Filed under Books

A Brief Review of 3 Memoirs, Part One

A Brief Review of 3 Memoirs, Part One

A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren The book was pretty easy to get through. It, unlike the next two books covered, was considerably light in material. There were three poignant parts I remember the most: The divorce from her first husband, Jim Warren; When she receives the pen in the mail from President Obama after he signs … Continue reading

The 7, no 8, Habits of Highly-Effective People

The 7, no 8, Habits of Highly-Effective People

It was sometime in 2003 that I read The 7 Habits of Highly-Effective People by Stephen R. Covey. I do know a thing or two about “personal change.” I wasn’t going to suggest the Bible for the task of personal change, but definitely this book. The habits are as follows: Be Proactive Begin with the End in … Continue reading

More on Labels and Stereotypes

More on Labels and Stereotypes

While hanging at the Harvard COOP, I came across another great book, Drunk Tank Pink, by Adam Alter. The first part I decided to read was from Part I: The World Within Us, inside Chapter 12: Labels: In 2005, then Harvard University president Larry Summers attributed the dearth of female science and engineering professors to … Continue reading

On Self-Acceptance

On Self-Acceptance

I couldn’t help but resonate so much with this portion of The Six Pillars of Self-Esteem, by Nathaniel Brendan, from Part II: Internal Sources of Self-Esteem, Chapter 7: The Practice of Self-Acceptance: Self-acceptance is the willingness to say of any emotion or behavior, “This is an expression of me, not necessarily an expression I like … Continue reading

Thoughts on ‘Survival of the Nicest’: Part I

Thoughts on ‘Survival of the Nicest’: Part I

I happened to read Stefan Klein’s Survival of the Nicest, particularly this portion of Chapter 8: Us Against Them, section “That’s not how you dax!”: Hannes Rokoczy, a developmental psychologist in Göttingen, taught three-year-olds an invented game he called “daxing.” The point was to move a block using a road and a pusher. After a … Continue reading

Thoughts on Stereotype Threat

Thoughts on Stereotype Threat

As I often hang out in the Harvard Square area, another book I saw and thought was important was Whistling Vivaldi: And Other Clues to How Stereotypes Affect Us, by Claude M. Steele, again, at the Harvard COOP. Particularly, two sections seemed to spark my interest. The first part is from Chapter 2: A Mysterious … Continue reading

Khalil Gibran on Love

Khalil Gibran on Love

While hanging at the Harvard COOP, I came across this book, The Prophet, by poet and philosopher Kahlil Gibran, third best selling poet of all time. I know of him from the public memorial in Copley Square, Boston. When I opened it to the section “On Love”: For even as love crowns you so shall … Continue reading

On Ambition and Leadership

On Ambition and Leadership

To begin to talk about ambition, I would like to cite this single paragraph from US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s memoir, Off the Sidelines (Chapter 6: Ambition Is Not a Dirty Word, page 85): It frustrates me how many people automatically assume the worst about ambitious women. You must be cold. You must be calculating. You … Continue reading