Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Must-Read Books for Graduate Students and Those Who Love Books

This article is written to share ideas on books to read during a school year. The books are insightful, imaginative, and inspiring.

Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell

This nonfiction examination book discusses outlier statistics, which are exceptions to trends and lie on the fringes of data sets that disrupt how someone reads data. As such, people usually toss them aside. Malcolm Gladwell studies outliers in this book and looks at why most people fail while some people succeed. Although the book sounds like a self-help book, its tone is less instructional and more observant. The author does not seek to tell everyone how to be successful but analyzes why some people have succeeded.

How to Read Literature

How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster

This nonfiction book by a University of Michigan professor offers one key insight: Most students do not understand where professors are coming from when they discuss books or other literature. Students often seem mystified that a professor can pull a connection from thin air and still tie together literature’s intricacy while making sense of it. This page-turner is a great choice for literature students.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

This classic novel, which has been around for decades, is short and thus easy to read in a reasonable amount of time. It's also easy to pick up where one left off. The author’s sarcastic, quick wit is evident in her writing. The books by this author are a great exercise for a mind that is curious.

The 4-Hour Workweek

The 4-Hour Work Week by Timothy Ferriss

Everyone would like to spend a little more time playing and a little less time working. The idea of a person having more time to do as he/she pleases sounds idyllic to most. Ferriss thought so too: “Why should someone not be productive anyway?” The book offers great insight into brilliant strategies for streamlining efficiency. This book shows how the author learned many valuable skills like speaking Japanese, dancing the tango, and swimming—all by observing, breaking the process down, and doing it himself. Ferris’s book is essential for anyone who needs to streamline his/her work schedule.

The Phantom Tollbooth

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster and Jules Feiffer

This book describes a boy who receives a mysterious package containing a tollbooth. Driving a toy through the tollbooth transports the boy into a mystical land full of adventures one is sure to remember. A person can escape into another world using this book.

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

This book will certainly entrance readers for many years. The story is about a boy who is left by the graveyard gates and then raised by ghosts and a mysterious figure called Silas. The boy learns courage, love, and friendship in this heart-warming tale.

Although the last two books in this list seem intended for children, they help people to escape from adult life and reestablish what such books teach.

Quotes from Yogi Berra (RIP)

"Baseball is 90 percent mental. The other half is physical." - Yogi Berra, dead at age 90. What a wonderful man and a wonderful baseball player.

"Writing is 90% mental. The other half is physical, just sitting down to write." - John Kremer

More great quotes from Yogi Berra (RIP):

"When you come to a fork in the road, take it."

"It ain't over 'til it's over."

"You should always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise, they won’t come to yours."

"A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore."

"You can observe a lot by watching."

"The future ain’t what it used to be."

I will miss this great man.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Winnie the Pooh on Bravery

If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together
there is something you must always remember.

You are braver than you believe,
stronger than you seem,
and smarter than you think.

— Winnie the Pooh

Monday, September 21, 2015

Keep on Truckin'!

I didn't wait for luck.
I tore after it with a truck.

— A.A. Bell
Keep on truckin'!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Don't Ask What the World Needs

Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive and then go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive. — Howard Thurman, civil rights leader

When you write a book, write what makes you come alive. Do that. Don't be boring. Be alive. — John Kremer

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Monday, September 14, 2015

Sonny Crockett: Know the Rules

You've got to know the rules before you can break 'em. Otherwise, it's no fun. — James "Sonny" Crockett, character in Miami Vice TV series

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Magnum P.I. on Friends

All you have to prove your worth is the friends you leave behind. — Thomas Magnum, character in Magnum P.I. TV series

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

James Baldwin: The Way Your Blood Beats

Go the way your blood beats. — James Baldwin

Go boldly. Go happily. Go willingly.

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Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Victor Hugo on Love and Ideas

There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world; and that is an idea whose time has come. — Victor Hugo, novelist

To love another person is to see the face of God. — Victor Hugo, novelist, Les Miserables

Sydney Bristow on the Truth

There's something that happens when you discover the truth about someone. I know a little about this. The truth changes everything. — Sydney Bristow, character in Alias TV series

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Every Person You Talk to Is a Chance to Change the World

Miracles: You do not have to look for them. They are there, 24/7, beaming like radio waves all around you. Put up the antenna, turn up the volume—snap... crackle... this just in, every person you talk to is a chance to change the world. — Hugh Elliott, blogger, Standing Room Only

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

How to Become a Billionaire

The best way to become a billionaire is to help a billion people. — Peter Diamandis, founder of the XPrize

Margaret Atwood: Go Around Obstacles

Remember you are half-water. If you can't go through an obstacle, go around it. Water does. — Margaret Atwood, novelist

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Steve Jobs: If Today Were Your Last Day

If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today? — Steve Jobs


Thursday, August 13, 2015

Follow Your Passion and the Money Will Follow

Follow your passion, be happy, and the money will follow. Do the opposite and you will have money without happiness. Life is simple when you think about it. — The English Sisters

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Ronald Reagan on Love

You'll never get in trouble if you say "I love you" at least once a day. — Ronald Reagan, actor and U.S. president

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Kevin Costner on the Journey

I think most people want the endgame. I’ve always liked the journey. — Kevin Costner


Friday, August 07, 2015

Ralph Waldo Emerson: A Road into the Woods

If man has good corn, or wood, or boards, or pigs to sell, or can make better chairs or knives, crucibles, or church organs, than anybody else, you will find a broad, hard-beaten road to his house, though it be in the woods. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
It turns out my house is in the woods.

Thursday, August 06, 2015

I Will Try Again Tomorrow

Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’ — Mary Anne Radmacher

Friday, July 31, 2015

Ernest Hall: To Be a Successful Entrepreneur

To be a successful entrepreneur one needs a vision of greatness for one's work. If we dream extravagantly we will be inspired to forge a reality beyond the straight jacket of practicalities. There is a profound connection between art and enterprise which allows businesses to overcome the limitations of their existing visions. — Ernest Hall

Pablo Casals: You Are Unique

There won't be another like you until the end of the world. You are unique. — Pablo Casals

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Warren Buffett on Good Ideas

All I want is one good idea every year. If you really push me, I will settle for one good idea every two years. — Warren Buffett

Me, too!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Walt Disney on Doing Things Well

Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and bring their friends. – Walt Disney

Great advice!

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

If Your Enemy Wrongs You . . .

If your enemy wrongs you, buy each of his children a drum. — Chinese proverb ‪#‎funny‬ ‪#‎true‬
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