F Scott Fitzgerald Personal Library

F Scott Fitzgerald

F Scott Fitzgerald Personal Library Born on September 24, 1896, F Scott Fitzgerald, novelist, essayist and short story writer is best known for The Great Gatsby, which accurately depicted the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties boom years of excess. He often wrote about tragic love. While at Princeton, Fitzgerald began his literary career, and he loved it so much that he started to neglect his studies and subsequently dropped out of school. At Princeton, he contributed pieces to the Princeton Tigers, Nassau Literary Magazine and wrote for Princeton Triangle Club’s musicals. After leaving Princeton, F Scott Fitzgerald joined the army. … [Read more...]

7 Vital Steps to Maximizing Growth, Sales & Profit by Colin Sprake

Colin Sprake

7 Vital Steps to Maximizing Growth, Sales & Profit by Colin Sprake Recently, I attended the Entrepreneur Symposium where Colin Sprake, the founder of Make Your Mark delivered an excellent presentation on the 7 Vital Steps to Maximizing Growth, Sales & Profit. The thrust of the presentation was on focusing on the needs of your clients and prospects. His advice, which makes sense, is contrarian to what we are taught. So, for instance, we are taught to craft an elevator pitch, and at events, when we introduce ourselves to say it. The elevator pitch should include name, company name and the products and service we offer. Colin … [Read more...]

I Robot by Isaac Asimov, Book Review

I Robot

I Robot by Isaac Asimov, Book Review A friend once told me that she is scared to read science fiction. She is scared because sci-fi often predicts certain scientific developments, which she doesn’t want to learn about. For her, some of those predictions may be scary, and she thinks that she is better off not knowing. In I Robot, and the other robot stories in the series, Isaac Asimov predicts certain real developments in the field of robotics. A point worth noting, is that Karel Čapek, a prolific Czech writer, introduced the word robot in his play, R. U. R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots) in 1921, but The Oxford English Dictionary credits … [Read more...]

Personal Library of Wystan Hugh Auden (W H Auden)

Wystan Hugh Auden

Born on February 21, 1907, Wystan Hugh Auden was one of the world's best known poet when he died on September 29, 1973. Known as WH Auden, the poet grew up in York, England. He was born into an educated family, his father was a physician and his mother a nurse. Because of their influence, he developed an interest in science and engineering, and coupled with his intelligence, he won a scholarship to Oxford University where he started to write poetry. Although he had a natural intelligence, Auden did not perform very well while he was at Oxford. The poet was friends with other writers and poets such as Stephen Spender, C Day Lewis and Louis … [Read more...]

Marty Neumeier’s Rules of Genius

Rules of Genius

Marty Neumeier’s Rules of Genius I had the privilege of attending a presentation delivered by Marty Neumeier on the Rules of Genius, which he extracted from his book, The 46 Rules of Genius: An Innovator's Guide to Creativity (Voices That Matter). The presentation was excellent and gave me much food for thought, so I wanted to share the highlights with you. What is Genius? “Anyone who turns insights into innovation and in the process changes our view of what is possible.” Marty Neumeier cautioned the audience to become a genius in a small slice of the world. That means that you shouldn’t try to be all things to everyone. He also … [Read more...]