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Cedric Jamie Soh

Asked on 23 Sep 2019

What book you have read that changed your life?

I have read many books, and many books have contributed to what I am now. The one book that I followed its suggestions and changed my life drastically is "How to fail at almost everything and still win big" by Scott Adams.

What's yours?

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Junus Eu
Junus Eu
Level 9. God of Wisdom
Updated on 24 Sep 2019

Not super popular, but Die Empty by Todd Henry.

The book stems from his first book, the Accidental Creative, where a friend asked this question: "What do you think is the most valuable land in the world?"

Several people threw out guesses, such as Manhattan, the oil fields of the Middle East, and the gold mines of South Africa, before his friend indicated that they were way off track. He paused for a moment, and said, "You're all wrong. The most valuable land in the world is the graveyard. In the graveyard are buried all of the unwritten novels, never-launched businesses, unreconciled relationships, and all of the other things that people thought, 'I'll get around to that tomorrow.' One day, however, their tomorrows ran out." No one charts a course for mediocrity, yet it is still a destination of choice.

and of course, the most shared quote:

“The cost of inaction is vast. Don't go to your grave with your best work inside you. Choose to die empty.” https://www.amazon.com/Die-Empty-Unleash-Your-Every-ebook/dp/B00AEBEWMC

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Cedric Jamie Soh
Cedric Jamie Soh

27 Dec 2019

Just in time for 2020, gonna try to find this book and read it for the long weekend.
Junus Eu
Junus Eu

30 Dec 2019

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Who moved my Cheese? A simple yet thought-provoking book which can apply to many areas of your life.

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Investor Z
Investor Z

24 Sep 2019

I totally agree
Jeraldine Phneah
Jeraldine Phneah
Level 3. Wonderkid
Answered on 15 Mar 2020

Not a book but a blog - Cal Newport's blog https://www.calnewport.com/blog/

I love his Zen Valedictorian philosophy. In his words, "The Zen Valedictorian: Students at competitive high schools and elite colleges inject unhealthy amounts of stress into their life due to the flawed belief that the quantity of things you do as a student controls how impressive you seem to the outside world. This is not true. You’re typically judged on the thing you do best. My approach to the student stress issue (which I used to speak about at universities around the country) was to encourage students to: do less, do better. That is, focus on a small number of things; do them really well; and leave yourself margin in your schedule for recharging and curiosity. It’s possible to be both happy and impressive, if you know what you’re doing. "

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Heng Kai Le
Heng Kai Le

14 May 2020

This is so helpful 👍 I just spoke about words to this effect on Zoom just now with a mentee. Literally copied and pasted this paragraph and sent it to her. Thank you for sharing :)
JT
JT
Level 3. Wonderkid
Updated on 05 Mar 2020

Start-Up Nation by Dan Senor and Saul Singer

It tells how Israel, a country with similar resources and limitations as Singapore was able to grow into the first world country it is today.

Did you know that the "Waze" map app was from Israel? :)​​​

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Jinghao Ke
Jinghao Ke
Level 2. Rookie
Answered on 17 Feb 2020

Since i'm a lazy person:

1) The Power of Habit: Why we do what we do in life and business by Charles Duhigg

2) The Slight Edge: Turning simple disciplines into massive success by Jeff Olson

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Chiam Min
Chiam Min

04 Mar 2020

Currently reading <The Power of Habit> and was wondering if you have managed to apply any of Golden Rule of Habit Change (Cue => Routine => Reward (+ craving)) in your life?
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Mark
Level 4. Prodigy
Answered on 20 Nov 2019

The richest man in Babylon. It changed the way I view money and life.

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Walter
Walter
Level 3. Wonderkid
Answered on 23 Sep 2019

For me, it is Mindset by Carol Dweck

It rekindled my desire to try new things, have a growth mindset and removes all the limiting beliefs that the society or we have set for ourselves over the years.

