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Mar 5, 2014

What Should I Do While Waiting for SPM Result? (#2 - Read Books)

There are a lot of things you can do while waiting for SPM Result. The first thing we suggest is to be inspired, and find a mentor or a role-model. To be an inspiring person, you have to be inspired first. One of the way is to read book, and find the book that align with the things you love. Read books on leadership, business, strategies, self-help, psychology, hobbies, fictions and non-fictions. All books help. The author of "Rich Malaysia, Poor Malaysian" wrote in the book:

"The National Literary Surveys carried out in 1996 and 2005 by the National Library both concluded that Malaysians on average read only 2 books per year , as opposed to the Japanese and French who each read 10 books a year. Leading the pack were the Americans and the Canadians who each read an average of 17 books a year."

"Empirical studies have proven that the quality of life correlates with the number of book reads. The top percentile is represented with people who read an average of one book a weak or 50 books a year. The bottom percentile is however represented by people who read less;some still read but only tabloid magazines or purely the news."
One of our team member books (school books actually)
As a Malaysian, we need to be a learning community by reading more books that we have every read before. We have to read 10 times the number of books we read before, and now is exactly the right time to start - as you don't have much to do than when you are in school.

If you never read a book before, I would highly recommend you to start reading one book a month. As we are in the month of March right now, let's target 10 books this year. This is an example of my plan, so please make one for yourself (and share you favorite books here that everyone can benefits):

Month 1 (March):
Month 2 (April): The Book of Assistance
Month 3 (May): Thinking, Fast and Slow
Month 4 (June): Everyone a Leader: A Guide to Leading High-Performance Organizations for Engineers and Scientists
Month 5 (July): Al-Ghazali on Patience and Thankfulness
Month 6 (August): Cracking the Coding Interview: 150 Programming Questions and Solutions
Month 7 (September): Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment
Month 8 (Octobers): The Quest for Meaning: Developing a Philosophy of Pluralism
Month 9 (November): Diet for a New America: How Your Food Choices Affect Your Health, Happiness and the Future of Life on Earth
Month 10 (December): Dumbing Us Down: The Hidden Curriculum of Compulsory Schooling

Let's start reading! I would highly recommend goodreads as a a social website for reading books.