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Expert Secrets by Russell Brunson: Summary and Notes

In Expert Secrets, Russell Brunson helps marketers master the art of converting online visitors into lifelong customers. As you become an expert, you’ll find yourself moving away from just selling a product or service, to creating offers, and finally to leading a movement.

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DotCom Secrets by Russell Brunson: Summary and Notes

In DotCom Secrets, Russell Brunson explains the power of funnels in any business. A great book that can transform how you view and operate your online business. With tons of examples and scripts to borrow, it works as an instruction manual to scale your business.

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Keep Going by Austin Kleon: Summary and Notes

The work of a creative person is never finished. Instead of having a finish line, it’s more like a loop, in which you keep coming back to a new starting point after every project. In Keep Going, Austin Kleon writes about designing a system to be creative every day and keep moving on to the next project, regardless of success or failure.

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Show Your Work! By Austin Kleon: Summary and Lessons

In Show Your Work, Austin Kleon helps artists who hate the idea of self-promotion become findable. Steal Like an Artist was about stealing influence and ideas from other people. Show your work is about how to influence others by letting them steal from you. Highly recommended reading for artists and creative people.

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Steal Like an Artist Austin Kleon: Summary and Lessons

One of my favorites books about creativity in the digital age. In Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon argues that nothing is original and all artists steal. By embracing your influences, you’ll become a master of your craft by learning from your heroes.

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Made To Stick by Chip & Dan Heath: Summary and Notes

Made To Stick explores why some ideas are survive and others die. Chip and Dan Heath lay down the 6 principles behind why some ideas live centuries. A great book on how to write compelling stories.

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Rework by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson: Summary and Lessons

ReWork gives insight on how to improve your business, relationships, productivity, and work environment. Quick and easy to read with lots of actionable ideas, all-around a fantastic book on business and entrepreneurship. The perfect playbook for making it on your own.

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High Output Management by Andrew Grove: Summary and Notes

High Output Management by Andrew Grove is the definitive book on management and leadership. Drawing lessons from his career and experience as Intel’s CEO, Grove teaches how to manage teams, structure organizations, supervise, recruit, and much more. Filled with practical examples, it’s a handbook for the modern business-life. Every business student should read it.

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The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber: Summary and Notes

The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber is a must-read by every business owner. Gerber explains why most small businesses fail and what can be done about it. To succeed, small business owners need to see their businesses as reproducible units. In other words, the key is to create the right balance between their managerial, entrepreneurial, and technical personalities. An excellent book, highly recommended.

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How To Have a Good Day by Caroline Webb: Summary and Notes

In How to Have a Good Day, Caroline Webb takes her extensive experience as a management consultant and economist to illuminate insights from psychology and behavioral economics on the nature of our decision-making. She reveals that we can fine-tune our perceptions and decisions to optimize our happiness in everything that we do. A riveting and well-researched book with many practical tips on how to improve our well-being.

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Steal Like an Artist Austin Kleon: Summary and Lessons

One of my favorites books about creativity in the digital age. In Steal Like an Artist, Austin Kleon argues that nothing is original and all artists steal. By embracing your influences, you’ll become a master of your craft by learning from your heroes.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey: Summary

A principle-centered, character-based, “inside-out” approach to personal and interpersonal effectiveness. The ultimate book on personal development, I re-read it from time to time.

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The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker: Summary and Lessons

The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker is the ultimate book on how to be effective. It rests on two premises: the executive’s job is to be effective, and effectiveness can be learned through 5 habits. A must-read book to learn how to work on the right things as well as working right.

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Atomic Habits by James Clear: Summary and Lessons

Atomic Habits by James Clear is the definitive guide on habit change. Learn how to create good habits and break bad ones with a simple step-by-step framework based on the best techniques from behavioral science. Highly practical, a must-read if you’re looking to upgrade your behavior and make the best version of yourself.

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Zero to One by Peter Thiel: Book Summary and Lessons

The must-read book before starting a real company and startup entrepreneurs everywhere. An inside look at Peter Thiel’s philosophy and business strategy. How companies can engineer radical changes to create and grow remarkable businesses that shape a better world. Worth reading and re-reading.

