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Entering the festive season by taking in conversational Dale Carnegie and his tips on the hustle (my word not his)...
  • /Don't criticize, condemn or complain.
  • /Give honest and sincere appreciation.
  • /Arouse in the other person an eager want.

  • *Become genuinely interested in other people.
  • *Smile.
  • *Remember that a person's name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.
  • *Be a good listener. Encourage others to talk about themselves.
  • *Talk in terms of the other person's interests.
  • *Make the other person feel important — and do it sincerely.

  • -The only way to get the best of an argument is to avoid it.
  • -Show respect for the other person's opinions. Never say, 'you're wrong.'
  • -If you are wrong, admit it quickly and emphatically.
  • -Begin in a friendly way.
  • -Get the other person saying 'yes, yes' immediately.
  • -Let the other person do a great deal of the talking.
  • -Let the other person feel like the idea is his or hers.
  • -Try honestly to see things from the other person's point of view.
  • -Be sympathetic with the other person's ideas and desires.
  • -Appeal to the nobler motives.
  • -Dramatise your ideas.
  • -Throw down a challenge.

  • .Begin with praise and honest appreciation.
  • .Call attention to people's mistakes indirectly.
  • .Talk about your own mistakes before criticising the other person.
  • .Ask questions instead of giving direct orders.
  • .Let the other person save face.
  • .Praise the slightest improvement and praise every improvement. Be 'hearty in your approbation and lavish in your praise.'
  • .Give the other person a fine reputation to live up to.
  • .Use encouragement. Make the fault seem easy to correct.
  • .Make the other person happy about doing the thing you suggest.

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Dec 03, 2021
Reviewed a book
"Daniel O'Connell made himself a symbol of defiance and resistance."

Book 57: 'King Dan: The Rise of Daniel O'Connell 1775-1829' by Patrick M.Geoghegan.

Daniel O'Connell remains one of the most important and complex figures in Irish history. Although O'Connell did have somewhat of a checkered private life, his commitment to Emancipation was unquestionable. O'Connell did not believe in physical force; instead, he opted for moral force.

Although O'Connell was not successful in repealing the Union, his passing of the Emancipation Act of 1829 after 25 years of work resulted in Irish Catholics taking a seat in the House of Commons. O'Connell himself forced the issue when he entered a Parliamentary by-election in County Clare in 1828, insisting that he would not take his seat until the anti-Catholic oath required of members of parliament was abolished. It was not until 1922 that the 1801 Act of Union was removed, and Ireland would once again have its own parliament in Dublin.

What book are you reading this week?
Nov 26, 2021
Reviewed a book
"The famine has been described as a watershed in Irish political and social history. The society which emerged from behind its dark shadow was, in certain key respects, structurally different from what it had previously been."

Book 56: 'Ireland before the famine: 1798-1848' by Gearóid Ó Tuathaigh.

For many, like myself, Irish history is generally accounted for from 1916 onwards. However, the foundational work of that movement was set in stone in the years from 1798-1848 by the likes of Robert Emmett, Wolf Tonne and Daniel O'Connell.

In the early 1800s, Ireland population was close to 8Million people; to give some context today, it's closer to 5Million.

Some numbers and stats I have been reflecting on this week:

📦 In 1788, linen accounted for 70% of all exports.
⛴ 85% of all exports went to the UK.
🗣 Half the population spoke Irish 50 years later, only 25% did.
🛖 1841 some 40% of houses were 1-bed mud cabins, natural earth as the floor. Many had no windows or chimneys.
🥔 In the 1840's one-third of Irish people, sole food was the potato.
🚢 Between 1845-51, the population declined by 20% or 2.25million; 1.5million of these emigrated to the likes of the US, UK and Canada.
🥣 In August 1847, close to 3 million people were receiving rations at the soup kitchen daily.

In the years of the famine, Ireland saw entire communities decimated, and with it, many old customs and past times were lost. The pattern of steady emigration continued long after the famine, which continued to drain Ireland of many of its most enterprising members. Ireland, like all countries, is steeped in history; over the coming month, I'm going to try to reconnect with it.

What book are you reading this week?
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Reading a book
A recent episode of Mad Men (yes I'm years behind) featured the Liston-Clay(Ali) fight as a backdrop. 

It reminded me of picking up "Sonny Liston Was a Friend Of Mine" and other short stories by Thom Jones (whom I had never heard of before this). 

The writing is poetic, often dark with down-on-their-luck protagonists close to self destruction and despair. From boxing to cancer to the Vietnam war and much more. 

No punches spared here - so it’s guaranteed to divide opinion.

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Nov 24, 2021
Recommended a book
Put together a list of my recent book recommendations here along with tips on where to find great books to read.

This is a living document so will continue to be updated. If you have book recommendations for me, PLEASE send them my way via Polywork comments or Twitter.

As always, make sure to support your local bookstores and libraries!
Nov 22, 2021
Reviewed a book
"A rooster crow does not cause the sun to rise, even though it always preceded the sun."

Book 55: 'The Book of Why: The new science of Cause and Effect' by Judea Pearl & Dan Mackenzie. This book was one of my most challenging reads this year. Although recommended by several accounts online, I found the majority of it hard to follow. In addition, you need a firm grounding in both maths and statistics to realise the value of this book.

At a high level, the author argues that there are three distinct levels of cognitive ability: seeing, doing and imagining. Unfortunately, a lot of times, humans oversimplify cause and effect. This book helps you to identify confounders and mediators and ask more intelligent questions. It also looks at ways to apply counterfactuals to answer questions like what would have happened to Y if X had never happened. My biggest takeaway is to not jump to conclusions when you hear cause and effect statements but instead slow down and think about all the variables involved.

What book were you reading this weekend?