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It was a second masterpiece written by Derek. Don’t let the word masterpiece deter you since it was written in such an approachable way. To continue with my analogy with Confucianism last time, this book is more like 论语 (Analects of Confucius). So different from Anything you want which is centred around Derek’s entrepreneur journey, this book is organized in different themes. As I read through Derek’s reflections in the book, I can’t help reflecting on my life:
After reading this book, I simply felt touched. I love how Derek simplified the whole entrepreneurship business into one phrase: creating happiness for you and your customers. It is that simple. This is a book written for the purest ideal in everyone’s heart. It also has the power of transforming that idea into practical actions that make a difference to the world. In Confucianism, he seems to have achieved the state of Junzi(君子), someone who projects his positive energy to benefit the society and cares more about the virtue, Ren (仁), than personal gains.
This book changed my life. It provides extremely useful tips about productivity and prioritization even if you do not intend to quit your job, start your own business and travel around the world. The fact that this book was published more than a decade ago but is more relevant to the current economy says loads about Tim Ferris’ farsightedness. I have to say that I appreciated this book a lot more because I went through an immersive learning experience and found what I used to consider as work was simply me trying to get instant gratification (checking emails being one).
This is the kind of book that you want to finish once you have read the first page. Chris Lovejoy is a Cambridge medical graduate and physician-data scientist. He shares great content about productivity, data science and medicine on his blog and YouTube Channel so do check it out. This is the book that every medical student should read - the earlier the better.
❓ The material in questions: How to have a fulfilling career in medicine What is your definition of a successful career trail of whys attending your own funeral How to expand one’s impact incoporate soomething you like work on self-directed research projects How to cope with down time When and how to leave medicine (consciously) How to be an effective medical student How to study content effectively spaced repetition flashcards periodic review system understanding question-based learning (what this review is about!
Growth mindset used to be a quite trendy topic about 5 years ago and I remember myself being determined to develop the growth mindset. This book is sort of a revisit to the concepts that I was exposed to earlier.
What I learned from the book:
if fixed mindset people want to validate themselves, why don’t they stop after validating themselves once? there will always be challenges in life and fixed mindset people treat each of the challenges as a potential pitfall that can depreciate their worth, instead of an opportunity to grow.