This is a page for notes I take on various books, podcasts, and videos.
With so much content out there, it’s hard to know what to devote your time to. These notes are not meant to replace the original sources.
Ignore Everybody by Hugh MacLeod – Quick, well-written, and witty read. Hugh MacLeod was a copywriter for a Manhattan ad agency. Then, when he lost all hope of ever “making it,” he sat down at a bar and started drawing comics on index cards for fun. The rest is history… He gives 39 (well, 40) short lessons you can apply to your own life. Worth a read for anyone who wants (or is considering) creating on the Internet.
The Untethered Soul by Michael Singer – An incredible read on spirituality. No amount of notes could do this one justice. I recommend if you’re interested in exploring mediation/consciousness or are curious. An open mind is always a plus.
Thinking in Bets by Annie Duke – For anyone interested in psychology. Duke’s academic plus poker background make this at a fascinating perspective. Lots of “a-ha” moments.
How To Fail At Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams – Love the practical nature of this book. Scott’s storytelling makes this a must-read. Would highly recommend for anyone interested in psychology, persuasion, or how to live an incredible life.
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield – A must-read for anyone who wants to create. Short but powerful. Odds of re-reading: close to 100%.
Trust Me, I’m Lying by Ryan Holiday – A startling look into how someone can manipulate the news into covering the story they want them to write about. Would recommend reading if you’re looking to grow a brand or generate buzz. Practical tips for getting big news outlets to talk about you.
Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin – Not only do you get practical tips on how to be a better leader, but you also get real war stories from two former Navy SEALs. A book that reminds you: we’re all leaders (because we’re all leading our own life). Most important lessons: take ownership of everything in your life. Reading and applying these tactics will make you a better person.
Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh – Tells the story of Zappos, the story of Tony, the story of happiness. Brilliant, witty, and charming writing. I bought it for three people and recommended it far and wide. Must-read. Although the basis is entrepreneurship, you can take the information here and apply it to whatever endeavor you are pursuing. These notes will not do justice to the brilliance of the book. I implore you to check it out yourself. Favorite read in 2019.
Ego Is The Enemy by Ryan Holiday – Captivating. Filled with incredible stories that will both inspire you and make you realize how insignificant you really are. Helpful reading for anyone wanting to achieve greatness. Holiday’s prose is legendary.
Drive by Daniel H. Pink – A highly practical guide to mastering your own psychology. Although some of the tips are common knowledge today, in 2009 they must have been revolutionary. An excellent look into our minds.
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg – The book on habit formation. Great writing, interesting stories, and incredible insights on how to control your habits.
With Winning In Mind by Lanny Bassham – Great storytelling combined with actionable advice for mental success in any field. You will come away with tips and tricks on how to win on arguably the most important battlefield: your mind.
Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport – An interesting perspective on how to live a focused life in a world full of noise. Beneficial for anyone who thinks they’re addicted to their phone/social media and wants to make a change.
25 Hours A Day by Nick Bare – A quick and fun read. You’ll get a look into what Ranger School and starting his business was actually like.