Reading Project 2016 – The Art of Thinking Clearly #12

Well, I can’t believe this is my last book review for 2016. I’m so glad I took up this reading challenge/project again this year. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have been dedicated enough to read anything at all. Well in fact, I did read more than 12 books this year but who’s counting?

Ok my last review for 2016 is a book written by Rolf Dobelli, a Swiss author. Yes it is another thinking book – hooray! Translated into English, this marvelous book contains 99 chapters of thinking wisdom – my favourite being the 1st chapter “People should visit cemeteries more often”. In this chapter, Dobelli talks about how people systematically overestimate their chances of success. This is because we see in the media and in daily life, the triumph and success of people who have made it as entrepreneurs, artists, rock stars, authors and son on. We don’t see the failures and the unsuccessful. Therefore, we assume and think that our business and artistic ventures will also be of success. He calls this the Survivorship Bias and advises us not to fall into this trap by visiting the graves of once-promising projects, investments and careers. It may come across as negative to some but I think there is truth and practicality into this kind of thinking.

Actually, I like all the chapters in it. It’s a wonderful reference book – something that you could have on your shelf and refer to when you’re trying to solve a problem or in need of some inspiration. But alas this copy is owned by my local library. I may need to take it out again and make further notes. Or better yet…buy my own copy!

Anyway, I hope you all have a blast in 2017. It’s just around the corner you know. See you all next year with more book reviews and other jam-packed goodies – to be revealed in the coming weeks!

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Are you familiar with Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking Fast and Slow? ( I don’t think you’ve a search box for me to check). It is one of the best books on the subject.

    1. Karina Tumon says:

      Sorry for the delayed response! No I haven’t heard of the book but will look into it. Thanks!

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