From the book Storytelling with Data: A Data Visualization Guide for Business Professionals” by Cole Nussbaumer Knaflic.

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Whether you are a data scientist, data analyst, business analyst, product analyst or consultant, quant, you will probably have to present your work by data visualization.

In fact, no matter how complicated our modelling and analysis are, data visualization and presentation is possible the only chance for people to get to know our work. We need to present our result to drive decisions or action from others but sometimes we spend the least of time/effort on the most important part of our work.

So how to build an effective data visualization with a clear storytelling line?

Not only showing the…

Getting your work to the world by being creative, considerate, resourceful, and connected — some amazing advice from a musician & entrepreneur.

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After reading “Anything You Want” and “Hell yeah or No”, I could not stop reading Derek Sivers’s third book “Your music and people”.

Though the title includes “music”, I feel like I could apply similar hacks in my own field, work and life.

This is a book about “a philosophy of getting your work to the world by being creative, considerate, resourceful, and connected.”

Book info:

ISBN: 9781988575018
Date read: 2021–02–25
How strongly I recommend it: 10/10

  1. Art doesn’t end at the edge of the canvas.
  • The way you present your art, and what people know about it, completely changes how they…

The book I really wish I could have read earlier.

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I read “Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur” by Derek Sivers early this year and love it so much. See below my reading notes:

So I decided to read another book written by him.

“Hell yeah or No” is a short book about “thoughts around what’s worth doing, fixing faulty thinking, and making things happen”.

I like every line of this book and hope I could have read it earlier.

Book info:

ISBN: 9781988575070
Date read: 2021–02–24
How strongly I recommend it: 10/10

1. No matter what you tell the world or tell yourself, your actions reveal…

Reading notes of “Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day” by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky.

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The book isn’t about saving time. It’s about making time for what matters.

After I read this book, I removed all my social media apps including Instagram and Wechat from my mobile to remove distraction and it works pretty well!

In the past, I spent on average 16h per week on WeChat and now I use this time to do my daily highlight such as reading. I feel happier, more satisfied and peaceful.

Recommend this book if you want to distribute time after work to do something meaningful every day.

You only waste time if you’re not intentional about how…

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“The 4-Hour Workweek” by Tim Ferriss is a famous book that is recommended by lots of people. I was very inspired by some of its ideas and stories. Following are the 10 lessons I learnt from this book:

Book info:

ISBN: 9780307353139
Date read: 2021–02–22
How strongly I recommend it: 8/10

1. Less Is Not Laziness.

  • Alternating periods of activity and rest is necessary to survive, let alone thrive.
  • By working only when you are most effective, life is both more productive and more enjoyable.
  • Doing less meaningless work, so that you can focus on things of greater personal importance, is NOT laziness.
  • Focus on being productive…

Reading notes of “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie

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I first thought this book might be outdated and lengthy that I may not finish. But I finished and gained more than I would expect.

While reading, I did lots of retrospectives about things I did wrongly in the human relationship in the past and what I could do differently next time.

This is an old (firstly published in 1936) but classic book about how to win friends and influence people.

The key takeaway I got from this book is “Always make the other person happy then they will be happy doing the thing you suggest”.

Book info:

ISBN: 9780671723651
Date read: 2021–01–29

Reading notes of “Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur” by Derek Sivers

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I feel a little bit lost in life before I encountered this book.

Holy crap! This book blew my mind! I almost cry reading some of the chapters.

Yesterday I didn’t have a mentor, now I have one — Derek Sivers.

This book tells you his story and philosophy about entrepreneurship, business, helping people, money, happiness and life.

I learnt so much of it and am so glad I read this book when I am still young with lots of possibilities in front of my path.

Book info:

ISBN: 9780698409026
Date read: 2021–01–30
How strongly I recommend it: 10/10

Derek Sivers’s philosophy:

  • Business is not…

How to overcome fear, self-consciousness to share your work and thoughts to the public and benefit from it.

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I used to be so afraid to share anything online, but some books like “Show your work” (Austin Kleon) and some psychology theories like spotlight theory really changed my mindset. So I overcome my fears and decide to share the 5 most important things I took away from them.

1. You don't need to become an expert in some areas in order to share your ideas with others. What is obvious to you might be helpful for others.

Do you have those moments in your life, when you want to share something, there is some voice inside your mind saying “Come on, this is too silly to share it, people already knew it”.

I do have lots of such moments when I am hesitating on whether to share something…

“I have no regrets. My life is squares, triangles, lines” — Vera Molnár

Born in Hungary in 1924, Vera Molnár is one of the first women artists to use computers in her practice. — considered to be a pioneer of computer art.

Long before she had access to a computer, Vera Molnár was already thinking like one. To create her geometric images in the 1950s, she invented a systematic procedure: a series of exploratory steps and rules that aped a computer’s inputs and outputs, and dictated the final, hand-drawn form of her work. Dubbed “machine imaginaire,” her process was as…

Time is a strange thing. When we don’t need it, it is nothing. Then, suddenly, there is nothing else. It is everywhere around us, also within us. It seeps into our faces. It seeps into the mirror, runs through my temples…between you and I it runs silently, like an hourglass. Oh, Quin Quin. Sometimes I feel it flowing inexorably. Sometimes I get up in the middle of the night and stop all the clocks.

— Hofmannsthal

“The order of time” is a very scientific & poetic book about time, physics, life. I finished this book in 3 days after watched…


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