1. Wanting: The Power of Mimetic Desire in Everyday Life
“Models are the gravitational centers around which our social lives turn. It’s more important to understand this now than at any other time in history. If you look hard enough, you will find a model (or a set of models) for almost everything-your personal style, the way you speak, the look and feel of your home. But the models that most of us overlook are models of desire,” says Luke Burgis.
Throughout our lives, we’re exposed to models of desire. When you’re a kid, the rich kid with the nicer shoes is your model of desire. He has something you don’t have but want a nicer pair of shoes. In adult life, we experience a more drastic version of this.
Our models of desire are the entrepreneurs who make more money, authors who have sold more books, or influencer who has more followers. If you don’t choose your role models carefully, they can wreak havoc in your life.
2. The Life-Changing Science of Detecting Bullshit
“Sometimes it is easier to accept bullshit than to fight it. Preferring bullshit over the truth is especially likely to occur when the bullshit aligns with our views of the world or the way we want or hope things to be” says John Petrocelli
Critical thinking is vital to sound judgment and good decisions. Learning to detect bullshit is critical to both.
- Question the Source of the Information and consider the validity of it in the context of your life
- Be Skeptical and Ask Questions , or you’ll mistake authority for credibility.
Don’t mistake bullshit for truth.
3. The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking
There’s no question You Need a Target To Accomplish a Goal. But often, the target becomes the means rather than the end. You might wonder What’s Wrong With Setting Goals. If you have no idea why you’re pursuing a goal, accomplishing it won’t make you happy.
“Whether or not we use the word goals, we’re forever making plans based upon desired outcomes… Goal-free living simply makes for happier humans,” says #Oliver Burkeman in The Antidote. This book will make you reconsider everything you’ve read in other self-improvement books.
4. Situations Matter: How Context Transforms Your World
One of the most misguided ideas about self-improvement is that we can copy other people and get the same results. This fails to take Hidden Variables in Causality into account. When it comes to self-improvement, business strategy, or anything else’s that made another person successful; context matters A LOT.
As Basecamp founder DHH once said, If you try to apply the methods and learnings of a hundred thousand people organization to an organization of five, you will do great harm to that organization.
5. A World Without Email
It’s no secret that Information Overload is Making us Stupid, Unproductive and Poor. And email is one of the biggest culprits. Nobody ever changed the world by checking email, but it’s one of the biggest time sucks for modern knowledge workers.
Email is by far one of the most inefficient ways to manage your projects and tasks. It perpetuates The hyperactive hivemind workflow and prevents knowledge workers and creatives from doing deep work.
The concepts in this book will teach you how to redesign your systems so that your work and your life no longer center around email.
6. The Art of Impossible
If you’re serious about becoming a peak performer in any field, you need this book on your shelf. Steven Kotler doesn’t just explain the science of peak performance. He gives you a practical blueprint for applying these concepts to your life.
7. How to Take Smart Notes
Of all the books I’ve read this year, this is the one that’s had the most tangible impact on my work. The ideas in this book won’t just teach you how to take better notes. They’ll help you reinforce your understanding of everything you read, streamline your writing process and show you how to maximize your output with less time and effort.
8. Backable: The Surprising Truth About Why People Take a Chance on You
If you’re an author who wants to land a book deal or an entrepreneur who wants an investor to fund your startup, this book is a must-read. Suneel Gupta goes into detail about what makes publishers, venture capitalists, and record labels say yes to some artists and no to others.
9.Flux: 8 Superpowers for Thriving in Constant Change
April Rinne has a story that’s simultaneously heartbreaking and inspiring. At the age of 20, she experienced a tragedy that most of us couldn’t fathom. BOTH her parents were killed in a car accident.
But for someone who has experienced something so tragic, she has an incredible zest for life.
We live in a world of constant change, the pace of which will only accelerate. You need to develop these 8 superpowers to navigate the future.
10. The Hype Handbook
Last but certainly not least is the Hype Handbook. Every successful artist, entrepreneur, and cultural icon creates hype for their work. “re have been many strong-willed, visionary go-getters whose ideas never made it past the walls of their huts. Bringing an idea to life requires hype” says, Michael Schein. If you want to bring ideas to life and have those ideas reach many people, read this book.
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