Saturday, June 25, 2022

book: Build: An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making Build: An Unorthodox Guide to Making Things Worth Making: 9780063046061: Fadell, Tony: Books

Tony Fadell led the teams that created the iPod, iPhone and Nest Learning Thermostat and learned enough in 30+ years in Silicon Valley about leadership, design, startups, Apple, Google, decision-making, mentorship, devastating failure and unbelievable success to fill an encyclopedia.

The book is divided into six parts—Build Yourself, Build Your Career, Build Your Product, Build Your Business, Build Your Team and Be CEO—with numerous chapters within each. While the six sections don’t sound dissimilar to other career books, the chapters are anything but typical.

Saturday, June 18, 2022

book: Be Your Future Self Now Be Your Future Self Now: The Science of Intentional Transformation eBook : Hardy, Benjamin P. : Kindle Store Benjamin P. Hardy: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle

Be Your Future Self Now by Dr Benjamin Hardy

Dr. Benjamin Hardy - YouTube

Master Your DOPAMINE With this Unstoppable MORNING ROUTINE - YouTube


PART 1: 7 Threats to Your Future Self

Threat #1: Without hope in your future, your present loses meaning
Threat #2: A reactive narrative about your past stunts your future
Threat #3: Being unaware of your environment creates a random evolution
Threat #4: Being disconnected to your Future Self leads to myopic decisions
Threat #5: Urgent battles and small goals keep you stuck, even with extreme effort
Threat #6: Not being in the arena is failing by default
Threat #7: Success is often the catalyst for failure

PART 2: 7 Truths About Your Future Self

Truth #1: Your future drives your present
Truth #2: Your Future Self is different than you expect
Truth #3: Your Future Self is the Pied Piper
Truth #4: Your Future Self is based on what you’re actively measuring
Truth #5: Failing as your Future Self is better than succeeding as your current self
Truth #6: Success is achieved by being true to your Future Self, nothing else
Truth #7: Your view of God impacts your Future Self

PART 3: 7 Steps to Be Your Future Self

Step #1: Define your contextual purpose
Step #2: Eliminate all lesser goals
Step #3: Elevate from needing to wanting to knowing
Step #4: Ask for exactly what you want
Step #5: Automate and systemize your Future Self
Step #6: Schedule your Future Self
Step #7: Aggressively complete imperfect work

Saturday, June 11, 2022

Aesop Fables

The North Wind & the Sun - Aesop Fables

The first rule of management is gold

Aesop, the Greek storyteller talked about it 4,000 years ago:

The wind and the sun are squabbling. They are arguing over who is more powerful. They agree to settle it with a competition.

How do they compete?

They decide to test their strength by trying to take a traveler’s coat off.

The wind tries first. He sends gust after gust of a cold, forceful, and blustering gale at the traveler. His strategy is to try to tear the coat off.

The traveler only pulls his coat tighter.

The sun scoffs at the wind’s foolishness. It’s his turn.

What does the sun do?

He sends ray after ray of warm, kind, and loving sunshine at the traveler.

What does the traveler do?

He takes his own coat off.

The moral?

Kindness, gentleness, and sophisticated persuasion win where force, compulsion, and coercion fail.

People want to be persuaded, not pushed or pulled; led, not commanded.
Be the sun, not the wind.

Kindness, gentleness, and sophisticated persuasion win where force, compulsion, and coercion fail.

People want to be persuaded, not pushed or pulled; led, not commanded.

Be the sun, not the wind.

Gentleness and kind persuasion win where force and bluster fail.

book list, by Tom Bilyeu (Impact Theory)

Tom Bilyeu Reading List to Unlock Your Potential | Impact Theory

Tom’s 6 Ways to Develop New Skills:

  • Always be reading
  • Open yourself up to change
  • What you believe is a choice
  • Be an eternal student
  • Become antifragile
  • Develop Grit

The ULTIMATE ADVICE For Every Young Person! (HOW TO SUCCEED IN LIFE) | Tom Bilyeu

a subset:

by Carol Dweck

by Viktor Frankl

by Angela Duckworth

by Ray Dalio

by Simon Sinek

by Napoleon Hill

by Robert Greene

by Peter Thiel

by Dan Ariely

by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Sunday, June 5, 2022

book: Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion

In the world driven by social media, sales and marketing, this is a "must read" to be aware of "pro" tools and techniques used "against" the people.  

