What To Do When It’s Your Turn (and it’s always your turn)

Seth Godinby Seth Godin

Buku ini membahas tentang pentingnya melihat kesempatan dan keberanian untuk mengambil kesempatan itu.

Apa itu kesempatan?

Bagaimana membedakan panggilan dan godaan, bagaimana mengetahui bahwa ini bekerja keras dan bukan bersikeras, atau bahwa kita sedang berserah dan bukan bermalasan?

Goodreads Summary

Seth Godin has pushed the boundaries again by creating a new book format that reads more like a magazine. The book is in full color and is a collection of short stories and essays that help the reader know “what to do when it’s your turn” in life.

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Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Driveby Daniel H. Pink

Tiga elemen motivasi adalah keleluasaan (autonomy), kemahiran (mastery), dan tujuan (purpose). Dua yang pertama berbasiskan metoda. Untuk yang terakhir, cenderung berbasiskan non-metoda.

Apakah tujuan kita? Apakah tujuan kita absolut? Apakah kita perlu bertujuan?

Senantiasa Berada percaya akan selaras dengan Semesta, sikap yang senantiasa menyesuaikan dalam ruang dan waktu yang dianugerahkan, tanpa mengharuskan.

Goodreads Summary

Forget everything you thought you knew about how to motivate people—at work, at school, at home. It’s wrong. As Daniel H. Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others) explains in his paradigm-shattering book Drive, the secret to high performance and satisfaction in today’s world is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.

Drawing on four decades of scientific research on human motivation, Pink exposes the mismatch between what science knows and what business does—and how that affects every aspect of our lives. He demonstrates that while the old-fashioned carrot-and-stick approach worked successfully in the 20th century, it’s precisely the wrong way to motivate people for today’s challenges. In Drive, he reveals the three elements of true motivation:

*Autonomy—the desire to direct our own lives
*Mastery—the urge to get better and better at something that matters
*Purpose—the yearning to do what we do in the service of something larger than ourselves

Along the way, he takes us to companies that are enlisting new approaches to motivation and introduces us to the scientists and entrepreneurs who are pointing a bold way forward.

Drive is bursting with big ideas—the rare book that will change how you think and transform how you live.

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Who Are You, Really?: The Surprising Puzzle of Personality (TED Books #16)

Brian Little

by Brian Little

Kita bukanlah sekadar dari apa yang diturunkan (Biogenic) dan apa yang ada di sekitar kita (Sociogenic). Kita bisa memilih (Idiogenic).

Pertanyaannya, bagaimana kita memilihnya?

Senantiasa Berada merupakan opsi untuk pasif memilih.


A Goodreads Summary

This fun, smart read for anyone eager to better understand (and improve) themselves argues that personality is driven not by nature nor nurture—but instead by the projects we pursue, which ultimately shape the people we become.

Traditionally, scientists have emphasized what they call the first and second natures of personality—genes and culture, respectively. But today the field of personality science has moved well beyond the nature vs. nurture debate. In Who Are You, Really? Dr. Brian Little presents a distinctive view of how personality shapes our lives—and why this matters. Little makes the case for a third nature to the human condition—the pursuit of personal projects, idealistic dreams, and creative ventures that shape both people’s lives and their personalities. Little uncovers what personality science has been discovering about the role of personal projects, revealing how this new concept can help people better understand themselves and shape their lives.

In this important work, Little argues that it is essential to devote energy and resources to creative endeavors in a highly focused fashion, even if it takes away from other components of our well-being. This does not mean that we cannot shift from one core project to another in the days of our lives. In fact, it is precisely that ability to flexibly craft projects that is the greatest source of sustainability. Like learning to walk, forcing ourselves out of balance as we step is the only way in which we can move forward. And it is the only way that human flourishing can be enhanced.

The well-lived life is based on the sustainable pursuit of core projects in our lives. Ultimately, Who Are You, Really? provides a deeply personal itinerary for exploring our personalities, our lives, and the human condition.

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The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

The Lean Startupby Eric Ries




Goodreads Summary

Most startups fail. But many of those failures are preventable. The Lean Startup is a new approach being adopted across the globe, changing the way companies are built and new products are launched.

Eric Ries defines a startup as an organization dedicated to creating something new under conditions of extreme uncertainty. This is just as true for one person in a garage or a group of seasoned professionals in a Fortune 500 boardroom. What they have in common is a mission to penetrate that fog of uncertainty to discover a successful path to a sustainable business.

The Lean Startup approach fosters companies that are both more capital efficient and that leverage human creativity more effectively. Inspired by lessons from lean manufacturing, it relies on “validated learning,” rapid scientific experimentation, as well as a number of counter-intuitive practices that shorten product development cycles, measure actual progress without resorting to vanity metrics, and learn what customers really want. It enables a company to shift directions with agility, altering plans inch by inch, minute by minute.

Rather than wasting time creating elaborate business plans, The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs – in companies of all sizes – a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it’s too late. Ries provides a scientific approach to creating and managing successful startups in a age when companies need to innovate more than ever.


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The Art of Stillness: Adventures in Going Nowhere (TED Books #2)

The Art of Stillness

by Pico Iyer, Eydis Einarsdottir

Descriptions of inward journey, from a personal view, to that of famous Rock Star to Corporation, beautifully depicted as Going Nowhere.

Senantiasa Berada welcome you to the such inward journey.

A Goodreads Summary

A follow up to Pico Iyer’s essay “The Joy of Quiet,” “The Adventure of Going Nowhere” considers the unexpected adventure of staying put and reveals a counterintuitive truth: The more ways we have to connect, the more we seem desperate to unplug.

Why would a man who seems able to go everywhere and do anything–like the international heartthrob and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Famer Leonard Cohen–choose to spend years sitting still and going nowhere? What can Nowhere offer that no Anywhere can match? And why might a lifelong traveler like Pico Iyer, who has journeyed from Easter Island to Ethiopia, Cuba to Kathmandu, think that sitting quietly in a room and getting to know the seasons and landscapes of Nowhere might be the ultimate adventure?

In “The Adventure of Going Nowhere, “Iyer draws on the lives of well-known wanderer-monks like Cohen–as well as from his own experiences as a travel writer who chooses to spend most of his time in rural Japan–to explore why advances in technology are making us more likely to retreat. Iyer reflects that this is perhaps the reason why many people–even those with no religious commitment–seem to be turning to yoga, or meditation, or tai chi. These aren’t New Age fads so much as ways to rediscover the wisdom of an earlier age. There is even a growing trend toward observing an “Internet sabbath” every week, turning off online connections from Friday night to Monday morning and reviving those ancient customs known as family meals and conversation.

In this age of constant movement and connectedness, perhaps staying in one place is a more exciting prospect, and a greater necessity than ever before. “The” “Adventure of Going Nowhere” paints a picture of why so many have found richness in stillness and what–from Marcel Proust to Blaise Pascal to Phillipe Starck–they’ve gained there.

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