I’m a big believer in learning from multiple sources to accelerate learning. If you just picked one book, the writer might not teach the concepts in the same way as another writer and different writers might click with you on different sub-topics. Just pick multiple sources when learning anything. I’ve picked a few courses and sources to learn Python from: The first one is from Udemy called The Python Bible™ | Everything You Need to Program in Python. The second is from Udacity called Intro to Computer Science. (The instructor is great!) The third is also from Udacity called Introduction to Python Programming And the fourth is from YouTube from an amazing channel called CS Dojo. Check them out!
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I’m 38 years old which means that I have probably about 30 years of working life left. That’s AGES. Think about what working life was like 30 years ago. That was 1988. I think my computer at home was an Amstrad CPC464. It ran a tape deck and took 20 mins to load Double Dragon. That’s if it successfully ran and you didn’t need to restart the whole process. Now, we have smartphone computers in our pockets that are thousands of times more powerful. Think about how much more powerful computers and technology in general will be in 10 years, 20 years or 30 years. Moore’s Law dictates that processing power doubles every single year. That’s literally exponential. Quantum computers already exist. People are talking about huge chunks of the workforce being automated. How do you not become obsolete? For me, as someone who has never programmed, it’s not about …[Read More]
Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday is the third book in my Book a Week Challenge. I must admit that I didn’t find this an easy read. Street Smarts was a page turner. Ego is the Enemy less so. That’s not to say that it’s not got an important message. It does. And it’s a message that you can apply to your own life. Key Takeaways Don’t let your Ego get in the way of proper progress I’ve been playing golf for since I was 13. That’s more than 20 years ago. I’m still a pretty poor player knocking around a 24 handicap. You’d think that in 20 years I might have improved. Even one shot better a year would have meant I’d be a single figure golfer by now. So why haven’t I improved. Holiday would say that my Ego has prevented me from improving. I think …[Read More]
Jim Rogers is an investing legend. His Quantum Fund was up 4,200% when he retired at the age of 37. Since then, he’s taught at Columbia and travelled around the world twice setting Guinness World Records in the process! Street Smarts is a book that opens your mind. It’s an exhilarating read. The opening chapters are a memoir, which takes you from his beginnings in Alabama to Yale to Oxford to the US Army to Wall Street and to Quantum. He’s definitely a man to listen to (unlike the likes of Greenspan, Geithner, Paulson at al. who Rogers excoriates). Key takeaways from Street Smarts Think really long term Rogers thinks about not just the last bear market (2008) but about the dot.com crisis, the Asia crisis, the savings and loans crisis, OPEC, The Second World War, The Great Depression, the 1907 crash and so on. Don’t think about this news cycle; …[Read More]
I picked up Shoe Dog on a recent trip through Hong Kong airport. I’d first heard about it on Bill Gates’ excellent blog. I read this in less than a week. It’s that good a page turner. It’s the story of how Phil Knight went from selling shoes in Oregon to building a $30bn empire. What stands out about this book is its raw honesty. Knight never puts a nice spin on things. In many ways, he’s a very difficult man. He doesn’t omit this. He’s uncommunicative to colleagues and can be a complete asshole. But he’s a man you respect and by the end of the book, I really liked him. It reads more like a novel than a business book. One of the best memoirs I’ve ever read. Key takeaways from Shoe Dog Pursue something related to what you love Knight wanted to be a professional athlete. He …[Read More]
This TED Talk by Amy Cuddy on how deeply your body language affects you is one of the most viewed TED Talks of all time. Summary Professor Cuddy demonstrates just how closely linked the physical is with the psychological. We heard of psychosomatic, where your mind can influence your body, eg when anxiety affects your bodily health. Cuddy explains how our body language affects our mental states, i.e. the reverse is also true. For example, if you’re hunched over, with your shoulders rolled forward, looking down at the ground, it’s likely that you’re in a nervous state of mind. Now exaggerate the opposite posture. Sit back, lean backwards, open up your chest, breathe deeply and you’re likely now feeling more relaxed, less anxious and more at ease. We can exaggerate this further. There’s a universal pose for victory and feeling victorious. Studies show that even those unable to see make …[Read More]
This video by Simon Sinek will change how you see the world. In this TED talk, Sinek says most of the time we fail to start with the Why. Instead, he argues in general that, we start with the What, then the How, then the Why. To resonate with people, however, we need to start with the Why. This is the part that appeals to the ‘feeling’ part of the brain. Not the rational, logical part, but the emotional part. Sinek applies this to marketing, such as when explaining Apple appeals to consumers more than Dell. Both sell great computers (the What). Both sell the How. But only Apple truly sells the Why. Sinek argues that Apple found their raison d’etre and started from there. They sold the counterculture, the rebellion, the attack on the status quo and that’s what consumers bought into. They bought why Apple existed before they …[Read More]