Whenever I finish a book, I make myself write a summary of it here. These are usually meant for myself or for sending people book recommendations.
Since I consume all the books on Kindle, this serves as my digital “home library” to show off that I indeed, sometimes read books.
- Book: An Astronauts guide to live on earth (2/15/2017) - This is an autobiography of Christopher Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut that had served as a commander of expedition 35 to the International Space Station. He is an all around cool dude and he started sharing bits and tidbits about living in space. Hadfield has been described by Forbes as “perhaps the most social media savvy astronaut … Continue reading Book: An Astronauts guide to live on earth
- Book: Benjamin Franklin, An American Life (2/20/2017) - Benjamin Franklin is certainly one of those “Larger than Life” personas. One of the founding fathers whose face is forever immortalized in a $100 bill. Apart from the United States, he is also a first founding father of self-improvement. His “moral improvement project” was well publicized then and now and his peers were quite impressed … Continue reading Book: Benjamin Franklin, An American Life
- Book: Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World (4/5/2017) - The world we live in is ripe with exponential possibilities. “World’s biggest challenges are also world’s biggest business opportunities” Exponential technologies are the ones that can be adopted at a rate of Moore’s law. The digitalization of technologies frees them from physical limits and moves them to Moore’s law limits. Amazon Link Exponential tools
- Book: Creativity Inc. (2/28/2017) - Ed Catmull is a CEO of Pixar – studio responsible for such amazing movies as Up, Wall-e and Toy Story. He took upon himself to protect the creativity of Pixar and find out what needs to be done to protect and fuel expression. Seeing how successful companies turn into “Beasts that have to be fed”, … Continue reading Book: Creativity Inc.
- Book: First 20 hours… How to learn anything… fast. (3/7/2017) - How to learn anything extremely fast? Well, that book is precisely about that. Josh is a master learner and he chose few skills that he became quite good at within 20 hours. I resolved to learn Colemak after reading this book. Took me longer than 20 hours (keyzen-colemak was quite helpful) Amazon Link My notes … Continue reading Book: First 20 hours… How to learn anything… fast.
- Book: How Proust Can Change Your Life: by Alain de Botton (5/1/2017) - What I understood from the book was, that it really is important to stop and marvel at everyday life, which can be very profound. Ultimately, the goal is to see the world through artists eyes and particular object of the art is not very important. It is the perception, the noticing of the details in … Continue reading Book: How Proust Can Change Your Life: by Alain de Botton
- Book: How to Win Friends and Influence People (3/9/2017) - This classic is a treasure trove of great advice. Initially published in 1936 it is still filled with timeless knowledge. Only small bits are a bit dated almost 100 years later – like “selling the sizzle”, but I suppose only because the marketing world went a little overboard with implementation of these rules. Amazon … Continue reading Book: How to Win Friends and Influence People
- Book: Moonshots in Education: Blended Learning in the Classroom by Esther Wojcicki (5/4/2017) - I met Esther Wojcicki during EU Hackathon devoted to education (which I kinda won). She is a most amazing person, the most decorated highschool teacher in US, mother the founder of personal genetic sequencing company , ceo of youtube and mother in law of this guy. Amazon Link „Moonshots in Education” is a handbook for improving … Continue reading Book: Moonshots in Education: Blended Learning in the Classroom by Esther Wojcicki
- Book: Obstacle is the way by Ryan Holiday (3/28/2017) - Dont panic. It will be ok. One foot at a time. This book is ultimately about perseverance. Ryan gives examples about how we can use stoic philosophy to deal with current situation and to end victorious. Keep cool head Observe, dont feel, assess the situation What can you change? How can … Continue reading Book: Obstacle is the way by Ryan Holiday
- Book: Rising Strong: by Brené Brown (5/14/2017) - It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who … Continue reading Book: Rising Strong: by Brené Brown
- Book: The Charisma Myth (3/12/2017) - How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism by Olivia Fox Cabane Charisma is not something set in stone. It is ultimately a set of habits and we can train ourselves to make them part of our lives. Charisma can be learned and it is powerful tool to influence people. Amazon Link … Continue reading Book: The Charisma Myth
- Book: The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield (4/21/2017) - War of Art is a book about creative struggle. Pressfield writes about Resistance as the ultimate nemesis of creativity, a Darth Vader of any creative endeavour. It applies to enterpreneurs, poets, moviemakers and writers alike. If you want to make something worthwhile, you will be harassed by resistance. Even if you are trying to loose … Continue reading Book: The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles by Steven Pressfield
- Book: The Wizard of Menlo Park: How Thomas Alva Edison Invented the Modern World (5/1/2017) - To say Thomas Edison is an iconic figure is an understatement. His image is so deeply entrenched within culture that its hard to separate what is truth and what is fiction and what constitutes a fact. Amazon Link The image of genius who just cant stop innovating was appealing and convenient for journalists of the … Continue reading Book: The Wizard of Menlo Park: How Thomas Alva Edison Invented the Modern World
- Book: Tools of Titans – Healthy (3/8/2017) - “Tools of Titans” is a summary of Tim Ferris’s amazingly popular podcast. The caliber of people presented there is spectacular and the depth of knowledge amazing. I let myself split my book summary similarly to how TF has split it: Healthy Wealthy Wise Basically, this sums up why I focus on Fitness. Health and Strength are … Continue reading Book: Tools of Titans – Healthy
- Book: Tools of Titans – Wealthy (4/13/2017) - “Tools of Titans” is a summary of Tim Ferris’s amazingly popular podcast. The caliber of people presented there is spectacular and the depth of knowledge amazing. I let myself split my book summary similarly to how TF has split it: Healthy Wealthy Wise I wouldn’t say “Wealthy” part is about amassing capital – it’s rather about … Continue reading Book: Tools of Titans – Wealthy
- Book: Tools of Titans – Wise (4/26/2017) - “Tools of Titans” is a summary of Tim Ferris’s amazingly popular podcast. The caliber of people presented there is spectacular and the depth of knowledge amazing. I let myself split my book summary similarly to how TF has split it: Healthy Wealthy Wise „Wise” part is pretty cohesive with „Wealthy”. Honestly, only after reviewing these notes … Continue reading Book: Tools of Titans – Wise
- Book: Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator by Ryan Holiday (3/15/2017) - Ryan Holliday is very disillusioned by modern media. You could call it Karma, since he made his career as a marketing director for American Apparel – one of the biggest clothing brands in US. He manipulated journalists to pick up his stories, created scandal to make the headlines and got away with it. You can … Continue reading Book: Trust Me, I’m Lying: Confessions of a Media Manipulator by Ryan Holiday
- Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari (3/22/2017) - I was reading this book while my girlfriend was reading “Better Angels of our nature”. We came to the conclusion that the concepts in these 2 books were pretty similar, but sometimes the takeway a bit different. Humans wiped out many species, both humanoid and not. 300 000 years ago there were many humanoids, but … Continue reading Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari