A few days ago, Collin Johansson sent me an email about the culture of gratitude in Tonga where he lives. I found the email inspiring. So, with his permission, I’d like to share the email with you. Here is what Collin wrote to me (with some edits for better clarity): I live in Tonga, a small island in the South Pacific. I’ve witnessed the changes over the years here, many good and some not so good. But compared to many places in the world, many people consider this place ‘paradise’. However, happiness isn’t guaranteed. An old friend used to say that ‘Happiness is a state of being’. To be or not to be, is a free choice you make – it has nothing to do with status or wealth. Your email reminded me of a story of an American lady (Patricia Ledyard) who came here in the 1960s to volunteer as a teacher for the Methodist mission. She was posted to Vava’u, an outer island group further north (beautiful place… so beautiful that they warn you that if you go there you may never come back). Long story short she loved the place, the people especially, and fell in love […]
After months of effort, A Dent in the Universe: 36 Small-Business Lessons from Steve Jobs is now available. Here is a sample of the book (including Table of Contents). As I touched on in the last post, the goal of the book is to help you best run your own business. If you are still thinking about starting a business, it can help you start with the right mindset and attitude. If you already have a business, it can help you take it to the next level. The PDF version of the book is 92 pages long. When you buy the book, you will get not just the PDF version (which is printable) but also the .mobi (for reading on the Kindle) and the .epub (for reading on the iPad) versions. Further instructions on how to use them are available on this page and on the readme.rtf file within the package. The normal price of the book is $6.99, but for the first week (until next Monday) I set it at a special launch price of $4.99. Writing this book has been a tremendous learning experience for me. I hope reading it will give you the same benefit. You can […]
Last month I wrote that I was working on an e-book in 2012 but couldn’t finish it on time. Now, however, the e-book is almost ready. I expect to launch it next week. The title of the book is A Dent in the Universe: 36 Small-Business Lessons from Steve Jobs. As you might know, I believe that one of the best ways to learn about life is to study the lives of exceptional people. Doing that can help you figure out the best ways to do things. It can also save you time since you don’t have to learn many things yourself the hard way. With that in mind, I make an effort to extract lessons from the lives of successful people. Each of them is different so we can learn something different from each of them.