Jan Kubr

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This is a no-reply post

In Uncategorized on June 26, 2008 at 22:15

“This is a no-reply message. Please do not reply to this email.”

Why the heck can’t they set the Reply-to field to their support e-mail address? I just don’t get it, no no no.

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Michel Houellebecq

In Uncategorized on June 20, 2008 at 15:37

Michel Houellebecq and his The Possibility of an Island. Why was I given this book? Why do I need to read things like this (use Google Translate to transform to English):

“Každému nestrannému pozorovateli rozhodně dojde, že lidský jedinec nemůže být šťastný, že není vůbec uzpůsoben pro štěstí, že jeho jediným předurčením je šířit kolem sebe neštěstí, čímž činí existenci ostatních stejně nesnesitelnou, jako je ta jeho – a obyčejně jako první za oběť padnou rodiče.”

“Není čistého vztahu, neexistuje vyšší spojení duší ani nic, co by se tomu mohlo podobat anebo to zdánlivě připomínat. Když ustane fyzická láska, mizí vše; běh dní pak naplní chmurná povrchní podrážděnost.”

Maybe to remind me I was writing similar things many years ago except I was better? And to start again and kick this guy’s ass?

A book read: Conversations with Millionaires by Mike Litman and Jason Oman

In Uncategorized on June 20, 2008 at 15:23

Don’t read this book. Read this review, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, and The 4-Hour Workweek instead.

Conversations with millionaires contains transcripts of radio interviews with (you didn’t guess it) “America’s most successful entrepreneurs.” At least so the host of the show claims. I’d call it interviews with people who wrote a book or two on personal development and happen to sell lots of copies of them.

Exceptions from the rule: Wally Amos (founder of Famous Amos) and Jim McCann (CEO of 1-800-Flowers.com). That’s it from the entrepreneurs. Maybe I can add Robert Allen? From authors Sharon Lechter (co-author of Rich Dad, Poor Dad book series), Michael Gerber (author of E-myth), and Jay Conrad Levinson (author of Guerrilla Marketing) might be worth noting. But much better is to go read their books instead!

There’s very little I can quote here:

“People don’t take action (…) [because of the] fear of rejection. People are so afraid to look bad. We’re afraid to look stupid. We’re afraid to be humiliated. We’re afraid to look like we don’t know what we’re doing. We’re afraid to look ignorant.” (Jack Canfield)

“If you really want to know the secret of the Internet it is you get to fail fast for free.”

“Your income is the average of your ten best friends.” (both Robert Allen)

Not enough for a whole book, is it? And there’s so much praise of Think and Grow Rich in it that I became sick. My new goal: try to avoid another one of these.