Searchable Library

List of all the books I have summarized

For each book, I write up a quick summary, some key takeaways and lastly what I got out of reading it.

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The Inner Game of Tennis: The Classic Guide to the Mental Side of Peak Performance by Tom Gallwey

Summary “It is the thesis of this book that neither mastery nor satisfaction can be found in the playing of any game without giving some attention to the relatively neglected skills of the inner game. This is the game that takes place in the mind of the player, and it is played against such obstacles […]

, , , , May 20172017-05-27 19:02:29
Born Standing Up: A Comic’s Life by Steve Martin

Summary A fun and honest recounting of the highs and lows of Steve Martin’s early life and comedic career Key Takeaways Spent 18 years in stand up comedy – 10 years learning, 4 years refining and 4 in wild success Gained the ability to have his mouth in the present and his mind on the […]

, , Apr 20172017-04-27 19:45:34
Zero to One: Notes on Startups or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters

Summary If you’re purely copying someone, you haven’t truly learned from them. Of course, it’s easier to copy a model than to make something new. Doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But every time we create something new, we go from […]

, , , , Apr 20172017-04-26 18:44:09
The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen

Summary Peter Matthiessen recounts his travels to India, Nepal and the Himalayas and his spiritual and transformative journey along the way Key Takeaways In India, human misery seems so pervasive that one can manage to only take in stray details Shakyamuni, The Buddha, never involved himself in efforts for social change for he believed the […]

, , , , Apr 20172017-04-26 14:48:44
Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Comptuer Age by Paul Graham

Summary Paul Graham, founder of Viaweb and Y-Combinator, gives an inside view on the computer world and the motivations behind the people in it. Discussing how we think, how we work, how we develop technology and how we live Key Takeaways Why Nerds are Unpopular – Their minds are not on the game So, if […]

Apr 20172017-04-26 14:38:00
Fallen Leaves: Last Words on Life, Love, War and God by Will Durant

Summary The personal, distilled wisdom and beliefs of Will Durant on life’s important topics. Answered clearly, simply and imperfectly Key Takeaways Man is always steeped in the ways and views of his youth and is almost constantly constitutionally incapable of understanding the changing world that assails him We love children because they are extensions of […]

, , , Apr 20172017-04-26 14:35:04
Platform Scale by Sangeet Paul Choudary

Summary Choudary explains how technology, democratization of connectivity and rise of data-driven decision making systems are enabling a new type of business model – platforms. Platforms are so powerful because they enable efficient interactions, create excess value and are able to scale rapidly Key Takeaways The Platform Manifesto The ecosystem is the new warehouse The ecosystem […]

, Mar 20172017-03-30 17:12:35
Chapters in My Life by Frederick Taylor Gates

Summary Frederick Taylor Gates, the senior business and philanthropic advisor to John D. Rockefeller, recounts his life story and interaction with JDR Key Takeaways Gates grew up in a relatively poor household but his parents were hard working and were never for want. Gates became a Baptist minister after graduating from Rochester and practiced for […]

, , , , , Mar 20172017-03-27 15:22:07
Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Summary Gaiman’s recounting of Norse mythology from the genesis story to details around the different deities. Key Takeaways The Norse mythology most likely came from Germany and spread north to Scandinavia and later Ireland and England Odin – the oldest of the gods, sacrificed an eye for wisdom, the father of all gods and all […]

, , Mar 20172017-03-27 14:59:53
The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles that Fuel Success and Performance at Work by Shawn Achor

Summary Most of us are taught from a young age that if you work hard you will become successful, and once you become successful, then you’ll be happy. The only problem is that this formula is flawed and we know today that happiness is the precursor to success, not merely the result Key Takeaways The […]

, , , Mar 20172017-03-27 14:58:14
The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires by Tim Wu

Summary A recount of the wars behind the rise and fall of the 20th century’s great information empires and examines whether this dynamic could repeat itself today, with one giant entity taking control of America’s information Key Takeaways The Cycle – the transformation of industries from open to closed. Has happened with telephones, radio, film […]

, , , Mar 20172017-03-27 14:52:11
Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back by Andrew Zolli and Ann Marie Healy

Summary A resilient structure or system is one which can bounce back to its original form after some stimulus. This book describes how to make more resilient systems and businesses in order to better deal with our increasingly volatile world. Resilience is a common characteristic of dynamic systems which persist over time which is why […]

, , , , , Mar 20172017-03-27 14:49:50
Modern Monopolies by Alex Moazed and Nicholas Johnson

Summary Platform companies generate value by using technology to facilitate exchanges between groups which benefits all sides and helps create new markets and expand old ones. Moazed and Johnson walk through how to build, spot and optimize platform companies in this new exciting technological era Key Takeaways Platforms are a business model – a holistic […]

, , , , Mar 20172017-03-27 14:45:21
The Beginning of Infinity: Explanations That Change the World by David Deutsch

Summary Deutsch argues that explanations have a fundamental place in our universe and that improving them is the basic regulating principle of all successful human endeavor. Through the ever-increasing refinement of our explanations, Deutsch argues that progress is potentially boundless Key Takeaways Infinity in this case refers to the boundless reach of certain ideas There […]

Feb 20172017-02-28 19:34:09
The Carolina Way: Leadership Lessons From a Life in Coaching by Dean Smith

Summary A detailed overview of University of North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith’s philosophy. One of the best books on leadership I’ve yet come across Key Takeaways Smith gave his players the same 3 goals each year – play hard, play together, play smart as these were the only things each player had in their […]

, , , , , Feb 20172017-02-26 21:02:10
The Book of est by Luke Rhinehart

Summary A written description of the est training program. “Realizing that one creates one’s own experience and coming to take responsibility for one’s own life seem to be two of the most valuable results of the training.” Key Takeaways Once you awaken to negative patterns, you have the ability to change them est seeks to remove […]

, , Feb 20172017-02-26 15:26:13
Platform Revolution by Geoffrey Parker, Marshall Van Alstyne and Sangeet Paul Choudary

Summary This book seeks to describe how and why platforms are coming to dominate the market today ranging from Google, AirBnb, Uber, Amazon, eBay, Facebook, YouTube, Wikipedia, Pinterest, Alibaba, Kayak, Instagram, PayPal and more Key Takeaways The platform business model One which uses technology to connect people, organizations and resources in an interactive ecosystem in which incredible […]

, , , , Feb 20172017-02-24 21:53:45
Shoe Dog: A Memoir of the Creator of Nike by Phil Knight

Summary Phil Knight recounts the formation, history, culture and vision of one of the most widely recognized brands in the world Key Takeaways Knight ran track at Oregon and says that runners truly run because what happens when they stop scares them. Knight decided early on that he would never stop, no matter what Nike […]

, , , , Feb 20172017-02-23 20:29:18
The Path Between the Seas: The Creation of the Panama Canal by David McCullough

Summary McCullough’s master story-telling skills are evident through this epic tale of the construction of the Panama Canal Key Takeaways Apart from Great Wars, the building of the Panama Canal was the largest, costliest effort attempted anywhere on Earth A vision of cutting through Central America to connect the Atlantic and Pacific had been around […]

, , Feb 20172017-02-23 19:19:17
What Technology Wants by Kevin Kelly

Summary Kelly takes the unusual view of describing technology as a natural system, much like biology. Technology, like living organisms, has “wants” and can transform and evolve in ways to help it achieve its goals. Key Takeaways Kevin Kelly has long lived a very minimal and simplistic lifestyle, choosing to have very few possessions and […]

, , Feb 20172017-02-23 18:56:26
Matchmakers: The New Economics of Multi-Sided Platforms by David Evans and Richard Schmalensee

Summary Matchmakers create and release value by connecting different groups and reducing transactional and other friction costs. Matchmakers are also known as multi-sided platforms and are becoming increasingly popular and profitable due to advances in technology Key Takeaways Matchmakers operate under a different set of economic rules as their raw materials aren’t commodities but the […]

, , Feb 20172017-02-23 18:38:13
Zillow Talk: The New Rules of Real Estate by Spencer Rascoff and Stan Humphries

Summary Spencer Rascoff, CEO of Zillow, and Stan Humphries, Chief Economist, detail their findings based on the immense amount of data they have been able to aggregate and analyze through Zillow’s platform. Zillow is aiming to improve and promote transparency to help consumers make choices based on information, not superstitions or hunches Key Takeaways Unlike what most people think, […]

, , , , , Feb 20172017-02-23 18:24:35
The JD.com Story by Li Zhigang

Summary The story of Richard Liu and his founding of one of the world’s largest ecommerce sites, JD.com Key Takeaways Richard Liu Qiangdong is a “philosopher CEO” and has instilled many of his values and beliefs into the core of JD. He has been extremely transparent and high-integrity in all business dealings from day one, […]

, , , , , Feb 20172017-02-23 18:22:32
Alibaba: The House That Jack Ma Built by Duncan Clark

Summary Duncan Clark describes the history of Jack Ma, his personality, how and why he founded Alibaba (after a couple failed start-up attempts), his vision for the future and more Key Takeaways Jack founded Aibaba in Hangzhou in 1999 Alibaba looks to exploit the inefficiencies created by a government who exerts as much control as China does without pissing […]

, , , , , , , Feb 20172017-02-23 18:19:10
Tao of Jeet Kune Do by Bruce Lee

Summary “An organic collection of writings that are meant to convey the essence of Bruce Lee’s art of jeet kune do…To understand JKD, one ought to throw away all ideals, patterns, styles; in fact, he should throw away even the concepts of what is or isn’t ideal in JKD.” Key Takeaways Personal evolution is the ultimate message of the […]

, , Jan 20172017-01-28 16:30:28
Words From a Master by Bruce Lee

Summary Transcript of Bruce Lee interview with Pierre Berton, Ted Thomas and Alex Ben Block as well as the interviewers reflections Key Takeaways Berton mentions that out of the 2,000+ people he interviewed in his life, Bruce was the most intense, like a coiled spring Ted Thomas thought that Bruce Lee personified a tough self-sufficiency […]

, , Jan 20172017-01-26 22:59:35
Smarter, Faster, Better by Charles Duhigg

Summary “Productivity is about recognizing choices that other people often overlook. It’s about making certain decisions in certain ways. The way we choose to see our own lives; the stories we tell ourselves, and the goals we push ourselves to spell out in detail; the ways we frame our choices and manage the information in […]

, , Jan 20172017-01-24 21:57:38
The Fish That Ate the Whale: The Life and Times of America’s Banana King by Rich Cohen

Summary The story of Sam “The Banana Man” Zemurray who created Cuyamel Fruit from the ground up. He began as a poor Russian immigrant but would soon become one of the wealthiest men in America and come to lead United Fruit, Cuyamel’s much larger competitor. Zemurray can be seen as that era’s quintessential model of American success, […]

, , Jan 20172017-01-24 21:56:10
String Theory by David Foster Wallace

Summary A compilation of DFW’s writings on tennis Key Takeaways It can be amazing how early in life some writers figure out what they are and start to see their lives as stories that can be controlled. Tennis may be the most isolating of games. It may be as close as we come to physical chess, or […]

, , Jan 20172017-01-24 21:52:08
You’re It! On Hiding, Seeking and Being Found by Alan Watts

Summary A compilation of Alan Watts’ speeches on a broad number of topics Key Takeaways On spiritual gurus – Watts says he is more like a physician than a clergyman since he wants to get rid of people and not keep them On mysticism and morality. A feeling of total harmoniousness and oneness with the […]

, Jan 20172017-01-24 21:46:06
God’s Debris: A Thought Experiment by Scott Adams

Summary A thought experiment via dialogue on some of life’s big questions Key Takeaways We are the building blocks of God, in early stages of reassembly. Eventually we will get to the point, beyond quarks and whatever else there is, where all matter is similar and this matter is God Building the Internet is not rational, it […]

, Jan 20172017-01-24 21:41:43
Wisdom for Daily Living by Bruce Lee

Summary A collection of Bruce Lee’s thoughts and aphorisms broken out into eight different sections, helping you prepare your own way through challenges and difficulties. The aphorisms are presented in such a way to force the reader to think for themselves about the issue they’re having and come up with their own answer Key Takeaways […]

, , Jan 20172017-01-24 21:22:25
Wisdom for the Way by Bruce Lee

Summary Compilation of Bruce Lee’s quotes, teachings and philosophy Key Takeaways Remember, success is a journey, not a destination. Have faith in your ability. You will do just fine You have to create your own luck. You have to be aware of the opportunities around you to take advantage of them Learning is definitely not […]

, , Jan 20172017-01-24 21:20:49
Bruce Lee: The Little Black Book by SC Hollister

Summary A compilation of some of Bruce Lee’s most famous quotes Key Takeaways Be happy, but never satisfied The key to immortality is first living a life worth remembering Empty your cup so that it may be filled; become devoid to gain totality Now I see that I will never find the light unless, like […]

, , , Jan 20172017-01-24 21:18:13
Bruce Lee: Artist of Life by John Little

Summary “Basically, I have always been a martial artist by choice and actor by profession. But, above all, I am hoping to actualize myself to be an artist of life by daily actualizing my potentiality through soulful discoveries and daily exercising.” By artist of life he refers to the process of being an individual who, […]

, , , Jan 20172017-01-24 21:14:09
Bruce Lee: Letters of the Dragon by John Little

