Picks of the Month – November 2017

This month I’ve expanded my horizons beyond self-help topics. I have explored topics like leadership and behavioral economics. I went back to my roots and upgraded my knowledge on .NET Core with one of my favorite teachers/authors Shawn Wildermuth.

Let’s begin!


I stumbled on this article. The reality is that leadership has always been part of my path. Since I’m the oldest sibling, there are certain traits and skills I’ve acquired.

5 Leadership TED Talks That will Inspire You

Here’s the list at first glance.

  1. Simon Sinek’s “How Great Leaders Inspire Action”
  2. Sheryl Sanberg’s “Why We Have Too Few Women Leaders”
  3. Derek Sivers’s “How to Start a Movement” (My favorite because it’s 5 mins long. Start here!)
  4. Dan Ariely’s “What Makes Us Feel Good About Our Work?”
  5. Rosalinde Torres’s “What It Takes to Be a Great Leader”

The article goes into a quick summary of each video.

Do yourself a favor and check them all out. You never know what you’ll learn or who you’ll discover.

I went in trying to learn something on leadership and found myself learning about economics (yes, really!).

Behavioral Economics (Dan Ariely)

Money, money, money, mooooneeeeeee!!

I learned that economics is more about human behavior than money.

In the past, I’d roll my eyes on a topic like this. But sometimes you find the right teacher for you. For me, it’s Dan Ariely. Author, speaker, professor and awesome teacher.

He makes this topic so approachable, and entertaining with a great sense of humor. His practical material is for every day people like you and me.

I learned he’s my local neighboor at the Duke University in North Carolina! I can’t wait to attend one of his live talks/lectures and, why not, shake his hand.

Some of his talks:

Do yourself a favor and YouTube/Google him. Don’t be surprised if you end up binge watching his content, I know I did.

NET Core (Shawn Wildermuth)

I have written about Shawn previously on his course on JavaScript for C# Developers.

This time I’m looking into .NET Core and I’m going over his Building a Web App with ASP.NET Core, MVC, Entity Framework Core, Bootstrap, and Angular course.

The course clocks at 10 hours.

It sounds intimidating. But I enjoy Shawn’s super throughout and detailed approach. This may not be for everyone but thanks to him, I have covered many knowledge gaps and gain confidence on the subject.

What takes the cake for me is Shawn’s style to start from total scratch (as in File > New ) and build something freaking awesome along the way.

If you are a .NET developer and serious about learning .NET Core, look no further. Shawn has you covered.

Here’s the table of contents:

  • Course Over
  • Getting Started
  • HTML5 and CSS Basics
  • Getting Started with JavaScript
  • Using ASP.NET MVC
  • Using BootStrap to Prototype the App
  • Building the Database with Entity Framework Core
  • Create the API with ASP.NET MVC
  • ASP.NET Core Identity
  • Brief Introduction to TypeScript
  • Client-side Development with Angular
  • Using Services in Angular
  • Routing in Angular
  • Deploying ASP.NET Core Apps

Wrap up

This month we’ve looked into leadership, behavioral economics and upgrading to .NET core.

There is enough material in this article to get you started on some of these topics. I’m excited to continue my path and expanding my knowledge on behavioral economics.

What did you find interesting on this month’s picks?