"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I, I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference" - Robert Frost

December 29, 2013

David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell (Part Two and Three) (3)

Morning guys <3
I know you've been waiting for this :3. Yes yes we're gonna talk about the second. and also the last part (it turns out that there's actually three parts of it, so yeah) of the book. If you want to read the previous two, go here and here. :)

So let's see... On the Introduction we've read the David and Goliath story and our eyes were opened by Gladwell on part One. We've learnt, so far, that underdogs can win. That we can't just underestimate those who look like below us. Or the other way around, we can't underestimate ourselves for everyone has their own strength and uniqueness. Underdogs can win. We are big fish in small pond.

Part Two is titled "The Theory of Desirable Difficulty" and consists of three chapters: chapter 4, 5 and 6.

December 23, 2013

David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell (2)

(See previous summary here.)

Chapter two: Teresa Debrito.

Most people think that a smaller class is better for students' achievement.  Is it really so?
Some countries, including US, China, Canada, Netherland, Singapore, Hong Kong, England and Korea agreed in that idea and have decided to change their class' size.

But as more researches are done, there are differences of result in different countries. There's a 15% significant proof that students achieve better in a smaller class. Also 15% significant proof for students that achieve worse. 20% says that smaller class has no effect and the rest 50% is a bit confusing; it leads to both directions but can't be concluded. So actually the idea "the smaller the class, the better the achievement" is apparently nothing than just an idea that works in only small percentage.

December 22, 2013

David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell is back!

Born on September 3, 1963 (close to mine. The date, not the year of birth :p), Gladwell graduated from the University of Toronto with a degree in history and later became a journalist, bestselling author, and recently a speaker.

Gladwell has been considered a thought provocator -- who happens to make us change the way we think about almost everything when/after reading his books. He has written five books: The Tipping Point, Blink, Outliers, What the Dog Saw and now David and Goliath.

After waiting for four years, Gladwell finally released his new book on October 2013. He brings the world his Gladwell-ness writings (with so much researches, lots of reading, tables, and this time, graphics!) back. David and Goliath -- Underdogs, Misfits and The Art of Battling Giants is not "just another book". It's a book you MUST read!

Well well, enough for the introduction part. Let's move on to the quick summary. :3

December 20, 2013

The Firm (Part Two)

(See part one here)

Wayne Tarrance says that he knows Mitch, and that he's curious about the Hodge and Kozinski's death. He tells Mitch that everything Mitch has, has been hacked. Phone, car, and even house. He then gives Mitch his namecard and asks Mitch to call him whenever he has something to inform, then he walks away. Mitch becomes afraid. Man, being approached by an FBI guy means something big has really happened, right? He then goes back to office and tells his mentor, Avery Tolar, that an FBI guy just approached him.

A meeting is held later, consists of all the partners including Tolar, Mr. Lamber and Nathan Locke. They ask Mitch about the incident. Mitch ois a smart guy, he doesn't answer the question truthfully. When they ask him if Tarrance gave him a namecard he says "No. I just ran because I was afraid. It was scary and annoying at the same time." They believe in him, and let him go.

December 16, 2013

Book Review: The Firm by John Grisham

Do you guys know John Grisham? John Grisham is a lawyer, now living in North Carolina.
He's also a worldwide-bestselling author in US. And after opening Wikipedia, I just knew that he's also a politician, too. Hehehe.

Well, I happened to read his book because I was so bored and the only novel left unread was John Grisham's. And you can say that I'm addicted to it. PERFECTLY addicted. I'll tell you later why.
I've read The Partner, The Rainmaker, The Judge, The Summons, The Street Lawyer and I've recently read The Testament. But the one that I favorite the most is The Firm.
Now now, let me share the review. Hope you're not getting interested in reading it, because once you got, there's no way out, you gotta keep reading! Haha kidding :p


Mitch McDeere just graduated from Harvard Law School. He already has wife, named Abby. He loves her and so does Abby. Their past in Harvard wasn't so good. They lived poorly that they could only cook chicken once a week and drove a used car. Many students underestimated them but they were okay with that. The good thing is that Mitch graduated third in Harvard.

