Mindfire, written by Scott Berkun, is a collection of 30 short essays regarding everyday life. It was an enjoyable read and there were many good ideas which I have never thought about before. I read the book from December 28th until January 1st 2012; however, if one were to really think and put into practice it would take much longer. Scott touches on many issues ranging from innovation (break things into smaller parts), question everything, all the way to what you can learn from death…here are some of the highlights that i liked.
- Pg 65 – give positive feedback for good things because many times it goes unnoticed. He suggests commenting on a blog, writing an amazon book, or telling someone that they have done a great job. Positive feedback goes a long way and it takes a better man to acknowledge good.
- Pg 117 – “There are times when problems are so bad you have to speak the truth no matter the consequences. But pick your battles. If a year goes by and you haven’t taken a single stand, I’d call you a coward. You must draw your sword now and then to remind people you have one.” I like this…Don’t be a coward.
- Pg 152, 153 – Most evidence shows that we perform worse when we multitask. Interesting because I am constantly checking email, talking on the phone, chasing the kids, and reading something. Also, he suggests an attention challenge (see page 153) I may try however, I think it would show me that I wast much time reading dumb websites.