Hi, I want to share with you the books I managed to finish after the last time I talked about them. My intention is to share with you some really good books. But, as always I will do it in small steps at a time!
This book is read with great delight and the narrative is extremely powerful. The author made a really really extended study of John D. Rockefeller and he is concentrated more on the personality and the gossip and the microcosm of his life. As it is obvious, Ron Chernow falls in love with his subject although he tries to be as objective as possible. What he writes down is carefully filtered through exhausting study and research.
What I gained from this reading
I have always liked John D. Rockefeller, the richest man of all times. When I saw a documentary a couple of years ago in Youtube (if I can recall correctly, this one here, Ron Chernow also comments in this). From that video I copied the bookkeeping habit. I have bought a small notebook where I jot down any expenses I make during the day. Now, with the book I even bought a real ledger book and keeping my earnings and expenses balanced! I think this habit saved me countless money so far. Especially, when I realized WHERE the money were spent! 40% of it was garbage stuff! Now, all these stupid purchases are dead and gone and instead the money go to savings account in order to invest them when I have a good amount of it.
Other things that stroke me where that he was extremely frugal for a multimillionaire and he despised mindless spending like hell! Furthermore, when he retired he played golf with passion almost until his death! Other incidents like when he was emptying all local banks of money loans in order to purchase every company, every refinery etc. blew me away. Can you imagine that he was walking down the street and bankers offered loans to him like we say good morning to each other?
This is a book about extreme successes and the different and really interesting points of view the author insists on making these success stories real. It is not pure luck, it is not pure efforts, it is not pure circumastances.
There are a lot of examples analyzed and Gladwell like performing a surgery breaks them into small pieces making a clear and strong point each time. Have you ever heard of the rule of 10000 hours of deliberate practice in order to achieve mastery to any profession, art or science field? Here it is.
To be honest I heard a lot about this rule. First time I encountered it was in some developer’s website claiming that in order to become a true master in programming you need 10000 hours or 10 years of programming in your hands. If I remember he was answering in some question like: How to become a programming ninja or sth like this, whatever.
I highly recommend these books to you. They will expand your thinking and give you a ton of information and ideas which you may implement in your daily life.
Have a nice reading!