My growing collection of notes from books. This page will update as I read more. Bookmark it if you want to check back in a few months.
If you want to be a genius, Richard Feynman's book is an incredibly useful read. "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" is full of short stories from taped conversations with Ralph Leighton, Feynman's drumming partner. It covers topics you would not think a physicist would be interested in, such as safe-cracking, bongo drumming, samba dancing, language learning, biology, and art. This is my book review.
A book that provides straightforward views on religion, humanism, animals, and ultimately life. Quite popular in the mainstream.
Why lying is bad and what you can do about it. This can also be converted into a decently long list of articles.
A mix between the philosophy of randomness and probability. It slightly goes into mathematics. Life is really random, isn't it?
A long list of blog posts about stoicism, taking us from the micro to the macro of things.
A writer, like a cinematographer, manipulates the viewer’s perspective on an ongoing story, with the verbal equivalent of camera angles and quick cuts.
An interesting read on how to use economics to expand our repertoire of “recognition chunks” for seeing patterns in human behavior.
The ins and outs of one of the most famous productivity techniques: working in 25-minute chunks.
There's value in asking naïve questions, as it pushes people to explain things simply and strip away the irrelevances.
Effortful learning is effective but requires effort. One also needs to use self-testing as a learning tool.
The book is a nice reminder about saying no to anything that doesn't serve you well.
Summary: Make checklists for any complex procedures or decisions.
Cool thoughts on investing & misjudging randomness.
Understanding what complexity is and how emergence integrates into this whole scientific phenomenon, how complex systems work, get organized, and adapt based on simple micro-interactions and endless possibilities.
Continue learning beyond the point of bare mastery or of mere recall.
Random & fascinating information in regards to different domains of work. The author's time was spent observing lots of industries such as counseling, shipyards, walking along electric towers, and even fishing.
A collection of Malcolm Gladwell's top articles. Quite nice and interesting and entertaining.
If a writer wants the reader to think something is the absolute truth, the writer should render it in the shortest possible sentence.
Conventional wisdom.This book won't teach you the importance of programming.
The person capable of telling the truth - still has roles to play, but is no longer trapped by them. The integrated person behind the role no longer has anything to hide, and can relate freely to the being he knows is hidden behind the roles others are playing. The person is then in charge, rather than the role.
Summary: We use only a fraction of our potential personality. Personalities fit into certain categories: agreeableness, conscientiousness, extroversion, neuroticism and openness to experience.
A great view inside the minds of Warren Buffet and Charlie Munger, the greatest investors of all time. Wisdom, advice, and different approaches towards investing.
A novelist who runs every day is sharing his thoughts about running & how it relates to other things in work and life.
In a nutshell: We put too much emphasis on talent and not enough on passion and perseverance. We all have a natural talent within. Forget about the idea that your abilities might be fixed. Instead, you should embrace the growth mindset.
A system on how to manage a big company in 4 areas of execution, the Performance Zone, The Productivity Zone, The Incubation Zone & The Transformation Zone.
Tips and tricks on how to put yourself out there and start sharing your work with the world. The author presents practical advice on why you should start documenting your process, teaching others, and becoming a better storyteller to help you share the work you love with a like-minded people. Austin Kleon's manifesto on how to promote yourself.
The most interesting combination of practical and philosophical thoughts on the classical and romantic brain I've come across.
A collection of practical tips, resources, and research to increase your productivity, teaching you how to brain works and what you can do to make your mind work better.
A view of the world as an perfect collection of processes, not a chaotic collection of sounds, sights and events. From this elevated perspective, one can create and tweak existing systems to achieve the desired results.
Meditations is a collection of 12 books written by Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, who'll introduce you to Stoic philosophy, the concept of logic, self-discipline and give you faith that the course the world runs is a good one.
Power Vs. Force explains the connection between individual levels of consciousness and human behavior.
In How to Have Impossible Conversations, Peter Boghossian and James Lindsay guide you through the straightforward, practical, conversational techniques necessary for every successful conversation -- whether the issue is climate change, religious faith, gender identity, race, poverty, immigration, or gun control.
Ethics is an ambitious work and multifaceted. Ambitious in its subject matter as critical Spinoza all traditional philosophical conceptions of God, of man and the universe. Ambitious also by Spinoza because his method is to demonstrate the truth about God, about nature, man, religion and the good life.
From New York Times bestselling author Paul Johnson, “a very readable and entertaining biography” (The Washington Post) about one of the most important figures in modern European history: Napoleon Bonaparte
Every moment in business happens only once. The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg won't create a social network. If you are copying these guys, you aren't learning from them.
The Way of the Warrior Kid series follows the summertime adventures of Marc, a young boy that faces the same tough challenges every kid faces: bullies, difficulty at school, insecurities, fears and more. Luckily, while every summer (and every book in the series) brings Marc new challenges, it also brings visits from Marc's Navy SEAL uncle Jake. And Jake just might be able to teach Marc how turn his problems into opportunities.
A great resource that synthesizes the habits, tools, and philosophies of top performers and leaders. You will walk away with dozens of nuggets of wisdom, book and article recommendations, and new habits to introduce into your life.
The ultimate choose-your-own-adventure book—a compilation of tools, tactics, and habits from 130+ of the world's top performers. From iconic entrepreneurs to elite athletes, from artists to billionaire investors, their short profiles can help you answer life's most challenging questions, achieve extraordinary results, and transform your life.
For a quarter century, more than a million readers—scribes and scribblers of all ages and abilities—have been inspired by Anne Lamott’s hilarious, big-hearted, homespun advice. Advice that begins with the simple words of wisdom passed down from Anne’s father—also a writer—in the iconic passage that gives the book its title:
A short, motivating book about creating things, generating ideas, and finding your voice.
A short, motivating story of a wimpy kid who fails at many things, such as math, pull-ups, swimming, and throughout the summer is trained by his uncle Jake, a Navy Seal.
In a world in which everything is available, nothing has any meaning. The book examines a futuristic society, called the World State, that revolves around efficiency & science. Emotions & individuality are conditioned out of children at a young age, and there are no enduring relationships because everyone belongs to everyone else.
What was life like in the early days of Facebook? How did the company operate when it was just a small startup? Who were this team of misfits that built one of the most powerful tech companies in the world?
The Autobiography of Malcolm X, biography, published in 1965, of the American Black militant religious leader and activist who was born Malcolm Little. Written by Alex Haley, who had conducted extensive audiotaped interviews with Malcolm X just before his assassination in 1965, the book gained renown as a classic work on the Black American experience.
Man's Search for Meaning is a 1946 book by Viktor Frankl chronicling his experiences as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps during World War II, and describing his psychotherapeutic method, which involved identifying a purpose in life to feel positive about, and then immersively imagining that outcome.