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Books Read in 2017

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Huari Like Sapiens, Huari’s previous book, Homo Deus changed my perspective on reality. Homo Deus breaks down the forces shaping our future. Though the book’s close left me in a nihialistic depression, Homo Deus goes in my “must-read-if-you’re-a-human” category. Spent: Sex, Evolution, and Consumer Behavior […]

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Books I think everyone should read

Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari There’s a reason why everyone recommends this book. Sapiens peels away the frame of reference that comes from waking up a homo sapien in modernity. Deep Work by Cal Newport If you aspire to create meaningful work, read this. If you wonder why you can’t concentrate or get things done, […]

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How about now?
Is this moment enough?

“Most of us spend our time seeking happiness and security without acknowledging the underlying purpose of our search. Each of us is looking for a path back to the present: We are trying to find good enough reasons to be satisfied now. Acknowledging that this is the structure of the game we are playing allows […]

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Books read in 2016, from most to least highly recommended

Deep Work by Cal Newport If you want your career to survive technology, I recommend reading this book. Since reading it I have drastically cut out notifications, social media, interruptions, and multitasking, but there’s still far more to go. Reading the book is really just the beginning to shifting your life and training your brain […]

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Grit

I expected Grit to be a pop-psychology book that reiterates one point (persist and succeed) over and over. While that is an apt summary of Grit, I was delighted to find the book entertaining, inspiring, and insightful. Duckworth convincingly argues that everyone loves the idea of a “genius” or someone with “inborn talent,” but what […]

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Deep Work

Though I had heard most of the ideas in Deep Work before (e.g., distractions destroy your ability to do anything of consequence, Facebook notifications are rewiring your brain to mush), Newport presented the ideas in a way where doing the deep work and cutting out the distractions and focusing for long stretches of time became […]