Ego Is the Enemy

Ego Is the Enemy
Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday Read:  2017-02-15, Rating:  8/10. Everyone should read this book because, for everything that comes next, Ego Is the Enemy. A really quick read full of anecdotes from Ulysses S. Grant, William T. Sherman, John DeLorean, Malcolm X, Jackie Robinson, Marcus Aurelius, Richard Nixon and Genghis Khan. My Takeaways Stay Humble Stay a Student Don't Tell Yourself a Story My Notes An unhealthy belief in our own importance. Arrogance. Self-centred ambition. "Not me," you think. For people with ambitions, talents, drives, and potential to fulfill, ego comes with the territory. Precisely what makes us so promising as thinkers, doers, creatives, and entrepreneurs, what drives us to the top of those fields, makes us vulnerable to…

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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance An Inquiry Into Values by Robert M. Pirsig Read:  2017-02-08, Rating:  10/10. My Takeaways Too personal for me to give an objective review. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance found me, forever changing my view on life, on suffering, on literature, philosophy and the search for Quality. My Notes Romantic vs Classical Personality What is Quality?

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Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson Read:  2017-01-21, Rating:  10/10. Gripping life story full of takeaways for an engineer, businessman, student. I couldn't put the book down. My Takeaways: Strive for simplicity, Minimalism, Zen Organize and Motivate A-players Ask "What is the Purpose?" Never use PowerPoint again Laser Focused Eye Contact My Notes: Biological father was a Syrian Muslim and biological mother was Catholic. Steve was supposed to be adopted by lawyers, but last minute decided they wanted a girl. Steve was adopted by a hard working mechanic and housewife. Lots of influences from his father. Job's father had once taught Steve that a drive for perfection meant caring about the craftsmanship even of the parts unseen. Jobs took interest in electronics.…

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What do you do after you finish reading a book?

I read mostly self-improvement, business and psychology books. I used to feel frustrated because I would quickly forget everything I learned after finishing a book. It seems some people only remember 2% of each book read. Some people don't mind, but it really bothered me. I figured the best way to learn was to teach what I was reading immediately. I started jotting notes while reading and compiling them into book reports after I finish a book. I would reread my notes and edit the article until I feel comfortable with publishing the notes on my blog. It decreases the rate I finish books, but I’m synthesizing my thoughts and solidifying the contents in my long term memory. I feel…

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Influence

Influence Book Cover
Influence The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini Read:  2016, Rating:  10/10. READ THIS BOOK BECAUSE IT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE. My Keep Notes: Commitment and Consistency Get them to write it down - commitments such as from vp to get more headcount Don't let people commit public ally if you want to influence Idea: get people to write they are committed to customers Pin them down, then have them say he commitment instead of pinning them down - even if it doesn't work, they will feel more guilty Effort commitment such as Jewish Bar Mitzvah Or fraternity initiation and pledges Action: Get people to write down things you want them to do Active Public Effort full No must take…

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The Power of Habit

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The Power of Habit Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg Read:  2016-12-28, Rating:  7/10. Entertaining and practical introduction breaking down the formation of habits and the three-step habit loop. Long and detailed case examples throughout the book. I will definitely re-read the first couple chapters again. My Notes: "In some sense... a community is a giant collection of habits occurring among thousands of people that, depending on how they’re influenced, could result in violence or peace." "...once you see everything as a bunch of habits, it’s like someone gave you a flashlight and a crowbar and you can get to work" "...there’s nothing you can’t do if you get the habits right." Larry…

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I read lots of books and articles. How can I remember what I learned?

I read mostly self improvement, business and psychology books. I also struggled with forgetting soon after finishing a book. It seems some people only remember 2% of each book read. Some people don't mind, but it really bothered me. I figured the best way to learn was to teach what I was reading immediately. I started writing notes and then writing book reports and publishing them on a blog. I take all my notes in Google Keep so it's synced across all my devices and easier to edit into book reports. It decreases the rate I finish books, but I’m synthesizing my thoughts and solidifying the contents in my long term memory. https://www.quora.com/I-read-lots-of-books-and-articles-but-I-seem-to-forget-most-of-what-I-have-learned-in-them-How-can-I-remember-what-I-learned/

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The 4-Hour Workweek

4-hour workweek
The 4-Hour Workweek Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich Expanded and Updated by Timothy Ferriss Read:  2016-11-06, Rating:  8/10. I regularly listen to The Tim Ferriss Show podcast. I owe much of my new found learning spirit to his episodes with Derek Sivers, Jamie Foxx, and Tony Robbins. I will buy a physical copy of this book and treat it as an encyclopedia. The 4-Hour Workweek provides step-by-step breakdown for Lifestyle Design, Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich. Compared to living in the United States of America, your money can go a long way in other countries. Retirement shouldn't be the goal. Don't work your whole life to retire on a boat. Have mini-retirements now and…

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