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

June 15, 2014

Jai Guru Deva Om

Gak sengaja nemu lagu ini di Youtube. Ada Dakota Fanning dan seketika langsung keinget sesuatu, entah apa. Ternyata soundtrack film I Am Sam, tahun 2001. Mungkin pernah nonton, aku udah lupa. Yang jelas keinget lagunya di momen kehidupan kapan gitu pas kecil. Ternyata aslinya yang nyanyi The Beatles. Aku suka :)

Chapter 4: Where Have All the Criminals Gone? (Freakonomics by Steven Levitt)

The chapter begins with the story of Romania in 1966, when its leader, a communist dictator, Nicolae Ceausescu announced that abortion is illegal.
The prohibition was made ton achieve one of his prime goals: to fasten the strengthening of Romania by pushing the population's growth. (But at the same time he neglected agriculture section and chose manufacture industry).
At '89, thousands of young men demonstrated to protest against Ceausescu's destructive regime. He eventually got judged, harshly, and got executed on December 25th 1989.

Chapter 3: Why Drug Dealers Are Still Living With Their Moms (Freakonomics by Steven Levitt)

As we know, in the middle of 90s there were lots of drug-thingy cases in the US. Drugs were very happening at that time and so many people used it there.

There were also lots of gangs that sold drugs. Drug is expensive, because it has a lot to do with the making, the packing, and the delivery thing.

That way, drug dealers should've had been making buckets of bucks, right?
They should've bought their own apartments, right?
They should've been swimming in their own pool of dollars (just like Uncle Gober), yes?

June 6, 2014

Chapter 1: You Get Used To Something Normal (Life is What You Make It)

Peter Buffett (later I'll call him just "Buffett") believes that to be given the best chance to get biggest benefit from one's own life, is a matter of value s/he holds on to. And those values are usually absorbed from...home.

The first value is trust.
Trust that the world is a good place to live in. 
Trust that all humans are usually good people with good intentions.

Why do we need to build these kinds of trust? 
If we believe that the world is a good place to live in, we won't feel so pessimistic about it. We will want to fight to make it a better place.
If we believe that all humans are basically good people with good intentions, we won't feel so suspicious about each other, we won't care about what others might do/say about us. We will have a good relationship with everyone.

Life is What You Make It by Peter Buffett

Hello! Hope you all have a good time. You know, I try to manage to write here at least three posts every month. And I got two projects right now: 7 Habits for Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey and Freakonomics by Stephen Levitt.

Two weeks ago, as I walked through the bookshelves, I found this book. I have always wanted to write a review about this book and I guess this is the right time. Yes, it has the same title as my blog's. Its content is so good and fruitful that it has inspired me to change the title of the blog. And frankly, it has inspired me to make some important decisions in my life, too.

June 3, 2014

Habit 6: Synergize (7Habits by Stephen Covey)

Habit 4 opens our mind that it's much more better to think win-win --to understand that everyone can win-- in every situation.

Habit 5 teaches us to have a bigger heart to understand first, to listen first... then to be understood.

Habit 6: Synergize is more about combining the previous two habits to achieve greater goals than to just achieve each of both sides' goals.

What is synergy, anyway?
Synergy is 1 + 1 = 3 or more.
Synergy means the whole thing is bigger than just the parts.