Book Summary: The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin “The theme is depth over breadth… to plunge into the detailed mystery of the micro in order to understand what makes the macro tick.” In a nutshell I didn’t realize how many nuances existed in learning something new and complex. I found Josh’s description of the […]
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Book summary: Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday Maxims – think big, but act small (be humble) – never stop learning – do great work, and let other people take credit for it In a nutshell Ego Is the Enemy is a potent reflection on how ego dismantles us in all phases of […]
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Book Summary: Deep Work by Cal Newport In a Nutshell Deep Work is increasingly rare and increasingly important in today’s age. If we can improve our ability to work deeply, we can accomplish way more in our lives. We improve our deep work ability by structuring and scheduling our day more carefully, embracing boredom, unplugging […]
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Book Summary: Rework by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson In a Nutshell Rework is a refreshing set of reminders and principles on how to run a business. It is simple, direct, into the point. You may already be familiar with many of the ideas and rework, but nevertheless, it is great to find […]
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Book Summary: Zero to One by Peter Thiel Every great business breakthrough happens only once. The next version will only be a copy. “Best practices” lead to dead ends. The best paths are new ones. New paths are forged by technology. Technology allows us to do more with less. Every innovation is […]
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Book Summary: The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday Our actions may be impeded, but our intentions or mood cannot, because we can accommodate and adapt. The impediment to action advances action. The obstacle in the path becomes the path. A lot of times we are paralyzed by inaction, fearing the obstacles in our […]
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Book Summary: Originals by Adam Grant The desire for achievement suppresses original and creative thinking. We often find surface level ways of showing originality, instead of becoming a true original. This is to avoid taking risk that might jeopardize your position in society. People that became true originals did not always willingly or boldly […]
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Book Summary of Antifragile: Things that Gain From Disorder by Nassim Nicholas Taleb Notes The wind energizes the fire and extinguishes the candle. In the same way, we want not just to survive uncertainty, but be strengthened by it. The opposite of fragility is not robustness, because robustness only indicates the ability to withstand uncertainty. […]
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Book Summary: What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars by Jim Paul and Brendan Moynihan Notes “Success always obsoletes the behavior that achieved it.” – Peter Drucker A meteoric rise often triggers a precipitous fall due to the psychological effects of success. Diversify—unless you know something about a very narrow position. Don’t average […]
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This post is a summary of Scott Adams’ fantastic blog post, “The Day You Became a Better Writer.” His ideas really resonated with me. He was able to distill an entire day (or semester) of writing advice into a few short paragraphs. If you enjoy this post, you might also enjoy my summary of Scott’s book, […]
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