Influence, New and Expanded: The Psychology of Persuasion: Cialdini PhD, Robert B: 9780062937650: Books: Robert B. Cialdini: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle

Robert Cialdini  is the Regents' Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Marketing at Arizona State University and was a visiting professor of marketing, business and psychology at Stanford University, as well as at the University of California at Santa Cruz

Influence: Science and Practice - Wikipedia

"The key premise of the book is that in a complex world where people are overloaded with more information than they can deal with, people fall back on a decision making approach based on generalizations. These generalizations develop because they allow people to usually act in a correct manner with a limited amount of thought and time. However, they can be exploited and effectively turned into weapons by those who know them to influence others to act certain ways."

It is based on "proper science", similar to this classic math (!) textbook.

How to Lie with Statistics - Wikipedia

Saturday, May 28, 2022

book: I Moved Your Cheese

I Moved Your Cheese: For Those Who Refuse to Live as Mice in Someone Else's Maze (Bk Business): Malhotra, Deepak: 0884651078089: Books

"If you were a mouse trapped in a maze and someone kept moving the cheese, what would you do?

Over a decade ago the bestselling business fable Who Moved My Cheese? offered its answer to this question: accept that change is inevitable and beyond your control, don't waste your time wondering why things are the way they are, keep your head down and start looking for the cheese.

But success in the areas of innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity, leadership and business growth--as well as personal growth--depends on the ability to push the boundaries, reshape the environment, and play by a different set of rules: our own. With that in mind, Harvard Business School professor Deepak Malhotra offers a radically different answer to this question.

Malhotra tells an inspiring story about three unique and adventurous mice--Max, Big and Zed--who refuse to accept their reality as given. As we watch their lives unfold and intersect, we discover that instead of just blindly chasing after the cheese, each of us has the ability to escape the maze or even reconfigure it to our liking."

Saturday, May 21, 2022

sci-fi book: Project Hail Mary

Project Hail Mary - Wikipedia

Project Hail Mary is a 2021 science fiction novel by American novelist Andy Weir. Set in the near future, the novel centers on junior high (middle) school-teacher-turned-astronaut Ryland Grace, who wakes up from a coma afflicted with amnesia. He gradually remembers that he was sent to the Tau Ceti solar system, 12 light-years from Earth, to find a means of reversing a solar dimming event that could cause the extinction of humanity.[1] Project Hail Mary is Weir's third novel, after The Martian in 2011 and Artemis in 2017.

Andy Weir - Project Hail Mary

Amazon - Project Hail Mary: A Novel: Weir, Andy: 9780593135204: Books

Andy Weir's 'Project Hail Mary' - A conversation with science-fiction author, Andy Weir - YouTube

Project Hail Mary Audiobook - YouTube

How The Martian was written, with Andy Weir - YouTube

Saturday, May 14, 2022

innovation process book: Loonshots

Excellent book with stories of innovation and innovation process

 Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries: Bahcall, Safi: 9781250185969: Books

Safi Bahcall: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle

About Loonshots - Safi Bahcall
Safi received his BA in physics from Harvard, his PhD from Stanford, and was a Miller Research Fellow at UC Berkeley.

Safi Bahcall - Wikipedia (Physics PhD)

It is comparable to this, also excellent book:

Amazon - The Innovators: How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution: Isaacson, Walter: 9781476708706: Books

The difference is that "Loonshots", besides engaging stories, is also studying the actual process and patterns of innovation, what works and what fails, and why. This could be very helpful for any innovative company and person!

Highly recommended!

Loonshots - YouTube

Safi Bahcall, Author of "Loonshots" - YouTube

How to Achieve Health "Loonshots" With Author/Physicist Safi Bahcall - YouTube

Saturday, May 7, 2022

health food book: Unlocking the Keto Code

an interesting book, reveals new view on function of "ketons", and how to improve health with "timed eating schedule" (intermittent diet) Dr. Steven R Gundry: Books, Biography, Blog, Audiobooks, Kindle

Steven Gundry - Wikipedia

Steven R. Gundry is an American physician and author. He is a former cardiac surgeon and currently runs his own clinic, investigating the impact of diet on health.

