Book: Whiplash – How to survive our faster future.

Whiplash is a book about thriving in a world that is only gaining speed. Joi Ito was a director of now-famous MIT Media Lab and Jeff Howe is a veteran Wired author. Together, they dissect the most important scientific advances of history to discover what makes them tick. Amazon link. They distill it into fewContinue reading “Book: Whiplash – How to survive our faster future.”

Book: Innovators by Walter Isaacson

“How a Group of Hackers, Geniuses, and Geeks Created the Digital Revolution” Walter Isaacson’s journey over the past few years adopted a particular theme: He wrote biographies of famous inventors and in the result – he learned a lot about how innovation happens. He started with Benjamin Franklin, later continued on with Einstein, Steve Jobs,Continue reading “Book: Innovators by Walter Isaacson”

Book: Loonshots

“How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries” This book is essentially about innovation and how to sustain it. It draws parallels between the physics of phase transition and the innovation management theory. The business realities are pulling big businesses/corporations in the direction of franchise improvements – producing moreContinue reading “Book: Loonshots”

Book: Thanks a Thousand

I have issues with focusing on here and now. I tend to be very future-oriented, rapidly jumping from goal to goal. This makes focusing on the present moment a bit difficult and something that I have to put conscious effort into. AJ Jacobs has a similar problem, so in this charming book,  he resolved to thankContinue reading “Book: Thanks a Thousand”

Book: Freakonomics

Freakonomics explores quirky consequences of economic realities. If you ever wondered how realtor’s commission structure is impacting your house sale price or if crack dealing is a steady source of income – this book will be of interest to you. Presented is the most practical version of the economy – one that works, shapes theContinue reading “Book: Freakonomics”

Book: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell

Yes, this is the book in which Malcolm Gladwell wrote that you basically need 10 000 hours of practice to get world class at something. Many more people have heard about 10 000 hours concept than the book itself. They may be even surprised to learn that this number is NOT a core concept. ItContinue reading “Book: Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell”

Book: Four Tendencies

Upholders ask: “Should I do this?” • Questioners ask: “Does this make sense?” • Obligers ask: “Does this matter to anyone else?” • Rebels ask: “Is this the person I want to be?” In this book, Gretchen Rubin introduces another framework to categorize people. I know, the idea of boxing in folks is flawed, butContinue reading “Book: Four Tendencies”

Book: Power of full engagement

“Energy, not time, is the fundamental currency of high performance.” The core tenet of the book is that you have to manage your energy if you want to achieve anything. The best way to manage your energy is to balance spending with replenishing. This is in line with what Tony Robbins is saying. The bookContinue reading “Book: Power of full engagement”

Book: Hard Thing about Hard Things

“Do you know the best thing about startups?” Ben: “What?” Marc: “You only ever experience two emotions: euphoria and terror. And I find that lack of sleep enhances them both.” Some people call this book the most important book about startups. Shane Parish from Farnam Street Blog has been singing praises about this book asContinue reading “Book: Hard Thing about Hard Things”