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Article written by Boris Bozic on the 05 Sep 2014 in Book Review,Business,Current Events,Merix Financial

The week after Labour Day weekend is not unlike the first week after New Year’s.  It is almost like play time is over, and it’s time to get back to work.  Just driving into work on Tuesday I could feel a difference.  Traffic is always brutal in Toronto, so using traffic as any sort of bench mark is futile.  It’s hard to pinpoint or accurately describe what it is, and without sounding esoteric, there’s an energy level that just seems to be heightened.  Not something you can see, but it’s something you can feel. One place where the heightened energy level manifests itself is between the ears.  The brain goes back to work. 

A great way for me to exercise a lethargic brain is to start reading,  Not just skimming, but actually taking the time to comprehend what’s written.  At times that can be painful.  As an example I’m reading a book now that will probably take me another two years to finish.  The book in question? “War and Peace.”  My God it is a difficult read!  The list of characters is endless, and trying to remember them all is next to impossible.  It doesn’t help that I pick up the book every three months, and plow through another 100 pages.  The main characters are Bezukhov, Bolonsky, Rostova, and the  Kurigan clan, more specifically Natasha and Nikola.  The secondary characters are but a mere 1,000, well, it seems that way to me.  And there’s not a “Smith” in the bunch. So why am I reading” War and Peace?”  Because it’s a challenge, and I can say to myself I finished reading a book which is considered a literary classic.

If you’re looking for a good read, and I can assure you that it’s a quick read, I would recommend the book “David and Goliath”, by Malcolm Gladwell.  I came across the book courtesy of an inspiring entrepreneur,  Sarah Schiess.  Ms. Schiess  works and resides in Saskatchewan, and from my vantage point I see great things for her in the future.  To Sarah, thank you for your thoughtfulness, and for sharing the gift of knowledge.  I won’t get into the details of the book, suffice to say that after reading the book you will challenge conventional wisdom and thinking.  Gladwell is a renowned author, and his books are worth the investment.  Below is a review of the book I found on-line.  A tad wordy, but very well written.

Review: Malcom and Goliath

Until next time.



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Gladwell is dangerous! Each of his books has a very subtle, almost subliminal theme of support for all things Socialist. Outliers suggested, very subtly, that it’s not your fault if you don’t get far in life. One glaring oversight was his failure to look at the 5% of hockey players that made it regardless of the cards being stacked against them. This would have been much more productive than leaving the reader to believe they’re a “victim”. I mean if you’re truly out to help, isn’t that what one should do? Of course it is! But that’s not what Lefty Socialists are about.

This book, David and Goliath, is clearly just a call, to his Socialist pals to “stick to it – and success will come!!”. What is that success? Why tearing down democracy and replacing it with Socialism, or Communism – natch!!

In the 50′s, there was an experiment done, where a single frame (picture) of a bottle of coke flashed on the movie screen. Not visible to the naked eye. But at the end of the movie, everyone ran straight to the Coke machine!!! Subliminal advertising was banned ever since. It should be banned in writing and movies too! Or better, would be a warning sign. Read the book; Primtime Propoganda, where the author tricks all the Hollywood heavyweights into admitting they’ve been putting subliminal messages in their movies and tv shows or decades.

Women in our society having a girlfriend on the side is practically the norm nowadays. WHY?? Why the sudden surge in same sex interest? Why the marked increase? All the sex on TV perhaps? Absolutely! I often ask ppl, if certain shows, say like Glee or Degrassi had a warning label that said something like; “This show is intended to subliminally indoctrinate the viewer into a becoming bi-sexual or gay”, would they have the same impact? Everyone I ask says “NO!!”.

Gladwell’s books need to come with a warning label!!

Hi Lance,
I have also read most of Malcolm Gladwell’s books (though I have not yet finished David & Goliath).

In Outliers, doesn’t Malcolm, though, encourage mastery by stating that it takes approx. 10,000 hours of practice and thus discourage the victim mindset with that example?

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