Gundry MD ® | Dr. Gundry Supplements and Wellness Resources

previous book, also useful:

useful metaphor of using foods as "hybrid" fuels,
with fats being similar to clean fuel and sugars damaging "engine"

Saturday, April 30, 2022

tool: "iDoRecall" & book: Learn Like a Pro

Books - Barbara Oakley

Learn Like a Pro - Barbara Oakley

"Do you spend too much time learning with disappointing results? Do you find it difficult to remember what you read? Do you put off studying because it’s boring and you’re easily distracted? This book is for you."

tool: "iDoRecall"

Spaced-repetition flashcards
linked to all the concepts and facts in your learning materials that you want to remember. Everything neatly organized in one trusted repository. Learn efficiently from any device. Remember everything you learn. Save time. Get better grades.

Saturday, April 16, 2022

book: Hero on a Mission

Hero on a Mission: A Path to a Meaningful Life: Miller, Donald: 9781400226948: Books

Hero on a Mission Book - Business Made Simple

Hero on a Mission

  1. Act 1: How to Create a Life of Meaning
    1. 1. The Victim, the Villain, the Hero, and the Guide: The Four Roles We Play in Life
    2. 2. A Hero Accepts Their Own Agency
    3. 3. A Hero Chooses a Life of Meaning
    4. 4. What Elements Are Necessary for a Person to Transform?
    5. 5. A Hero Knows What They Want
    6. 6. A Morning Ritual to Guide and Direct Your Story
  2. Act 2: Create Your Life Plan
  3. Act 3: Your Life Plan and Daily Planner

review summary @Blinkist

similar concept:

Heroic | The Training Platform For Heroes

Saturday, March 19, 2022

quote: What you appreciate, appreciates

What you appreciate, appreciates. | The Purpose Institute

To appreciate can mean:

To be fully conscious of

To hold in high regard

To be grateful for

To increase 

In order for what you appreciate, to appreciate you have to (1) open your eyes and become aware of it; (2) hold it in high regard; and (3) be deeply grateful for the joy it brings you.   When you do that, it appreciates.  When you don’t, it depreciates.

The Zen Millionaire On Creating Abundance & Financial Freedom with Ken Honda

“Once you appreciate your money, your money will appreciate.” @KenHondaHappy
Ken Honda

Book "happy money" – Ken Honda

Saturday, February 5, 2022

Joe Rogan's Life Advice

Joe Rogan's Life Advice Will Leave You SPEECHLESS | Best Life Advice - YouTube

"Joe Rogan is an American stand-up comedian, martial arts commentator (UFC) and podcast host. This is the MOST legendary Joe Rogan's motivational speeches of his podcast "Joe Rogan Experience".

Saturday, January 22, 2022

100s of wisdom quotes

130 Short Quotes @wisdomquotes

The Top 100 Quotes of All Time - BrainyQuote

100 Best Quotes of All Time @pakwired

Top 100 Inspirational Quotes @Forbes

100 Motivational Quotes That Will Inspire You to Succeed |

We shall not cease from exploration,
and the end of all our exploring
will be to arrive where we started
and know the place for the first time.
T. S. Eliot

Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
Theodore Roosevelt

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.
Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.
Albert Einstein

Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.
Albert Einstein

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.
Albert Einstein

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
Mahatma Gandhi

You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
Mahatma Gandhi

First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
Mahatma Gandhi

For things to change, YOU have to change.
For things to get better, YOU have to get better.
For things to improve, YOU have to improve.
When YOU grow, EVERYTHING in your life grows with you.
Jim Rohn

Your life does not get better by chance,
it gets better by change.
Jim Rohn

You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.
Jim Rohn

Don't let your learning lead to knowledge.
Let your learning lead to action.
Jim Rohn

Formal education will make you a living;

self-education will make you a fortune.
Jim Rohn

Discipline is the bridge between goals and accomplishment.
Jim Rohn

If you do what you've always done,
you'll get what you've always gotten.
Tony Robbins

To achieve goals you've never achieved before,
you need to start doing things you've never done before.
Stephen Covey

I am not a product of my circumstances.
I am a product of my decisions.
Stephen Covey

The key is not to prioritize what's on your schedule,
but to schedule your priorities.
Stephen Covey

Keep your mind fixed on what you want in life: not on what you don't want.
Napoleon Hill

When you close the door of your mind to negative thoughts,
the door of opportunity opens to you.
Napoleon Hill

You will never be greater than the thoughts that dominate your mind.
Napoleon Hill

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