Summary A broad view of Bruce Lee’s life and personality through personal correspondence with friends and family. Key Takeaways “Patterns. This is the most important thing to look for as you read Bruce’s letters.” Gung fu forming his character and ideas – practice as a physical culture, a form of mental training, a method of […]

, , , Jan 20172017-01-24 21:01:36
Bruce Lee: The Art of Expressing the Human Body by John Little

Summary This book describes in meticulous detail Lee’s ever-evolving workout regimens and favorite exercises Key Takeaways The greatest talents that Bruce brought to realizing his dreams were intelligence and curiosity, dedication and perseverance and focus Jeet Kune Do, which is an all-encompassing approach to living life at the pinnacle of developed potential, naturally includes training […]

, , Jan 20172017-01-24 20:57:47
Peak: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo From Maslow by Chip Conley

Chip Conley, founder of a boutique hotel chain called Joie de Vivre, describes his business principles and how they can help you reach your full potential and self-actualize

, , , Dec 20162016-12-29 14:29:32
The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu and Douglas Abrams

A dialogue between the Dalai Lama and Archbishop Desmond Tutu on how to turn ephemeral joy into an enduring trait

, , , , Dec 20162016-12-29 14:24:56
Bruce Lee: Jeet Kune Do by John Little

Bruce Lee’s commentaries on the martial way

, , , Dec 20162016-12-29 14:22:38
Bruce Lee: The Celebrated Life of the Golden Dragon by John Little

A beautiful book based on the award-winning documentary, Bruce Lee: In His Own Words

, , , Dec 20162016-12-29 14:19:50
Bruce Lee: The Tao of Gung Fu by John Little

This book is meant to serve as an introduction to Bruce Lee as a student of life, a designer of his own destiny. It goes into detail about Bruce’s development as a martial artist as well as his intellectual growth

, , , Dec 20162016-12-29 14:15:48
Bruce Lee: Words of the Dragon by John Little

A compilation of Bruce Lee’s interviews from 1958-1973

, , , Dec 20162016-12-29 14:14:22
Daily Rituals: How Artists Work by Mason Currey

Studying some of the most prolific people in history to glean some of their patterns and daily routines to perhaps adopt into your own life

, , Nov 20162016-11-30 15:01:19
Maxims and Reflections by Johann Wolfgang van Goethe

Goethe is one of Germany’s most famous writers but also specialized in anatomy, geology and botany. This book is a collection of his thoughts and maxims, all of which are meant to provoke reflection

, Nov 20162016-11-30 14:58:40
Pixar Storytelling: Rules for Effective Storytelling Based on Pixar’s Greatest Films by Dean Movshovitz

Examines Pixar’s storytelling techniques to uncover the techniques and mechanisms which make them so successful

, , Nov 20162016-11-30 14:56:44
The Pixar Touch by David Price

A comprehensive overview of Pixar’s history, it’s storytelling process, its relationship with Disney and more

, , Nov 20162016-11-30 14:52:50
Never Broken: Songs are Only Half the Story by Jewel

Jewel’s background, obstacles overcome, beliefs and values all laid bare for the world to see. She hides nothing in this open account of her life

, , Nov 20162016-11-28 14:52:47
Innovate The Pixar Way by Bill Capodagli and Lynn Jackson

Quick book describing some of the attitudes, beliefs, practices and more that set Pixar apart and give it the best shot to keep innovating and producing the highest quality movies

, , , Nov 20162016-11-28 14:51:25
Inside the Magic Kingdom by Tom Connellan

Through a fictional narrative, Connellan describes what makes Disney great and how some of those learnings can be implemented into a variety of different businesses

, Nov 20162016-11-28 14:48:50
An American Original: Walt Disney by Bob Thomas

Disney was able to entertain billions of people the world over. His background doesn’t point the way to how he achieved this, His parents were plain people, young Walt showed no brilliance as a student, and his drawings were often uninspired but in the end he is one of the most successful entertainers in businessmen in history

, , Nov 20162016-11-01 01:14:18
Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler

Disney’s influence is hard to overstate. He completely changed American culture and its consciousness by bringing in a lighter, more fun world during tough times. He completely changed animation and helped invent graphic design. His concept of a theme park was completely novel too as it was a totally immersive, imaginative experience

, , , Oct 20162016-10-30 21:06:53
The Animated Man: A Life of Walt Disney by Michael Barrier

Michael Barrier gives a detailed account of Walt Disney’s background, personality, accomplishments, flaws and impact on the world

, , , Oct 20162016-10-30 21:04:43
DisneyWar by James Stewart

The incredible story of the Eisner era – it’s successes and debacles

, , , , , Oct 20162016-10-30 21:03:02
At Home in the Universe by Stuart Kauffman

Natural selection is important, but it has not labored alone to craft the fine architectures of the biosphere. Self-organization is the root source of order and is not merely tinkered, but arises naturally and spontaneously because of the principles of self-organization. Self-organization works together with natural selection to help shape and drive evolution in species

, , Oct 20162016-10-30 21:00:21
Different: Escaping the Competitive Herd by Youngme Moon

Consumers have become more thoughtful and hyperbolic marketing is more likely to backfire today. More refined advertising and better knowledge of what customers truly want is necessary. This book explores the companies that are different by taking this more refined path

, , Oct 20162016-10-03 14:42:18
Hidden Order: How Adaptation Builds Complexity by John Holland

Holland walks us through how coherence emerges from unstructured agents in environments of continuous flux; coherence under change and complex adaptive systems (CAS)

, , Sep 20162016-09-26 20:57:45
Thinking in Systems by Donella Meadows

A primer on problem solving on scales from local to global, how systems exist and react in the real world while acknowledging that all models are false although they help us simplify and at times make better predictions

, , , , Sep 20162016-09-26 19:01:41
Investing: The Last Liberal Art by Robert Hagstrom

Hagstrom walks the reader through why and how to incorporate fundamental principles from multiple fields to become a better thinker, decision maker, investor, etc.

, , , , Sep 20162016-09-26 18:59:38
The Fifth Discipline by Peter Senge

The Fifth Discipline describes what a learning organization is and why it is vital in today’s world. It combines 5 core disciplines to help any organization gain a competitive advantage

, , , Sep 20162016-09-26 18:58:06
Complexity: The Emerging Science at the Edge of Order and Chaos by Mitchell Waldrop

Explanations of complexity, self-organization, emergence, order and chaos and some of the pioneers behind this work. It also details the history of the Santa Fe Institute

, , Sep 20162016-09-26 18:57:07
Running the Amazon by Joe Kane

Joe Kane describes his adventure trekking through the Amazon from its source in the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean

Sep 20162016-09-26 18:56:25
The Manual of Ideas: The Proven Framework for Finding the Best Value Investments by John Mihaljevic

Describes some of the world’s most respected investors’ proven, proprietary frameworks for finding, researching, analyzing, and implementing the best value investing opportunities

, , Sep 20162016-09-26 18:55:28
Personal History by Katherine Graham

Katherine Graham, long time CEO of The Washington Post, recounts her story, her struggles and her rise to running this acclaimed newspaper

, , Sep 20162016-09-26 18:54:26
Pride in Performance by Les Schwab

The autobiography of Les Schwab, founder of the Les Schwab supermarket tire store – his background, philosophy and views on life and business

, , , , Aug 20162016-08-31 18:32:12
How Nature Works by Per Bak

Summary Self-organized criticality (SOC) is a new way of viewing nature – perpetually out of balance but in a poised state, a critical state, where anything can happen within well-defined statistical laws. The aim of the science of SOC is to yield insight into the fundamental question of why nature is complex, not simple, as […]

, , Aug 20162016-08-29 21:04:00
Thinking in Systems: A Primer by Donella Meadows

A primer on problem solving on scales from local to global, how systems exist and react in the real world while acknowledging that all models are false although they help us simplify and at times make better predictions

, , Aug 20162016-08-29 20:21:53
Complexity: A Guided Tour by Melanie Mitchell

Seeks to explain how large scale, complex, organized and adaptive behavior can follow from simple rules among many individuals

, , Aug 20162016-08-29 19:52:19
Sync: How Order Emerges from Chaos in the Universe, Nature and Daily Life by Stephen Strogatz

Strogatz describes the universality of sync in nature, human biology, social networks, etc. and how it might come to be. “For reasons I wish I understood, the spectacle of sync strikes a chord in us, somewhere deep in our souls. It’s a wonderful and terrifying thing. Unlike many other phenomena, the witnessing of it touches people at a primal level. Maybe we instinctively realize that if we ever find the source of spontaneous order, we will have discovered the secret of the universe.”

, , Aug 20162016-08-29 19:36:44
A More Beautiful Question by Warren Berger

Summary A beautiful question is an ambitious yet actionable question that can begin to shift the way we perceive or think about something and that might serve as a catalyst to bring about change Key Takeaways Process: slowing down, stepping back, noticing what others miss, challenging assumptions (including your own), gaining a deeper understanding of […]

, Aug 20162016-08-29 19:18:04
Exploring the World of Lucid Dreaming by Stephen LaBerge

LaBerge is the father of lucid dreaming and in this book he describes why lucid dreaming is beneficial, how to enter the state consistently and what to do once you’re in the state.

, , Aug 20162016-08-29 19:10:29
Intellectuals by Paul Johnson

A good summary of some of history’s most influential intellectuals, how they were influential and some of the darker sides of their personalities

, Aug 20162016-08-29 19:09:07
Levels of the Game by John McPhee

Story told of Ashe vs. Graebner during their US Open semi-final with some of their background and thoughts intertwined

, Aug 20162016-08-29 19:04:27
Power vs. Force by David Hawkins

Summary Man thinks he lives by virtue of the forces he can control, but in fact, he’s governed by power from unrevealed sources, power over which he has no control Key Takeaways Behavioral kinesiology, first discovered by Dr. John Diamond, deals with a person’s muscular microresponses to stimuli. All things, people, symbols, food, thoughts, etc. have either a […]

, Jul 20162016-07-29 14:33:44
Washington: A Life by Ron Chernow

Summary Chernow’s goal is to make Washington as close to the living, breathing figure he was to his contemporaries, rather than the lifeless role model he is today to most people. He was only able to achieve so much because he could bottle and funnel his intense emotion to his noble cause Key Takeaways Washington always sought […]

, , , , , Jul 20162016-07-29 14:32:59
The Lessons of History by Will and Ariel Durant

Will and Ariel Durant provide an unparalleled multi-disciplinary recount of history, covering major themes, events and people. This 100 page book is an incredible summary of their 10,000+ page series, The Story of Civilization.

, , , , Jul 20162016-07-29 14:31:32
Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World by Cal Newport

Summary Deep work – professional activities performed in a state free of distractions which push your cognitive abilities to their limit. These efforts create new value, improve your skill and are hard to replicate. This state is totally necessary to maximize your potential  Key Takeaways A commitment to deep work usually entails short term sacrifice […]

, , , Jul 20162016-07-29 14:30:50
The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon by Brad Stone

Summary Stone attempts to describe the Amazon story, its founder and how Wall St. and the world’s perception has changed these 20+ years Key Takeaways Bezos is a visionary who has redefined customer service and runs his company like a chess grandmaster. He is extremely difficult to work for, intense and micromanaged but casts a […]

, , , , Jul 20162016-07-29 14:29:47
The Art of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli

Summary Dobelli lays out some of the most common and disastrous mental biases we are susceptible to. The cognitive biases and errors we make have been made by every generation for hundreds of years. Learning how to spot and eventually mitigate these risks can have great benefits for our lives, relationships and decision making Key Takeaways […]

, Jul 20162016-07-29 14:29:03
Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger by Peter Bevelin

Through real life examples, many of them centered around Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger, Peter Bevelin helps the reader learn how to think better, make fewer poor decisions understand ourselves and others better. Discusses mental models, human fallibilities, heuristics, instincts, human psychology, biology and more.

