Monday, November 24, 2014

Mastering the Art of Quitting: Why It Matters in Life, Love, and Work

Peg Streep, Alan B. Bernstein 
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Find out why the happiest, most successful people have the ability both to persist and to quit.

In a culture that perceives quitting as a last resort and urges us to hang in, Mastering the Art of Quitting tackles our tendencies to overanalyze, ruminate, and put a positive spin on goals that have outlived their usefulness.

Bestselling author Peg Streep and psychotherapist Alan Bernstein demonstrate that persistence alone isn't always the answer. We also need to be able to quit to get the most out of life. They reveal simple truths that apply to goal setting and achievement in all areas of life, including love, relationships, and work:

• Quitting promotes growth and learning, as well as the ability to frame new goals.
• Without the ability to give up, most people will end up in a discouraging loop.
• The most satisfied people know when it's time to stop persisting and start quitting.
• Quitting is a healthy, adaptive response when a goal can't be reached.

Featuring compelling stories of people who successfully quit, along with helpful questionnaires and goal maps to guide you on the right path, Mastering the Art of Quitting allows you to evaluate whether your goals are working for or against you, and whether you need to rechart certain aspects of your life.

When is it time to stop persisting and start quitting?

Take a moment and answer the following questions. Just thinking about the answers will give you insight into your ability to quit artfully and restart your life.

• Do you believe that "winners never quit and quitters never win"?
• How realistic are you when it comes to setting goals?
• What matters more: staying the course or exploring new possibilities in life?
• How much of your sense of self relies on other people's judgments?
• Do you tend to hang in longer than you should, even when you're unhappy?
• When you try something new, do you focus on the effort you have to put in or the possibility of failure?
• Are you a procrastinator or a delayer when it comes to getting things done?
• How much do you worry about making a mistake? Do you second-guess yourself?
• How hard is it for you to get over a setback?

(Excerpt from amazon.com)


創新者的工具箱:65個創造性解決問題的思維技巧 (Creative Problem Solver's Toolbox)

理查德・福布斯著 (Richard Fobes)
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《創新者的工具箱》一書描述了65個非常適合學習的思維技巧,它們能夠幫助你在面對各種類型的問題時,通過冷靜而有條理的分析,找到創意獨特、新穎可行的解決辦法。作者選用了200多個例子,涉及商務運營問題、撫養孩子、改善人際關係、求職應聘、發明創造以及解決全球問題等,其中包括一些非常有名的發明創造的幕後故事,比如打字機、籃球運動、盲文、化學元素週期表等的發明過程,告訴你轉換思路並不難,你也可以將這些技巧應用在現實生活當中,突破思維定勢,找到解決問題的最佳辦法。

(摘錄自中國圖書網)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Fabricated : The New World of 3D Printing

Hod Lipson, Melba Kurman
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Fabricated tells the story of 3D printers, humble manufacturing machines that are bursting out of the factory and into homes, businesses, schools, kitchens, hospitals, even the fashion catwalk. The magic happens when you plug a 3D printer into today's mind-boggling digital technologies. Add to that the Internet, tiny, low cost electronic circuitry, radical advances in materials science and biotech and voila! The result is an explosion of technological and social innovation. Fabricated provides readers with practical and imaginative insights to the question "how will 3D printing technologies change my life?" Based on hundreds of hours of research and dozens of interviews with experts from a broad range of industries, Fabricated offers readers an informative, engaging and fast-paced introduction to 3D printing now and in the future.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)




學會創造性觀察:攝影中的設計、色彩和構圖 (Learning to See Creatively)

布賴恩・彼得森 (Bryan Peterson)
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《學會創造性觀察:攝影中的設計、色彩和構圖》的要點,拓寬視野,如何觀察,廣角、全幀魚眼、街景變焦、攝遠鏡頭和超近攝影。構圖的六元素:線條、輪廓、形狀、質感、圖案、色彩。怎樣構圖,取景、黃金分割和三分法則、地平線、斜線、畫中畫、橫幅與直幅、佈置場景、打破規律。光的有關知識,光的利用、光的方向、光的色彩、多雲和雨天的光。數碼攝影的有關知識:優缺點、圖像處理軟件。如何成為一名出色的攝影師:職業要求、重要素質、挑戰和超越、確定主題。

(摘錄自amazon.cn)



Monday, November 10, 2014

The Carpenter: A Story About the Greatest Success Strategies of All

Jon Gordon; foreword by Ken Blanchard 
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Bestselling author Jon Gordon returns with his most inspiring book yet—filled with powerful lessons and the greatest success strategies of all.

Michael wakes up in the hospital with a bandage on his head and fear in his heart. The stress of building a growing business, with his wife Sarah, caused him to collapse while on a morning jog. When Michael finds out the man who saved his life is a Carpenter he visits him and quickly learns that he is more than just a Carpenter; he is also a builder of lives, careers, people, and teams.

