• Excellent Advice for Living by Kevin Kelly - Summary and Notes

    Excellent Advice for Living – Kevin Kelly

    Date Read: May 11, 2024. Rating: 7 / 10

    This book is full of wisdom in short sentences. A lot of powerful sentences that make you think. There is no additional context added by Kevin Kelley here so you have to fill in the gaps yourself. I went through each of them and took notes here on my favorites

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  • Troubled by Rob Henderson - Summary and Notes

    Troubled – Rob Henderson

    Date Read: March 23, 2024. Rating: 8 / 10

    Highly recommend reading this memoir. You will realize how important it is to provide children stability when they are young. We over index on education but truly making children feel loved and giving them stability is likely more important for their development. Rob also details out luxury beliefs - you will see them everywhere after reading this.

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  • The Forgotten Highlander by Alistair Urquhart - Notes

    The Forgotten Highlander – Alistair Urquhart

    Date Read: March 16, 2024. Rating: 9 / 10

    This book absolutely blew my mind. It's the story of a British soldier that was captured by the Japanese during WWII. I read this book during a stressful period in my life but reading this made made my day struggles seem miniscule. Highly recommend reading this but not for the faint of heart.

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  • Slow Productivity by Cal Newport - Summary and Notes

    Slow Productivity – Cal Newport

    Date Read: March 15, 2024. Rating: 7 / 10

    Cal's latest book is the answer to the hustle culture. Main takeaway is to focus on doing less and improving your output quality. Lots of interesting stories of artists that balanced out had a 'slow' approach to their projects and the resulting benefits they observed with their output.

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  • Abroad in Japan by Chris Broad - Notes

    Abroad in Japan – Chris Broad

    Date Read: February 12, 2024. Rating: 7 / 10

    I picked this book up right before my first trip to Japan. It's a witty and fun read on a Britisher’s experience living all across Japan. Made me appreciate the culture reading this throughout the trip.

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  • 7 Rules of Power by Jeffrey Pfeffer - Summary and Notes

    7 Rules of Power – Jeffrey Pfeffer

    Date Read: January 27, 2024. Rating: 8 / 10

    A great fundamental book on power. I love his writing style and the blend of stories to convey the principles laid out in this book. My goal was to subconsciously be aware of this core aspect of our human nature.

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  • Same As Ever by Morgan Housel - Summary and Notes

    Same As Ever – Morgan Housel

    Date Read: January 15, 2024. Rating: 8 / 10

    Morgan Housel's first book Psychology of Money is one of my favorite books and I didn't think this one could top that but it did. Morgan's perspective on focusing on things around us that have remained the same over the long time horizon is one that I will think of often. Please read.

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  • Art of Gathering by Priya Parker - Summary and Notes

    Art of Gathering – Priya Parker

    Date Read: December 28, 2023. Rating: 9 / 10

    A book that truly changed my perspective on the topic of gathering. We often gather on auto-pilot without being mindful. After reading this book, I have a heightened sense of gatherings large and small. There is a ton of actionable advice that I took away.

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  • Feel-Good Productivity by Ali Abdaal - Summary and Notes

    Feel-Good Productivity – Ali Abdaal

    Date Read: December 27, 2023. Rating: 4 / 10

    I finished this book in 2 days but didn't find a lot of value in it. This book is a mesh of ideas and research from other productivity related books that didn't present any new ideas for me personally. Still its a worthwhile read if you're new to this space.

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  • Win Every Argument by Mehdi Hasan - Summary and Notes

    Win Every Argument – Mehdi Hasan

    Date Read: November 30, 2023. Rating: 7 / 10

    I think Mehdi Hasan undersells his work through the title of this book. He has managed to blend in a ton of actionable advice with memorable stories and research to craft a compelling message. I highly recommend the audible version of this book since Mehdi has actual recordings of debates (including some very interesting past presidential debates) in the audiobook version.

