September 2017

The Rabbit Hole by Blas Moros
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My monthly newsletter covers the books I have read over the course of the month, the challenges I undertook as well as some other interesting articles, blog posts, interviews, tools, hacks, etc.

Books

Full list of books read in 20172016, 2015, 2014

Any book, which is at all important, should be immediately re-read

Teacher’s Reference Guides

  • Paul Graham’s essays are just phenomenal. He is unique in his combination of technical, artistic, financial and startup skills and this allows him to write clear, concise, often surprising, and always powerful essays. I try to focus as much of my time as possible on learning things which are universal and timeless and I think these essays are a prime example. Regardless of your field, I believe there’s a ton to be learned from his multi-disciplinary take on startups, business, relationships, self-improvement, learning, competition, and more. Here is the link to my summary

Monthly Challenges

  • 3 day fast
  • Jerzy Gregorek’s Happy Body program – wasn’t too committed to it this month but liked the routine when I did it

Other

  • Eliminating the Human – while certain technologies are incredibly convenient, efficient and powerful, an often unintended consequence is that it reduces or fully eliminates meaningful human interaction. This can cause a decline in tolerance and understanding of differences as well as envy and antagonism. “”We” do not exist as isolated individuals. We, as individuals are inhabitants of networks; we are relationships. That is how we prosper and thrive.”
  • The awe-inspiring story of Michael Wright, a 9/11 survivor, by Cal Fussman is well worth a read
  • Adversity is the Best Teacher – great article by Kiril Sokoloff on the upside of suffering, adversity and challenges
  • Ben Thompson on books, blogs and aggregators – while books can be great, they are rigid and difficult to change whereas blogs are organic, alive and easily changed

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Blas

“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done because he wants to do it.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower