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The Best Book for Learning How To Live

A Guide To The Good Life: The Art of Stoic Joy By William Irvine Rating: 10/10 Best Line #1: What do you want out of life? Best Line #2: Yoga has been a wonderful source of voluntary discomfort. This marks the second book I’ve featured by the author and professor William Irvine. The first was […]

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Goal Cessation

Buddhist traditions recognize that desire and ignorance are the origin of suffering. Stoic tradition recognizes this too. These arguments are quite durable, having maintained relevance for centuries, and the author William Irvine uses the teachings of both schools to reach a very clear, obvious truth in his book The Guide To The Good Life: We […]

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The Feel of Misliving

Most people have a discrete collection of their favorite books. No one person’s collection is the same. And why is it so individualized? Because sequence matters. The first books you read on a given topic can have a very strong influence over future books you read. There is an imprinting effect that causes you to […]

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I Wish I Didn’t Want What I Want Sometimes

I want to understand the stories we tell ourselves. Actually, understanding is just the first part. I want to accept those stories, too, without skepticism or a correction. Then I could empathize, be more generous. Then I could give more and try harder. I could always try harder. For your sake and mine. Everyone tries […]

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Choose Your Risks. Ignore Your Rewards.

The more I read about probability and complexity, the more I respect the fact that risk isn’t something I can avoid. Risk is like oxygen, ever-present and necessary for life. Ever-present because even the safest position can be lost. Might be improbable but it’s still possible. Necessary because risk is the seed for value. Whether […]

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The Best Book For Fixing Your Worldview

Factfulness By Hans Rosling, with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Ronnlund Rating: 10/10 Best Line #1: Get a toolbox, not a hammer. Best Line #2: Objects in your memory are worse than they appear. A Life Well-Lived Let’s start at the end. I was unfamiliar with the work of Hans Rosling prior to this book. […]

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Data as Therapy

The title is a line from this week’s book, Factfulness. It’s simple. Three words. And yet, it really improved my view of data. Hans Rosling wrote this book for all of us who get mired in the spiral of suggestion. That’s literally everyone. We are whipsawed on a daily basis by the one-two punch of […]

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The Best Book For Second-Year Managers

First, Break All The Rules By Marcus Buckingham, et al Rating: 10/10 Best Line: The role of the company is to identify the desired end. The role of the individual is to find the best means possible to achieve that end. Therefore strong companies become experts in the destination and give the individual the thrill […]

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The Biggest Challenge Yet

True to The Lean Startup principles, I’m conducting a retrospective to report what I’ve learned in the first six-week cycle of this humble effort to develop something useful. Here’s Lesson #4: Rock climbing is like anything; you start small. You have to gain some fundamental skills and learn your initial limitations. There are shortcuts but […]

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