim Kreider’s life. Just to mention a few: Lees verder “More than nothing learned from Tim Kreider’s We Learned nothing”