Book Reviews, Books, Business, Non-Fiction

BOOK REVIEW: The Tao of Charlie Munger by David Clark

“It’s been my experience in life, if you just keep thinking and reading, you don’t have to work.”

The Tao of Charlie Munger by David Clark is a collection of quotes from Berkshire Hathway’s Vice Chairman on Life, Business and the Pursuit of Wealth. Born in Omaha, Nebraska in 1924 Charlie Munger studied mathematics at the University of Michigan, trained as a meteorologist at Cal Tech Pasadena while in the Army, and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School without ever earning an undergraduate degree. Today, Munger is one of America’s most successful investors and Warren Buffett’s business partner for almost forty years. Buffett says “Berkshire has been built to Charlie’s blueprint. My role has been that of general contractor.” Munger is an intelligent, opinionated business man whose ideas can teach professional and amateur investors how to be successful in finance and life.

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Books, Non-Fiction, notes

BOOK NOTES: Walden by Henry David Thoreau

My Rating: 4/5

  • Let us first be as simple and well as Nature ourselves, dispel the clouds which hang over our brows, and take up a little life into our pores. Do not stay to be an overseer of the poor, but endeavor to become one of the worthies of the world.
  • In any weather, at any hour of the day or night, I have been anxious to improve the nick of time, and notch it on my stick too; to stand on the meeting of two eternities, the past and future, which is precisely the present moment; to toe that line.

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Books, notes

Book Notes: Letters from a Stoic by Seneca

[My Rating 4/5]

These are the notes that I took:

  • Nothing, to my way of thinking, is a better proof of a well ordered mind than a man’s ability to stop just where he is and pass some time in his own company.
    always read well-tried authors, and if at any moment you find yourself wanting a change from a particular author, go back to ones you have read before.
  • if you are looking on anyone as a friend when you do not trust him as you trust yourself, you are making a grave mistake, and have failed to grasp sufficiently the full force of true friendship.
  • the things you should share with your friend are all your worries and deliberations.

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5 Stars, Books, Non-Fiction, Reviews

BOOK REVIEW: Mastery by Robert Greene 

For a start, I want you to watch this video:

No, I did not watch this video before reading Mastery by Robert Greene book. Though I do watched it after reading the book and it made me read the book again and get deep into it. Malkhaz has elegantly and importantly described the whole 310 pages long book in almost 13 minutes and if you are not going to read this post, at least watch the video. You’ll definitely learn something new. If you decide to read this post, keep in my mind that I’m only writing about this book is because I enjoyed reading it and simply want to share my thoughts on it.

I was first introduced to Robert Greene’s works in 48 Laws of Power when I saw that red binding, vertical blue stripe in the middle of the cover in a local bookstore. I had a series of thoughts in parallel and some of them were extreme and exciting. After reading a few pages, he become my company for the next few days, especially morning and night. Not many books do I enjoy reading in the morning, but I can say Robert Greene’s writing is definitely the one to be enjoyed in the morning bliss. Wake up, get yourself together and Greene’s words will help to get hold of yourself for the rest of the day.

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Non-Fiction, Reviews

Empower Yourself with Robert Greene

The bestseller 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene is often considered as an evil piece of work, however, the evilness in the book is the reality of the world we are part of. This is how world works and 48 Laws of Power is an understanding, a concise one. Robert Greene certainly help us to improve our understanding of the world better. There’s no harm in that.

Reading this book will definitely increase one’s awareness as he will become more conscious to what and how is it going around. Some of the laws will inspire you as they did to me, towards empowerment of your own and some will help how not to lose that conscious mind in somebody else’s hand. Greene encourages an individual to be fluid in his plans and actions as actions are what matters and not the words.

Focus on the smaller internal changes that lay the groundwork for a much larger change in fortune.  It is the difference between grasping an illusion and emerging yourself in reality, and reality is what will liberate and transform you!- Robert Greene

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Authors, Books

Remembering Harper Lee

     

Last year, at this time I was excited on getting to know that Harper Lee’s getting her second book published: “Got Set a Watchmen“, which I found an average piece of tale in comparison to her previous and only work: “To Kill a Mockingbird“. There is an impression left in the mind of a reader who mingles with Lee’s words in To Kill a MockingbirdThat impression is hard to describe in exact words (or  a sentence, if you prefer) since it has many forms. One form is Atticus Finch.

After reading about her death, earlier in February, I went back to “To Kill a Mockingbird” (or TKAM if you prefer), certainly to read out some memorable lines of words that I would like recall here.

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.

People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.

Likewise there are lines in this book one can quote from on several occasions while mingling with his daily activities. The normal or as I love to call, ordinary human perception has been put into simple words by Lee. Continue reading “Remembering Harper Lee”

5 Stars, Books, classics, Non-Fiction, Reviews, Stoic Philosophy

Meditating with Marcus Aurelius

Writing a review of Meditations is a hard task since there is too much to describe and discuss in one post considering the idle length of a blog post, or of a book review or to have your attention till the end of the post, but it is not enough. I rejected the idea of writing a review before writing this review, several times. But as Marcus Aurelius said:

At dawn, when you have trouble getting out of bed, tell yourself: ‘I have to go to work – as a human being. What do I have to complain of, if I’m going to do what I was born for – the things I was brought into the world to do? Or is this what I was created for? To huddle under the blankets and stay warm?’

Marcus Aurelius was a Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 AD. He is considered one of the most important Stoic philosophers and what we read today as Meditations is actually a personal notebook written by Marcus, for himself. He divided his work into 12 shorter volumes that comprise today the Meditations. One might question, what to learn from a man who is now a part of wandering dust, who is dead for almost 18 centuries? Wisdom. Wisdom is the crux of life.

In each of the 12 volumes, Marcus’ writing is clear as he describes the virtue of one’s life as a plot that progress as the essence of how universe as a whole works. In his journal, he reminds himself with understanding of universe is recursive in nature.

Everything have always been the same, and recuring, and it makes no difference whether you see the same things recur in a hundred year or two hundred, or in an infinite period.

There is no point in loathing how one’s life is and Marcus writing helps one in endurance. He offers wisdom on how tackle endurance without affecting one’s mental or physical state, constantly reminding us of the solo life we have. From the start of the book, Marcus focuses on the logos, the reasoning, the rational part of our minds, our thoughts our actions, each totally depended on one another. He emphasis the importance of work and discourages the distractions and desires we all have to deal in time. The presence of oneself, the conscious moment, and in that moment he encourages one to be patient and control our actions accordingly. His words shine a beam on the tolerance of nature and how one dislikes, disapproves of another, and reminds us that everyone have faults, thus, one should not concentrate his physical and mental energy on anger.

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