As the Carpenter shares his wisdom, Michael attempts to save his business in the face of adversity, rejection, fear, and failure. Along the way he learns that there's no such thing as an overnight success but there are timeless principles to help you stand out, excel, and make an impact on people and the world.

Drawing upon his work with countless leaders, sales people, professional and college sports teams, non-profit organizations and schools, Jon Gordon shares an entertaining and enlightening story that will inspire you to build a better life, career, and team with the greatest success strategies of all.

If you are ready to create your masterpiece, read The Carpenter and begin the building process today.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)


少有人走的路 (The Road Less Traveled)

M・斯科特・派克(M. Scott Peck)
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或許在我們這一代,沒有任何一本書能像《少有人走的路》這樣,給我們的心靈和精神帶來如此巨大的沖擊。僅在北美,其銷售量就超過了700萬冊,被翻譯成23種以上的語言;在《紐約時報》暢銷書榜單上,它停駐了近20年的時間。這是出版史上的一大奇跡。毫無疑問,本書創造了空前的銷售紀錄,而且,至今長盛不衰。

本書處處透露出溝通與理解的意味,它跨越時代限制,幫助我們探索愛的本質,引導我們過上嶄新、寧靜而豐富的生活;它幫助我們學習愛,也學習獨立;它教誨我們成為更稱職的、更有理解心的父母。歸根到底,它告訴我們怎樣找到真正的自我。正如本書開篇所言:人生苦難重重。M・斯科特・派克讓我們更加清楚:人生是一場艱辛之旅,心智成熟的旅程相當漫長。但是,它沒有讓我們感到恐懼,相反,它帶領我們去經歷一系列艱難乃至痛苦的轉變,最終達到自我認知的更高境界。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)


Monday, November 3, 2014

The Resiliency Advantage: Master Change, Thrive Under Pressure, and Bounce Back from Setbacks

Al Siebert 
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Resiliency - the ability to adapt to life's changes and crises - is the key to a healthy, productive life. Unfortunately, it's all too easy to get bogged down by feelings of anger and helplessness. The Resiliency Advantage helps readers banish negative, self-defeating thoughts and break free from the roles of ""victim"" and ""good child"" while improving problem-solving skills, maintaining humor and optimism during rough times, and becoming both self-reliant and socially responsible. By mastering the five stages of development - sustaining health, energy, and positive feelings; handling challenges; achieving positive self-esteem, self-confidence, and self-concept; honing the skills and attributes of highly resilient people; and developing a talent for serendipity - readers learn to stand up to adversity, overcome obstacles, and meet life head on.

(Excerpt from amazon.com)

蘇菲的世界 (Sophie's World)

喬斯坦・賈德 (Jostein Gaarder)
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Sophie's World
我是誰?世界從何而來?
每個曾對生命懷抱好奇的心靈,都應該翻開《蘇菲的世界》
全球銷售超過三千萬本,發行超過五十餘國


有一天,十四歲的蘇菲放學回家,發現信箱裡有一封給她的信,沒有郵戳,沒有寄件人姓名。信中的字條寫著兩個問題:「你是誰?」、「世界從何而來?」。

一天天過去,蘇菲不斷收到匿名信,在某個神祕導師的指引下,她透過信中文字,開始修習「哲學課」,認識了從希臘哲人到康德、從馬克思到佛洛伊德等西方哲學家所思考的大問題。

同時,蘇菲還接到另一些不尋常的來信,是「亞伯特上校」寫給「席妲」的生日卡片和信件。蘇菲不認識席妲,但兩個女孩的人生卻不斷交錯;另一方面,匿名哲學課仍繼續透過信件進行,蘇菲越來越著迷於人類千百年來反覆爭辯的哲學和人生問題,不過此時,她所生活的世界卻出現不合常理的驚人變化,彷彿魔術師的戲法,好戲才正要上演……

面對一連串的奇異事件,以及神秘的「亞伯特上校」,蘇菲開始運用學習到的哲學知識來應對,但事情的真相卻遠遠超出她的想像。當蘇菲漸漸釐清了所有謎團後,終於再次能以「彷彿乍見」的眼光,審視自己所生活的世界。

一場揉合了推理、幻想和宇宙觀的哲學之旅,一段探索智慧的解謎過程

《蘇菲的世界》是二十世紀最暢銷的哲學小說。引人入勝的故事情節,徹底打破「哲學=枯燥」的刻板印象,作者還巧妙地揉合了三種經典的敘事模式:推理、書信和師生問答。

整本書就是一段解謎的過程,作者利用書信創造出第二層的虛構世界,席妲與上校是喬斯坦.賈德塑造的人物,而蘇菲與亞柏特又是上校塑造的人物,最後卻以這兩層虛擬人物的交疊作結尾。

對蘇菲來說,她以為自己所生活的世界便是真實的,作者也賦予她思考的能力,當她發現自己是別人筆下所創造出的人物,也有自由意志去爭取自己的真實存在,這正是哲學思考的奧妙。故事發展至此,讀者也不禁開始思索自己「存在」的事實。

(摘錄自博客來網路書店)