BR 72: When Fish Fly by John Yokohama

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Comments: This is a very inspiring book – in a non traditional sense. It is John Yokohama’s tale of how he transformed an ordinary pike fish market in Seattle to ‘World Famous Pike Place Fish’. If a person can transform a fish market (let’s face it, the image that comes to mind isn’t particularly pleasing) to something so amazing, it makes you wonder as to whether any complaints about work are justified.

A true story about being proactive as John Yokohama talks us through his process of growth after a conversation with to a consultant friend who promises to turn his ordinary fish shop around. He shares the various challenges, difficulties and moments of pride.. he does it very sincerely and the book is definitely a nice and often, heartwarming read.

Many takeaways. I have written about one that struck me here

BR 71: The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J Stanley and William D Danko

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Comments: If you haven’t grown up in a business family, I feel this can be a very good ‘awareness’ book as you (like me) probably haven’t grown up listening and understanding how to manage finances. It’s just a great book to debunk some myths about millionaires as we know of them. The book basically illustrates how thrifty self made millionaires really are and how we always tend to hear about the flamboyant lifestyles of those who are most likely not going to stay millionaires (like wealthy football players).

I wasinspired by how good financial habits can pay rich dividends. The most inspiring bit was how a person with an annual income of USD 90K in his 40s accumulated a million with excellent financial habits.

What to expect: I’ve summed up some of my learnings from the book here . A watch out for the book is that the authors are not very concise so they often meander around a point forever and dump a lot of data. The takeaways are good though..

BR 70: Extraordinary Leadership by Robin Sharma

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Comments: Another ‘quick-read’. A simple yet effective book with a collection of story and a bout of inspiration in classic Robin Sharma style.

What to expect: I remember this book as an inspiring audio message from Robin Sharma sharing various stories like the one about Oziola Mccarthy urging us to remember that we all have leaders within us..

BR 69: Don’t Take It Personally by Susan Granger

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Comments: A short and crisp walk take on why it’s important not to take feedback personally. Susan Granger focuses on the entertainment industry and takes us through many examples where actors have been written off long before their time. She shares many a success story that faced multiple stumbling blocks.

A simple book with a clear message.

BR 68: Who Moved My Cheese by Spencer Johnson

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Comments: I can see why this is a classic. It uses a very simple-to-relate story (of 2 rats and 2 little humans and their quest for cheese – where cheese is equated to income/ success) to convey a powerful message. It deals with our natural resistance to change and how we could turn that around to an attitude that welcomes change.

BR 67: The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C Maxwell

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Comments: Good points and good stories. Lots of obvious leadership principles though – so it could serves as a reminder of sorts. I didn’t read any more John Maxwell after this though..,

BR 66: Freakonomics by Steven D Levitt and Stephen J Dubner

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Comments: A fun read. Very nice for pure entertainment. Levitt is the genius behind aggregating numbers and analyzing them so they make sense while Dubner is the guy who put it all together in a book. They make for  a good combination. Good for discussion purposes, not very high on the learning scale. In the book, Levitt and Dubner analyze numbers to draw very interesting conclusions about the real reasons behind the dramatic decline in crime in New York city, how cheating is rampant in sumo wrestling, in Chicago schools, why the mafia is not great for income etc.

BR 65: Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond

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Comments: Very interesting book – this is Jared Diamond’s reasoning and analysis on why the world is the way it is.

I did feel the ending was abrupt for some reason. The book had me asking for/wanting more!