BOOK
CLUB

At the Jay Shetty Certification School, we agree with Charles W. Eliot that, “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends… the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” They are portable magic in every sense, as Stephen King once said. Here is what we have been reading this month.

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The Black Swan 
Nassim Nicholas Taleb

In a text that is very apt for today’s unprecedented times in our business and social life, The Black Swan offers a glimpse at why we inherently lack the ability to predict the future and what we can do to better prepare for extraordinary events. At its core, the book is about statistics and probability and how we rely on those to smooth the bumps in our road to success and happiness. However, seemingly out of the blue, unexpected and dramatic events cross our paths that change our lives in the blink of an eye. Most predictive models are narrow and theoretical, trying to foresee the future by explaining the past. Not so, says statistician and risk analyst, Nassim Nicholas Taleb. 


Instead, when assessing risk in the real world, Taleb suggests always questioning the assumptions of the model you base your decisions on. Do not oversimplify or extrapolate risk. Above all, be vigilant of signs, however obscure and underrated, that suggest unknown factors that can have a sudden, dramatic, and composite impact. When applied to what is happening today, although many describe Covid-19 as a black swan event, Taleb would likely argue the contrary. The pandemic was predictable, but warning signs were conveniently overlooked, causing a preventable “white swan” to reveal an extremely fragile global social system.

Reviewed by Joan Swart, Head of Curriculum at the Jay Shetty Certification School

The Power of Now 
Eckhart Tolle

The Power of Now is a book I feel I will regularly revisit. Simplistically, it talks about how to be the observer in your life rather than the reactor, separating from the ego/identity we externally project, and how that has a “need to be in control.” Many spiritual practices do essentially say the same thing, and I like the way it is made simpler here. Ultimately, it’s about accepting the present moment, unpacking how we feel about it, transforming our viewpoint to improve our outlook, and becoming more of a creator. The quote from St Paul stood out for me the most: “Everything is shown up by being exposed to the light, and whatever is exposed to the light, itself becomes light”. Once you bring things into your awareness you can act upon them and dissipate the pain/emotion and truly experience the moment.

Reviewed by Viraj Oza, Supervisor at the Jay Shetty Certification School

The Tipping Point 
Malcolm Gladwell

Nestled firmly in the pop psychology genre, The Tipping Point enjoys a universal appeal in the premise that small, consistent changes aggregate toward significant, sometimes extraordinary shifts in how people behave and make decisions. Said aggregation of marginal gains eventually reaches a “tipping point” or critical mass when structural change can be sustained. Gladwell references “word-of-mouth-epidemics” that are carried by three core personality types to spread ideas and behaviors like a virus. The first group is Connectors or social influencers who rally people. Mavens are the gatekeepers and broadcasters of knowledge, while Salesmen persuade the undecided and uninformed. To explain his theory in practice, Gladwell offers examples of modern phenomena, including teenage suicide patterns and consumer decisions that show that emotions are contagious and prompt clusters of similar behavior. This handy information helps any marketer, influencer, and coach to lead change.

Reviewed by Joan Swart, Head of Curriculum at the Jay Shetty Certification School

At the Jay Shetty Certification School, we agree with Charles W. Eliot that, “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends… the most accessible and wisest of counselors, and the most patient of teachers.” They are portable magic in every sense, as Stephen King once said. Here is what we have been reading this month.

BOOK
CLUB

Illustration www.opendoodles.com

The Black Swan 
Nassim Nicholas Taleb

In a text that is very apt for today’s unprecedented times in our business and social life, The Black Swan offers a glimpse at why we inherently lack the ability to predict the future and what we can do to better prepare for extraordinary events. At its core, the book is about statistics and probability and how we rely on those to smooth the bumps in our road to success and happiness. However, seemingly out of the blue, unexpected and dramatic events cross our paths that change our lives in the blink of an eye. Most predictive models are narrow and theoretical, trying to foresee the future by explaining the past. Not so, says statistician and risk analyst, Nassim Nicholas Taleb. 


Instead, when assessing risk in the real world, Taleb suggests always questioning the assumptions of the model you base your decisions on. Do not oversimplify or extrapolate risk. Above all, be vigilant of signs, however obscure and underrated, that suggest unknown factors that can have a sudden, dramatic, and composite impact. When applied to what is happening today, although many describe Covid-19 as a black swan event, Taleb would likely argue the contrary. The pandemic was predictable, but warning signs were conveniently overlooked, causing a preventable “white swan” to reveal an extremely fragile global social system.

Reviewed by Joan Swart, Head of Curriculum at the Jay Shetty Certification School

The Power of Now 
Eckhart Tolle

The Power of Now is a book I feel I will regularly revisit. Simplistically, it talks about how to be the observer in your life rather than the reactor, separating from the ego/identity we externally project, and how that has a “need to be in control.” Many spiritual practices do essentially say the same thing, and I like the way it is made simpler here. Ultimately, it’s about accepting the present moment, unpacking how we feel about it, transforming our viewpoint to improve our outlook, and becoming more of a creator. The quote from St Paul stood out for me the most: “Everything is shown up by being exposed to the light, and whatever is exposed to the light, itself becomes light”. Once you bring things into your awareness you can act upon them and dissipate the pain/emotion and truly experience the moment.

Reviewed by Viraj Oza, Supervisor at the Jay Shetty Certification School

The Tipping Point 
Malcolm Gladwell

Nestled firmly in the pop psychology genre, The Tipping Point enjoys a universal appeal in the premise that small, consistent changes aggregate toward significant, sometimes extraordinary shifts in how people behave and make decisions. Said aggregation of marginal gains eventually reaches a “tipping point” or critical mass when structural change can be sustained. Gladwell references “word-of-mouth-epidemics” that are carried by three core personality types to spread ideas and behaviors like a virus. The first group is Connectors or social influencers who rally people. Mavens are the gatekeepers and broadcasters of knowledge, while Salesmen persuade the undecided and uninformed. To explain his theory in practice, Gladwell offers examples of modern phenomena, including teenage suicide patterns and consumer decisions that show that emotions are contagious and prompt clusters of similar behavior. This handy information helps any marketer, influencer, and coach to lead change.

Reviewed by Joan Swart, Head of Curriculum at the Jay Shetty Certification School

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