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  • Clear Thinking by Shane Parrish - Summary and Notes

    Clear Thinking – Shane Parrish

    Date Read: October 20, 2023. Rating: 7 / 10

    I've enjoyed reading Shane's Farnam Street blog over the years, and I was eager to grab this book. It had a slow start, but the ending was powerful. I particularly liked the parts about challenging our default behaviors and creating safeguards. The concept of making the invisible visible through writing was intriguing. I highly recommend reading the last few chapters.

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  • Elon Musk by Walter Isaacson - Summary and Notes

    Elon Musk – Walter Isaacson

    Date Read: October 02, 2023. Rating: 8 / 10

    There are aspects of this book that are thoroughly inspiring and other parts skippable. Inspiring parts – Musk's strong focus on first principles thinking to build products from 0>1, his 'algorithm' to build products, the idiot index to optimize resources and finally his ability to take massive risks to achieve a grandiose vision. Highly recommend reading the first half of this book. Anyone who is interested in business/product strategy, should pick this one up.

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  • Outlive by Peter Attia - Summary and Notes

    Outlive – Peter Attia

    Date Read: September 05, 2023. Rating: 9 / 10

    I learnt so much from this book. It's a great (and long) read on how to improve your overall health span – an objective that Peter lays out for Medicine 3.0. I took away lot of fundamental knowledge on improving my health from this book and loved the sections at the end emphasizing care for emotional health.

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  • Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss - Summary and Notes

    Never Split the Difference – Chris Voss

    Date Read: May 07, 2023. Rating: 8 / 10

    Incredible book on Negotiation. One of the few books where I really enjoyed the stories tied to the methodology. You will learn key techniques from a former FBI hostage negotiator that will stick you.

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  • How to Take Smart Notes by Sönke Ahrens - Summary and Notes

    How to Take Smart Notes – Sönke Ahrens

    Date Read: April 02, 2023. Rating: 8 / 10

    This book will go down as a classic - it shares the technique of never having to write from scratch. Instead, the best writing comes from taking atomic notes consistently as we come across interesting ideas each day. Read this book to increase your creativity and idea throughput.

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  • Understanding Michael Porter by Joan Magretta - Summary and Notes

    Understanding Michael Porter – Joan Magretta

    Date Read: July 14, 2022. Rating: 8 / 10

    Absolutely loved this book. I came in looking to understand Porter's Five Forces better, and I left with spending more time on his fundamental ideas on strategy.

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  • Good Strategy Bad Strategy by Richard Rumelt - Summary and Notes

    Good Strategy Bad Strategy – Richard Rumelt

    Date Read: April 24, 2022. Rating: 8 / 10

    A classic strategy book. Easy to read and this would be my first recommendation for someone who wants to build a strong base in strategic thinking. This book is covered with a plethora of examples where organizations failed at their strategy, and where some excelled.

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  • Inspired by Marty Cagan - Summary and Notes

    Inspired – Marty Cagan

    Date Read: July 21, 2021. Rating: 8 / 10

    If you're new to the field of product management in tech – read this book! You can thank Marty later for all the time that he saved you in helping you build right product, picking the right companies to build at and much much more. Some of the advice may be hard to implement in the real world but it's good to be aware of it subconciously.

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  • Book Notes - Nonviolent Communication by Marhsall B. Rosenberg

    Nonviolent Communication – Marhsall B. Rosenberg

    Date Read: January 31, 2021. Rating: 8 / 10

    Title comes across as strong but this book has many gems in how to communicate that can not only help in personal relationships but also professional.

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  • Key Takeaways from Morgan Housel's Psychology of Money

    Psychology of Money – Morgan Housel

    Date Read: January 03, 2021. Rating: 9 / 10

    Morgan Housel defines 'Psychology of Money' as "a soft skill where how you behave is more important than what you know." It's been one of my favorite books of 2020. From exploring what wealth/money means to us, to why we make decisions managing our finances. There's a lot of broad wisdom shared in this book and the principles can definitely help people reading it improve their behaviors/outlook on personal finance.

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