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😍 To Sell is Human

I really enjoyed this book and have found myself returning to it several times to reread parts.

I think he's dead-on about the sales environment changing from "buyer beware" to "seller beware" the balance of power has changed. I think he nailed both the diagnosis and prognosis,

I like his new ABCs of sales: Attunement, Buoyancy, Clarity.

This is not a "sales book", this a book for everyone in any role.

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😍 Zero to One

I think it's best to share some outside blurbs for this one:

" Zero to One is the first book any working or aspiring entrepreneur must read—period."- Marc Andreessen, co-creator of the world's first web browser, co-founder of Netscape, and venture capitalist at Andreessen Horowitz

“When a risk taker writes a book, read it. In the case of Peter Thiel, read it twice. Or, to be safe, three times. This is a classic.”- Nassim Nicholas Taleb, author of Fooled by Randomness and The Black Swan

"Peter Thiel, in addition to being an accomplished entrepreneur and investor, is also one of the leading public intellectuals of our time. Read this book to get your first glimpse of how and why that is true."- Tyler Cowen, New York Times best-selling author of Average is Over and Professor of Economics at George Mason University

“This book delivers completely new and refreshing ideas on how to create value in the world.” -  Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook

“Peter Thiel has built multiple breakthrough companies, and Zero to One shows how.” -  Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX and Tesla

"Zero to One is an important handbook to relentless improvement for big companies and beginning entrepreneurs alike. Read it, accept Peter’s challenge, and build a business beyond expectations." - Jeff Immelt, Chairman and CEO, GE

I think that about covers it.

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😍 Conscious

Another book on the topic of consciousness. Goes well with The Case Against Reality.

Annaka Harris is a science writer and married to Sam Harris the philosopher, neuroscientist and podcaster. Both share an interest in the nature of consciousness. Check out the episode of her on the Making Sense podcast.

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🤯 The Case Against Reality

I started off writing a short blurb for this book and ended up writing close to 1400 words.

Suffice to say this is a truly fascinating book. Highly recommended.

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😍 Rework

I'm going to let a few blurbs describe this one.

"Ignore this book at your own peril." -Seth Godin

"If given a choice between investing in someone who has read Rework or has his MBA, I'm investing in Rework every time...  a must-read." - Mark Cuban

"There's no jargon or filler here, just hundreds of simple rules for success." - Chris Anderson

From the back cover: ASAP is poison. Underdo the competition. Meetings are toxic. Fire the workaholics. Emulate drug dealers. Pick a fight. Planning is guessing. Inspiration is perishable.

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😍 Remote

Writing this in early 2021, remote work has seen a crazy boom with many people being forced into it by COVID. However, long before COVID, remote work was a growing trend and the guys at Basecamp some of it's earliest advocates.

This book is now more relevant than ever, written by experts. I think it's great for business owners and employees alike. If you're just getting started with this way of working I encourage you to check out this book.

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🤩 7 Steps to a Pain-Free Life

It's no exaggeration to say that this book changed my life. Some years ago I got a herniated disk from a botched snowboarding jump. I initially thought it was just normal pain that would go away, but it didn't.

The exact dates are a little blurry now, but I remember this went on for quite a long time - months of significant acute pain. I saw a physiotherapist who unfortunately misdiagnosed it and so the exercises they had me do just made it worse.

I eventually got an MRI that showed a herniated disc. Around the same time though, I had bought a stack of books out of desperation from various recommendations. Fortunately, this book was one of them.

The back exercises here fixed my herniated disc and continue to fix occaisional pain from bad posture, crazy long road trips, etc. I also get mild neck injuries with some regularity from Jiu Jitsu and the neck exercises here fix that too. The exercises have also helped my wife and I recommend this book every chance I get.

If you have back/neck pain, I strongly encourage you to check this out.

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😍 The Hard Thing About Hard Things

Really enjoyed this book. It's so interesting to see an inside version of a multi-billion dollar company and find that things aren't so pretty. Ben ran several product divisions at Netscape, and I constantly forgot this was about an business valued at $4.2B when acquired by AOL. I love hearing about the scrappy early days and the challenges that every business faces.

A quote from this book has been lodged in my brain from the moment I read it: "There is no silver bullet that’s going to fix that. No, we are going to have to use a lot of lead bullets".

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😍 Can't Hurt Me

Part self-help, part autobiography. This book was really interesting. David Goggins is a unique individual and it's not surprising that quite a large following has amassed around him.

He talks about how he learned to master his mind and realize his potential. He came from really bad beginnings so it's an inspiring and encourging story.

I listened to the audio book which had an interesting format unlike any other audio book. In between each chapter or section there is live conversation with him, similar to a podcast.

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😍 The 4-Hour Workweek

The one that started it all for me, as it did for many others. Originally published in 2009, Tim was ahead of the curve on quite a few things. Some of the links and resources are surely outdated with even the second edition being 12 years old, but the concepts are as relevant as ever - similar to GTD.

I plan on rereading it.

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😍 Work Clean

This book was renamed to Everything In Its Place, but I prefer the old name and book design. The name is great, the design is nice and simple, I find it a shame they changed it.

To "work clean" is a concept employed by chefs (one of the objectively most stressful jobs) to handle the chaos of a kitchen and pump out quality items every time.

Similar to advice originating from the military, if it works in the highest stress (and possibly life or death) situations then it will surely work for you no matter how hectic you think your life is.

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😍 How to Take Smart Notes

Really good stuff. Niklas Luhmann is my hero. In this book, Sönke takes you through the concept of Zettelkasten - a way to approach notetaking and personal knowledge management.

Niklas Luhmann was a prolific writer and was able to do so because of his notetaking method he called Zettelkasten. By capturing and linking notes and ideas, he was able to have many pieces of writing on the go at once and able to follow whatever interested him in the moment. I aspire to implement this system in my own life with Roam and this blog.

Also check out Ryan Holiday and Robert Greene who have similar methods.

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😍 Atomic Habits

I love the approach he lays out in this book. Routines over goals, enjoy the feeling of success every day by just following a process.

This book is also just an aboslute quote factory. He explains things and argues his points with such simple but powerful statements. After the fact it all seems so obvious while at the same time thinking they belong on a poster.

I originally listened to the audio version of this book but I will be getting the hard copy so I can study it more.

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😍 Getting Things Done

Overwhelm is a big problem for me. A lot of great stuff in here as well as an overall system to pull everything together.

I couldn't agree more about his concept of "open loops" and how your mind can't focus when you have a bunch of outstanding things. I developped the habit of writing things down to get them off my mind before this book but the big thing I was missing was a system to fit that practice into. GTD is that system. Still working on implementing it for myself, though.

I highly recommend you also check out Tiago Forte's work about building a second brain. His approach is rooted in GTD but more oriented towards the current day with all the many apps and software available.

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