Now three firms are offering him job, and he gotta pick one. One in New York, one in Chicago and one in Memphis. He's been interviewed by the NY and Chicago firm ones.
When he's being interviewed by the Memphis firm (Bendini, Lambert and Locke), he asks them about the salary and the facilities they'll give if he joins them. He was shocked when given the info. Later he decides to take the Memphis job.

What Mitch doesn't know is that the Memphis firm has been eyeing him and knows everything about him. They know his past. They know his dad had passed away and his mom re-married. He has a big brother who's in jail nobody knows. They even know he has debt. They know he's thirsty. And that's why they offer him to work with them.

So, Mitch starts working on that firm and sees the realization of what the firm promised him. He has the newest BMW, a small beautiful house, all with low interest. The McDeeres now have credit cards, which they spend wisely (lol) to taste the expensive retaurants. Sometimes Abby asks Mitch on why the firm wants to know so much about them. (Abby's new friend, wife of Mitch's friend, told her that the reason the firem wants to know about them is because they care of Mcdeeres' future. But Abby just doesn't believe it. Abby thinks that it's beyond the privacy and she doesn't like it. Mitch has no idea.

Not so long after that, Mitch's colleagues, Joe Hodge and Martin Kozinski died in a scuba diving accudent, and Mitch finds it weird. But he keeps focusing on his career. Three months later, when having a meal on a cafe, an FBI agent, Wayne Tarrance comes to him and tells him what the firm actually is.


Do you really want to know more? :3 See you on part two! :3

December 14, 2013

Movie Review: The Hunger Games!

Good day, folks! :3
I knew it's been a long time, a really looooooooooooooong time since I last wrote a movie review, right?
And I know it's maybe a little too late to review this movie since it's a last year movie. But then I think it's ok because it's a real good movie so yeah I decided to write it here hwehehehehehe. Keep reading!

December 11, 2013

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens (Part Four)

Hiiiiiii :D
How are you all? Guess it's been a while. So, well, I'm here to share the last part of 7 Habits. :)
Yesss it's Habit #7: Sharpen the Saw.

After we take controls of the previous six habits, there's one habit that we can't forget to do. Sharpen the saw it is. What's sharpen the saw anyway? Sharpen the saw is when you re-new yourself, so you'll always have the energy to do what you're doing. 
Sharpen the saw can be when you read books, doing singing rehearsals, praying, reading bible/quran.
Sharpen the saw can also be when you go to new places and learn new things.

Why sharpening the saw is so important for us? Well, it's importantbecause, like it or not, we really need to improve ourselves, to refresh our thoughts, to deal with changes, to cope with real life. And sharpening the saw is the answer.

May we all be enlightened.

Ok, this might be the end of the 7 Habits review. I suggest you to read the book if you really want to apply them.
Happy reading!

December 7, 2013

7 Habits Part Three (Book Review)

Hi again, friends! So it's weekend already aaaaand I decided to type this exciting --yet enlightening, hopefully-- post for you. Keep catching up, will you? ;)

This post is a continuity of the two previous posts on Sean Covey's 7 Habits. Part One is here, and part Two is here. Okeh, let's start :)

Part Three: Public Victory
Relationship Bank Account
Habit #4: Think Win/Win
Habit #5: Seek to Understand First, Then to be Understood
Habit #6: Synergize

On Public Victory...
Well, after winning private victory, which includes controlling yourself for every action we take, knowing what you want in life, prioritizing things and more), now we can go further to the next level. Yes, public victory is not just about yourself. It's how we make the better world a better place to live in....together.

On Relationship Bank Account...
What is relationship bank account anyway, Nad? The same like the personal one, relationship bank account is important to us. 
Example, when you do good to others, you'll feel good and others will be happy too. 
But when you do them bad things, well, they'll feel sad and, although you say you don't really care about it, you'll feel sad too because it makes your feelings not good.

To improve our relationship bank account, we can do things like do good deeds, say sorry, keep your loyalty, etc. And we also have to keep our integrity here. And principles.

