My blog is usually boringly serious, so why don’t we have some fun for a change? I found these quite amusing:
I have found this idea interesting:
Immediately after every lecture, meeting, or any significant experience, take 30 seconds — no more, no less — to write down the most important points. If you always do just this, said his grandfather, and even if you only do this, with no other revision, you will be okay.
People sometimes ask for my reasons behind choosing Berkeley-Haas among other schools.
Shortly, these are the reasons:
- It is a part of a larger top university.
- For instance, I do not think I would enjoy going to LBS or INSEAD as much. These are great business schools, but these business schools are not part of larger universities.
- There is something special about being on campus with ~30 thousand smartest students from all over the world who also major in fields other than business.
- For example, UC Berkeley is currently top 1-2 in Computer Science, top 1-5 in Physics and top 1-3 in Mechanical Engineering.
- Location, location, location. Not only because it is sunny California, but because being close to Silicon Valley opens many career opportunities that are highly germane to my vision.
- Focus on technology and entrepreneurship.
- Believe it or not, but the I find the defining principles personally appealing.
- Great brand and good rankings do not hurt as well.
- But in particular, I liked the fact that Haas ranks well on the “Student evaluation” axis, it is #2 in “Students’ evaluation of career services” and quite high overall “Student rating of the program (out of 5)”, 4.56, according to The Economist 2013 rankings.
- I really want to add “people” to this list of Berkley-Haas strengths, but this would be probably unfair as I cannot compare to other schools as I could not know it for sure before starting the program.
The list could go on and on and on, but these are probably the main ones top-of-mind. Of course, there are drawbacks as well, but no one schools is perfect.
Let me know what you think!
If you missed the buzz about Spritz startup this week, let me tell you about it. The guys behind it developed an interesting technology that might help us all read faster without an extra effort. Key idea is to eliminate the unnecessary eye movement my properly positioning words. Unfortunately, there is nothing to download so far, but I think a lot of cool apps will be developed soon.
Squirt.io – browser application.
Here is how it works:
MBA is not only about studying finance and accounting and solving cases, we also have multiple courses on leadership. One of them was focused on communication aspect. And as part of this course we had to deliver various two-minute speeches in front of the group of 10 people. Then, we received a feedback. Speeches were also recorded for later personal review.
Topic of each speech was different, but I found the first one the most interesting as it provoked certain self-reflection during preparation. So, I thought that you might want to try exercise by yourself. If you do not have a group of people to present in front of, just imagine an audience and record a video with a smartphone and watch it. The first topic was very simple: “Who am I?”
Also, we were given several hints or questions we might consider answering while preparing or delivering a speech:
- What forces have shaped you, what real challenges have you faced?
- What do you care about in life?
- What’s an unexpected characteristic, or interest, or talent?
- Who is most important to you?
- Where are you vulnerable?
- What is a long-term aspiration you hold?
And here is a couple of questions to ponder when watching your video:
- Articulate what stands out for you watching your “Who Am I?” video. What are you pleased with? What do you specifically want to improve?
So, this is it. Hope, you find it helpful.
For me personally the most interesting part was to see how differently other nine people approached the same exercise.
We keep on exploring America. Or California, to be more precise. Here are some pictures I took during last months.
Tilden Park, Berkeley
University of California, Berkeley
It’s been more than seven months already and I finally found some time to blog about our Italy and France honeymoon trip in May, 2013.
We wanted to see many things, but didn’t want to spend the entire holiday in a car, so we tried to leave some time to chill. This resulted in the following plan:
Rome and Vatican → San Marino → Bologna → Florence → Cinque Terre – Riomaggiore → Monaco / Menton → Nice.
Some thoughts I took notes on during last months. Some pictures I took during last years. Some good music.
“When you run after your thoughts, you are like a dog chasing a stick: every time a stick is thrown, you run after it. Instead, be like a lion who, rather than chasing after the stick, turns to face the thrower. One only throws a stick at a lion once.”
“You all laugh at me because I’m different, I laugh at you because you’re all the same.”
– Mikhail Bulgakov
You might remember my recent post about “Moonwalking with Einstein” book about memory and mnemonics.
I first read about it in The Guardian article “How I learned a language in 22 hours” by the book author, Joshua Foer. Although, the title is somewhat misleading, the approach is very interesting. So, what is so special about Memrise? They have an interesting learning model. Primarily, the focus is on languages, but there is a whole range of secondary courses, ranging from “How to say I love you in 100 languages” to HTML5.
The first principle: spaced repetition. The words you are asked to remember are spaced in time in a precise manner with intervals calculated based on your past performance. By the way, the same principle is employed by simple app Anki which I once briefly mentioned in my post about GMAT.
The second principle: mnemonic. You are usually shown a picture or an idea that helps you remember a given word using associations. These so-called mems are added by members of community in the best crowd-sourcing traditions. The most voted-up are displayed.
And of course, they also use gamification, who does not?
Overall, it appears to be an interesting tool. However, it remains to be seen whether it is really a good idea to invest one’s time in it without a firm intention to actually learn a language. But learning to read a Chinese menu sounds like a fun thing to try anyway, all serious goals aside.
I could not find enough time to post here recently. I certainly have been doing more reading than writing. So, I thought why not to share some of things I read? And I decided to tell you about Quora.
As you most probably already know, Quora is a questions-answers website which succeeded in doing what Google and multiple other companies failed at: provide a decent quality of responses.
Several months ago they even created their own book “Best of Quora 2010-2012“, compiled of best answers, available for free download. It covers quite a range of topics. From Steve Jobs to moldy cheese, from neurological basis of curiosity to Jay-Z. I hope to find time and selectively read the most intriguing ones.
In a meanwhile, here is the short list of questions on the website itself that I found noteworthy:
- Productivity: How do the most successful people spend the first hour of their day?
- Speed Reading: Does speed reading really work? If so, how? (no, it doesn’t)
- What is the best way to break out of a bad mood?
- What are some jobs with high job satisfaction?
- What are the most hilarious pie charts?
- Which are some of the most badass photos ever taken?
- Gaming the System: What are the best examples of people “cheating the system”?
- What are the most inspiring poems ever?
- What are some of the most mind-blowing facts?
- Innovation: What are the best new products that people don’t know about?
- What’s the single most valuable lesson you’ve learned in your professional life?
- Is Getting Rich Worth It?
- What would a modern-day evil genius have to do in order to take over the world?
- How can you maximize your happiness in life?
Add me if you are there.