, , , , , , , Jul 20162016-07-29 14:28:14
Buffett and Munger: A Study in Simplicity and Uncommon, Common Sense by Peter Bevelin

A very interesting dialogue between Warren Buffett, Charlie Munger, the “librarian” and the “seeker” of knowledge. The dialogue discusses how to live a successful, happy and fulfilling life, what to avoid in life and in business and how to improve mental biases and heuristics in order to make better decisions

, , , , , , , Jul 20162016-07-29 14:26:41
A Few Lessons for Investors and Managers by Peter Bevelin

Summary Bevelin compiles Buffett’s investor letters as well as other good sources of value investing into a quick and easy-to-read investing manual Key Takeaways What investing in financial assets is all about – laying out cash today in order to get more cash back in the future Valuation – follow the cash as it’s the […]

, , , , , Jul 20162016-07-29 14:24:55
Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham

Summary Interesting biography on the philosopher/politician who was responsible for writing the Declaration of Independence, the Louisiana Purchase, instilling a belief in America of continuous improvement and more Key Takeaways Can be considered one of the most successful political figures of The first 50 years of the American republic (1743-1826). His dynasty of similar thinking […]

, , , , , Jul 20162016-07-05 12:58:25
John Adams by David McCullough

Summary Good biography on John Adams, his contributions, life, personality Key Takeaways Adams was a lawyer and a farmer, was brilliant, extremely hard working, self absorbed, prone to depression, proud, quick to anger, stubborn, ambitious, an early revolutionary and supporter of American rights and liberties who would become one of the most powerful and influential […]

, , , , , Jun 20162016-06-29 13:17:53
The Truth by Neil Strauss

Summary Strauss details his life and how he dealt with his desires for others while also wanting a meaningful relationship Key Takeaways What you don’t know controls you Strauss walks us through the lessons he has learned about commitments and relationships and how to best form and cultivate them Anything emotionally traumatizing is with us […]

, Jun 20162016-06-29 13:15:20
Capital Account: A Money Manager’s Reports on a Turbulent Decade by Marathon Asset Management

Summary Relates the story of the 2001 TMT bubble from the perspective of Marathon Asset Management Key Takeaways Capital cycle theory – when companies trade at a premium in the stock market to their replacement cost, new investment is stimulated; that demand forecasts are inherently unreliable; that when competition is increasing, there is a great danger of […]

, , , , , Jun 20162016-06-29 13:13:34
Men and Rubber: The Story of Business by Harvey S. Firestone

Harvey Firestone discusses some of his background, philosophy and business practices which helped him build one of the most successful companies of the early 20th century

, , , , Jun 20162016-06-29 13:10:48
A Few Lessons From Sherlock Holmes by Peter Bevelin

Summary Bevelin takes quotes and examples from Sherlock Holmes as examples of several tools and techniques to improve thinking and decision making Key Takeaways Observation and inference See things for what they are and report them truthfully Beware of first impressions – appearances can be deceiving More is missed by not looking than not knowing […]

, , , , Jun 20162016-06-29 13:08:37
Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow

Summary The life and work of Alexander Hamilton told in a way that only the masterful Chernow can do. An incredible, multidimensional view on the influential and controversial Founding Father Key Takeaways Hamilton’s influence is hard to understate. He took over a bankrupt country and turned it into a country with a credit rating as high […]

, , , , , Jun 20162016-06-29 13:07:35
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth

Summary No matter the domain, the highly successful have a kind of ferocious determination that plays out in two ways. First, these exemplars were unusually resilient and hardworking. Second, they knew in a very, very deep way what it was they wanted. They not only had determination, they had direction. It is a combination of […]

, , Jun 20162016-06-29 13:06:40
If Aristotle Ran General Motors: The New Soul of Business by Tom Morris

Summary “I believe there are some basic truths, discernible by philosophical reflection, which undergird any sort of human excellence in flourishing, whether in a company like GM or in the country at large. In our families, friendships, neighborhoods, communities, civic organizations and business relationships, four profound but simple foundations – universally accessible, pervasively applicable and incredibly effective […]

, , Jun 20162016-06-29 13:05:45
Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool

Summary An exciting and inspiring book which lays out a detailed process for how you can effectively improve and push past your potential in anything you want to undertake Key Takeaways Mozart had something called perfect pitch but it is not some magical gift, rather he acquired it through extensive training and a very flexible […]

, , , Jun 20162016-06-29 13:04:09
Awakening the Buddha Within by Lama Surya Das

Summary Really engaging book on the importance of mindfulness and meditation and the principal tenets and practices of Buddhism. About letting go of fixed persona and becoming awake, liberated, aware Key Takeaways Enlightenment not about becoming divine, about becoming more fully human Eliminate ignorance, to be one with all things, to be present in the […]

, , , , , Jun 20162016-06-01 16:32:55
Brazil by Michael Reid

Summary A rally good overview of Brazil’s history and founding, it’s political background, agricultural prowess, social life, economy and more. A great start to any research project on Brazil Key Takeaways Lula did a great job of publicizing the amazing growth happening in Brazil in the mid 2000s and how effectively it was able to shake off […]

, , , May 20162016-05-31 20:10:45
The Logic of Failure: Recognizing and Avoiding Error in Complex Situations by Dietrich Doerner

Summary Logic of failure – certain tendencies in our patterns of thought that, while appropriate to an older, simpler world, prove disastrous for the complex and interdependent world we live in now Key Takeaways 4 habits of mind and characteristics of thought that account for the frequency of our failures The slowness of our thinking […]

, May 20162016-05-31 20:09:51
Team of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World by General Stanley McChrystal

Summary General Stanley McChrystal was in command of the Joint Special Operations and director of operations in the Iraq War. He took on the very difficult challenge of changing long-held military beliefs about organization, communication, efficiency and more in order to be able to defeat Al Qaeda in Iraq who were using new technology to create a different combat […]

, , May 20162016-05-31 20:08:48
Heroes of History by WIll Durant

Summary Great compilation of some of the world’s most influential, powerful, innovative people of all time Key Takeaways History is philosophy teaching by example Best way to prepare for present problems is to study the past for that is where you learn the true nature of humankind  Due to our hunter gatherer past, humans are […]

, May 20162016-05-31 20:07:58
Living a Life of Awareness by Don Miguel Ruiz, Jr.

Summary Miguel Ruiz Jr follows in his fathers footsteps with the Toltec way of life and explains that total and unconditional self love and other love, complete acceptance and awareness lead to a happy life as it helps us realize we are simply perfect just the way we are Key Takeaways Unconditional love for others […]

, , , , May 20162016-05-02 10:38:17
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Summary Describes SEAL combat operations and training through Jocko’s and Leif’s eyes and applies this experience to leadership and management practices in the business world. Extreme Ownership describes the mindset that top leaders have – they “own” everything in their world and would never even think of blaming anyone but themselves when they experience failure […]

, , , , May 20162016-05-02 10:36:45
Eat Fat, Get Thin by Dr. Mark Hyman

Summary Dr. Hyman details very convincing evidence on why eating the right types of fats is the healthiest, most satisfying and most sustainable way to live a long and healthy life. Provides a great 21 day program to jump start your metabolism, lose weight, reverse chronic health problems, improve sleep and clarity of mind (recipes, […]

, , May 20162016-05-02 10:35:26
101 Things I Learned in Culinary School by Louis Eguaras and Matthew Frederick

Summary 101 tips and learnings the author got out of culinary school Key Takeaways A good resource for any cook but more so for people looking to run a professional kitchen What I got out of it Great tips for anybody who is looking to open and run a kitchen some day. For the every […]

, , May 20162016-05-02 10:33:03
Living Buddha, Living Christ by Thich Nhat Hanh

Summary Beautifully written book which strongly advocates for mindfulness in everything we do – from washing our hands to how we interact with others. Thich Nhat Hanh uses beautiful examples from both Jesus’ and Buddha’s lives to reinforce his points. Key Takeaways Reality is free from all notions and it is our duty to transcend words and concepts and […]

, , , , May 20162016-05-02 10:30:52
So You Want to Start a Hedge Fund by Ted Seides

Summary First book written by an insider that looks under the hood of the industry and offers thoughtful views on key success drivers and pitfalls – for asset allocators and managers alike Key Takeaways Ted Seides is the guru of starting hedge funds and decided to write the book now as competition between hedge funds is at […]

, , , May 20162016-05-02 10:28:12
How Not to Die by Michael Greger

Summary Great resource on what foods to eat more of and avoid and how to minimize risks of certain diseases. Key Takeaways First part is about how to minimize risks of most common diseases like heart failure, cancer, etc. Great resource if any of these illnesses are relevant to you Beans Black beans, black-eyed peas, cannellini, […]

, , May 20162016-05-02 10:26:42
The Power Broker by Robert Caro

Summary The incredible, multi-dimensional story of Robert Moses who helped shape New York through its parks, highways and more by wielding untold of power for an unelected official. Robert Moses build more parks than any man alive, shaped the political structure of NY in his day and achieved so much but he also caused many […]

, , , , , , May 20162016-05-02 10:24:05
Dreaming Yourself Awake by Alan Wallace

Summary Dreaming Yourself Awake describes the two most effective forms to control dreams though lucid dreaming and Tibetan Dream yoga. These two practices will help bring you a lucid and spiritual awakening – great tips, habits and daily practices on how to improve your chances of entering this awesome state of consciousness Key Takeaways Lucid […]

, May 20162016-05-02 10:22:16
The Mind Inside Tai Chi: Sustaining a Joyful Heart by Henry Zhuang

Summary A good introduction into tai chi and why/how it is practiced Key Takeaways Practicing tai chi helps create a sense of happiness and peacefulness Tai chi stems from wuji (non-being, formlessness, one, Tao) Must realize interdependence of yin (open/gentle) and yang (close/rigid) The balance between motion and stillness Spirits – virtue, courage, wisdom (deal with change), […]

, Mar 20162016-03-31 20:11:46
Plain Talk: Lessons From a Business Maverick by Ken Iverson

Ken Iverson took over Nucor when he was 39 and compounded the business at incredible rates for decades. On top of it, he did it in the steel industry which is not known for its attractive returns. Iverson lays out his management principles which center around employee trust and loyalty, decentralization, honesty, limited hierarchy and bureaucracy and aligning the employees and manager’s interest through partnership.

, , , , , , Mar 20162016-03-30 14:52:33
Gates of Fire by Steven Pressfield

Summary The Battle of Thermopylae told from the point of view one of the Spartan soldiers. This battle and story was popularized by the movie 300 Key Takeaways At the time of death, many fear separation from loved ones more than death itself Tells in vivid detail the brutal conquering of his town by Argos […]

, , , Mar 20162016-03-30 14:14:27
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Summary Paul Kalanithi describes his journey of becoming a neuroscientist and when he is finally within reach of finishing residency, he finds out he has late stage lung cancer. He walks us through the stages he dealt with, his thoughts on career and family and how everything else was affected Key Takeaways Relationships under pin […]

, , Mar 20162016-03-30 14:12:34
Give and Take: Why Helping Others Drives Our Success by Adam Grant

Summary People tend to operate as either givers, matchers or takers. In today’s increasingly connected and competitive world, it is in fact the givers who tend to come out on top (but also the bottom). Highlights what effective networking, negotiation, influence and leadership skills have in common Key Takeaways Successful people tend to have motivation, […]

, , , Mar 20162016-03-30 14:11:28
The Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda

Summary Mukunda experiences a miraculous recovery at a young age and after that is set on pursuing a spiritual life. This book walks us through that journey, what he learned from his master Sri Yukteswar, the benefits of meditation/yoga and striving to attain enlightenment. Beautifully written and inspiring book Key Takeaways Born in 1893 near […]

, , , , Mar 20162016-03-30 14:10:10
The Dhando Investor by Mohnish Pabrai

Summary Dhando investing is all about value investing – maximum rewards with minimal risk. Dhando = endeavors that create wealth. “Heads I win, tails I don’t lose much” Key Takeaways Life is a journey and the journey is the destination Uses the Patel family from India as a case study. They first immigrated to the […]

, , Mar 20162016-03-29 21:41:16
The Decision Book by Mikael Krogerus and Roman Tschappeler

Summary Provides a brief summary of 50 decision models, or mental frameworks, on how to best attack a particular problem or situation. Focuses on better understanding ourselves, others, making the right choices with the information you have, creating effective teams and more. Key Takeaways This book is a treasure for those who are looking for […]

, , , Mar 20162016-03-29 21:40:19
The Loyalty Effect by Frederick Reichheld

Reichheld lays out a very convincing argument for why creating an ecosystem which attracts and rewards loyal customers, employees and investors is the ultimate moat for any organization

, , , , , Mar 20162016-03-29 21:38:47
The Art of Smart Thinking by James Hardt

Summary The Biocybernaut institute helps you increase your alpha waves through highly specialized neurofeedback training. Raising alpha waves and suppressing beta waves (the rational, thinking mind) helps increase creativity, IQ, meditation, helps emotional healing and a lot more Key Takeaways Most people not accessing their alpha/theta waves which are associated with creativity, joy and higher […]

, , , , , Mar 20162016-03-29 21:37:46
Damn Right! Behind the Scenes with Berkshire Hathaway Billionaire Charlie Munger by Janet Lowe

Summary Lowe details Charlie’s life through his early career as a lawyer, later partnership with Buffett to form Berkshire Hathaway, his family, his hobbies and outlook on life Key Takeaways Warren, Charlie are very similar and make an amazing team. They are both from Omaha but didn’t meet until 1959 Very eclectic reader – hundreds […]

, , , , , , Mar 20162016-03-29 21:36:22
The Invention of Nature by Andrea Wulf

Summary Wulf describes Humboldt’s amazing ability to see the big picture of nature and how this allowed him to piece together that all of nature is interconnected. Through his extensive travels, Humboldt was the first to truly to describe the “web of nature” Key Takeaways Born to a wealthy Prussian family in 1769, Humboldt spent […]

, , , Mar 20162016-03-29 21:34:46
Curious: The Desire to Know and Why Your Future Depends on It by Ian Leslie

Summary Leslie outlines why curiosity is core to what it means to be human, how to foster it in children and how to help yourself remain curious throughout your life Key Takeaways Curiosity, asking the question of “why” is uniquely human. Curiosity is unruly and the trait of misfits and rebels but is the only […]

, Feb 20162016-02-29 19:18:07
Andrew Carnegie by David Nasaw

Summary Nasaw sheds a different light on Carnegie than what we get through Carnegie’s autobiography. Nasaw reveals Carnegie’s more egotistical and bullheaded side but balances it by showing the good Carnegie he done for the world through the accumulation and dispersion of his wealth. Key Takeaways Carnegie’s autobiography is good but lacks certain events, chronology […]

, , , , , , Feb 20162016-02-29 19:17:16
The Autobiography of Andrew Carnegie by Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie was born in 1835 in Scotland but immigrated to America when he was 13 and was able to rise to the highest echelons of society through his steel empire. He is one of the world’s great philanthropists and gave away the majority of his wealth before his death to several causes such as public libraries, world peace, improving the human condition and strengthening democracy.

