Spotting Patterns: Getting the Most from Reading Books

Spotting Patterns

Spotting Patterns: Getting the Most from Reading Books How do you get the most from the books you read? This is a question I have thought about a lot since hosting The Invisible Mentor 2015 Reading Challenge. I believe that the best way to get the most from the books you read is by spotting trends, connecting the ideas from one book to another. That’s an interesting thought, but how does someone go through the process? I find that hosting the Challenge is stretching me, because to do the job well, I have to create the right environment for others to get the most from the books they read. I spent hours at the Toronto Public Library … [Read more...]

The Power of Journaling: Capturing Your Thoughts and Ideas

The Power of Journaling

The Power of Journaling: Capturing Your Thoughts and Ideas - Case Study How do you capture your thoughts so you never miss another great idea? For years I did morning pages after reading Julia Cameron's book, The Artist's Way, and then I stopped. For several years, I would record my notes every now and again, and forget which notebook I wrote what in. Last year, when I decided to pursue an informal liberal arts education, I decided it would be prudent to capture my thoughts, reflections, and reactions to what I was learning in one place. I started  the process of journaling again, and it has been a powerful experience, systematically … [Read more...]

Subject Mastery: Reading the Right Books

Subject Mastery

Subject Mastery: Reading the Right Books Imagine this, one year from now, you are meeting with your boss when he tells you that he has to let you go because the company is changing direction and needs employees with skills different from yours. Perhaps you are losing your job because of industry consolidation? Or perhaps you own a business and have not been keeping up with the latest industry trends so you are losing customers. What would have to happen from now to then to make you more marketable to yourself and your stakeholders (employer, customers and clients). I cannot guarantee that you won’t lose a job or customers, but if you … [Read more...]

When people ask, “how do you find the time to read so many books?”

Find the time to read

When people ask, “how do you find the time to read so many books?” A question that I get asked all the time, is “How do you find the time to read so many books?” Because I view reading as one of life’s simple pleasures, I indulge myself all the time. And I would think it would be the same thing for those who enjoy doing other things. I do not while the time away reading books all day, I do have to work on projects because the bills have to be paid. Besides reading because it gives me pleasure, I also read for information and to further my knowledge about “something.” With the pace of technological change, continuous learning is a must, … [Read more...]

The King of Shanghai and Now You See Her

The King of Shanghai

The King of Shanghai and Now You See Her Below you will find some of my thoughts on The King of Shanghai by Ian Hamilton and Thoughts on Now You See Her by Joy Fielding. They are not long enough to be a book review. Thoughts on The King of Shanghai by Ian Hamilton Transitioning from one field to the next is not always smooth sailing, and this is very evident in the King of Shanghai by Ian Hamilton. I introduced you to the Ava Lee series by Ian Hamilton in 2013 while I was journeying on the first Virtual Literary World Tour. While on the Tour, I read The Water Rat of Wanchai: An Ava Lee Novel and The Disciple of Las Vegas. I … [Read more...]