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The Millionaire Fastlane by M. J. DeMarco: Summary and Notes

The Millionaire Fastlane by M. J. Demarco is a book that will teach you how to build insane wealth. Demarco shares the secret to becoming a millionaire at any age. And it is not the kind of advice you receive from financial gurus, parents, or friends. Becoming a Fastlane millionaire has its own recipe: grow a money tree, reclaim your time, and exploit the law of effection. An excellent book on how to create insane wealth and live a great life.

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On Writing Well by William Zinsser: Summary and Notes

On Writing Well by William Zinsser is the best book for learning how to improve your writing. The advice is both concise and practical. A must-read for anyone that writes regularly and wants to upgrade their writing skill.

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Principles By Ray Dalio: Summary And Notes

In Principles, Ray Dalio lays down the rules and frameworks he uses to navigate his life. The book explores truth-seeking, decision-making, and the implementation of systems to achieve success. Part 1 and Part 2 go over the importance of principles and how to set them up in your life. For entrepreneurs, Part 3 focuses on management principles Ray Dalio uses in his hedge fund Bridgewater. 

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The Hard Thing About Hard Things By Ben Horowitz: Summary and Notes

In The Hard Things About Hard Things, Ben Horowitz shares his experience in managing startups and companies through both good and hard times. The book contains tips on how to manage employees, build relationships, and how to work as an effective CEO. A great read with many valuable lessons.

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Never Split The Difference by Chris Voss: Summary and Notes

In Never Split the Difference, Chris Voss—a former international hostage negotiator for the FBI—shares powerful negotiation techniques. They say that the quality of your life depends on your negotiation skills. The skills that you get from reading this book can change your life forever. The best book I’ve read about negotiation.

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Made To Stick by Chip & Dan Heath: Summary and Notes

Made To Stick explores why some ideas are survive and others die. Chip and Dan Heath lay down the 6 principles behind why some ideas live centuries. A great book on how to write compelling stories.

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Getting Things Done by David Allen: Summary and Notes

Getting Things Done by David Allen provides an organization system for your working and personal life. Some of it is outdated by now but has lots of great proven principles on productivity throughout the book.

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Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman: Summary and Lessons

In Amusing Ourselves to Death, Postman shows how the most popular media of a time in history shapes the discourse of the world. Written in 1985, it focuses on how television has negatively affected the level of public communication in contemporary America but it’s even more relevant today in the internet era.

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Built To Last by Jim Collins: Summary and Notes

Built to Last is a must-read if you are an active or aspiring CEO, manager, or entrepreneur seeking to build a profitable organization that will stand the test of time. Many companies begin on a high note but quickly fizzle out along the way. Authors Jim Collins and Jerry I. Porras will show you how to be the company that remains a force to reckon with in your industry and a beacon of light in your community for many years to come.

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The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss: Summary and Lessons

The 4-Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss is the ultimate blueprint on lifestyle design. Follow a simple step-by-step process to reinvent yourself, work better, create a business, and live a luxury lifestyle that favors time and mobility.

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Show Your Work! By Austin Kleon: Summary and Lessons

In Show Your Work, Austin Kleon helps artists who hate the idea of self-promotion become findable. Steal Like an Artist was about stealing influence and ideas from other people. Show your work is about how to influence others by letting them steal from you. Highly recommended reading for artists and creative people.

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The Richest Man In Babylon by George S. Clason: Summary and Notes

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason is an all-time classic on how to get rich. Clason offers wealth tips from Babylon, the richest and most prosperous city of ancient times. It turns out that creating wealth today is no different from how the people of Babylonia did it and the book offers excellent relatable lessons. Everyone should read this book.

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Models by Mark Manson: Summary and Lessons

Models by Mark Manson is the best book I’ve read about finding a romantic-sexual partner. You learn the behaviors that will form that emotional foundation needed to improve your odds as a man dating women, improve your dating skills, and attract the perfect partner.

