Mere Christianity

I have wanted to read Mere Christianity by CS Lewis for a long time. This book did not disappoint as I listened to it on audiobook. The book is written for Christians, not for those who do not believe. This is an important thing to understand as, it will not be understood by those who…

The Barefoot Investor

I love reading books on finances, so I read The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape. I did not realize this was a financial book by an Australian author and for an Australian audience. Still, the author presented an overall great plan for personal finances.

Skin in the Game

I have thoroughly enjoyed almost all of Nassim Taleb’s books. This one (Skin in the Game) is one of my top 2 favorites due to how well it translates to real life practice. For Taleb’s books, I find his words to be one of the best ways to phrase his thoughts and ideas. Here are…

12 Rules for Life

12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson The Rules: Stand up straight with your shoulders back Treat yourself like someone you are responsible for helping Make friends with people who want the best for you Compare yourself to who you were yesterday, not to who someone else is today Do…

Sentence Structure

“This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music….

How to make people like you

Establishing a positive interaction with others is a crucial life skill. I recently read the book, How to make people like you in 90 seconds or less by Nicholas Boothman. This book has some great learning points in it. Effective Communication can be remembered by the acronym KFC: Know the wants, needs, and goals Find…

Regression to the Mean

There are few statistical facts more interesting than regression to the mean for two reasons. People encounter it almost every day of their lives Almost nobody understands it The coupling of these two reasons makes regression to the mean one of the most fundamental sources of error in human judgement. –Anonymous (As seen in the…

What the Luck?

I just finished the book, What the Luck – a book by Gary Smith that goes in depth into how regression to the mean affects us in so many parts of our lives. Regression is a package of pitfalls and opportunities. Avoid the pitfalls and seize the opportunities. In this book, he describes several statistical…

Stop Acting Rich

I just finished the book, Stop Acting Rich: And Start Living Like A Real Millionaire by Thomas J. Stanley. This was an alright book (I thought his book, The Millionaire Next Door, was better written), but his points are salient. Here are some ideas I took away from the book. Most rich people become wealthy…

The Honest Truth About Dishonesty

I recently finished the book, The Honest Truth About Dishonesty: How We Lie to Everyone-Especially Ourselves by Dr. Dan Ariely. This book essentially describes the psychology behind why people cheat or fudge the truth and by how far. Dr. Ariely begins by describing the Simple Model of Rational Crime (SMORC) where the idea is people…