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My Big TOE

December 12th, 2009 by Daniel Catalaa

I chose to read "My big TOE" by Thomas Campbell and review his book in this article because in it he undertakes a task of the highest order, to explain all of reality in one coherent theory from intestinal microbes to ghosts and from evolution to time travelling. As you may have guessed by now, the book is not about the anatomy of lower limbs. TOE is actually an acronym that stands for the "Theory of Everything" and it refers to the same pursuit that eluded Albert Einste... [read more]

Personal Development for Smart People

July 31st, 2009 by Daniel Catalaa
1237 Personal Development for Smart People, by Steve Pavlina (2008)

I admire Steve Pavlina because he took on the most complicated task before any human being: to devise a philosophy of life that is universal, timeless, and useful. The elegance of his teachings are in their simplicity. He conveys one basic message: align yourself with love, power, and truth, and good things will ... [read more]

The 8th Habit

May 8th, 2009 by Daniel Catalaa

This is a book that I read to transition from the mindset of a file-and-rank employee to that of a manager. Many of the ideas presented in the book were applied in real time as I read about them, so it took me five months to finish the book. However, the lessons learned were tested out with real people and consequently became embedded at a much deeper level.


The 8th habit is the habit of leadership. Classically, leadership is viewed as a top-down attribute wher... [read more]