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Deep Work by Cal Newport: Summary and Notes

Deep Work is a guide on how to develop the superpower of deep focus on cognitively-demanding tasks in a distracted world. These efforts create new value, improve your skill, and are hard to replicate. It covers many examples from real-world experiences and actionable items make implementing these ideas quite straightforward.

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DotCom Secrets by Russell Brunson: Summary and Notes

In DotCom Secrets, Russell Brunson explains the power of funnels in any business. A great book that can transform how you view and operate your online business. With tons of examples and scripts to borrow, it works as an instruction manual to scale your business.

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Switch by Chip & Dan Heath: Book Summary and Notes

A book that seeks to demystify change. To make effective changes, you have to appeal to both sides of your brain: the elephant and the rider. To make change easier, you need to direct the rider, motivate the elephant, and shape the path. A great psychology book with actionable insights based on scientific facts. Highly recommended.

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The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt: Summary & Lessons

The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt will fundamentally change the way you think about business and operations. A great book to learn how to properly analyze and optimize systems.

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Peak by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool: Summary and Notes

Peak by Anders Ericsson and Robert Pool introduces the powerful concept of deliberate practice. The authors explain why and how some people can achieve extraordinary levels of performance by practicing the right way. 

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Extreme Productivity by Robert Pozen: Summary and Notes

Extreme Productivity is an outstanding book on making the most of what little time you have. Do you want to be extremely productive at everything you do? It will teach you how. In the book, Pozen shares tips and tricks on doubling your productivity. Whether it is reading, writing, office work, or traveling, there is something for you.

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How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie: Summary and Lessons

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie is a self-help classic that reads as a life manual. The core idea is that you can change other people’s behavior simply by changing your own. It teaches you the principles to better understand people, become a more likable person, improve relationships, win others over, and influence behavior through leadership.

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Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl: Summary and Lessons

In Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl tells his story of surviving a concentration camp and how this experience led to his theory on the importance of meaning in one’s life (Logotherapy). You can find meaning in work (by doing something significant), in love (by caring for another person), and in courage during difficult times. A fascinating read.

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Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely: Summary and Notes

Explores the hidden forces that shape our decisions. Ariely proves that humans are not only irrational but predictably irrational. In other words: our irrationality happens again and again. A great book to improve your decision making so you can change the way you live for the better.

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How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams: Summary and Notes

How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big is a narration of the life of Scott Adams, the cartoonist behind the wildly successful Dilbert comic. In the book, Adams shares his recipe for success and shows that even if the odds are stacked against you as they were for him, success is still attainable. An interesting and well-written book on the incredible life journey of one of the world’s most famous cartoonists.

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In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan: Summary and Notes

In Defense of Food, Michael Pollan Pollan explores the rise of the ideology of nutritionism and its relationship to the Western Diet. He then proposes the short answer to what humans should eat to be maximally healthy: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

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Your Next Five Moves by Patrick Bet-David: Summary and Notes

Your Next Five Moves explores how you can improve your business and your life by learning how to strategize. Patrick Bet-David shares how to master the art of Business Strategy with actionable advice and systems. Great book for everyone looking to find their path.

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Money Master The Game by Tony Robbins: Summary and Notes

Money Master the Game by Tony Robbins is the ultimate guide on how to build a secure financial future. Robbins provides a detailed account of what works and what doesn’t. He distills financial planning into 7 fundamental principles. Great book for anyone seeking to know their way around money.

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Hooked by Nir Eyal: Summary and Notes

Hooked by Nir Eyal is a book that explains how tech companies get people to use their products repeatedly. User habits are explained by the Hook Model which consists of four looping cycles: trigger, action, variable reward, and investment. An excellent book that explains user behavior towards technological products and services.

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Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman by Richard Feynman

While this reads as an insightful autobiography of the late physicist Richard P. Feynman, you’ll also learn how to think and the scientific process to help you reason better. You’ll end up learning about physics, philosophy, psychology, history and so much more. Easy to read, lots of wisdom, and fun!

