BR 80: 10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management by Hyrum W Smith

Category: 2 – BUY it! (All Categories are 1 – Read ASAP!, 2 – BUY it!, 3 – SHELF it, 4 – SOMEDAY it)

Comments: A particularly good time management book that, for a change, is grounded in principles.

What to expect: I have blogged about Hyrum’s Prioritized Daily Task Lists here and here. And there is more to come. In short, this is an experienced time manager who believes (rightly so, in my opinion) that your daily task list should be indicative of your core values.

Add on Mar 16, 2016: I had long forgotten about this book but can see why I rated this highly. I think there have been better books since though.

BR 79: Too Big To Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin

Category: 1 – Read ASAP! (All Categories are 1 – Read ASAP!, 2 – BUY it!, 3 – SHELF it, 4 – SOMEDAY it)

Comments: I was hesitant to read this as I was not a fan of finance related books then. While the financial crisis intrigued me, I still wasn’t convinced if I was prepared to go through an 18 hour audio.

This book, however, is riveting. It is the financial crisis from the perspective of the massive characters/egos who battled hard to save the world from a complete meltdown. The book got me feeling up close and personal with all Wall Street CEO’s like Fuld, Dimon, Pandit, Mack, Blankfeid etc, key US treasury, federal officials like Paulson, Geithner and the like. It took me on an emotional journey that had me smiling at Jamie Dimon’s tact and diplomacy, marveling at the real power and weight that Goldman Sachs carries with it, gasping at the holes in AIG’s balance sheet  and feeling sad at Dick Fuld’s fate along with that of Lehmann Brothers. I can go on forever on this book.. it is one of the best books I have read, period.

And full credit, of course, to Andrew Ross Sorkin as it is rare to come across a book so well written.


BR 78: The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz

Category: 3 – SHELF it (All Categories are 1 – Read ASAP!, 2 – BUY it!, 3 – SHELF it, 4 – SOMEDAY it)

Comments: This book is a popular self help book but it didn’t have as much of an impact on me. I actually read it a few months ago but as I was about to pen down a review for it, I realized I remembered nothing. So, I had to re-read it to write this review.

What to expect: Lots of very very good ideas and suggestions. The only issue is Schwartz never uses stories to illustrate his ideas. There is a lot of ‘telling’ which is easy to forget. Nevertheless, many good learnings – a couple of them are here and here.