, , , , , Feb 20162016-02-29 19:15:47
The Singapore Story by Lee Kuan Yew

Summary Fascinating account of an amazing man whose vision helped him transform Singapore from a war torn colony into a prosperous, independent nation. Key Takeaways Singapore gained independence on August 9, 1965 from Malaysia due to strife between the Malays and Chinese in Malaysia and Singapore Had to deceive Australia, New Zealand and UK before […]

, , , , Feb 20162016-02-29 19:14:47
One Spirit Medicine: Ancient Ways to Ultimate Wellness by Alberto Villoldo

Summary One Spirit Medicine helps restore mental, physics, emotional and spiritual well being through vision quest, diet, nutrition and stress management Key Takeaways Spirit is the invisible world where we are all one and interconnected Disease comes from imbalance between spirit and harmony LEF – Luminous Energy Field, an aura that we all give us […]

, , , , Feb 20162016-02-29 19:13:54
The Silo Effect: The Peril of Expertise and the Promise of Breaking Down Barriers by Gillian Tett

Summary People naturally build silos in order to deal with the world’s ever-growing complexity. However, both individuals and businesses need to be wary about silos as they limit creativity and effective communication. Remove silos by interacting both socially and professionally with a vast array of people and organizations Key Takeaways Silos can be helpful in […]

, Feb 20162016-02-29 19:12:48
The Gorilla Game: Picking Winners in High Technology by Geoffrey Moore, Paul Johnson and Tom Kippola

Summary Moore, Johnson and Kippola outline what the gorilla game entails and how to go about being a successful investor in the high-tech space Key Takeaways The basic framework of the gorilla game includes Find a hypergrowth market (~100% revenue growth year over year). Hypergrowth begins after the ‘herd’ (general consumers) adopt the tech Buy […]

, , , , Feb 20162016-02-29 19:11:34
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

Summary We live in a society which idealizes extroverts but many of us are true introverts and many innovations and much progress is due to introverts. This personality trait is one of the most influential in your life, influencing your friend group, spouse, career, hobbies and more. Key Takeaways Introverts – need less external stimulation […]

, , Feb 20162016-02-29 19:10:28
100 Baggers: Stocks that Return 100-to-1 and How to Find Them by Christopher Mayer

Summary An updated version of Phelps’ 100 Baggers, this book takes you through examples of stocks that have turned $1 into $100 since 1962 and how to go about finding the next 100 baggers. Key Takeaways 100 baggers are stocks which turn a $1 investment into $100 over a certain period of time. The average […]

, , , Feb 20162016-02-29 19:08:53
The Road to Character by David Brooks

Summary This book is about attitude. How people through the centuries have cultivated character. In the process of failing and getting to know our weaknesses we begin the groundwork for building character Key Takeaways Resume v eulogy virtues. Adam 1 vs Adam 2. External vs internal success. Society rewards resume virtues over eulogy virtues Must […]

, , Feb 20162016-02-25 13:08:59
Becoming the Iceman: Pushing Past Perceived Limits by Wim Hof and Justin Rosales

Summary Wim “the Iceman” Hof describes his background, training regiment, beliefs and world records. He has trained his body to such a degree that he can withstand incredible cold and there has even been scientific backing that he can control his autonomous nervous system and better fight infectious diseases. Key Takeaways Fear and trust are the […]

, , Jan 20162016-01-31 20:44:52
The Billionaire Who Wasn’t: How Chuck Feeney Made and Gave Away a Fortune by Conor O’Clery

Summary An inspiring book about Chuck Feeney, one of the founders of Duty Free Shoppers who gave away his fortune during his lifetime and was able to help millions of people. He lived simply and frugally in his personal life in order to best serve those who most needed help Key Takeaways Feeney gave away […]

, , , Jan 20162016-01-31 20:43:52
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Summary Follows the story of Nobody Owens who is adopted and raised by the supernatural beings in a graveyard after his family is murdered Key Takeaways Gaiman does a great job of drawing you in through his storytelling into a different and fantastic world filled with ghouls, ghosts and other supernatural creatures What I got […]

, , Jan 20162016-01-31 20:41:51
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson

Summary Bill Bryson gives a very good overview of a natural history and describes how the Earth went from nothing to something, eventually to where we are today Key Takeaways Main topics – molecules, atoms, physics, magnetism, volcanoes, age and size of Earth, solar system, elements, oceans, bacteria, fossils, taxonomy, cells, DNA, ice ages, early humans At […]

, , Jan 20162016-01-31 20:40:55
The Oasis Within by Tom Morris

Summary A tale of an uncle and his nephew who are journeying across the desert and through dialogue and events, the uncle passes down timeless wisdom on how to approach and handle life successfuly. Key Takeaways Life is meant to be a series of adventures. Enjoy the good along with the bad The real secret […]

, Jan 20162016-01-31 20:39:18
It’s Your Ship by Captain D. Michael Abrashoff

Captain Abrashoff recounts his story and the leadership principles he used to turn around the USS Benfold, one of the worst performing ships in the navy. Believes these leadership principles to be universal and in today’s age, getting the most out of your people and helping them grow is more important than ever

, , , Jan 20162016-01-31 20:37:57
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield

Summary Pressfield tells his story of how in writing he encounters his most extreme resistance and this is part of why he does it. Key Takeaways It’s not the writing part that’s hard, it’s the sitting down to write. Overcoming this resistance is absolutely vital to growth and happiness Defining the enemy, this resistance, is […]

Jan 20162016-01-31 20:36:29
David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

Summary Power, wealth and health are not exclusive harbingers of success. Beyond a certain point, many assumed advantages, like increased wealth and education, start to become disadvantages. On the other hand, assumed disadvantages, such as learning difficulties or childhood trauma, can spur people to great achievement. Underdogs often overcome their vastly favored opponents through indirect, unusual or […]

Jan 20162016-01-31 20:35:20
The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea by Paul Ryan

Summary Paul Ryan lays out his background, beliefs, motivations and goals and how he plans to achieve them Key Takeaways Main goals – economic growth, saving Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security, fixing the broken healthcare system, setting up a prosperous America for the next generation which is secure and debt-free, make government smaller, simpler and […]

, Jan 20162016-01-31 20:34:19
Beyond Training: Mastering Endurance, Health and Life by Ben Greenfield

Summary Greenfield lays out a detailed training regiment section, recovery section, nutrition section, lifestyle section, brain section, and conclusion which ties it all together Key Takeaways Provides extremely detailed diets, supplement recommendations, workout regiments, etc for vegans, plant based, old, young, female, male. (I cannot include all the detail in these regiments so if these […]

, , Jan 20162016-01-31 20:33:37
The Power of Story by Jim Loehr

Summary Jim Loehr lays out a framework for how to live a more aligned life by realizing what your inner voice is really saying and how to change your story so that it helps you achieve your goals Key Takeaways First step is to become aware and accept your flawed story  In this context, story […]

Jan 20162016-01-31 20:31:52
Doing Good Better: Effective Altruism and How You Can Make a Difference by William Macaskill

Summary Macaskill lays out some questions and reasoning for how to figure out how to best do effective altruism Key Takeaways Play pump got a lot of hype and funding but backfired since it was less effective and didn’t take into accounts the native’s needs and wants Deworming kids in Kenya one of the most […]

, , , Jan 20162016-01-31 20:30:23
What Do You Care What Other People Think? by Richard Feynman, Ralph Leighton

Summary A fun recounting of Feynman’s life, time on NASA exploring the Challenger disaster and his genuine curiosity of all things Key Takeaways Father and first love had the biggest influence on him Father turned science and teaching into reality when he was a boy by making analogies or comparing to immediate surroundings Huge difference […]

, Jan 20162016-01-31 20:23:45
James J. Hill: Empire Builder by Michael Malone

Summary Jim Hill was one of the great railroad tycoons, founding and expanding what eventually became the Great Northern, today the Burlington Northern. His incredible persistence, competitiveness and focus on quality infrastructure and lowest cost per ton helped him dominate his competitors and amass one of the great fortunes in American history. Key Takeaways Hill […]

, , , Jan 20162016-01-31 20:22:12
The Almost Nearly Perfect People by Michael Booth

Summary A fascinating account of the unique culture of the Scandinavian countries – Norway, Sweden, Iceland, Finland and Denmark. Michael does an excellent job of portraying these countries and their quirks from an outside perspective while still being able to dive into the nuances which make them unique. Key Takeaways Gallup asked other questions about […]

, , , , , , , Jan 20162016-01-01 21:58:38
The Score Takes Care of Itself by Bill Walsh

Summary Ultimate guide to Bill Walsh’s leadership principles. Told by his son through the perspective of 5 key pillars – Joe Montana, John McVay (director of football operations), Mike White (assistant at UC Berkeley and briefly at SF), Bill McPherson, Randy Cross (SF defensive lineman) Key Takeaways Do all the right things and the score […]

, , , , Jan 20162016-01-01 20:54:12
Bolivar: American Liberator by Marie Arana

Summary Arana describes in detail Bolivar the man and how he was able to liberate a humongous area of land with a lot of racial tension, different religions and other headwinds to help found Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia and free from Spanish rule Key Takeaways Bolivar’s liberation began in Bogota, Colombia. He had to […]

, , , Jan 20162016-01-01 20:53:02
Basil Moreau: Essential Writings by Kevin Grove and Andrew Gawrych

Summary A good biography on a great man. Basil Moreau founded and lead the congregation of the Holy Cross for nearly 30 years   Key Takeaways Above everything else, Father Moreau believed that the imitation of Christ is the key to success and happiness in life. Central to this was love of the cross – […]

, , , , , Jan 20162016-01-01 20:49:55
The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

Summary Brown tells the story of the Washington crew team who overcame great odds in order to win gold at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin Key Takeaways Joe Rantz had a rough childhood outside Seattle with an unhappy mother who accidentally dropped scalding bacon grease on her other son and disliked farm life. Soon after […]

, , , Jan 20162016-01-01 20:47:54
Finding Ultra by Rich Roll

Summary Rich Roll tells his inspiring story of lazy, overweight, addicted into an all vegan and ultra marathon lifestyle Key Takeaways Rich Roll was a very overweight 40 year old who transformed himself with marathon training and a vegan diet 7 day juice cleanse that Rich used to start his transformation found here Rich became a […]

, , Jan 20162016-01-01 20:47:14
Diaminds by Mihnea Moldoveanu and Roger Martin

Summary “How do successful thinkers think? And how is it that their ways of thinking make it more likely that they will succeed than fail in the cauldron of business and life…? In this book we set out to isolate a few of the key mechanisms in the minds of successful thinkers – mechanisms that […]

, , , , , , Dec 20152015-12-04 16:00:55
Leading by Alex Ferguson and Michael Moritz

Alex Ferguson managed Manchester United for 26 years and helped them achieve incredible success. This book is about what he has learned throughout his life about leadership

, , , , , Dec 20152015-12-04 15:58:36
Assimilative Memory: How to Attend and Never Forget by Alphonse Loisette

Summary Good memory training system and operates in three ways. (1) It increases the general Impressionability, so that all First Impressions must be more vivid than they have ever been before. (2) It increases the general Revivability, so that First Impressions are more under the control of the will, and can be afterward recalled when […]

, Dec 20152015-12-04 15:57:45
The Art of Worldly Wisdom by Baltasar Gracian

Summary Quick anecdotes which rival anything found in Stoicism. This book should be much more widely read than it is Key Takeaways It is indeed because of the unpractical nature of practical maxims that they have been so much neglected. You must act in the concrete, you can only maximise in general terms. Then, again, […]

, Dec 20152015-12-04 15:56:33
Boomerang: Travels in the New Third World by Michael Lewis

Summary Michael Lewis again manages to draw you in on what are typically pretty boring topics, in this case the aftermath of the 2008/2009 financial crisis Key Takeaways In Kyle Bass’s opinion, the financial crisis wasn’t over. It was simply being smothered by the full faith and credit of rich Western governments. They were no […]

, Dec 20152015-12-04 15:55:48
The Big Short by Michael Lewis

Summary Lewis does a great job of making what could be a very dull and complex topic into a compelling read. If you are interested in learning about the reasons for the 2008/09 financial crisis, this is a great first step Key Takeaways Not for a moment did I suspect that the financial 1980s would […]

, Dec 20152015-12-04 15:55:12
The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin

Great read on how to apply universal learning techniques to any endeavor. You must learn the fundamentals so thoroughly that they become ingrained, allowing the brain to fully focus on minute details which help separate you from the rest of the competition

, , , , Dec 20152015-12-04 15:54:36
100 to 1 by Thomas W. Phelps

Summary The two reasons so few people profit from 100 to 1 stocks is that we first do not try to do so and second that even when we are wise or lucky enough to buy one we do not hold on Key Takeaways Few ask too much from their investing – have high goals […]

, , Dec 20152015-12-04 15:48:11
Little Bets by Peter Sims

Summary Good and short book on how little bets allow you to take small risks with the possibility of finding big, unmet opportunities Key Takeaways Chris Rock has become insanely successful by not being afraid to take thousands of little bets with little to no consequence and learning from them. Slowly but surely refining his […]

Dec 20152015-12-04 15:47:34
For Whom the Bell Tolls by Ernest Hemingway

Summary Story of Robert Jordan who is in Spain during the Spanish Civil War helping the republic guerrilla unit’s efforts Key Takeaways Good insight into war, interesting dialogue What I got out of it Not much, don’t think it compares to The Old Man and the Sea or The Sun Also Rises but gives a great feel […]

