Probably the best introduction on Stoicism that I’ve read. Well structured, objective, and with good background information on the most important characters in Stoic history. Together with the works of Ryan Holiday, this book makes Stoicism accessible to more people.
One of my favorite books on the value of focus. To acquire skills for today’s and tomorrow’s information economy requires that we spend our time doing deep work, which is rare and valuable, while avoiding shallow work which is common and dispensable.
Adorable read packed with a multitude of tactics for creating more time in your day. The book is structured around four topics: highlight, focus, energize, and reflect. The highlight is your most important work, so to protect it you need to be able to focus, energize, and reflect on what works and what doesn’t. The book is packaged in a very accessible manner and makes it easy jumping back and forth, to try out different tactics. Very enjoyable to read.
Would strongly recommend this book to anyone struggling with choosing career path. Follow your passion can be bad advice. It’s much more important to get good at something rare and valuable.
A great introduction on the nature of DNA, and the evolution of species. It was a fascinating insight to find out how digital the genetic system actually is. In essence, we are all survival machines programmed to propagate the digital database which did the programming.
Systemize your decision-making criteria. It turns into a collection of recipes you can use over and over to make decisions. Never mistake opinion for facts. Decision making is a two step process — first learning, and then deciding.
To be happy we need something to solve. See your emotions as suggestions, not as commandments. People who become great at something do so because they’re obsessed with improvement. See negative emotions as a necessary component of emotional health.
Reserve your greatest respect for yourself, because it is what you perceive your self to be that truly determins the quality of life.
Negotiation is nothing more than communication with results. Use tactical empathy and listen to the other part. The way you act is more important than what you say. Use open-ended questions to get the counterpart to solve your problems.
Workflow is a big-picture idea that accommodates all kinds of different processes, techniques, and tools. If following a recipe is a process, making dinner is a workflow. Writing is just thinking plus typing. Workflow gets the writing done.
I like the idea of Frankl’s description of the meaning of life. Man don’t define the meaning of life, but rather life defines the meaning of man. We are being questioned by life on a daily and hourly basis. Our answer, thus our meaning, lies in our actions and conduct.
When you put all your focus on the goal, you’re spending a lot of unnecessary energy on it. You’re judging yourself and none of that energy is going into learning what you need in order to reach the goal of yours. Focus on the process, what you’re doing in the moment, and that will bring you further to your goal.
Set higher goals in order to achieve bigger things. It’s not enough to set low goals and achieve them, you need to set higher goals and you will reach higher even if you don’t accomplish the goals.
“In the beginner’s mind, there are many possibilities. In the expert’s mind, there are few.” Never stop learning. When you feel that you’ve hit a wall,begin again and take another angle on it. Always push yourself to become a student again.
In order to succeed you only have to do ONE Thing well. Ask yourself, “What’s the ONE Thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?” Respect that you have a limited supply of willpower and build your habits based on that knowledge.
When we surrender the ability to choose, someone or something will step in and choose for us. Think “I choose to” instead of “I have to.” Make decisions by design, rather than by default.
For being a book about organization, I felt that the structure was pretty scattered and the concepts were a bit "all over the place". It draws in a lot of theories from other books like Getting Things Done by David Allen, Algorithms to Live By by Brian Christian and Flow by Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi. A few fresh takeaways but most was repetition from previously mentioned books.
A great kick starter for stop messing around and get to work. It takes the idea of personal Resistance, and embodies it in a foe that needs to be fought every day. Sit down. Do the work. Inspiration isn't a thing that can be manufactured. It comes by doing the work. Brief, to the point, and no bullshit.
Describes the approach of taking computational algorithms and applying those in our own lives for guidance. A bit hard to get through at some pieces with meaty math equations to consider. But for the most part; stunningly enlightening and it generates a lot of philosophical advice taken from computer science.
This is a short book. Very concise and to the point. Abby is going through the tools available for organizing any given thing. She gave me some new insights and techniques that I would like to try out.