On Habit #4: Think Win/Win...
Most people think life works this way: if you win, I lose. If I win, you must lose. If it seems that I'm gonna lose, you'll have to lose too.
That's not right. Let's have a big heart and think of life the other way around. If we can make both people win, why not? They key is to listen to what people want, and tell them what we want, and then seek solutions for both. Wouldn't that be nice? :)

On Habit #5: Seek to Understand First Then to be Understood
So often whenever we do everything, we want everyone to see things with our perspective(s), and we don't give a chance  to put ourselves in others' shoes. Let's turn the rule around! That way, we won't get to what we actually want, if you ask me.
The key is to LISTEN! *brb playing Beyonce's song*

On Habit #6: Synergize
In this habit, Covey wants us to know that if we synergize, the energy becomes uncountable and it;ll make everything better. 1+1=3 or more.
This habit is cool!

So that's all in the part three. See ya on habit #7! :)

December 5, 2013

The 4 Disciplines of Execution (Part One, Two, Three, and Four)

This book actually belongs to my mom. But because I recently need the knowledge given in this book, jadilah saya "terpaksa" membaca buku ini.
Kalau boleh jujur, ini non-fiksi yang paling berat yang pernah saya baca sejauh ini. Bukan berat sih, hanya saja bagi saya agak membosankan. Makanya ketika baca selalu saya kaitkan sama hal-hal yang saya butuhkan juga, biar tetep nyambung hahaha.
But then, although it's boring, bisa juga digunakan buat kehidupan sehari-hari kok :)

Now I'm gon' tell you a bit about the book ya... I'm gonna use easy examples so that it's gon' be easier for you to understand..

The 4 Disciplines of Execution (Part Four)

..... Finally! :3
So in this post I'm gonna share about the last discipline of execution, also known as Discipline #4: Create Rhythm Accountability.
Before you get dizzy by the difficult words I use (lol actually I get confused too when trying to understand it), let's find out more about it. Shall we? :)

December 3, 2013

Book Review: The 4 Disciplines of Execution (Part One, Two and Three)

This book actually belongs to my mom. But because I recently need the knowledge given in this book, jadilah saya "terpaksa" membaca buku ini.
Kalau boleh jujur, ini non-fiksi yang paling berat yang pernah saya baca sejauh ini. Bukan berat sih, hanya saja bagi saya agak membosankan. Makanya ketika baca selalu saya kaitkan sama hal-hal yang saya butuhkan juga, biar tetep nyambung hahaha.
But then, although it's boring, bisa juga digunakan buat kehidupan sehari-hari kok :)

December 2, 2013

Book Review: The 4 Disciplines of Execution (4DX) by Sean Covey (Part Three)

Hello :)
This post is about 4DX's Discipline #3: Managing Motivating Scoreboard.
You haven't read Discipline #1 and #2? You can read them here and here. :)

So now we understand what discipline #1 and #2 are all about. We've known what our WIGs are, amd we've already known the things we need to do to achieve our goals.
Then how do we know if we're losing or winning?

Discipline #3 is about how we know whether we're losing or winning, and how to turn the tide.

For example, on Lizzies case (read part two), her WIG is to be the best at school. Her lead measures are including re-read the subjects every night, do her homework and watch Salman's Khan video on Youtube.
Now, how do we know if she can really be the best at school?
We know that, beside being a student, Lizzie is also a daughter, a member of the house, a friend of her friends. So she also has other things to do, like doing the home works, going out with friends, also having a me-time for herself, so she might probably fall into the whirlwind instead of focusing executing her WIG, right?
How she can keep herself  focused, then? That is, by writing a motivating scoreboard.

Motivating scoreboard is used to make us know where we are now and keep us focused on getting to where we're heading. When in team, make sure you have two kinds of scoreboards: for the leaders and for the team member. Usually, scoreboard for leaders is different than for the team member, Because the leaders' goals are different than the team's goals

Scoreboard for the team member is used to let them know where're they're at and where they're heading to, how far is it? how near is it?
Thus, it will get the team motivated more and more to achieve their goals. That's how 4DX change people's behavior. Scoreboard will make the team member enganged with their goals.
On Lizzie's case, it doesn't matter whether the scoreboard is for the leader or for the team member because the do-er here is just Lizzie herself.

There are characteristics for an interesting scoreboard. Scoreboard should be simple, easy to look for, shows lag and lead measures. Also, scoreboard should help us know whether we lose or win.

Now now, I hope you are enlightened by this post. If there's anything you don't know yet, ask me here :)