, Dec 20152015-12-04 15:47:03
Distant Force by George Roberts

Summary One of the early Teledyne employees and eventual President, George Roberts, tells of the rise of Teledyne and the leadership of Henry Singleton Key Takeaways Singleton had no business plan because he wanted to be flexible and knew that you cannot predict the future Teledyne was innovative in that it was one of the […]

, , , , Dec 20152015-12-04 15:46:21
Knowledge and Decisions by Thomas Sowell

Summary Sowell argues that knowledge is man’s most severe restraint but knowing the power of incentives, who the decision maker is, and a couple other key elements helps making decisions at least a little easier Key Takeaways Humans’ most severe restraint is knowledge but still must make important decisions Examine and judge companies, people, etc. based […]

, Dec 20152015-12-04 15:45:43
Reagan by H.W. Brands

Summary Good biography on Reagan, his childhood, acting career, presidency and post-presidency. Impressive man who was in office during some of the most volatile times in America’s history Key Takeaways Reagan’s father was an alcoholic but his mother was a saint Reagan gave one speech on behalf of US Senator Barry Goldwater which propelled him […]

, , , Dec 20152015-12-04 15:45:03
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

Summary The Prophet must leave a city he has been in for 12 years but speaks to a crowd before he leaves on certain important topics. He explains what is important in many different areas of life Key Takeaways He was above all else, ‘a powerful advocate of the unity of being’. ‘All things in […]

, Dec 20152015-12-04 15:43:32
How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams

Adams is the comic behind the Dilbert series and this book is his story about how he stumbled his way to success amid many failures. Goals are for losers, your brain isn’t magic – you can program it, most important metric to track is your personal energy, every skill you acquire doubles your chances of success, success is happiness + freedom, conquer shyness by being a huge phony (in a good way), fitness is the lever that moves the world, simplicity transforms the ordinary into the amazing

, , , , Nov 20152015-11-17 14:18:50
Son of Hamas by Mosab Hassan Yousef

Summary Mosab describes his life as the son of one of the founders of Hamas, his turn away from terrorism into Christianity and some of the terrible experiences he had at only 20 years old Key Takeaways Mosab is the son of one of the founders of Hamas, Sheikh Hassan Youssef He helped his father […]

, , , Nov 20152015-11-17 14:15:47
Search Inside Yourself by Chade-Meng Tan

Summary Meng is an early Google-er and is known as the jolly good fellow. His ultimate goal is world peace by making the habits necessary for it accessible. Self-awareness at the center of it all Key Takeaways Knowing yourself lies at the core of emotional intelligence, and that the best mental app for this can […]

, , , , , , , Nov 20152015-11-17 13:47:06
The Organized Mind by Daniel J. Levitin

Summary How to organize your life to spend more time on the rewarding rather than mundane things (externalize as much as possible, set routines, remove the unnecessary) Key Takeaways Be adamant about finding ways to externalize your brain as much as possible. This leads you to forget less, be less stressed and gives your brain the space […]

, , , Nov 20152015-11-17 13:46:09
Evernote: Unleashed by Jason Bracht

Summary Good read on Evernote and how to use most effectively Key Takeaways Organize Reading Notes: if you use an e-reader which allows you to highlight quotes or add notes as you read, you can easily copy those highlighted sections and notes to an Evernote note (saved in a notebook for your reading notes) so […]

, , Nov 20152015-11-17 13:44:40
Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

Summary Stephenson weaves virtual reality, Sumerian myth and a strange future in a great thriller Key Takeaways Hiro protagonist, TY, Raven, uncle Enzo, Mr. Lee Hiro delivers pizza for Uncle Enzo but in the “metaverse” he is a warrior prince A new computer virus is killing hackers all over and his quest is to destroy […]

, , , Nov 20152015-11-17 13:44:02
How to Breathe With Ease by F. Matthias Alexander

Summary Quick read with some basic principles on how to properly breathe Key Takeaways He found that he would do three things differently when reciting, his head would tilt backwards, he would depress his larynx (voicebox), and he would suck in breath to make a kind of gasping sound. When he figured out how to […]

, Nov 20152015-11-17 13:43:24
Coherence by Alan Watkins

Summary Knowledge about human relationships, biology, brain, adult development, behavior, human system, emotional intelligence, medicine, evolution, physics, signal processing, sports psychology all help improve management and performance by better understanding what influences performance. Enlightened Leadership – all behaviors, decisions, thoughts are integrated (coherence) Key Takeaways Best way to understand results is to understand behavior and the […]

, , , , , Nov 20152015-11-17 13:42:29
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Summary The book surveys the history of humankind from the evolution of archaic human species in the Stone Age up to the twenty-first century. Its main argument is that Homo sapiens dominates the world because it is the only animal that can cooperate flexibly in large numbers. The book further argues that Homo sapiens can cooperate flexibly in large […]

, , Nov 20152015-11-17 13:41:46
Super Forecasting by Dan Gardner and Philip Tetlock

Summary Great read on how to become a much better forecaster by making a forecast, measuring it, revising it and repeating. Must be a clear and measurable forecast where you can determine your accuracy. Must be open minded, self-critical, careful and curious. Does not come effortlessly and must be very committed to self improvement Key Takeaways […]

, , , Nov 20152015-11-17 13:40:57
Super Better by Jane McGonigal

Summary By adopting a more “gameful” mindset you can improve your resilience and better improve other areas and skills Key Takeaways 4 rules to turning life into a game Turn anyone into a potential ally Use powerups (things which energize you) throughout your day to keep you motivated Set quests (goals) for you to achieve […]

, , Nov 20152015-11-17 13:39:51
Deep Simplicity by John Gribbin

Gribbin explores our biological history to show how complexity can arise out of simplicity. Chaos leads to complexity which leads to life. The interesting things happen at the edge of complexity; in chaotic systems, minute differences in the initial conditions lead to huge differences in outcome

, , , Nov 20152015-11-17 13:39:15
Master Evernote by S.J. Scott

Summary Good and quick read on how to use Evernote efficiently Key Takeaways Fortunately, the folks at Evernote provide an additional level of security beyond the standard account password. If you want to encrypt any part of a note, simply highlight the text that needs to be protected. Then “right click” or “tap” on the […]

, , Nov 20152015-11-17 13:38:36
The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind by Julian Jaynes

Jaynes argues that up until 2-4,000 years ago, men were not conscious but followed the voices of gods. As language and writing developed, consciousness began to emerge which then displaced these voices. On the surface it seems crazy but Jaynes does an incredible job of making it seem plausible

, , , Nov 20152015-11-17 13:37:38
Charlie Munger: The Complete Investor by Tren Griffin

Summary Another book on how Buffett and Munger think and how this differentiates them Key Takeaways Munger’s independent thinking and emotional control set him apart Graham principles Stock = buying a part of the business Margin of Safety Mr. Market Must be rational, objective and dispassionate to be a successful investor Worldy wisdom – develop […]

, , , , , , , Nov 20152015-11-17 13:36:40
The Righteous Mind by Jonathan Haidt

Summary This book is about why it is so hard for people to get along and Haidt’s aim is to remove the stigma and decisiveness of morality, religion and politics Key Takeaways People are intrinsically moral and while this helped us create large groups that can cooperate, it also ensures moral strife 3 parts to […]

, , , Nov 20152015-11-17 13:35:47
Elon Musk by Ashlee Vance

Summary Elon is a man on a mission – to save mankind and colonize other planets. His vision, determination, guts are truly inspiring. He might offend others and create some enemies but I think on a mission like his it is hard to avoid and worth it Key Takeaways Ashlee was turned down initially by […]

, , , , , , Nov 20152015-11-17 13:35:01
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Summary Sparknotes can do a much better job summarizing it than I can but Raskolnikov murders a pawnbroker for money, feels terribly guilty and the whole novel is about how he deals with his feelings, his lack of understanding of cause and effect and his final confession Key Takeaways Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov – protagonist, murderer, […]

, , , Nov 20152015-11-17 13:34:23
The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand

Howard Roark is the most principled man on earth and won’t do anything which goes against his beliefs – the beauty and purity of architecture cannot be tainted. Rand terms the philosophy of the book as objectivism – follow reason and not faith, work hard to achieve life of purpose and productiveness, earn genuine self esteem, pursue own happiness as highest aim, prosper by treating others as individuals and not trading them for value

, Nov 20152015-11-17 13:32:57
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Summary A very motivated man who had an uncanny ability to produce world-changing products. He was able to see into the future, know what customers wanted when they didn’t, build hype around the product launches and more. A genius on many fronts who also struggled relating to people at times and had a somewhat estranged […]

, , , , , , Nov 20152015-11-17 13:32:10
Fooled by Randomness by Nassim Taleb

Summary Often mistake luck and randomness for skill and determinism Key Takeaways In the long run, acute successful randomness fools will run out of luck and after years of success will have one devastating quarter where they lose everything in one huge blow up Induction – infer things about the nature of the world based […]

, , Nov 20152015-11-17 13:29:12
The Egoscue Method by Pete Egoscue

Summary Pete Egoscue argues that modern man has so many dysfunctions due to lack of motion. With his breakdown of dysfunctions in Condition I, II, III or DLux (excellent), you can quickly diagnose yourself and start the exercises he prescribes. He argues that these regiments will help get to the root of the problem and […]

, Nov 20152015-11-17 13:26:25
Enchiridion by Epictetus

Summary Epictetus’ “manual” for how to live life Key Takeaways Similar in style to Meditations and other stoic type philosophy. Many anecdotes and passages on how to deal with and think about life and life’s problems Amor fati stressed throughout What I got out of it I liked it but not nearly as much as […]

, Nov 20152015-11-17 13:25:44
Three Scientists and Their Gods by Robert Wright

Summary Robert Wright details his interviews, dialogues and conversations with Edward Fredkin, Edward O. Wilson and Kenneth Boulding. He is striving to understand what they believe about the world and how that gives human’s lives meaning Key Takeaways Ed Fredkin – thinks the world is one massive computer, is very stubborn and argumentative, has his […]

, , , , Nov 20152015-11-17 13:24:37
Coaching Wisdom by Mike Harrity

Summary Mike interviews and describes what these seminal coaches learned during their years, their life philosophy and more Key Takeaways Tony Dungy, Lou Holtz, Andre Hudy, Don Shula, Brad Stevens, John Wooden, Sue Enquist, Scotty Bowman, Anson Dorrance What I got out of it Really good summary of some great coaching and life principles

, Nov 20152015-11-17 13:23:37
Winning Every Day by Lou Holtz

Summary Holtz’s beliefs as a coach for building a successful team / organization Key Takeaways WIN – What’s Important Now. Take care of that and one thing and everything else will become easier Power of attitude – what you attempt to do is determined by your motivation. How well you do something is determined by […]

, , , Nov 20152015-11-17 13:23:00
Wooden on Leadership by John Wooden

Summary Wooden’s goal never changed – get the maximum effort and peak performance from each player in the manner that best suited the team Key Takeaways Explains his pyramid of success which outlines mental, emotional, and physical qualities essential to building a winning organization Shows you how to be your best when you truly need […]

, , Nov 20152015-11-17 13:22:11
Consilience by E.O. Wilson

Summary Wilson’s search for a unifying theory of knowledge in disciplines that range from biology, social sciences and the humanities Key Takeaways Discusses links between varying fields and explores the genetic bases of culture Biological principles underlying works of art from cave-drawings to Lolita What I got out of it Honestly didn’t get that much […]

, Nov 20152015-11-17 13:21:36
True Success by Tom Morris

Summary One of the most common maladies of our time is a misunderstanding of success. In this book Morris lays out the simple truth about success, what it is and how to have it Key Takeaways Socrates determined that most people spend the most attention on the least important things and the least attention on […]

, , , Nov 20152015-11-17 13:20:51
Awareness Through Movement by Moshe Feldenkrais

Summary Becoming more aware of your body, movement, flexibility, breathing through subtle but specific exercises can have tremendous health and mental benefits Key Takeaways People’s physical ailments today stem from a lack of movement Many different movements shown in the book help you become more aware and sensitive to your imbalances and limitations One of […]

, Nov 20152015-11-17 13:19:08
God, Country, Notre Dame by Theodore Hesburgh

Summary Really good autobiography by Father Hesburgh – discusses his childhood, upbringing, studies at the Gregorian school in Rome, involvement in Civil Rights, Nuclear Disarmament, politics in Washington, obviously the running of Notre Dame, etc. Key Takeaways The next rule in coping with an excess of personal commitments is to do what you are doing […]

, Nov 20152015-11-17 13:18:32
The Warren Buffett Way by Robert G. Hagstrom

Summary Buffett’s investment style and thought process is brought to life by Hagstrom by walking the reader through Berkshire’s investments and why they were made Key Takeaways To be successful you must be willing to study and learn about your companies and have the emotional fortitude to disregard short-term changes in the market. If you […]

, , , Nov 20152015-11-17 13:17:47
The Black Swan by Nassim Taleb

Summary Black Swan is an event which is an a rarity, has an extreme impact and is retrospectively (though no prospectively) predictable. This book concerns itself with our blindness with respect to randomness, particularly the large deviations. Must use the extreme event as the starting point and not treat it as an exception to be […]

