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An end of books – Seth Godin

An end of books

Books, those bound paper documents, are part of an ecosystem, one that was perfect, and one that is dying, quickly.

“THE BOOKSTORE as we know it is doomed,…..The death of the bookstore is being caused by the migration to ebooks (it won’t take all books to become ‘e’, just enough to tip the scale) as well as the superior alternative of purchase and selection of books online.

Any single change happening in the world of “read-books” may not “kill a venerable information delivery and cultural touchstone like the book. But all of them together? “

I called this post, “An end” as opposed to “the end.” As always, we’ll reinvent. We still need ideas, and ideas need containers. We’ve developed more and more ways for those ideas to travel and to have impact, and now it’s up to us to figure out how to build an ecosystem around them.”

Re-blogged from: Seth’s Blog.

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CHANGE Contemporary Management Literature I Liked

Ignite Passions and Achieve .. Goals

While translating the article,  #4 Dream BIG!, from Rajesh Setty’s series of articles under the title “Distinguish yourself “, I went on to listen to the promotional video clip of  Marcia Wieder, the author of the book “Make your dreams come truein the article.

http://content.bitsontherun.com/previews/TMNhcdtj-Km5FPYDl                          Dreaming is Serious Business

We may keep the promotional aspect of the clip aside, for the time being, and do imbibe the principles she has succinctly outlined to enable business executives, in fact any one aspiring to achieve ‘something’ in the life,  to “ignite passions and achieve ..  goals” by systemically drawing upon the power of dreaming.

Indeed, our something has to be a precise statement of purpose and we have to do several things, passionately, to make the dream happen!

A detailed visit to the site has quite a few additional benefits, too.

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Contemporary Topics

Small-Scale Farmers Creating a New Profit Model – NYTimes.com

Organic farming, one devoid of use of fossil fertilizers, pesticides and fuels has been around for quite some time in India as well.

But, the concept is more at the stage of either a hobby or at the stage of  ‘elite’ society’s ‘awareness’ of health.

The fact that NYT has thought fit to carry the story, should be utilized to leverage the concept of ‘small farmers [which is the category in which most of the real farmers of India would fall into] into a viable long term business model. This should be part of an efficient supply chain as well, with or without the {so called] large scale Retail, which in turn can be with or without FDI.

Small-Scale Farmers Creating a New Profit Model – NYTimes.com.

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T E D What Makes Us Happy

What Makes Us Happy? | Video channel on TED.com

What Makes Us Happy? | Video channel on TED.com.

This was TED theme in 2004 conference. ‘but TED speakers over many years have continued this quest. ‘

So do I……..

Let us how this journey unfolds……..

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Sorry, Strivers – Talent Matters – NYTimes.com

Sorry, Strivers – Talent Matters – NYTimes.com.

“It would be nice if intellectual ability and the capacities that underlie it were important for success only up to a point. In fact, it would be nice if they weren’t important at all, because research shows that those factors are highly stable across an individual’s life span. But wishing doesn’t make it so.

None of this is to deny the power of practice. Nor is it to say that it’s impossible for a person with an average I.Q. to, say, earn a Ph.D. in physics. It’s just unlikely, relatively speaking. Sometimes the story that science tells us isn’t the story we want to hear.”

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Contemporary Management Literature I Liked In my view

Why Peter Drucker Distrusted Facts – Stephen Wunker – Harvard Business Review

Why Peter Drucker Distrusted Facts – Stephen Wunker – Harvard Business Review.

One of the very valid point made in the article is that decisions are, in essence,  the human judgments. If the decisions, based on facts alone – without requite evaluation of all options and all round views- can be erroneous, the judgments are usually dubbed as ‘subjective’, because they also are prone not to consider and evaluate all options as well as thoroughly churn out  all points of -current and past – views in arriving at THE decision.

The judgement is a function of the mental conditioning. hence, it makes a great sense to cultivate habit of assimilating facts, opinions of others and history of similar vents into the process of arriving at a judgement.Initially, this may slow down the process, but more rigorously this is practiced, the process is likely to speed up.

This is the stage when intuition becomes so well tuned that one can reach the stage of rational decision-making at blink of the eyelid.

One then depends both on facts and intuition equally for a ‘confident’ decision, perfectly blending the science of decision-making into art of ‘high-speed computing though the natural “super” computer – the human brain’.

The bottom line is to transform the complicated decision-making iterative external process into the internal natural reflex-action.

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The c-school

The c-school.

It seems India has come to age [ having a dedicated school for cartoonism].

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In my view

Seth’s Blog: Skinnier

Seth’s Blog: Skinnier.

Yes, indeed.

If one does not continue to feel skinnier for everything new happening around, the person has either reached the state of Total Knowledge  [કેવળ જ્ઞાન] in that case the person is ready for Freedom [મોક્ષ] from the worldly charms [માયા] or the person is [if not physically , then for all practical purposes] Dead.

The secret art of the game is to keep the cup empty enough to keep on receiving and digesting the continuous streams pouring in with each of the new events happening around.

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Seth’s Blog: First, make rice

Seth’s Blog: First, make rice.

The post raises very pertinent question about quality of creativity.

Of course, it no mean credit if one is creative or innovative in one’s day-to-day life.

However,  as is normally expected, the creative and /or innovative person will never rest at that stage. He /she would certainly strive to reach higher levels of creative / innovative outcomes.

Also, it would be equally interesting to question the purpose of creativity  /innovation  at this stage.

The value of any process as well as its outcome(s) need to be judged with reference to its purpose.