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The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday: Summary and Notes

The Obstacle Is The Way by Ryan Holiday offers great lessons on how to overcome challenges in every aspect of your life. Ryan, in the tradition of other stoics before him, argues that rather than being stumbling blocks, obstacles are opportunities. They ask you to persevere, to think creatively, persist, and even change your perspectives. A great motivational book for anyone looking to do great things in life. I highly recommend it.

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Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson: Summary And Notes

“The quicker you let go of old cheese, the sooner you find new cheese.” Rating: 8/10 Related: Out of the Maze, Our Iceberg is Melting, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Switch, Atomic Habits Print | Ebook | Audiobook Get all my book summaries here     Who Moved My Cheese? Short Summary Who Moved My Cheese? makes…

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The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy: Summary and Notes

The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy is a book on the immense power of the compound effect. The central message is that small changes applied consistently lead to massive results in time. The compound effect works both ways, it can also lead to ruin if the habits are bad. Darren chooses to focus on how you can use the compound effect to your advantage. A must-read book for anyone struggling to make necessary changes in their life.

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Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport: Summary and Notes

Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport is a book that will teach you how to reclaim your time from addictive digital technologies. Tech products are built to be addictive and this can be detrimental to your mental health and general well-being. To live a more fulfilling life, you need to take back the control you have lost. Newport will show you how.

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Living Forward by Michael Hyatt and Dan Harkavy: Summary and Notes

Living Forward by Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy teaches how to create a Life Plan. To avoid regrets, fulfill our potential, and leave behind a powerful legacy we need a Life Plan. In the book, Hyatt and Harkavy share their secrets on how to create one and change the direction of your life. An easy-to-read book with many life-changing lessons.

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Profit First by Mike Michalowicz: Summary and Notes

If you are a business owner, Profit First by Mike Michalowicz is a must-read. The book will not only teach you how to run a profitable business but will also explain every other business metric that matters. Moreover, you will also learn the difference between making money (income) and accumulating money (wealth).

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Traction by Gabriel Weinberg and Justin Mares: Summary and Notes

All successful startups have a story involving millions of customers and insane valuations. But what separates the successful from the rest?  Traction by Gabriel Weinberg and Justin Mares is a book that shares secrets of what makes some startups experience massive growth while others die out. They identify 19 traction channels that, if properly utilized, can lift any startup to stardom.

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Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans: Summary and Notes

Most of the things we interact with were purposely designed, so why not make the conscious choice to design our lives? Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett, and Dave Evans is a book that will teach you how to apply design principles to plan your life. The book is based on a highly successful Designing Your Life course offered at Stanford by the two professors. A life-changing book with many valuable lessons. Everyone should read it.

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The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business by Elaine Pofeldt: Summary and Notes

If you are looking to create a lucrative seven-figure business while still enjoying your life, The Million-Dollar One-Person Business by Elaine Pofeldt is the book for you. It is possible to have a great work-life balance. It is possible to have fun and have money and have success. This book will show you how.

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Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert: Summary and Notes

A book on how to find happiness. Daniel Gilbert argues that rather than helping us, our imagination and experiences stand in the way of our attempts at a happy life. The suggestion? We should be more willing to believe in the experiences of others because they are mirrors of our own. A great book on the secret to happiness. I found the message to be simple and wise, but the journey to be unnecessarily long.

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Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy: Summary and Lessons

Eat That Frog by Brian Tracy is one of the best books on productivity and overcoming procrastination. Full of actionable tips, it covers the twenty-one most powerful principles on personal effectiveness. These methods, techniques, and strategies are practical, proven, and fast-acting. You can apply many of these ideas to your personal life as well.

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Decisive by Chip & Dan Heath: Summary and Notes

In Decisive, Chip and Dan Heath share tips and tricks on how we can make better decisions. The book starts by noting how terrible decision-makers we are but if we could be conscious of our decision-making processes, we might start making better ones. An excellent book on decision-making. I highly recommend it.