, , Nov 20152015-11-17 13:16:36
Earthing by Clint Ober and Stephen Sinatra

Summary Spending time outdoors, connected to nature has healing and calming effects Key Takeaways Spend as much time outdoors, barefoot as possible What I got out of it Spend more time outdoors; website found here and products here

, , Nov 20152015-11-17 13:15:48
Humans are Underrated by Geoff Colvin

Summary As technology advances, people shouldn’t focus on beating computers at what they do but rather develop our most essential human abilities and interpersonal experience. The people who can emphasize and foster these skills, especially empathy, will be the most valuable members of our workforce. Key Takeaways Many people will lose their jobs due to […]

, , , , Nov 20152015-11-17 13:15:09
The 10 Commandments for Business Failure by Don Keough

Summary Don Keough lays out some basic principles of things to avoid if you want to be successful in life and in business Key Takeaways The greatest achievement of good executives is to get things done through other people, not themselves Businesses are the product and extension of the personal characteristics of its leaders Change […]

, , , , , Nov 20152015-11-17 13:13:17
Only the Paranoid Survive by Andy Grove

Summary This book is about the impact of changing rules. How to find your way through uncharted territories and how to recognize/act on a 10x strategic inflection point Key Takeaways Strategic inflection point – a time in the life of a business when its fundamentals are about to change. Every strategic inflection point is characterized […]

, , , , Nov 20152015-11-17 13:12:13
Creativity, Inc. by Ed Catmull

Summary One of the founders of Pixar, Ed Catmull, describes Pixar’s history and their creative process. Amazing to hear how difficult of a battle it is to have a great company that lasts. Key Takeaways The culture at Pixar is unlike any other but what really sets it apart is its willing to acknowledge that […]

, , , , Nov 20152015-11-17 13:11:17
Paid to Speak by the National Speakers Association

Summary Written for professional speakers, this book describes many of the finer points you can use to better engage your audience and clearly articulate your main points Key Takeaways People remember stories much better than anything else Speaks to what a successful facilitator of a meeting/forum/etc does One of the most effective tools at a […]

Nov 20152015-11-17 13:10:37
The Bhagavad Gita by Eknath Easwaran

Summary The blind King Dhritarashtra asks Sanjaya to recount to him what happened when his family the Kauravas gathered to fight the Pandavas for control of Hastinapura. His family isn’t the rightful heir to the kingdom, but they have assumed control, and Dhritarashtra is trying to preserve it for his son Duryodhana. Sanjaya tells of Arjuna, who has come as leader of the Pandavas to […]

, , , Nov 20152015-11-17 13:10:00
The Brain’s Way of Healing by Norman Doidge

Summary This book is about the unique way the brain heals itself and diseases once thought incurable might not really be so Key Takeaways Activities, thoughts, electrical impulses are all used as healing techniques as it spurs the brain to form new and/or stronger neural connections. As the senses are the brain’s way of interacting […]

, , Nov 20152015-11-17 13:09:00
The Power of Impact Investing by Judith Rodin and Margot Brandenburg

Summary Impact investing offers a middle way between philanthropy and pure financial investment. It is a means of using capital to drive financial value and social and environmental impact simultaneously. It enables you to combine both motivations at the same time. It’s a new world of opportunity. Impact investors include a diverse group but one […]

, , Nov 20152015-11-17 13:08:21
It’s About TIME! by Jim Ball and Jennifer Kuchta

An excellent, simple and easy to read book on how to better manage your time and be much more productive

, , , Nov 20152015-11-17 13:07:22
True North by Bill George

Summary Finding your “true north”, what your life and leadership is all about, will shape your leadership and give you a framework to live and make decisions by. Must often go through some turning point which transforms you into a true leader Key Takeaways True North is the internal compass that guides you successfully through […]

, , , Nov 20152015-11-17 13:06:23
The Brain That Changes Itself by Norman Doidge

Summary Doidge discusses neuroplasticity extensively – the ability of the brain to rewire itself. This is both a good and a bad thing as we can change our brains in case it gets injured but we are also more susceptible outside influences Key Takeaways Discusses a lady who completely lost her balance and through the […]

, , Nov 20152015-11-17 13:05:48
A Curious Mind by Brian Grazer

Summary Brian Grazer is a very successful movie producer and attributes his success to his deep curiosity. He thinks of himself more of a storyteller and by being diligent about being curious and having curiosity talks he can learn about the world but also the stories that other people live in Key Takeaways In the […]

, Nov 20152015-11-17 13:04:59
Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers by Robert Sapolsky

Summary How diet, stress, personality, relationships, etc. affect the mind, body and overall health Key Takeaways Sustained and repeated stressors, in its many forms, can have debilitating effects of sustained over a long period of time by making you more vulnerable to diseases that make you sick Our bodies are very good at handling immediate, […]

, , Nov 20152015-11-17 13:00:53
Rise of the Robots by Martin Ford

Summary Our Goldilocks period has reached its end, and the American economy is moving into a new era. It is an era that will be defined by a fundamental shift in the relationship between workers and machines. That shift will ultimately challenge one of our most basic assumptions about technology: that machines are tools that increase […]

, Nov 20152015-11-17 13:00:11
Shibumi by Trevanian

Summary Nicholai Hel helps his father commit suicide, and suffers both personal and political consequences as a result. Nicholai Hel is a young, talented espionage apprentice who wants to make his father proud. His father is a Japanese general and a master of the game of Go. As a young person, Nicholai studied Go under […]

Nov 20152015-11-17 12:59:34
Serve to Win by Novak Djokovic

Summary It wasn’t a new training program that took me from being a very good player to the best player in the world in just 18 months. It wasn’t a new racquet, a new workout, a new coach or even a new serve that helped em lose weight, find mental focus and enjoy the best […]

, , Nov 20152015-11-17 12:59:04
Make Meetings Matter by Charlie Hawkins

Summary When meetings are effective, the potential for results is unlimited as participants feel energized and valued. They contribute freely, find solutions and make decisions. Things simply get done Key Takeaways Meeting roles (make sure everyone knows their role before the meeting) Initiator – person who calls the meeting and “owns” the problem or issue […]

Nov 20152015-11-17 12:58:28
Natural Born Heroes by Christopher McDougall

Summary McDougall retraces the steps of the “Cretan Runner” and others who managed to do unthinkable tasks on little more than boiled hay. They ran hundreds of marathons through Crete, acting as messengers, while avoiding Nazi soldiers and handling hazardous terrain. Natural movement, endurance, and efficient nutrition all played their role. Key Takeaways A daring […]

Nov 20152015-11-17 12:57:56
Pebbles of Perception by Laurence Endersen

Enderson got inspiration from Poor Charlie’s Almanack – to understand the main principles in the big fields (law, psychology, business, engineering, physics, etc.) and understand the importance of good choices. This book is Endersen’s take on how to make good decisions

, , Nov 20152015-11-17 12:57:21
Good to Great: Social Sectors by Jim Collins

Summary We need to get rid of the barrier between business and the social sector and instead focus on a framework for greatness Key Takeaways Unlike normal businesses, money is only an input, not an output, for the social sector Performance must be measured relative to mission, not financial returns Greatness is an inherently dynamic […]

Nov 20152015-11-17 12:56:36
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig

On his journey from Minnesota to Northern California, the narrator discusses quality and several other philosophical questions through examples and chautauquas. “To truly experience quality, one must both embrace and apply it as best fits the requirements of the situation.”

, , Nov 20152015-11-17 12:55:42
The Way We’re Working Isn’t Working by Tony Schwartz

Summary Being conscious and intentional about managing your four sources of energy – physical (sleep, fitness, nutrition), emotional (high, positive energy), mental (control of attention) and spiritual (compelling sense of purpose) which helps you live a richer and more satisfying life. Key Takeaways Break projects, reading, meetings, etc. down into shorter sprints. This helps you […]

Nov 20152015-11-17 12:55:04
The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz

Summary Success is determined not so much by the size of one’s brain as it is by the size of one’s thinking. Think big to live big Key Takeaways Most of us are the product of the thinking around us – be extremely choosy about who you spend time with and carefully guard your time […]

Nov 20152015-11-17 12:54:30
The Story of Philosophy by Will Durant

Summary An amazing book detailing the lives, ideas, influences and major works of some of the world’s greatest philosophers – Plato, Aristotle, Bacon, Spinoza, Voltaire, Kant, Schopenhauer, Spencer, Nietzsche, Bergson, Croce, Russell, Santayana, James and Dewey Key Takeaways Plato Human behavior flows from 3 main sources – desire, emotion and knowledge Only three things worthwhile in this world – justice, beauty and truth Each man will perform the function for […]

, , Nov 20152015-11-17 12:53:49
The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz

Summary Managing your energy, not your time, must be the main goal in order to achieve sustainable, long-term high performance Key Takeaways Performance, health and happiness are grounded in the skillful management of energy Four Principles of managing your energy Full engagement requires drawing on four separate but related sources of energy – physical, mental, […]

, Nov 20152015-11-17 12:53:15
One Click: Jeff Bezos and the Rise of Amazon by Richard Brandt

Summary Brandt allows the reader to get into Bezos’ head and his decision making process Key Takeaways Bezos obsessed with customer service Was a huge tinkerer as a kid and always one of the smartest in his class Was very excited about the growth of the Internet and wanted to take advantage of it by […]

, Nov 20152015-11-17 12:52:35
On China by Henry Kissinger

Summary Kissinger’s vivid discussion of his experience dealing with the Chinese. He explains their multi-millenia culture, different mindset, different priorities, etc. and how they all play into miscommunication, tension between the Americans and the Chinese. This book helps provide a Chinese perspective on politics, life, family, religion, etc. Do not need to agree but important to […]

, , , Nov 20152015-11-17 12:52:02
The Monk and the Philosopher by Mathieu Ricard and Jean-Francois Revel

Summary A very interesting dialogue between a father who is a philosopher and his son who is a Buddhist monk. They cover a vast array of topics from meditation to religion to morality. Key Takeaways Direct contemplation of absolute truth, beyond all concepts. That’s wisdom in its most fundamental aspect Suffering is the result of […]

, , Nov 20152015-11-17 12:50:31
Good to Great by Jim Collins

Summary Collins’ seminal book on the shared characteristics of great companies as well as what sets them apart from the merely good. Collins demonstrates that good companies can become great and how they went about doing so. Key Takeaways Seven vital aspects of going from good to great Level 5 Leadership – great leaders tend […]

, Nov 20152015-11-17 12:49:23
Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh

Summary Tony Hsieh is the CEO of Zappos and wrote this book to help people avoid the mistakes he made and encourage people to be more entrepreneurial Key Takeaways Tony was very curious and entrepreneurial as a child, starting many small businesses and once he graduated from Harvard he eventually founded LinkExchange  which was sold to Microsoft […]

, , , Nov 20152015-11-17 12:48:11
The 33 Strategies of War by Robert Greene

Summary This book “is a distillation of timeless wisdom contained in the lessons and principles of warfare. The book is designed to arm you with practical knowledge that will give you endless options and advantages in dealing with the elusive warriors that attack you in daily battle.” Divided into five parts, this book will teach […]

, , , Nov 20152015-11-17 12:47:13
The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz

Summary Famed investor and entrepreneur Ben Horowitz brings us through his personal accounts of the stresses and euphorias experienced while building a successful business Key Takeaways There is no recipe to reach your goals. That is what makes your goals difficult No shortcuts to knowledge Aim to have different groups of friends as this helps you gain […]

, , Jun 20152015-06-02 02:11:27
Eleven Rings: The Soul of Success by Phil Jackson and Hugh Delehanty

Summary Phil Jackson recounts his time as a player and a coach and the many important leadership and coaching skills he picked up along the way Key Takeaways A ring symbolizes love and unending connections – Native Americans considered the ring sacred and built their communities around the shape Different tribal stages – life sucks, apathetic […]

, , , , , Jun 20152015-06-02 00:25:23
Nudge: Improving Decisions about Wealth, Health and Happiness by Richard Thaler and Cass Sunstein

Summary Thaler and Sunstein discuss at length how choices are designed and how we can make better decisions – personal finance, health, relationships, the environment, retirement benefits, organ donations, etc. Key Takeaways Nudge – anything which pushes people slightly in one direction or to make some decision through context and design. Any choice architecture which alters people’s behavior […]

, , , Jun 20152015-06-02 00:20:57
Ripples of Wisdom by Don Jose Ruiz

Summary Don Jose Ruiz helps you become aware of an overcome self-doubt, self-deceit and fear to live a happy life filled with love Key Takeaways “Everyone has the right to believe what they want to believe. They have the right to feel what they want to feel and go say what they want to say. If […]

, , Jun 20152015-06-02 00:15:23
Radical Acceptance by Tara Brach

Summary Only by being aware of and consciously accepting your negative thoughts and feelings, will you ever be able to work through them and grow. Tara Brach shares many personal stories, guided meditations, actionable steps, etc. to help you work through any feelings of unworthiness. Key Takeaways Radical acceptance – recognize what is true and embrace it […]

, , Jun 20152015-06-02 00:06:22
The Luck Factor: Why Some People Are Lucker Than Others and How You Can Become One of Them by Max Gunther

Summary Max Gunther walks us through the nature of luck, how we can better manage it and therefore improve our luck. Key Takeaways Luck – “It blunders in and out of our lives, unbidden, unexpected, sometimes welcome and sometimes not. It plays a role in all our affairs, often the commanding role. No matter how carefully […]

