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So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
So Good They Can't Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love
by Cal Newport
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing account of advocating hard work and developing skills, 10 Feb 2014
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In the world of fast successes and over-night start, it is so refreshing to be reminded that, in order to be love what you do and become good at it, crafting the skill is necessary. As a musician myself, it has always been so obvious - as much practice you invest in your playing, the better you will be. Newport logically argues against 'Follow your passion' theory as it is led by the premise 'what others (or job) can do for me' and it can be destructive. On the other hand, 'craftmanship mindset' asks 'what can I do for the world', and is determined to become the best (s)he can be in everything (s)he does.
Finally, a 'how to' book that does not promote quick success, but advocated developing craftsmanship.


How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing
How to Write a Lot: A Practical Guide to Productive Academic Writing
by Paul J. Silva
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.95

5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful for PhD, 28 Jan 2014
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I have only discovered this book recently, read it in a day, and change my wrong writing habits. I was one of those saying "I am waiting for an inspiration to write" and never writing anything properly until the last minute. However, this book on very clear and interesting (funny, as well) way explains that writing is a habit and scheduling a time for writing is the most essential part in the writing process. It really change my attitude towards academic writing, from "i hate it but I must do it", to "Not so bad at least, and I can practice it and become better". Extremely helpful for me, 1st year PhD student.


Orchestrating Collaboration at Work: Using Music, Improv, Storytelling, and Other Arts to Improve Teamwork
Orchestrating Collaboration at Work: Using Music, Improv, Storytelling, and Other Arts to Improve Teamwork
by Arthur B. VanGundy
Edition: Paperback
Price: £32.51

5.0 out of 5 stars Truly helpful, 20 May 2013
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This book is an excellent guide to coaches, trainers, managers and all who want to bring creativity into their work environment. Games or exercises described are easily performed by everyone resulting in building firmer collaboration and connection between the participants. Excellent manual for arts-based learning!


God Sent a Man
God Sent a Man
by Carlyle B. Haynes
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary!, 20 May 2013
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The most inspirational career path ever been written. This book is the source of my professional inspiration since I firstly read it couple of years ago. This is the book about waiting patiently for God to fulfil His promise and keeping the faith alive. From a slave to a prime minister - this is the story about an extraordinary success of a young man who put his life into God's hands. It is a true story about God's providence. Also, book filled with extraordinary lessons for every person aspiring to fulfil God's purpose in his/her life - career wise.


The Mountain Within:  Leadership Lessons and Inspiration for Your Climb to the Top
The Mountain Within: Leadership Lessons and Inspiration for Your Climb to the Top
by Herta Von Stiegel
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £15.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss out this book, 20 May 2013
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Truly inspiring book describing intense experience of climbing the top of the mountain in parallel with climbing the top of corporate ladder. It is a `must have' for every individual, regardless the job position or background, who aspire to find inspiration and worthwhile business advice in everyday life. Don't miss this book!


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