Show Your Work!

Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon Read:  2016-12-01, Rating:  8/10. A book to help you think about work as a never-ending process. Swift and inspiring call to action. Ignore the geniuses, experts, and professionals and adjust expectations. Comparing ourselves with others scares us from trying, from being amateurs. "That's all any of us are: amateurs. We don't live long enough to be anything else." - Charlie Chaplin Amateurs are not afraid of making mistakes and looking ridiculous in public. You can move from mediocre to good in increments. The real gap is between doing nothing and doing something. Without formal training, be a life-long learner and do so openly so others can learn from failures and successes. Don't worry about…

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Mindwise

Mindwise
Mindwise Why We Misunderstand What Others Think, Believe, Feel, and Want by Nicholas Epley Read:  2016-11-06, Rating:  8/10. I only finished first three parts (approx 25%) but intend to finish the book. Very scientific, examples are detailed and referenced thoroughly in the book. Our Sixth Sense is working all the time. Making observations about our own thoughts and others thoughts. We know less about our own mind than we give ourselves credit for. We know less about the minds of our family, friends, coworkers than we give ourselves credit for. Sixth Sense misreads come from our inability to see a situation from another person's point of view, reliance on stereotypes, and assumption that other's minds match their actions. The main problem…

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Free Will

Free Will
Free Will by Sam Harris Read: 2016-11-03, Rating:  9/10. A quick fun read introducing the concept of Free Will. Highly Recommended. Experiments showed brain activity even before feeling to move. The book discusses several other experiments predicting choices based on brain activity before the subject "feels" himself making a decision. Read the book. Our brains have determined what we're going to do before we do it. We don't know what we want to do until we want to do it. The question is why we want to do anything. This book provides several intriguing discussions about free will and implications to morality. Good/Evil or Lucky/Unlucky. Read the book. My Favourite Takeaway: Our next choice has been predetermined. All our choices, efforts, and intentions,…

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How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big Kind of the Story of My Life by Scott Adams Read:  2016-10-01, Rating:  10/10 - Filled with extremely entertaining anecdotes with applicable lessons for all readers. Recommended for Everyone. Things I Learned: 1) Link everything to personal energy. Use energy metric to evaluate choices in life. Do what gives you net positive energy. Focus on diet and sleep and fitness. 2) Focus on systems, not goals. Don't focus on goals. Focus on creating systems that allow success to follow. Eg. Focusing on a goal such as losing 20 weight - you can feel guilty at never meeting your target. A system of eating well and exercising gets you one step closer to progress…

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