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The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss: Summary and Notes

The 4-Hour Body by Tim Ferriss is a comprehensive guide on how to live a no holds barred life. It has advice on the right nutrition for fat reduction, how to exercise, perfect morning routines, how to make love, heal faster from injuries, and much more. A very illuminating book.

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The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman: Summary and Notes

The Personal MBA will help you master the art of business. Josh Kaufman compiles business knowledge that is seemingly difficult to understand or only available if you’re a student in business school and simplifies it for you.

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Ultralearning by Scott H. Young: Summary and Notes

Ultralearning by Scott H. Young is a book that will teach you one of the most valuable skills of the 21st century – learning fast. Scott details the experiences of people who have applied the skill of ultralearning and in the process shares valuable lessons that we can all apply in our own learning pursuits. A great book with many valuable lessons.

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On Writing by Stephen King: Summary and Notes

On Writing by Stephen King is a great book about the art of writing and the tools of a writer. Less practical than On Writing Well, but packed with great stories. If you’re serious about writing, you should definitely read both.

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Vagabonding by Rolf Potts: Summary and Lessons

A good primer on long-term travel. Contains actionable advice on all stages of a trip: before leaving, on the road, adjusting to long-term travel, and returning home. A must-read book if you want to take time off from your normal life to travel the world on your own terms.

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The Game by Neil Strauss: Summary and Notes

Great story and addictive to read. The Game by Neil Strauss is a step-by-step guide to picking up women told in story form. The biggest aha moment for me was that pickup is actually about men, not women. You’ll learn a lot about seduction but its value lies more in the mindset.

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Keep Going by Austin Kleon: Summary and Notes

The work of a creative person is never finished. Instead of having a finish line, it’s more like a loop, in which you keep coming back to a new starting point after every project. In Keep Going, Austin Kleon writes about designing a system to be creative every day and keep moving on to the next project, regardless of success or failure.

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As A Man Thinketh by James Allen: Summary and Notes

In As a Man Thinketh, James Allen points out the power of thoughts in shaping our realities. Often, we think that we are the victims of circumstance while in truth our thoughts, actions, and habits create the circumstances we dislike. The solution is to cultivate better thoughts just like we would treat a garden. Everyone should read it.

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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo: Summary and Lessons

The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up is much more than a book about cleaning, simplifying, and organizing your belongings. It’s also about being intentional with what you choose to own and how that impacts your way of living, thinking, and perspective on life. It’s quite short, I read it in a couple of hours in one go.

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The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg: Summary and Notes

The Power of Habits by Charles Duhigg is a book that explores the nature of habits. Topics covered include the origins of habits, why some habits stick and others don’t. The habits of organizations, consumers, and society. Duhigg also offers a framework for changing habits at all of these levels. A must-read book on the power of habits and their enormous influence on our lives.

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The Procrastination Equation by Piers Steel: Summary and Notes

Many struggle with procrastination and have no idea how to beat the vice. The Procrastination Equation by Piers Steel shows the fight against procrastination is winnable. Apart from dissecting the nature of procrastination, Steel shares time-tested strategies on how to take back control of your life and achieve your wildest dreams. An excellent book, full of actionable advice that will change your life for the better.

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Expert Secrets by Russell Brunson: Summary and Notes

In Expert Secrets, Russell Brunson helps marketers master the art of converting online visitors into lifelong customers. As you become an expert, you’ll find yourself moving away from just selling a product or service, to creating offers, and finally to leading a movement.

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Company of One by Paul Jarvis: Summary and Notes

If you are looking to learn what it takes to start your own business with minimal resources, Company of One is a great book. Paul Jarvis shares his personal story and the experiences of others who have successfully created businesses to support their preferred lifestyle.

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Make Time by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky: Summary and Lessons

Make Time by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky is a framework designed to help you create more time in your day for the things you care about. It consists of 4 steps, repeated every day: Highlight, Laser, Energize, and Reflect. The book also includes 87 different tactics to custom tailor the framework for you.

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The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz: Summary and Notes

The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz is a book on self-belief and confidence. It will teach you how to think and act positively towards self, others, and the conduct of your business. A good book with many life-changing lessons on the power of self-belief.

