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[Book Notes] Tidying up

Recently I was reading the book The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up, which describe discipline of tidying up in daily life and how it can change your life. I spent a whole day cleaning my house during Thanks-giving holiday with the techniques the book described. It did give me a sense of cleanliness.

Notes from the book:
* Tidy a bit everyday instead of tidying big once a while.
* Effective tidying involves 2 actions: 1. Discard; 2. Put things where they belong. Discarding things must come first before storing things.
* Sort by category, not by location/ room.
* The best way to decide whether should throw a thing: ask “does it spark joy?”
* Start with clothes, then move on to books, papers, miscellany, and finally things with sentimental value.
* Clothes: Store things standing up rather than laid flat. Fold each item into a simple smooth rectangle. Never ball up socks.
* Papers: two categories: to be saved and to be dealt with. Make a special corner for papers need to deal with. U…

[Book Notes] The Millionaire Real Estate Investor

I was interested in Real Estate investing lately. I listened a lot to the Bigger Pockets podcast. I also picked up the "The Millionaire Real Estate Investor" book to get a big picture of the whole real estate investing.

Bay area is a very interesting place for real estate investing. The hot house price makes the market hard to enter but also appealing to invest.

Here are a few points I learned from the book:

* "Buy & Hold" is probably the best strategy to implement in Bay Area due to high appreacatie rate and low cash flow. Here is a worksheet in Google Sheet version I created:

* Keep track of business development, new construction, zoning changes, highway construction, recreational development to predict house trend.

* 1031 exchange: pay no tax on capital gain when upgrade houses

[Book Notes] Freakonomics

Take away: don't blindly trust what you see. Always think twice.

Chapter 1: incentives. They can do good, but also can do bad - cheating.

Chapter 2: information. The most powerful thing in the world.

Chapter 3: 80-20 rules. Everywhere.

Chapter 4: think again about cause and consequence.

Chapter 5: Fear vs. statistics.

Chapter 6: self-development is the best investment.

[Book Notes] Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Take-way: Be Yourself

Part One:
1. The history of Extroversion rising
2. Our modern society values Extraversion over Introversion
3. Collaboration become dominant concept, which also hurts introverts

Part Two:
4. Introversion is decided by genes
Introversion and extroversion are about 40 - 50 percent heritable.

5. People have a spectrum to adjust their introversion and extroversion
“Rubber band theory” - people can stretch their personality, but only up to a point.

7. Introverts and Extroverts have different levels of reward sensitivity.
Extroverts are more likely to take a quick-and-dirty approach to problem solving.
For introvert, find your own flow by using your gifts. Stay true to your own nature. Share ideas.

Part Three:
8. Asian culture values introversion more.
Asian people may fall behind in their careers due to their passiveness.

Part Four:
9. Introverts are cable of fake like extroverts for things they value most, but only to a limit.
Find “Restorative niche”, where is the …

[Book Notes] The 5 Love Languages

People speak different love languages. We must be willing to learn our spouse's primary love language if we are to be effective communicators of love.

* Words of Affirmation
* Quality Time
Giving someone your undivided attention.
Quality conversation - sympathetic dialogue where two individuals are sharing their experiences, thoughts, feelings and desires in a friendly, uninterrupted context.
She didn't want advice when she told me about her struggles at work. She wanted sympathy.
    * Maintain eye contact when your spouse is talking
    * Don't listen to your spouse and do something else at the same time.
    * Listen for feeling.
    * Observe body language
    * Refuse to interrupt
Dead sea vs. Babbling brook
* Receiving Gifts
A gift is something you can hold in hand and say "Look, he was thinking of me".
Gifts need not be expensive.
Don't wait for special occasion.
You are investing in your relationship and filling your spouse's emotional love tank.

Trip to NYC

I recently had a business trip to NYC. Had a lot of fun and met quite a few friends.

Trip to Ireland