Great By Choice Book Review

Great By Choice Book Review

First off, I want to thank ConnectWise for sending me this book. The company I worked for became a customer of theirs and I was the lead engineer implementing their product. Then ConnectWise saw it fit to send me this book and it was a good read. So thank you to that whole team.

 

Did I enjoy the read? Yes, ‘Great By Choice’ from Jim Collins and Morten Hansen is a summary on a study of 14 companies and answers the question: ‘why did 7 of these companies become great and the others failed?’  Two points that stuck out to me was leaders need fanatic discipline and the ‘20 mile march wins’

 

Discipline is something that I wish I had more of. I can be financially frugal but when it comes to being productive with my side project I can get lazy. Fanatic discipline sets high goals and does whatever necessary to achieve them. It also does not allow the pressures from outside to shift the goals or knock them astray. One new thing I am doing is keeping track of the days that I work on my side project and trying to hit more days worked than not. It gives me a good check in the mirror, ‘am I working at a 10X level?’ Spoiler Alert: I’m not yet, but I hope to reach that level. 

 

‘The 20 mile march’ has some great stories tied to it. I won’t ruin them, I’m also sure the information is out there already, but the stories really bring home the point that you need to be steady with your work. Twenty miles at time, rain or shine, no more and no less. That is what gets you consistency and produces results. I can see this in my own projects as I commit to blogging, working on my side project and other personal or professional goals. Thank you for reading and I hope to post more content soon. 

 

You can find a summary of the book here: https://www.jimcollins.com/books/great-by-choice.html

The book is for sale on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Great-Choice-Uncertainty-Luck-Why-Despite/dp/0062120999

ConnectWise is located here: https://www.connectwise.com/

Review of “The 5 Love Languages”

My thoughts on “The  5 Love Languages” military edition, the secret to love that lasts. 

This book was written by Gary Chapman with Jocelyn Green, I want to make sure I give them the credit for this book. I had heard about the five love languages before but this was my first time reading it and diving into the information. I believe this book is as powerful as you make it. You can read it, process and choose to try to do better; or continue doing what you have been doing. (Just to be blunt).

First off the five love languages are, in no particular order:

  • Words of Affirmation
  • Physical Touch
  • Quality Time
  • Acts of Service
  • Receiving Gifts

After reading this book I do have a better understanding of these love languages.  When I first read about these 5 subjects I selfishly thought that I could reason my way through all of them and this book would not tell me anything new. I was wrong. I was wrong.

Truly, I think this is one of those books that you need to read whether you are single, married, divorced or whatever. It can help you see what you want in a relationship. It will help you see why other people react differently to various actions. It will help you in your relationships, if you allow it to.

The book gives numerous examples as it explains the five love languages and then dives into some deeper questions. How do I know my love language? How to I know my spouses’ love language? How can I apply this to my life and my situation?

I cannot recommend this book enough. Please pick it up and take the content seriously. It is not a difficult read, the version I read was not even 200 pages.  There are other versions of the book applicable to non-military, children and more. If you wish to grow as a person, I recommend reading this book.

– Powersjo

At the time of this post, this book is for sale on his website here.

Quick note, in one the previous books I read, one piece of advice was to read out loud if you want to get better at public speaking. I did not mention it in the post but I did read ‘The 5 Love Languages’ out loud to my wife and I feel this really helps me speak, enunciate and process what I am reading. Just some added food for thought. 

Dog2D Game Update 1

Greetings and Salutations!

Since my last post, I have added some small enhancements to the first level. When I think about this Dog2D game, I really want to emulate a dog as the player. I have focused on thinking about the actions and mannerisms of dogs and applying those to the game.

As the dog runs I want the player to feel the excitement. When the dog barks it should grab your attention. I have added birds that fly around and tweet. I plan on adding more interactions with birds and other animals; a dog is always investigating noises and other animals so I need to add more interactions there.

Some other small enhancements are better borders around the level, tweaking animations and adding dog collars.

I have a long list of more additions including a better inventory system and adding human sprites to interact with. I also want to implement a job system for the player as the dog: guard dog, fetching, hunting, tracking or maybe even a hospital companion dog. Thanks for reading and I hope to post another update soon.

– Powersjo

Review of “Thou Shall Prosper”

“Thou Shall Prosper, the Ten Commandments for Making Money”, written by Rabbi Daniel Lapin, is a must read for anyone that wishes to grow as a person. I feel that this book can teach something to anyone and it’s definitely worth the time to read. I want to share a few practical things that I took away from this book.  Leadership, business sense and retirement are a few of the topics, however, this book has much more to offer so make the time to read it.

Leadership:

The fifth chapter is titled “Lead Consistently and Constantly” and I want to highlight three points.

– A change of culture or systems should be slow while a change (removal) of people should be quick. Coming in late to work is a choice that spreads to other team members. Looking forward to leave work because you don’t enjoy what you do leads to a poor attitude negatively effecting others.

– People, processes and products change but core values should never change. If people are negatively impacting the workplace, including yourself, either fix the attitude or let go of the individual. Alternatively, the mission of your business should be sound and constant.

– Profit is a way to measure the success of a business.  Profit matters in business: if you cannot afford to give your team members adequate raises because of poor profits, do not expect that they will stick around for long.

Leading people is an evolving skill. Be the example that you want your team members to emulate and treat them as if they are already high performers. Hold high standards for yourself and your team.

Business Sense:

The seventh chapter is titled “Learn to Foretell the Future”, it highlights that you should be identifying trends in your business. Rabbi Lapin talks about taking in account culture to help predict the future. This topic is difficult for me to understand but I relate to it best this way. An approximate timeline of ‘recent’ invention phenomenons would be plastic production in 1950’s, mainstream computer use around 1975 (culture of video games or workplace computers) and widespread internet acceptance in the 2000’s (the culture of an online world, email).  If you could see the trend of what is coming next, you could prepare your business to be ready around 2025 for the next big revolution. I do not have the answer, but it is fascinating to reflect on.

Retirement:

Selfishly, this was my favorite chapter because I loathe the thought of dying old and bored in retirement. I’d rather be working until I dropped dead than retire around 65 to rot away and do nothing. One point Rabbi Lapin made is that retirement is selfish. You are stealing away your productivity from the world when you stop working and aren’t useful to anyone. When I reflect on that, it makes me value myself and my work. We all make a difference to someone when we work. We need to have pride in that value we bring to the table and don’t seal it away in retirement.

I cannot recommend this book enough and my small summary does not do it justice. Many more words of wisdom are ready to be absorbed and I am grateful for the time spent reading. I encourage you to pick it up and I made another post here about character that was also inspired by this book. Thanks for reading, cheers!

– Powersjo

At the time of this post, his site has this book for sale here.

New Game in development

I am excited to announce that I am developing a new game to be released on PC!

It’s really new and I do not have a name but I do have a theme. It will be a 2D, top-down game with the main character as a dog.

Here is a sneak peak of what I have:

That is all I can show right now. Thanks for your interest and I hope to post another update shortly after the 2017 Holiday season.

– Powersjo