Friday, July 16, 2010

Update on my reading plans

Just to make a post on the progress of my reading plans: it's been one of the best decisions I have done in many years. I think most people that know me are blue in the face from hearing my comments on all the books I've been reading.

I started posting my summaries and opinions of the books on this blog, but that in itself has turned into an additional project. That's part of the blessing and the curse of reading these business books: in that some may affect your process of methodical reading (think of "10 Days To Faster Reading"). In this case, reading "The Power of Less" by Leo Babauta mentioned the novel idea of ideally focusing on one project at a time, and to pay attention to new commitments.

I still am taking notes of each book, but not publishing them in blog form, and in the future I will be featuring my own highlights of the books that make the most impact.

Thought about protection of intellectual property

There is a great video training series from, and as I'm watching it, my thinking starts going on a tangent about concepts I have heard in some of business books I've been reading, regarding intellectual property. I assume that some people in this world would simply want to copy (word for word, or through a mindless process) an existing product, put another label on it and market it. But I think I have discovered a not-so-popular feature that can be exploited to help protect intellectual data.

When creating video materials or other intellectual property, I think a good measure to prevent systematic stealing of your ideas is to introduce offbeat events every so often. If your instructional video has little errors or offbeat language, an person or process that is copying your speech without any thought will also copy the error or offbeat comment. This will show in the final product they copy, making it easier to spot it among copies of your product going around the market. The videos I'm watching have that feature, where they are more like an unedited dialog, like a friend trying to show you how a program works.

Also something that might help out protecting your intellectual property is choosing an extremely narrow market (I read about this in the book "The Four Hour Workweek"). If you speak the language of a social group, for example let's say: "bilingual owners of dislexic chihuahuas", when your content is copied, it might be irrelevant for other markets.