Archives for September 2011

How to Win Friends and Influence People Book Review

Person who has technical knowledge plus the ability to express ideas, to assume leadership, and to arouse enthusiasm among people – that person is headed for higher earning power. – Dale CarnegieDale Carnegie is the author of several all-time international best-selling books like How to Win Friends and Influence People, How to Stop Worrying and Start Living, The Quick and Easy Way to Effective Speaking, How to Enjoy Your Life and Job, The 5 Essential People Skills, and How to Develop Self-Confidence & Influence People by Public Speaking. Dale Carnegie was born in 1888, he was a salesman and aspiring actor before he began teaching communication classes in YMCA.  In 1912, he has founded the world famous Dale Carnegie Course, which provides trainings and seminars on effective communication, human relations and public speaking to millions of people worldwide, both in business and professionals.  To know more about Dale Carnegie’s courses and books, CLICK HERE. It was in August … [Read more...]

Personal Finance 103: Money Management Tips

Financial success requires a man to have a plan for savings, as well as for spending, enabling him to create a surplus that wisely employ to bring financial freedom for the future. – SolomonCommonly, our mindset of money is to spend it and then save what is left.  We follow budgeting instead of managing our money.  In result, we find it hard to multiply and grow our personal money and wealth.  Or worse, we go down with arduous financial debt and crisis. Previously, we’ve published a blog article entitled, Personal Finance 102: What is Money Management?, in which we’ve defined the meaning of money management, and how it differs from budgeting.  If you haven’t read it, click here. As mentioned in our previous blog article, Personal Finance 102: What is Money Management, the principle of money management is to pay yourself first.   It means we allocate our earnings not based on expenses but based on financial categories; like investments, business, savings and expenses. In … [Read more...]

A Box of Quotes

I’ve always been fond of reading and writing.  The first time I’ve ever wrote and kept a journal or diary was when I was 10 years old.  Back in those days, I just basically write the things that happened during the day or I use it as a channel to speak up my mind and emotion. But nowadays, I write to share information and life lessons to thousands of people. Other than writing, I was also a bookworm.  I love reading books.  During high school, I’ve read and collected fiction books and comics like Sweet Valley High, Archie Comics, Stephen King’s work, and etc.  Back then, I already had my mini-library.  But as I grew older and mature more in life, I’ve started to read non-fiction books too, especially on self-improvement, business, management, marketing and investing.   Fortunately, my husband was a booklover too.  Right now, our home library has grown into hundreds of book.  And we hope to grow it more in the years to come. My interest in reading and writing has resulted for me to … [Read more...]

Validated Learning: Lesson Learned from Eric Ries’ the Lean Startup

Early on this month, I had the privilege to know an innovative Silicon Valley entrepreneur in the name of Eric Ries. Eric Ries pioneered and popularized a new-business concept that he called The Lean Startup movement which has already been integrated and applied in many business strategies, small or large.  Eric Ries stated that his mission is to improve the success rate of new innovative products worldwide, and he does it through the Lean Startup movement.  To learn more about him and his Lean Startup movement, visit his website: Startup Lessons Learned I feel fortunate to receive a copy of his book, The Lean Startup.  After reading it, I have learned many valuable lessons that are useful in productivity and success, whether you are doing your own business or employed to other businesses. Aside from doing a usual book review of The Lean Startup, which I will publish in the next days, I’ve decided to create separate articles on topics that I felt were valuable to learn and share.  … [Read more...]

Motivated by Fear

The whole secret of existence is to have no fear. Never fear what will become of you, depend on no one. Only the moment you reject all help are you freed. - Buddha One of my favorite past time when I want to relax is to watch documentary videos or television shows, especially those that talk about the history of the world.  I like watching documentary of our world’s history because I want to learn from them.  I believe that we can learn from the experiences of other people and we make use of those of learning to advance further in our own life. With the number of documentary videos I’ve watched, whether it’s about past civilizations or war, they’ve mentioned something that stuck into my head.  And that’s,Most people are motivated by fear.It has been analyzed and proven that in all generations of human existence, majority of people act out of fear.  The rulers, such as kings, are often able to manipulate the mass majority and conquer new horizons … [Read more...]