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Everything Is Fucked by Mark Manson: Summary and Notes

Everything is Fucked by Mark Manson is a book about hope and how we shouldn’t be too dependent on it. Rather, we should create a world in which hope is not a means to an end but an end in itself. Hope should stem from appreciating our own insignificance in the grand scale of things however uncomfortable the truth is. We should accept things as they are and develop virtues based on Kant’s formula for humanity. An excellent book on hope and the crisis of being.

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Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi: Summary and Notes

Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi takes on the problem of how to live a happier life. A meaningful life is one where the person spends his time in a state of optimal experience called Flow. To live a great life, all your goals must be unified in a way that produces the maximum amount of flow. A hard read but one that will challenge your beliefs on happiness.

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Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman: Summary and Notes

Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman is one of the most detailed books on decision making. Kahneman covers each of our cognitive biases in great detail and even shares decision-making insights from his Nobel Prize-winning theory — Prospect Theory. A very informative read with the potential to transform your life for good.

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Hacking Growth by Sean Ellis and Morgan Brown: Summary and Notes

Hacking Growth by Sean Ellis and Morgan Brown teaches you how to continuously grow your start-up. The authors share hundreds of tips that have proved worthwhile for some of the most successful start-ups of all times such as Facebook and Evernote. A very informative book on start-up growth.

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Work The System by Sam Carpenter: Summary and Notes

Work The System by Sam Carpenter explains how to improve all aspects of your life. Carpenter contends that everything around us is a system and that systems can be improved. You can run a better business, improve your job performance, relationships, and so much more. The secret to all this lies in Working the System. 

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Solving The Procrastination Puzzle by Timothy A. Pychyl: Summary and Notes

In Solving the Procrastination Puzzle, Timothy A. Pychyl offers strategies on how to overcome one of the most common productivity issues — procrastination. Timothy also goes a step further and explains why you tend to procrastinate. By knowing why you procrastinate, you will be less inclined to do so.

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How To Stop Worrying And Start Living by Dale Carnegie: Summary and Notes

How To Stop Worrying and Start Living is by Dale Carnegie is a celebrated classic on how to dissolve worry and live a fulfilling life. Carnegie details the many ways worrying too much can ruin your life and how to solve it. The book contains tips and tricks on conquering worries that are worthwhile.

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The Now Habit by Neil Fiore: Summary and Notes

The Now Habit by Neil Fiore tackles procrastination. Neil focuses on the emotional issues making people procrastinate. The biggest of which is the anxiety associated with completing a task. Neil offers strategies on how to beat procrastination. Most of the strategies are excellent, and you will find them useful. 

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Start With Why by Simon Sinek: Summary and Notes

Start With Why by Simon Sinek is a book that explores why some organizations and individuals are able to inspire while others simply can’t. Inspirational leaders start with WHY. They create their reasons and beliefs first before figuring out the WHAT and the HOW. An excellent book on why some businesses and individuals outperform others. I found it a bit repetitive.

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The 4 Disciplines of Execution by Chris McChesney, Sean Covey, and Jim Huling: Summary and Notes

The 4 Disciplines of Execution teaches you how to execute your goals effectively. The authors provide an easy-to-use framework for achieving personal, team, and organization objectives even when you feel there is no more room for another item on your to-do list. This book will change how your team works.

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The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone: Summary and Notes

The 10X Rule by Grant Cardone is a book on success. It argues that to be successful, you must be willing to work 10 times harder (10X) than everyone else. Cardone says that you should approach success as a duty, obligation, and responsibility. To be successful is the ethical thing to do. The 10X Rule is an excellent book that champions commitment as a way of achieving extraordinary results.

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The Art of the Pitch by Peter Coughter: Summary and Notes

The Art of the Pitch by Peter Coughter will teach you how to pitch your ideas and get the results you want. In the book, Coughter shares his vast experience of making pitches and as the founder of an award-winning agency. The Art of the Pitch is a must-read for anyone looking to enhance their presentation skills.