, Jun 20152015-06-02 00:03:43
How to Love by Thich Nhat Hanh

Summary Thich Nhat Hanh distills love to some of its core attributes and reminds us that we cannot possibly love others until we love ourselves, it takes understanding to love and that love is made of four key elements – loving kindness, compassion, joy and equanimity Key Takeaways True love is made of four elements: loving […]

, , , Jun 20152015-06-02 00:00:32
The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance and Empower the Mind by Michio Kaku

Summary Michio Kaku discusses the amazing research being done on the mind and its potential applications – telepathy, mind control, avatars, and recording memories and dreams to share with everyone. Key Takeaways Kaku is a theoretical physicist but believes his unique perspective can help enrich the field of neuroscience Believes that neuroscience began once Phineas Gage got a spike […]

, , Jun 20152015-06-01 23:56:08
Do the Work by Steven Pressfield

Summary “This book is designed to coach you through a project (business venture, ballet, philanthropic enterprise) from conception to finished product, seeing it from the point of view of Resistance…those junctures where fear, self-sabotage, procrastination, self-doubt, and all those other demons we’re all so familiar with can be counted upon to strike.” Key Takeaways Your […]

, , , Jun 20152015-06-01 23:51:00
American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Summary As Shadow is about to leave prison, he is told that his wife was killed in a car crash. He ends up partnering with a shady character named Wednesday and from there is taken on a wild and scary road trip where he is caught in the middle of a war between the gods […]

, , , Jun 20152015-06-01 23:43:15
2015 Reading List

Find below my reading list from 2015. For each book, I write a brief summary, highlight some key takeaways and discuss what I got out of reading it. January (17)                 February (14)                   March (19)     April (16)     May (11)   June (11)   […]

, May 20152015-05-18 07:06:50
2014 Reading List

Find below my reading list from 2014. For each book, I write a brief summary, highlight some key takeaways and what I got out of reading it. The Bible The God Delusion – Richard Dawkins What Every Body is Saying – Joe Navarro The Last Question – Isaac Asimov 1776 – David McCullough The Quest […]

May 20152015-05-18 05:09:45
Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot by Bill O’Reilly

Summary O’Reilly once again does an amazing job detailing the life and context behind the assassination of JFK by Lee Harvey Oswald. Camelot refers to how people around the world considered the president and his life – an idyllic place where nothing could go wrong. Key Takeaways The similarities between Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy are eerie Kennedy had medical issues throughout his life […]

, , , , May 20152015-05-04 21:01:03
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Summary Aldous Huxley depicts a society which has been molded and conditioned for social stability. This goal has been taken to the extremes of breeding and conditioning humans into select social castes, jobs, likes, tastes, etc. A “savage” is brought into this society and is driven crazy by the extreme consumerism and pleasure seeking through […]

, , May 20152015-05-04 20:57:52
The Little Book of Common Sense Investing by John C. Bogle

Summary John C. Bogle, the founder of The Vanguard Group and one of the most influential men in finance, offers extremely compelling evidence that for the vast majority of people, the  most efficient way to invest your money is through a broad, market-wide index which is tax efficient and has minimal costs. Key Takeaways Buying a fund […]

, , , May 20152015-05-04 19:42:52
The Little Book that Builds Wealth by Pat Dorsey

Summary Pat Dorsey, the Director of Equity Research at Morningstar, describes why companies with moats (long-term competitive advantages) are the best companies to invest in. Morningstar uses this idea of intrinsic value and moats to rate their stocks on a 1 to 5 star basis (5 being the most undervalued stock and best investment) Key Takeaways Dorsey discusses in detail […]

, , , , May 20152015-05-04 19:36:11
Never Eat Alone by Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz

Summary Keith Ferrazzi is the guru of networking and this book lays out his approach, tactics and benefits. While networking has a bad stigma attached to it, what Ferrazzi is truly advocating is building generous, authentic and profitable (socially, monetarily, emotionally) relationships with others. Key Takeaways Summit isn’t just in the business of helping launch entrepreneurs. It’s […]

, , , May 20152015-05-04 19:29:26
The Warrior Within: The Philosophies of Bruce Lee by John Little

Bruce Lee is much more than just one of the best martial artists of all time, he is a philosopher who sought to integrate his beliefs into everything he did. Lee outlines a framework in order to grow spiritually, mentally and emotionally by living in accordance with Tao, the way or nature.

, , , , , May 20152015-05-04 19:25:27
Poor Charlie’s Almanack by Peter Kaufman and Charlie Munger

A truly eye-opening book into the world and thought processes of Charlie Munger. He describes how and why he thinks the way he does, stresses the importance of learning the basics in the fundamental disciplines in order to avoid becoming “the man with a hammer who sees everything as a nail,” and how this has translated into the enormous success that is Berkshire Hathaway.

, , , , , , , , , May 20152015-05-04 19:07:52
Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination that Changed America Forever by Bill O’Reilly

Summary O’Reilly details the end of the Civil War, Lincoln’s dream of a nation once again unified and his untimely end at the hands of John Wilkes Booth. Booth is an extremely charismatic actor and very racist and can’t stand the fact that Lincoln and the North have come out on top. This book is engaging and exciting and brings […]

, , , , May 20152015-05-04 18:46:05
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Summary Arthur Dent goes on a journey through space after his good friend Ford turns out to be an alien and rescues him from the destruction of Earth in order to make an intergalactic highway. Ford, Arthur and a slew of other memorable characters travel through space with the help of an encyclopedia-type device – the […]

, , May 20152015-05-04 18:36:03
A New Earth: Awakening to Your Life’s Purpose by Eckhart Tolle

Summary When Tolle says “awakening,” he means awakening to your consciousness – being completely in the present moment and detaching from your ego, from wanting, from possessions, being and doing simultaneously. Key Takeaways Become mindful and try to lessen the incessant thinking that everyone goes through Our thoughts are not who we are. Separate your […]

, May 20152015-05-04 18:33:08
Tao Teh Ching by Lao Tzu (Translated by John C.H. Wu)

This classic is a “series of insights into life and nature; it is suggestion rather than statement. It looks at what it means to follow the way of the Tao and how to go about doing so. Be humble, don’t strive, the weak are strong, be generous, be frugal, don’t force things are some of the many timeless tenets it advocates

, , , , , , , May 20152015-05-04 18:30:36
Hurricane: The Life of Rubin Carter, Fighter by James S. Hirsch

Summary James S. Hirsch dives into some of the more disturbing details behind the wrongful conviction of middleweight boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter. Carter was wrongfully convicted of triple murder and spent almost 20 years in jail. Carter was understandably outraged but he used his time in jail to learn and grow into a more caring and complete […]

, , , , May 20152015-05-04 18:27:06
The Startup of You by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha

Summary Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha lay out a game plan to help you be happier and more successful in your career by taking a “startup” approach to your career – being flexible, investing in yourself, network, take intelligent risks and make volatility work in your  favor. Key Takeaways Every person is an entrepreneur in the sense that […]

, , May 20152015-05-04 18:25:01
Essentialism by Greg McKeown

McKeown shows you how to get more done in less time and do it better. You must be very selective about what to focus on, eliminate everything else and learn how to emphatically but gracefully say no. Less but better

, , , , , May 20152015-05-04 18:22:14
In-N-Out Burger by Stacy Perman

Summary Perman does a great job of giving an insider view into the cult-like chain that is In-N-Out. It is a fascinating story of a family with a great and simple vision who never compromised or acted outside of their core competencies and values. Key Takeaways Operations has hardly changed in 60 years – no microwaves, […]

, May 20152015-05-04 18:15:42
The Art of Stillness by Pico Iyer

Summary Can travel thousands of miles to the most beautiful of locations but if not happy and satisfied with self, no distance will make you happy Key Takeaways Making a living and making a life can take you in different directions Going nowhere not about austerity so much as about coming closer to one’s senses […]

, , Mar 20152015-03-31 18:57:14
The Moral Sayings of Publius Syrus by Publius Syrus

Summary Publius Syrus was not born a slave but captured in Syria and given that name. His master gave him an education and later his freedom and this book is a collection of wonderful wisdom and antidotes on how to lead a successful and happy life Key Takeaways To do two things at once is to […]

, , , Mar 20152015-03-31 18:51:45
Zen in the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel

Eugen Herrigel was a German philosopher who moved to Japan in order to teach and learn the ways of Zen. This book describes his six year path of learning Zen through archery

, , , , , Mar 20152015-03-31 18:49:37
The Education of a Coach by David Halberstam

Summary Halberstam details the career and life of the New England Patriot’s coach, Bill Belichick. How his background, beliefs, work ethic and process have helped him become one of the most prolific football coaches in history. Key Takeaways Bill is extremely anti-media as it creates a me world whereas he pushes for a “we” world. Has no […]

, , , Mar 20152015-03-31 18:47:11
Where Are the Customer’s Yachts? by Fred Schwed

Summary A classic book on investing which will provoke you, teach you and crack you up all at once. Schwed exposes the investment industry for what it is and offers a lot of contrarian yet sound advice on how to invest your money Key Takeaways If you are not a skeptic, you are not an investor Ever […]

, Mar 20152015-03-31 18:44:31
Adultery by Paolo Coelho

Summary Linda, a wealthy Swiss woman is married to a great guy and has a great life but is unhappy and before she knows exactly what is going on, is not behaving like herself and doesn’t know what else she might be capable of Key Takeaways N/A What I got out of it Good read […]

Mar 20152015-03-31 18:40:54
The Diary of Soren Kierkegaard

Summary Passages from Kierkegaard’s own diary and it details his life, childhood, engagement and other life influences. Kierkegaard is a Danish philosopher who has had tremendous impact on people in many different fields and is credited as being one of the first existentialist philosophers. Key Takeaways These passages show his true emotions and are a […]

, , Mar 20152015-03-31 18:37:45
The Winner’s Game by Charles D. Ellis

Summary Charles Ellis argues that financial advisors have gotten off track recently due to the overpromising of beating the market, focusing more on own firm’s profit and margins over client’s wellbeing and getting away from thorough and proper investment advice to the clients. Key Takeaways Part of the problem is that investors make mistakes. But they are […]

, Mar 20152015-03-31 18:28:09
The Hedonistic Imperative by David Pearce

Summary “I [David Pearce] shall first schematically set out how a naturalistic, secular paradise of effectively everlasting happiness is biotechnically feasible. Second, I will argue why its realisation is instrumentally rational and ethically mandatory. Third, I will offer a sketch of when and why such a scenario is likely to come to pass in some […]

, , , , Mar 20152015-03-31 18:24:36
Xenophon’s Cyrus the Great by Larry Hedrick

Summary Larry Hedrick recounts Xenophon’s telling of the amazing accomplishments and leadership of Cyrus the Great, King of Persia. He created the largest empire in the history of the world up to that time and the leadership principles covered are applicable in any field, even today. Key Takeaways Through real-life examples, Cyrus shows how to conduct meetings, become an expert […]

, , , , , , Mar 20152015-03-31 18:20:46
10% Happier by Dan Harris

Summary Dan Harris had a very public panic attack on air during an ABC news cast and this led him down a path he never thought he’d go. Harris helps demystify meditation and offers his own advice and steps to take in order to make meditation work for you. As the title suggests, meditation may not change your […]

, Mar 20152015-03-31 18:18:41
Buddha Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love and Wisdom by Rick Hanson

Summary Buddha Brain takes ancient Buddhist practices and scientific data to show us how to strengthen our brain in order to have stronger relationships and an overall happier and more fulfilling life. Key Takeaways Thoughts literally shape our brain. With this knowledge, be mindful of your thoughts as over time they will be ingrained If brain […]

, , , Mar 20152015-03-31 18:13:20
Bold by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler

Summary Diamandis and Kotler walk you through how to take your Massively Transformative Purpose (MTP) into reality. The intersection of this passion of yours with exponential technology and certain trends has the power to help billions of people Key Takeaways Exponential technology is reshaping life on earth. The “exponential entrepreneur” is taking advantage of this trend and will help […]

, , , Mar 20152015-03-31 18:08:43
Seeking Wisdom: From Darwin to Munger by Peter Bevelin

Summary Through real life examples, many of them centered around Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger, Peter Bevelin helps the reader learn how to think better, make fewer misjudgments and understand ourselves/others better. Discusses mental models, human fallibilities/instincts and human psychology Key Takeaways Main goal is to understand why people behave the way they do. “This book focuses […]

, , , , , , Mar 20152015-03-31 17:51:58
The Outsiders by William Thorndike

Summary Thorndike profiles eight CEOs who he considers “outsiders” because of the way they make decisions and run their respective companies. The CEOs profiled were Tom Murphy of Capital Cities, Henry Singleton of Teledyne, Bill Anders of General Dynamics, John Malone of TCI, Katharine Graham of The Washington Post Co., Bill Stiritz of Ralston Purina, Dick Smith of General Cinema, and Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway.    Key Takeaways Most important metric to judge effectiveness of a CEO […]

, , , , Mar 20152015-03-31 17:39:49
The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande

  Summary Atul Gawande provides clear evidence that checklists can be tremendously beneficial in order to successfully handle complex situations Key Takeaways Discusses how checklists have helped pilots, surgeons and many others to help navigate complex situations The mundane tasks are the ones that are the most forgotten and therefore the most important to include Must get […]

, , Mar 20152015-03-31 17:28:35
Grain Brain: The Surprising Truth About Wheat, Carbs and Sugar – Your Brain’s Silent Killers by Dr. David Perlmutter

  Summary Dr. Perlmutter argues that excessive carbs, especially modern, gluten-containing grains and other sugars, are wreaking havoc on our health and our cognitive performance and can lead to increased risks of neurological and age-related diseases Key Takeaways Gluten and modern grains are destroying your brain Recommendations – eat more veggies, brush your teeth, sweat and […]

, , , Mar 20152015-03-30 18:18:19
The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness by Elyn Saks

Elyn Saks details her own journey through life with serious schizophrenia. She describes how she dealt with her delusions, therapy, progress and medication while trying to live and overcome this illness

, , , Mar 20152015-03-29 16:38:14
The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

Summary In the most superficial summary possible, Edmond Dantes is wrongly accused of a crime he didn’t commit and spends his years in jail plotting his revenge. The story is filled with his comeback, the level of detail in his vengeful plans and wealth beyond all imagination. Even a lengthy summary cannot do this book […]

, , , Mar 20152015-03-12 16:02:41
The Little Book of Bull’s Eye Investing by John Mauldin

  Summary John Mauldin argues that to make money in the stock market, one needs to understand where the markets are going and not where they’ve been. Understanding the trends in the market and in what direction they’re headed is vital. Key Takeaways Looking at cycles in terms of valuations is one of the keys to […]

, , , Mar 20152015-03-12 15:51:54
Buddha Standard Time by Lama Surya Das

Surya Das walks us through how to live completely in the now, in “Buddha Standard Time.” We have the power to manipulate time by altering how aware and mindful we are of the present moment. The practices outlined within are increasingly important in today’s hectic day and age.

