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Racing Towards Excellence Paperback – 11 Jun 2009
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About the Author
Muzaffar Khan retired from a successful career on Wall Street, having worked in trading and asset management at Citibank, Barclays Capital and Moore Capital. He went on to become the vice-chairman of ACOPS, an international environmental charity, and further study, both independently and at the London School of Economics where he completed an MSc in Development Studies.
Muzaffar later reconciled his two interests - finance and the environment - by joining Man Group Plc as a Consultant to its latest environmental venture, Man ECO. Since leaving Wall Street, he has also coached and mentored a number of people ranging from CEOs to students. Muzaffar has a BSc degree in Industrial and Business Economics from the LSE, and an MA in English Literature from King's College London.
Jan Sramek trades EM Macro at Goldman Sachs, London, having spent his childhood and university years by experimenting with the why, what and how far, and generally hacking life. In his final year at university, he wrote a book about his experience with bending rules and pushing boundaries of what's possible. Shortly thereafter, Financial Names named him the youngest ever person on the annual list of 100 Rising Stars of Financial Markets.
Before university, Jan broke the world A-level record and was named named Olympic hope in handball. He then read Mathematics at Trinity College, Cambridge before transferring to the London School of Economics - in order to found 4 start-ups, a charity and work in the City. Despite working and interning in trading and research at Goldman Sachs, Marshall Wace, AKO Capital, Barclays Capital, UBS and Deutsche Bank instead of studying throughout university, Jan won almost £100,000 in scholarships, and graduated with a First in Mathematics and Economics.
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Getting more specific about the book, I found that the abstract first part had more of an impact on me than the 'doable' second part as opposed to some of the reviewers here.
Clearly Jan is an outlier with a very high IQ. Rather than give solid and helpful advice he choose to take the opportunity to brag about himself in this empty and shallow book of his.
It really gives you some great VERY SIMPLE tips from some outstanding people (the authors) themselves, which with basic steps to follow and basic descriptions of why to change and where you could be going wrong, will shape the next year for you as a stage for you to become a lot more productive and stress free, as you're more productive than your friends, more efficient (i.e. the pages on a smart learner, who doesn't need to go to every class and do everything they want, but instead finds what he needs to do to learn in the most efficient way for exams and projects).
I have just finished the book, and recommend it to all my friends. Within 2 weeks of starting and finishing this book I have now got a more motivated mindset, are already seeing results, physically and mentally (not quite financially yet, being a student... but it's coming) and feeling happier and prouder of my character that I have helped build stronger.
I recommend this book highly and wish I had read this earlier in my life. This is a must buy for students in particular.
We read often in publications, such as the Harvard Business Review for example, how to increase efficiency, innovation, and so on. I believe the stance "Racing Towards Excellence" takes on work/life is more original than this. The balance system explained in the book offers a tangible way to measure, and apply a balance, with visibly short and long term benefits.
Very much reccommended book by myself, and others I know. If you're serious about your work, pick up this book.
Gives a good boot to the butt in a very very gentle and pragmatic manner.
I have read this book twice and would recommend it to anyone wanting to get a grip and race towards excellence as titled and titled well.
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