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Contagious by Jonah Berger: Summary and Notes

Contagious by Jonah Berger is a book that explains why things catch on. It answers the question of why some products, services, commercials, and ideas go viral. Some of the reasons explored include word of mouth, practical value, and the power of stories. A good book with lots of practical examples and explanations of viral phenomena.

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The 12 Week Year by Brian Moran: Summary and Notes

The 12 Week Year by Brian Moran is a book that will radically change the way you plan for your life and work. Dish the 12 month year and instead focus on the 12 Week Year. Why? Because you can get more done in 12 weeks than in 12 months with the right mindset, goals, and strategy. The 12 Week Year has worked its magic for companies, scores of people, and it can improve your life too. A great book on boosting your performance over the short-term.

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The Five Love Languages by Gary Chapman: Summary and Notes

The Five Love Languages details the secret to better relationships. Everyone wants to be loved in a different way and learning how to meet those needs is key. A guide for all forms of relationships – for couples, for children, for friends, and for coworkers. 

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Drive by Daniel H. Pink: Summary and Notes

What motivates people to act as they do? There are many reasons, but the most powerful kind of motivation is intrinsic motivation. Companies, individuals, governments, schools, and even parents should seek to cultivate and encourage intrinsic motivation. An excellent book on why and how companies should be modeled for the 21st century.

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Thinking in Bets by Annie Duke: Summary and Notes

Thinking in Bets is a book that will teach you how to make smart decisions when you do not have all the facts. Annie Duke offers tips on how to overcome your shortcomings in decision making, and ultimately make wiser decisions.

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168 Hours by Laura Vanderkam: Summary and Notes

Want to maximize your availability every week? In 168 Hours, Laura Vanderkam shares strategies on how to get the most out of your week. Some of the tips she offers include recognizing your key competencies, finding a job you love, logging your hours, and outsourcing some tasks. A book full of stories about relatable people who have managed to make the most of their time.

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The Power of Less by Leo Babauta: Summary and Notes

The Power of Less by Leo Babauta is a book that will teach you how to live a minimalist life. By setting limits for yourself, you will be able to achieve more and live a happier and more fulfilled life. Babauta shares practical tips on how to do just that. An excellent book on how to invest your time and energy in the things that matter.

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Free to Focus by Michael Hyatt: Summary and Lessons

Free to Focus by Michael Hyatt is a great system to help you focus on working on the right things. First, you’ll stop and define what productivity means to you by formulating, evaluating, and reformulating. Then, you’ll cut the nonessentials by eliminating, automating, and delegating. Finally, you’ll act on by consolidating, designating, and activating.

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The Productivity Project by Chris Bailey: Summary and Lessons

In The Productivity Project, Chris Bailey covers the best productivity tactics to get things done. Over the course of a year, Chris tested lots of tactics and condensed the list to the top 25. These will help you better manage your time, attention, and energy.

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Blink by Malcolm Gladwell: Summary and Notes

Our brain is like a computer that processes all the knowledge instantly to give the first impression. “Thin-slicing” allows us to make decisions quickly that can as good as those made cautiously and deliberately. This technique can be learned through practice and controlled to the point when you know you can trust your instincts or not.

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How To Break Up With Your Phone by Catherine Price: Summary and Notes

How To Break Up with Your Phone by Catherine Price shows you how to reclaim your life from addictive phones and other digital technologies. Price offers a 30-day detox plan that, if followed, has the potential to transform your relationship with your phone for good. A very instructive book.

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Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell: Summary and Lessons

A book that explores the hidden forces behind successful people. Gladwell shows that as much as talent and hard work are responsible for many of the success stories that we see and hear, there is much more to success than meets the eye. A bit repetitive so you can skim some parts but overall great lessons.

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The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod: Summary and Lessons

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod is a 6-step morning routine using what are called Life S.A.V.E.R.S.: silence, affirmations, visualization, exercise, reading, and scribing. A good book to pick up if you’re looking to upgrade your mornings.