, , , , , Mar 20152015-03-12 15:19:11
My Own Life by David Hume

  Summary Scottish philosopher and historian David Hume writes his autobiography and discusses in a very detached and humble way the path of his life, describing some of his disappointments and his successes. Key Takeaways “I was, I own, sanguine in my expectations of the success of this work…I expected proportional applause. But miserable was my disappointment: […]

, Mar 20152015-03-12 14:53:42
The Small Cap Advantage by Brian Bares

  Summary Brian Bares runs Bares Capital Management, a small cap investing firm based in Austin, Texas. In this book he describes the evaluation issues found by institutional investors when looking at small cap funds, why small caps have outperformed over time, how returns can be further enhanced and why it is an ideal space for […]

, , , , Mar 20152015-03-12 14:44:46
How to Read a Book by Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren

  Summary Describes the different levels of reading and what each level entails. Also, details very useful techniques on how to scan a book to determine if it is worth your time and lays out how to read different genres and types of reading materials. Key Takeaways Meant to help you improve your skill in […]

, , , , Mar 20152015-03-12 14:33:23
How Will You Measure Your Life by Clayton Christensen, James Allworth and Karen Dillon

  Summary Christensen is clear that he will not provide any important answers but he does promise to help the reader ask the important questions in order to get them on the path to be happy in their relationships and their careers. Key Takeaways Asks the reader to ask – how will I be happy in my career […]

, , , Mar 20152015-03-12 14:19:00
Benjamin Franklin: An American Life by Walter Isaacson

  Summary Isaacson does an amazing job of recounting Franklin’s impressive life and how it helped shape America’s values and character. Franklin rose through the ranks to become one of the world’s most foremost scientist, writer, inventor, diplomat and political leader. Key Takeaways Benjamin Franklin was a scientist, inventor, entrepreneur, author, political thinker and more. […]

, , , Mar 20152015-03-11 20:29:02
The Manuscripts Found in Accra by Paolo Coelho

Summary Before Jerusalem is attacked by the French in 1099, people gather to hear a Copt speak and ask him questions. This book is that dialogue which offers guidance on how to live our lives and which virtues to cultivate Key Takeaways Believe only in the present moment In the cycles of nature, there is no such […]

, Mar 20152015-03-11 19:45:05
Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini

  Summary For years Cialdini studied which factors and techniques would induce people to say “yes” most of the time. He studied compliance professionals through participant observation and learned that six laws are used which correspond to human psychology. These laws are used (often maliciously) to get people to say “yes” without thinking. Key Takeaways There are 6 […]

, , , Mar 20152015-03-11 19:41:10
I and Thou by Martin Buber

Summary Buber claims that there are two modes of engaging with the world – the mode of experience (gather data and analyze) and the mode of encounter (simply relate to the world around us). The first mode is that of science and reason and in it we treat what we experience as an object. Through […]

, , Mar 20152015-03-11 19:34:36
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Summary Scout, Jem and their father Atticus live in 1930’s Alabama. Atticus is a lawyer and decides to defend Tom Robinson, a black man who has been accused of raping a white woman. Despite convincing evidence contrary, the jury casts a guilty verdict due to racial prejudices. The woman’s father, Bob Ewell, is nevertheless disgraced […]

, , Mar 20152015-03-11 19:29:27
What the Most Successful People do Before Breakfast by Rhonda Byrne

  Summary A practical guide into how you can tame your mornings and set yourself up for a productive day, all without losing your sanity Key Takeaways In order to get the most out of your mornings: Track your time Picture/create the perfect morning Exercise, painting, good breakfast, meditation, prayer, sketching, practice a skill you […]

, , Mar 20152015-03-11 19:26:10
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill

  Summary One of the all-time leading books on creating and maintaining wealth. However, in many ways it is also a practical guide on how to live and conduct yourself to achieve a quality and happy life. Key Takeaways Must have a Definite Chief Aim (DCA) and focus on it intently. Can have no doubt […]

, , , Mar 20152015-03-11 19:21:28
The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene

Robert Greene lays out 48 laws which will help you in you the mastery and conquest of your given field. He draws on historical examples of people who have observed or transgressed these laws as well as portions of fables and other short stories to help illustrate each law. A bit Machiavellian but better to be aware and not use than be taken advantage of due to ignorance

, , , , Mar 20152015-03-11 19:00:43
Antifragile: Things that Gain from Disorder by Nassim Taleb

Taleb describes that anything is antifragile as it gets better with chaos and disorder and improves with time whereas anything antifragile hates volatility. He lays out extremely convincing arguments for doing away with most predictions and trying to forecast into the future as this in reality handicaps us and doesn’t allow us to react to what is truly happening. His arguments are can and should be molded into every facet of your life and your decisions

, , , , , Mar 20152015-03-11 18:39:37
Peter the Great: His Life and World by Robert Massie

Summary Peter the Great westernized and modernized Russia in the 17th and 18th centuries. He developed their seafaring capabilities, opened Russia up to western technology, trade and customs and all this pushed Russia into the global scene. Peter was one of the most energetic and hard working people in history Key Takeaways As a child, […]

, , , , Mar 20152015-03-11 18:15:47
Letters from a Self-Made Merchant to His Son by John Graham and George Horace Lorimer

Summary John Graham, the owner of a pork-packaging business in Chicago in the 1890’s, writes his son letters from the time he is in college until he starts working and moving up within the family business. The letters are full of life lessons in the form of examples and past experiences. Nothing revolutionary but it […]

, , , Mar 20152015-03-11 16:44:25
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov

  Summary A deranged but very smart and well educated professor called Humbert Humbert details his obsession with 12 year old Dolores Haze whom he has nicknamed for himself, Lolita. He will do anything to possess Lolita, including marrying her mother and taking her out of school to drive cross-country with her. Key Takeaways Nabokov […]

, Mar 20152015-03-11 16:39:59
Letter from a Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Summary MLK’s powerful response to criticism as he led a nonviolent protest that ended up with him and the other protesters in a Birmingham jail.    Key Takeaways You may well ask: “Why direct action? Why sit ins, marches and so forth? Isn’t negotiation a better path?” You are quite right in calling for negotiation. […]

Mar 20152015-03-11 16:36:34
Like Water by David Foster Wallace

Summary David Foster Wallace’s 2005 commencement speech to Kenyon College is moving and inspirational but more importantly, real. He posits that we must actively fight our “natural default setting” where we are at the center of everything and that the true value of a good education is “learning how to exercise some control over how and what you […]

, Mar 20152015-03-11 16:25:52
My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey by Jill Bolte Taylor

  Summary Jill Bolte Taylor’s My Stroke of Insight discusses the “chronological documentation of the journey I took into the formless abyss of a silent mind, where the essence of my being became enfolded in a deep inner peace.” She suffered a massive hemorrhage in the left hemisphere of her brain and due to her unique position of being a neuroanatomist, […]

, , , , Mar 20152015-03-11 16:00:05
The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

Summary A beautifully written novel which seems to be able to bring you back in time to experience the final years of “proper” butlers and lordships. Stevens, the narrator and butler, reminisces about his life serving Lord Darlington while he is out traveling the countryside in his new, American masters’ Ford.    Key Takeaways Intriguing […]

, Mar 20152015-03-11 15:56:05
The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli

    Summary Machiavelli lays out what the prince of a territory should and should not do in order to rule successfully. His insight covers topics from how to rule your people, what to do with colonies, whether one should wish to be feared or loved (not hated turns out to be the answer), how […]

, , , Mar 20152015-03-11 15:49:13
The Loser’s Game by Charles D. Ellis

Summary The active investment world has turned from a “Winner’s Game” into a “Loser’s Game” – since there are now more players in the game, it is better to avoid mistakes than to try to win. Key Takeaways Simon Ramo identified the crucial difference between a Winner’s Game and a Loser’s Game in his excellent book on […]

, , Mar 20152015-03-11 15:42:35
On the Shortness of Life by Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Seneca, a Stoic philosopher, offers his view on how to live successfully and happily (by being in the moment and not worrying about the past or future since there is nothing you can do about either), the importance of reason and morality and provides timeless wisdom which is just as relevant today as it was millennia ago.

, , , , Mar 20152015-03-11 15:22:29
Letters from a Stoic by Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Seneca’s advice to his friend is still fantastic several thousand years later. Covers everything from his thoughts on crowds to acquiring wisdom.

, , , , Mar 20152015-03-11 15:19:58
Flatland: A Parable of Spiritual Dimensions by Edwin Abbott

Summary The narrator, a square living in a two dimensional world called Flatland, is shown a third dimension which he cannot initially comprehend. He is eventually taken to Spaceland, where three dimensions exist, and attempts to spread the “gospel” but is locked away due to the social unrest this would cause if it reached the […]

Mar 20152015-03-10 20:39:16
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Summary Guy Montag lives in in a world where books are banned and any homes found to contain them are burned by the firemen. Censorship is ubiquitous, people are stimulated constantly so that they cannot and do not think. Guy sees how empty his life is after meeting Clarisse and soon after steals a book. He is […]

, , Mar 20152015-03-10 20:36:17
Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman! by Richard Feynman

Summary Richard Feynman takes us through his fun and at times eccentric life – from art and bongo drums to nuclear physics. Very enjoyable read Key Takeaways Feynman’s life told through his point of view Worked on the Manhattan project in 1943 Was obsessed with radios as a young kid and figured out how to build […]

, Mar 20152015-03-10 20:31:24
Money: Master the Game by Tony Robbins

  Summary A deep and high-energy book which is centered around how to handle your finances and make money but within the framework that this book is really helping you create the life you want – whether that be a lifestyle of a billionaire or something much more low-key. This book not only helps pose […]

, , , Mar 20152015-03-10 20:17:06
Cooked by Michael Pollan

  Summary Michael Pollan is a preeminent journalist and author in the food and agriculture world and in Cooked he walks us through different food categories and processes but his main argument is that we need to reestablish our intimate relationships with food. Key Takeaways Breaks book down into 4 different sections – Fire (Cooking food and […]

, Mar 20152015-03-10 19:58:13
Meditations by Marcus Aurelius

  Summary Marcus Aurelius was the Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 and Meditations is a collection of axioms to live by that he never intended anybody else to see, forget being published and one of the most read books of all time. It offers incredible insights into his mind and how he perceived the world and wanted […]

, , , Mar 20152015-03-10 19:50:59
Berkshire Annual Shareholder Letters by Warren Buffett

Whether you are into finance or investing or not, these letters are worth your time. The ability to make complicated matters clear and easy to follow are good signs the person truly knows what they’re talking about. Buffett and Munger show transparency and clarity of thought which is enviable. My goal was to draw out some […]

, , , Mar 20152015-03-10 19:19:01
Lila: An Inquiry Into Morals by Robert Pirsig

Phaedrus, from The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, returns and ponders life’s essential elements as he sails down the Hudson River.

, , , Mar 20152015-03-10 18:59:14
The Charisma Myth by Olivia Fox Cabane

Summary Olivia Fox Cabane succinctly lays out what exactly being charismatic entails and how anyone can become more charismatic. Useful for anybody from any walk of life Key Takeaways The myth is that charismatic people are simply born that way. It takes work but people can acquire charismatic traits but it is important that you choose […]

, , , Mar 20152015-03-10 18:47:18
Art of War by Sun Tzu

  Summary Sun Tzu’s 2,000 year old principles are as relevant today as they were back then. Whether in business, sports, war, or any other field, taking care of the small decisions as well as deception, disguise and diversion are all required for success. Key Takeaways Sun Tzu lived from 544 to 496 BC and was a […]

, , , , Mar 20152015-03-10 16:34:16
On The Road by Jack Kerouac

Summary Interesting book about the crazy and free lifestyle of Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty as they travel across the US. Emphasizes living a free lifestyle that goes against society’s expectations and is very stream of consciousness without a lot of formal structure (mimics the character’s lives)   Key Takeaways The genius and beauty of […]