2020 Reading Challenge (April)
April was also a tough month! I’ve been working until too late every night, but I managed to have some time to learn and read. These are the books I finished. See you next month!
- “Big Potential” by Shawn Achor. A motivating book about how to get our best potential. Shawn shares five things you need to consider to achieve success and happiness. One of them stuck in my mind: “If you want Big Potential, you must inspire and enable other people to also lead from wherever they currently are.”
- “How to See Yourself As You Really Are” by His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. It is an eye-opener book that I’m considering rereading it because I would like to take more notes and study every concept. Something that I still remember is: “Ignorance leads to exaggerating the importance of beauty, ugliness, and other qualities […] Exaggeration of these qualities leads to lust, hatred, jealousy, belligerence, and so on […] These destructive emotions lead to actions contaminated by misperception.”
- “The Leader Who Had No Title” by Robin Sharma. This book shares principles that can help any people become true leaders. From my point of view, this book could be a little bit shorter and straight to the point, but it was engaging. Robin tells the story of Blake over his training to be a leader.
- “Peopleware” by Tom DeMarco & Timothy Lister. The first time I read this book was in 2005. After all these years, I’ve got a lot of experience and scars in the software industry, and my conclusion is that besides it was published in 1978, it is still valid in our time. It is incredible that after 40 years, we are still having the same problems in software. This book analyzes software development projects from the point of view of the people and their interactions. I recommend reading this book. You will learn a lot!
- “This is Marketing” by Seth Godin. I enjoy reading this book. Seth explains, in his own passioned way, that marketing success in today’s world comes from focusing more on the needs, values, and desires of our target audience rather than spamming. It’s a fascinating and motivating book!