Book Notes

Book Notes

I am a self-diagnosed infovore – I thrive on information and knowledge from smart people. A common side effect of infovorism is information overload. This page is my attempt at a cure.

By producing output instead of solely relying on input of information, I’m hoping to integrate more of the wisdom I read into my long-term memory. As a side effect, you might very well find value in my book notes too.

I cannot know what I think until I write about it. –Joan Didion

This page lists the books I’ve recently learned something valuable from, rated from 1-10, and provided a brief snippet for future reference. Click each link for an in-depth look at my notes from the book it contains. Happy reading!

(PS! If you want to read more books too, see this post on how to read 100+ books per year.)

(PS2! The idea of public book notes is by no means new. For even more notes, see the site of Derek Sivers for example.)

 


    The 10 Best Books I Read in 2017
    "Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him." - John Locke As part of my yearly review, I've looked back at the 46 books I read this year to find out which ones I'd recommend others read too. Capping this to just ten books was difficult, because so many of them were great – so I've added…
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    Notes from Everything That Remains by The Minimalists
    The Minimalists share their story of transition from suit'n'tie corporate guys with priorities out of whack, towards living an intentional, well-curated life with less stuff and clutter. This book led me down the life-changing path of minimalism a few years ago. Afterwards, I went to work on getting my own priorities in order. I absolutely love this book and recommend…
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    Notes from “80,000 Hours” by Benjamin Todd
    8/10. Choosing a career path is one of the most important decisions we all make in our lives, and our choices can massively impact the our own lives and other people. Yet, what aspects we consider important vary wildly from person to person. This book argues that the potential to make a positive impact in the world should be emphasised…
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    Notes from The San Francisco Fallacy by Jonathan Siegel
    8/10. The author is a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist in San Francisco. In this book, he shares the 10 most common reasons why technology founders fail, and how to avoid them. The fallacies presented are useful to be aware of, but I think the underlying startup stories in the book is what makes it an interesting read.
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    Notes from Mastermind Dinners by Jayson Gaignard
    Superconnector Jayson Gaignard shares the least sleazy networking advice I know – invite awesome, interesting people to dinner! Applying the lessons from this book has lead to loads of new relationships that I still cherish to this day. If you like connecting good people, you'll love this book.
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    Notes from Managing Oneself by Peter Drucker
    To be effective, you must to know yourself, and to act accordingly. By being aware of your strengths, weaknesses, how you learn and how you work best, you are able to make better decisions and create better results. It is short, to the point and very useful - read it if you're interested in personal growth and increasing your overall…
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    Notes from Anything You Want by Derek Sivers
    Entrepreneur and practical philosopher Derek Sivers shares his best wisdom in this short book that you can read in an hour or two. It is JAM PACKED with great advice – primarily about business, but he also adds a good deal of life advice to the mix. Read it if are or aspire to be an entrepreneur of any kind.
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    Notes from The Fourth Economy by Ron Davison
    Rating: 10/10 Finished: 04/2017 Related Books: The End of Jobs, Choose Yourself, The 4-Hour Workweek. Buy the book on Amazon here // See all my lessons from books and smart people HERE. The Short Summary Of The Fourth Economy The times they are'a changin', and this book explains why we currently see economic and political turmoil in the Western world. Simply put, the limits to progress…
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    Notes from The End of Jobs by Taylor Pearson
    Risky is the new safe, and safe is the new risky in the job market. The value of university degrees and credentials is diminishing, and the notion of a “secure job” has become an oxymoron. Yet we crave more credentials, cling to unfulfilling jobs and refuse to see the writing on the wall. This book explains why the labour market…
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