House Prices are Rising Fast Again

“The thing that is different about this bubble from the last one in 2006/2007 (and I use this word intentionally) is the sheer nervousness out there. Nobody aside from estate agents is actually excited about the rise – people are confused, and some are angry, and most people don’t understand what is happening. There is much more widespread acceptance that this cannot go on, and widespread confusion as to where buyers are actually getting their money from.”

Everyone constantly asks “Why don’t you get a mortgage?” and 99% of the time the people who ask are either those who bought during the early 80s or already own a property. Does no one see the ridiculousness of the current property market in London? Every day there is another article that talks of a looming bubble and the potential for a housing disaster.

The Sin of Not Improving

“It’s no sin to be a beginner or an intermediate. It’s no sin to be a competent programmer instead of a leader. The sin is in how long you remain a beginner or an intermediate after you know what you have to do to improve.”

A Distant Mountain

“Something that worked for me was imagining that where I wanted to be was a mountain. A distant mountain. My goal. And I knew that as long as I kept walking towards the mountain I would be all right. And when I truly was not sure what to do, I could not stop, and think about whether it was taking me towards or away from the mountain.” – Neil Gaiman

Books of 2013

Managed to read a lot more in 2013 compared to 2012.

  • 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Audiobook (3/1/2013)
  • Taming text (18/01/2013)
  • The 10X Rule – Audiobook (21/1/2013)
  • Copy Hackers #1 (15/02/2013)
  • Running Lean (16/02/12013)
  • Rails as she spoke (14/04/2013)
  • HTML5 for Web Designers (17/04/2013)
  • CSS3 for Designers (22/04/2013)
  • Designing Web Applications (25/04/2013)
  • Responsive Web Design (29/04/2013)
  • The Little Book of Redis (07/05/2013)
  • New Sales Simplified (08/05/2013)
  • The Icarus Deception (24/05/2013)
  • Choose Yourself (05/07/2013)
  • Miracle of Self Discipline – Audiobook (7/7/2013)
  • Mastering the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 (9/7/2013)
  • Shift (20/7/2013)
  • Mastering Modern Payments (16/8/2013)
  • Islam made Simple (21/8/2013)
  • Dust (16/9/2013)
  • Art of Running Faster (19/10/2013)
  • This Book Will Teach You How Write Better (20/10/2013)
  • No B.S. Wealth Attraction in the New Economy (9/11/2013)
  • Swim Speed Secrets (17/11/2013)
  • Let Go (24/11/2013)
  • Faster: Demystifying the Science of Triathlon Speed (29/11/2013)
  • Zen to Done (21/12/2013)
  • Influence (25/12/2013)

Stand out books were “The Icarus Deception”, “Choose Yourself”, “Dust” and “Influence”.

Battling Procrastination

It makes no sense to leave the Dark Woods in favor of the Dark Playground—they’re both dark. They both suck to be in, but the big difference is the Dark Woods leads to happiness and the Dark Playground leads only to more misery. But the Instant Gratification Monkey isn’t logical and to him, the Dark Playground seems like much more fun.

An absolutely brilliant two part series on procrastination. My most hated enemy.

Part 1: Why Procrastinators Procrastinate
Part 2: How to Beat Procrastination