LEAP-BREC Meet-Up

LEAP-BREC (LEAP Book REading Club) is aimed to provide book-lovers with a peaceful, joyful, friendly, and supportive environment for reading deeply and discussing interactively a set of great books that will shape us intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually in our professional life.

“ Elanor Roosevelt was fond of saying, ‘Great minds discuss ideas, average minds discuss events, small minds discuss people.’ It was great to see so many busy young professionals and students so interested in discussing ideas today!” — Doug, LEAP mentor, BREC member

“ It feels great to share and listen. And Tesla is my dream car!" — Joe, BREC member

“It's the very first meeting. Really appreciate that everyone participated in discussion actively  and shared your stories. It's a great start!” — Jason, BREC  member

“I am quite impressed by how diversified and how friendly the group is. During our discussion, I had to stop myself speaking too fast or too much because I was curious to learn more about other members and very interested to know what their takes on various topics were. Look forward to building up long-term friendship in this group." —   Yunyun, BREC  member

LEAPers are foodies, but we are also craving for food for thought. As many of you may know, our new-born LEAP baby—LEAP-BREC (LEAP Book REading Club) launched in this early May. Today, we are thrilled to host our first meet-up with our committed book-lovers. 

LEAP-BREC members come from different age groups and cultural backgrounds but we have one same goal— to read, to think, to share, to reflect. We hope to listen to insights from each other and grow together.

As a routine for the very first meet-up, we started off with ice-breaking and self-introductions with interesting life stories from each of us. After warming up and getting to know each other, our book discussion kicked off with a video clip “Seven Minutes of Terror” that described how Curiority Rover landed successfully on Mars on August 2, 2012, which was the main theme in the BREC book in May. 

Our monthly book in May is The Right Kind of Crazy by Adam Steltzner, an engineer leading the team at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) The book “offers a gripping account of the Curiosity mission, and some fascinating insights into the engineering principles and analytics involved in pulling off the project” (New York Times, Febrary 15, 2016). 

Such a statement also let us to ponder if fear-based decision making causes self-denial.  Do you want to know how others perceive this theory and how it works in different companies in daily life? Find out more from the insiders by joining our LEAP BREC group WeChat discussion.

Dr. Steltzner shared many of his personal insights in the book and sparked off quite a discussions in our group. For instance, he claimed in his book that "In fact, it is our curiosity that we need to engage and our fear that we need to hold at bay, or release, if we’re going to find what we’re looking for. It is as if there are two forms of decision making: fear based and curiosity based.” (Read it on your own to figure out what exactly fear-based and curiosity-based decision making methods are!)

Such a statement also let us to ponder if fear-based decision making causes self-denial.  Do you want to know how others perceive this theory and how it works in different companies in daily life? Find out more from the insiders by joining our LEAP BREC group WeChat discussion.

We do value everyone who takes reading seriously. In order to offer everyone a buffer time after launching BREC, we decide to continue with The Right Kind of Crazy in June before speeding up to our normal pace of reading one book per month. Meanwhile, this is the best timing for you to catch up and join our reading and sharing sessions. 

Take a minute and ask yourself: When was the last time that I finished reading a whole book? When was the last time that I jotted down a couple of sentences that naturally flowed out of my mind? When was the last time that I could peacefully enjoy the time alone and enrich myself through reading, reflecting and planning?

 

If you have your answers and plan to make a positive change, we now welcome you on board! As the old saying goes “Cogito, ergo sum”(by René Descartes) in Latin, translated as “I ponder and thus I exist” in English or 我思故我在 in Chinese. LEAP-BREC discusses about insights, ideas and usages of languages and we offer an open platform for our members to journey, learn and grow through reading. If you makes your mind and want to start reading, LEAP-BREC awaits you!

We are what we read.

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