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson: Summary and Lessons

Sometimes life just really sucks and we cannot run away from it. We need to learn how to let go in order to enjoy life more. The key to living a good life is not giving a fuck about more things but rather focus only on the things that align with your personal values. A no-bullshit approach to living a life that might not always be happy, but meaningful and centered only around what’s important to you.

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10% Happier by Dan Harris: Summary and Notes

In 10% Happier, Dan Harris shares his journey to live a more fulfilling life. The book is filled with personal anecdotes and insights from someone looking to find their way. Dan talks extensively about meditation and mindfulness and how they improved his life. 

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The Art of Thinking In Systems: Summary and Notes

The Art of Thinking In Systems by Steven Schuster is a book that introduces a new way of thinking called “system thinking”. Systems are physical and abstract things that react in relation to one another. With system thinking, you can analyze things around you with the sole purpose of improving yourself. The negative point is that it falls short of diving deeper into the topic of system thinking.

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Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuk: Summary and Notes 

Crush It by Gary Vaynerchuk teaches you how to use the power of the internet to build your personal brand, and grow your business. Social media is changing the way business is done, and those who fail to adapt will lose in a big way. Some of the tools suggested are outdated (the book is from 2009) but the strategies are still relevant today.

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Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday: Summary and Lessons

In Ego is the Enemy, Ryan Holiday argues that often our problems are caused not by external factors but from our own ego. The book is divided into 3 parts: aspire, success, and failure. A good book on stoicism but lacks practical ways to fight the ego.

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Financial Intelligence by Karen Breman and Joe Knight with John Case: Summary and Notes

Financial Intelligence by Karen Breman and Joe Knight with John Case is written for anyone who wants to understand the meaning behind financial numbers. Not the easiest book to read but provides a good understanding of accounting and financial principles.

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Essentialism by Greg McKeown: Summary and Lessons

Essentialism shows a new way of thinking about productivity and life. It’s a disciplined, systematic approach for determining where our highest point of contribution lies, then making execution of those things almost effortless.

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The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande: Summary and Notes

The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande is a book that champions the use of checklists as a tool for improved performance. Gawanda takes the reader through a journey that details how checklists work, the role they play, and why they are needed in surgical rooms, cockpits, construction sites, and even in company boardrooms.  A well-written text on the power of checklists.

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The Tipping Point by Malcom Gladwell: Summary and Notes

Malcolm Gladwell characterizes his book as the biography of an idea. The idea of how things spread. He says that the key is to think of bestsellers, fashion trends, and other viral sensations as epidemics as they all share a basic underlying pattern. Great ideas although the book is repetitive.

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Managing Oneself by Peter Drucker: Summary and Notes

Managing Oneself by Peter F. Drucker teaches how to become better at self-management. The book helps you identify your strengths and come up with an actionable plan to improve your life. When applied, lessons from this book can improve your relationships, skills, future plans, and much more.

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Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg: Summary and Notes

Smarter Faster Better will teach you how to become a better version of yourself. Duhigg and his co-authors distill expert opinions and scientific research to offer tips on how you can become better at what you do. 

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The End of Jobs by Taylor Pearson: Summary and Notes

The End of Jobs by Taylor Pearson argues that the leverage points in creating wealth have changed because of globalization. Because this tendency is accelerating, it offers a massive advantage to entrepreneurs. We’re experiencing a shift in our economy, and jobs are being replaced by software. When the time comes, you want to be the one with the software, not the one with the job.

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Hyperfocus by Chris Bailey: Summary and Lessons

Hyperfocus by Chris Bailey explores how to train your brain’s two most productive modes: the focused mode (Hyperfocus) and the creative mode (Scatterfocus). The first is needed to be highly productive while the latter is best for connecting ideas and solving problems. Some good parts, but overall a confusing read with nothing new. Read Deep Work by Cal Newport instead.

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Superhuman by Habit by Tynan: Summary and Lessons

Superhuman by Habit by Tynan is a guide on how to upgrade your life, one tiny habit at a time. The last part covers the most common habits and offers practical advice. Good read but lacks a clear structure to make it actionable. Read Atomic Habits instead.

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