Monday, August 25, 2014

College Success Guaranteed: 5 Rules to Make It Happen

Malcolm Gauld 
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As a lifelong teacher, Malcolm Gauld has watched thousands of kids go off to college. Some return to visit after their first year exuding the vibe of conquering heroes. Others look, well, pretty bummed out. This book offers a plan to help the new college student complete Year #1 as a member of the first group. With anecdotes from current college students and recent graduates, the book presents five simple rules:

Rule #1: Go to Class - I've never known a kid who flunked out of college who attended all his or her classes.
Rule #2: Study 3 Hours X 5 days per week - How to transition from homework to study.
Rule #3: Commit to Something - Don't drown in free time. Here's how to stay afloat.
Rule #4: Get a Mentor - How to set up a support system.
Rule #5: Procrastination Kills - How to rise above.

The book is a short, non-preachy, fun, and tad irreverent primer that can help you get off to a strong start toward the 'best four years of your life.'

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鄧東文 著
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Monday, August 18, 2014

I Am Because We Are: African Wisdom in Image and Proverb

Betty Press ; proverbs compiled by Annetta Miller… 
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I Am Because We Are features 125 black and white photographs by Betty Press taken all over East and West Africa since 1987, combined with related African proverbs compiled by Annetta Miller, an American born in Tanzania. The book highlights the importance of proverbs in educating members of African societies on how to think, how to behave, and how to have a better life. Press took these photographs with the goal of making a significant educational and artistic contribution to the appreciation and understanding of African culture and society as well as our own.

The photographs of daily life deal with knowledge, cooperation, love, beauty, friendship, hope, humor, sorrow, happiness, gratitude, dance, tradition, faith, peace, war, death, and human relationships. These are the same themes found in African proverbial language. Thus came the natural idea of coupling images with proverbs. Together they offer a powerful expression of African life and the universality of human emotions, ideas, and knowledge.

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楊雲鵬 編著
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Monday, August 11, 2014

HBR's 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself

Contributors, Richard Boyatzis ... 
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The path to your professional success starts with a critical look in the mirror.

If you read nothing else on managing yourself, read these 10 articles. We've combed through hundreds of Harvard Business Review articles to select the most important ones to help you maximize yourself.

HBR's 10 Must Reads on Managing Yourself will inspire you to:
Stay engaged throughout your 50+-year work life
Tap into your deepest values
Solicit candid feedback
Replenish physical and mental energy
Balance work, home, community, and self
Spread positive energy throughout your organization
Rebound from tough times
Decrease distractibility and frenzy
Delegate and develop employees' initiative

This collection of best-selling articles includes: "Managing Oneself," "Management Time: Who's Got the Monkey?" "How Resilience Works," "Manage Your Energy, Not Your Time," "Overloaded Circuits: Why Smart People Underperform," "Be a Better Leader, Have a Richer Life," "Reclaim Your Job," "Moments of Greatness: Entering the Fundamental State of Leadership," "What to Ask the Person in the Mirror," and "Primal Leadership: The Hidden Driver of Great Performance."

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南懷瑾 著
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Monday, August 4, 2014

50 Spiritual Classics: Timeless Wisdom From 50 Great Books of Inner Discovery, Enlightenment and Purpose

Tom Butler-Bowdon 
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50 Spiritual Classics captures the diversity of life journeys that span centuries, continents, spiritual traditions and secular beliefs: from the historical The Book of Chuang Tzu to modern insight from the Kabbalah, from St. Augustine’s Confessions to Eckhart Tolle’s recent The Power of Now, from Don Miguel Ruiz’s The Four Agreements to Rick Warren’s phenomenon The Purpose-Driven Life. The first and only bite-sized guide to the very best in spiritual writing, this one-of-a-kind collection includes personal diaries and compelling biographies of such diverse figures as Gandhi, Malcolm X, and Black Elk; Eastern philosophers and gurus including Krishnamurti, Yogananda, Chögyam Trungpa and Suzuki; and Western saints and mystics such as St. Francis of Assisi, Herman Hesse and Simone Weil.
In its commentaries of both the conventional classics as well as new writings destined to endure, 50 Spiritual Classics makes universal the human spiritual experience beyond time and space and will inspire spiritual seekers everywhere to begin their own adventure.

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吳曉東 著  
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