Constantly updated list of books I've read with detailed notes.
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The mind is drowning in desire and we fear anything that threatens how we feel. So we grasp for hacks, fixes and gurus. Yet, there are no prescriptions in life. There are no quick self-fixes. There is no self. The only path is knowing yourself and see the truth at every step.
Deals with the question: how can we find satisfaction in life? Avoid the trap of marginal thinking. The best time to invest in relationships is when we don't think it's necessary. We project what we want and assume that others want the same thing. To improve any relationship ask 'what job does X need me to do the most?' and then do it.
How cash cows incentives companies to ignore disruptive technologies at their own peril. Discovering new markets also involves failure. Optimize plans for learning and discovery rather than execution.
Eliminate the paralysis of perfectionism and procrastination by acting fast and aiming for the first 80%. Good enough now is superior to perfect in indefinite future. Have a bias towards making things good enough. Your team will follow and productivity will rise.
An in-depth dive into subscription-based business models. To get consumers to commit, you have to give them a big return on their investment. To grow your business reduce the churn and acquire customers for max 1/3 of their lifetime value.
A crash course in building a sellable business from the ground up. The business equivalent of the principle of starting with an end in mind. Think in systems, have a process, specialize and say no to projects outside your area of expertise.
Know yourself and develop your own metric driven approach to managing yourself. Put yourself in situations where your strengths can produce results. Don't try to change others. Recognize their strengths and help them promote their strengths.
A problem is a difference between things as desired and things as perceived. It's not enough to solve it logically. We have to put it into a social context. Don't solve problems for people who don't want them solved, don't know they have a problem, they can easily solve them themselves or don't have a sense of humour.
A practical guide for generating ideas by an advertising executive. Develop a habit of searching for relationships between facts. As a result, you'll be able to produce new combinations of old elements - ideas.
Lovely exploration of happiness by embracing 'the negative path' of achieving it (through failure, pessimism, insecurity and uncertainty - the very things we try to avoid). Burkeman presents a unique collage of inversive ways of looking at life (and death).