Saturday, January 8, 2022

book: Rationality

book with scientific explanations about "strange" human behaviors

Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters | Steven Pinker

Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters: Pinker, Steven: 9780525561996: Books

Steven Pinker - Wikipedia

Rationality (book) - Wikipedia

Talks at Google - Ep203 - Steven Pinker | Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters

reason: some of math foundations for statistics and ML (Machine Learning)
are not very easy for default human thinking

most humans in fact do behave rationally based on limited context ("tribe")

Bayes' theorem - Wikipedia

describes the probability of an event, based on prior knowledge of conditions that might be related to the event. 

expresses how a degree of belief, expressed as a probability, should rationally change to account for the availability of related evidence

Prisoner's dilemma - Wikipedia

game analyzed in game theory that shows why two completely rational individuals might not cooperate, even if it appears that it is in their best interests to do so

Tragedy of the commons - Wikipedia

is a situation in which individual users, who have open access to a resource unhampered by shared social structures or formal rules that govern access and use, act independently according to their own self-interest and, contrary to the common good of all users, cause depletion of the resource through their uncoordinated action

Saturday, January 1, 2022

book: Working Backwards (

Working Backwards: Insights, Stories, and Secrets from Inside Amazon: Bryar, Colin, Carr, Bill: 9781250267597: Books


Amazon Narratives: Memos and working Backwards From Release | Future @ a16z

"authors Colin Bryar and Bill Carr share not only how Amazon did it, but how other companies can do it, too, drawing on their combined 27 years of firsthand observations and experiences from being in “the room” where it happens. Bill was vice president of digital media, founded and led Amazon Music, Amazon Video, Amazon Studios; and Colin started out in the software group, was a technical vice president, and then, notably, was one of Jeff Bezos’ earliest shadows — the shadow before him was in fact Andy Jassy, president and CEO of Amazon Web Services & Amazon.

Summary of Working Backwards by Colin Bryar and Bill Carr | Summaries.Com

  1. Have solid leadership principles.
  2. Use hiring to progressively raise the bar.
  3. Organize so you have single-threaded leaders.
  4. Communicate using narratives and six-pagers.
  5. Start with the desired customer experience.
  6. Manage your business inputs, not outputs.

Business Book Main Idea Snapshot Index | Summaries.Com

Saturday, December 25, 2021


a good improvement on classic SMART goal setting technique
How to Set Goals You’ll Actually Achieve - Michael Hyatt
  1. "Write specific goals. The more focused your goal, the more you will find yourself motivated to accomplish it. If a goal is too vague it can be hard to know where to even start.
  2. Goals should be measurable. As you write your goal, you need to ensure that it has built in markers for what it would mean to achieve it. You should be able to break the goal down into specific milestones along the way in order to track your progress.
  3. Make your goals actionable. Use action verbs to help ensure that your goals define what it is you are going to do. This type of goal will prompt you into action. This will help you throughout the year to stay motivated.
  4. Risky goals are better than playing it safe. I challenge you as you write your goals for this next year, to make them ones that will stretch and challenge you. If you set goals that you know you can achieve you aren’t forcing yourself to rise to the challenge.
  5. SMARTER goals must be time bound. The most successful goals are those with a sense of urgency. But how can you ensure that your goals will trigger that response in you throughout the year? You need to time-key your goals with either a deadline, frequency or a time trigger.
  6. Create exciting goals. An exciting goal is one that connects with your internal motivation and inspires. This is a critical step. If your goal isn’t compelling to you personally then it will be very difficult to stick with it when obstacles come up. And they will.
  7. Set relevant goals. I look at this as a necessary “gut-check”. Before you commit to your goals, you must review them and ensure that they are taking into account your life circumstances as well as your values. What you hope to achieve this year must be balanced with the reality of your circumstances."
book review:
YOUR BEST YEAR EVER by Michael Hyatt | Core Message - YouTube
1-Page PDF Summary:

Your Best Year Ever: A 5-Step Plan for Achieving Your Most Important Goals: Hyatt, Michael, Hyatt, Michael: 9781545900659: Books

5 Steps to Achieving Your Best Year Ever | Soundview Magazine

  1. Design Your Future. Great results don’t usually just happen. You need to find the clarity you need so you can create the life you want. There are 7 keys to transforming our resolutions, aspiration, and dreams into compelling written goals. Each must be Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Risky, Time-keyed, Exciting, and Relevant (SMARTER).

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Goals: 3, for day, week, month, year... (book: The Gap and The Gain)

5 Journal Prompts You Should Answer EVERY 30 days | Dr. Benjamin Hardy - YouTube

"journaling is the master tool
there's so much research on journaling as a tool for clearing your mind"

every 30 days just sit down and answer these five questions
  1. Where am I right now
  2. what are my wins from the last 30 days
  3. what are main 3 goals for the next 30 days
  4. main 3 goals for the next 12 months
  5. main 3 goals for the next 3 years
"We are kept from our goal, not by obstacles, but by a clear path to a lesser goal."
- Robert Brault (quoting Hindu scripture The Bhagavad Gita)

goal: "one key outcome" => reverse engineer the path to it

"If you've got more than three priorities, you have none." - Jim Collins

"success is about taking 20 steps in one direction 
whereas busyness is about taking one step in 20 different directions"

FREE ebook: The Gap an the Gain

Saturday, October 16, 2021

optimize: Habits

Optimize Habits | Optimize

Habits 101

Optimizing Algorithms 101

Tiny Habits
 by B. J. Fogg
The Small Changes That Change Everything

Atomic Habits
 by James Clear
An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones

The Power of Habit
 by Charles Duhigg
Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business

The Compound Effect
 by Darren Hardy
Jumpstart Your Income, Your Life, Your Success

The Checklist Manifesto
 by Atul Gawande
How to Get Things Right


Saturday, October 9, 2021

"Optimize": Free!

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lot of great content...