I just finished reading Rajesh Setty‘s “Beyond Code – Learn to distinguish yourself in 9 simple steps“.Â With around 120 pages and a simple language this is an easy and enjoyable afternoon read, which you can finish in 3 to 4 hours.
The core of the book is to deliver the theory behind success in professional life. It contains a lot of real world examples which make it easy to understand. In fact, most of the times I was “aha”-ing and nodding, because many situations have already happened to me or to people in my professional environment. Having them confirmed in this book actually felt very good and gave me a secure feeling, as if someone had been listening to me. It has given me an overall motivation and strength to decide on certain things in my career andÂ I have a more optimistic view on my career at the moment. Every chapter also contains an exercise on the theory explained. This is the hands on where you get the chance to practice the concepts in real life and start making a change.
Main outline of the book
Part 1. The Inner Game
- Leave a lasting impression
Part 2. The Outer Game
The Inner Game is about yourself and about how to look at work (and life) in a certain way, different than most people do. All the theory can be practiced alone. The Outer Game is about you and your environment. It’s about communicating with other people, knowing their skills and building a social network.
Here are some of the sentences I marked. Read them and think about them. They have great value.
- “All things are created twice. Once in your mind. Once in the real world.”
- “If you are going to execute on a project that someone else sold, you are already at a disadvantage.”
- “Research says that we tend to hire fast and fire slow”
- “Hiring for attitude, training for skills.”
- “Money can be earned back, but you can’tÂ get back time.”
- “You should already be acting as if you were already promoted, before you are handed that position.”
I would highly recommend reading this book. It will make you feel more secure and confident. This is one of the books to refer to when you are in need of a guide in hard times. To quote Tom Peters: “Read it as if your life depends of it. It does!”.
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