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Heng Kai Le
Heng Kai Le, Mondomover at School Of Life
Level 6. Master
Answered on 14 May 2020

Not sure if this book has changed my life but it is a book that i heartily recommend to whoever will listen

"What Should I Do With My Life?" by Po Bronson. it contains compelling interviews with people from all walks of life on how they have made their career decisions and arrived at where they are (at the point of being interviewed). I was in my mid-20s and battling a quarter-life crisis when I read it and it offered me a lot of solace and encouragement.

Here's a click of Oprah interviewing Po Bronson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKZFeMLWeqE&gl=SG

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This is my list:

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Joe Lee
Joe Lee, Adventurer at Game of Life
Level 5. Genius
Answered on 03 Mar 2020

Rich Dad Poor Dad

Started my investing journey and entreprenuership after reading this before army. Of course it might not be very relevant in today's or SG context but still a good book to start with.

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Rais M
Rais M
Level 7. Grand Master
Answered on 24 Feb 2020

The Millionaire Next Door : The Surprising Secrets of America's Wealthy by Thomas J. Stanley

Change my view that one does not need to be rich to be rich.

Simple, slow and steady works too

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Rich Dad Poor Dad. It changed my view on financial assets and liabilities ever since I read the book. For example, housing is a financial liability instead of an financial asset if it does not generate any rental income. It has also changed my view on employment, self-employment, business and investment.

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Davin
Davin
Level 7. Grand Master
Answered on 24 Feb 2020

Quit like a millionaire by Kristy Shen is the most impactful book to me so far. Simple language with executable actions. It changed the way I look at financial independence.

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Andy Sim
Andy Sim
Level 7. Grand Master
Answered on 24 Feb 2020

1) Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kyosaki - Gave me a paradigm shift to how I view money

2) Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days - Didn't manage to implement the methods in the book but is good for entrepreneurs or people who needs to resolves problems fast

3) Getting More by Stuart Diamond - A good book about negotiation. Tried it on my mum secretly and managed to win some arguments because of this, but please use it at your own risk haha​​​

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Mira
Level 3. Wonderkid
Answered on 24 Feb 2020

Classics!

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Can't reveal too much, but both definitely worth the read if you have time.

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Frankie Rappaport
Frankie Rappaport
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Level 9. God of Wisdom
Answered on 17 Feb 2020

To change a life is much, however there are some classics:

Victor E Frankl: Man's search for meaning

Sylvia Plath: The bell jar

Robert Pirsig: Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance

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Alphonsus
Alphonsus
Level 4. Prodigy
Answered on 25 Nov 2019

The monk who sold his Ferrari.

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Cedric Jamie Soh
Cedric Jamie Soh

27 Dec 2019

Is that the title of the book?
Alphonsus
Alphonsus

30 Dec 2019

Yup, that’s right!
Dennis Tan
Dennis Tan
Level 4. Prodigy
Answered on 25 Nov 2019

I enjoyed Tribe of Mentors by Timothy Ferriss where he documents short life advice from successful people around the world.

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Adrian Goh Jun Wei
Adrian Goh Jun Wei, Product at Nodeflair
Level 5. Genius
Answered on 20 Nov 2019

Entreneurship

  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things (Ben Horowitz) - Shows the dark side of entreprenurship and running a business

  • The Lean Start-Up (Eric Ries) - Explains how to maximise resources and find the quickest way to validate and grow your business

Personal finance

  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad (Robert Kiyosaki, Sharon Lechter) - Quick and easy guide on the concept of growing wealth

Others

  • Predictably Irrational (Dan Ariely) - Understand how the human works and to more aware of the irrational reasoning of the human minds - help in making better decision

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Vera Mao
Vera Mao

24 Feb 2020

I second the Lean Startup but I thought his examples were more suitable for software/tech companies.
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Furball
Level 4. Prodigy
Answered on 20 Nov 2019

Rich dad poor dad by Robert Kiyosaki

Radical candor by Kim Scott

Sprint: How to Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days by Jake Knapp

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