Category: Books

Notes from The Complacent Class by Tyler Cowen

Kids are put and encouraged into catatonic states, via drugs or use of technological devices such as phones and tv. Decades ago kids played outside and were active and played. Now if they’re hyper we say they have ADHD and drug them up like they’re suppose to act like 50 year olds. We legalized marijuana,

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Notes from The Design of Everyday Things by Don A. Norman

Visceral, behavioral, and reflective response and memory. If we have positive visceral response but the behaviorally experience is poor our reflection has to weigh the two and decide what kind of experience it is we had and what we’ll have in the future. Visceral response is important. Look at method soap. It was created to

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Notes From Rise of the Robots

When Milton Friedman, while visiting china in the 1960’s, questioned why workers were given shovels for a development project. When given the answer that they were hired as part of a “jobs program” he questioned, “why not give them spoons then?” (People fear and slow and prevent technological advancements to their detriment. There is a

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Notes from Xenophon’s Cyrus the Great: The Arts of Leadership and War

Respect the elders. Give your team vision and purpose. This can be done by presenting the past accomplishments of ancestors as good achievements, but still too short of greatness; that it’s their time, here and now. Followers follow out of self-interest. Keep their interests met. Give them good health and good morale. Leadership is not

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Notes from Average is Over by Tyler Cowen

Notes and thoughts on this thought provoking, and motivating, book: “This book is far from all good news.” Two jobs in the future: Are you working with computers, or can they replace you. Foxconn to increase the number of robots in its factories one hundred fold, getting them to one million robots. “There is not

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Notes from Letters From a Self-Made Merchant by George Horace Lorimer

Every page contains an old world charm (and sometimes sexist) wrapped nugget of gold. Here are just a few: Education is everywhere, free for the taking. Haul away every drop you can for everything else is screwed down tight. The core of anything must be sound. If the core of a pig is no good,

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Notes from To Sell is Human, by Daniel H. Pink

Notes from To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others by Daniel H. Pink. – We all sell- sellers and buyers have access to roughly the same info. Buyers are not as informed in and idealized what experts think, but the balance has shifted. – Anyone can master the basics of moving others.

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Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger, Part I

Notes from the first half of Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story by Arnold Schwarzenegger #TotalRecall Discipline. Don’t give in to short lived wants. Take advantage of the system is subversive ways. Break the rules, they weren’t made for you. They’re there to keep others inline. Be inspired. Find a mentor. Find a leader to

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Notes from Decisive by Chip Heath

Decisive: How to Make Better Choices in Life and Work by Chip Heath. Voting is not a choice. It’s yes or no. It ignores options. Biases influences our research efforts more than we realize. We look for ways to make the decision we want or evidence that supports a belief. The goal should be to

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Notes from To Sell Is Human by Daniel H. Pink

My personal notes taken while reading To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others by Daniel H. Pink. – We all sell- sellers and buyers have access to roughly the same info. Buyers are not as informed in and idealized what experts think, but the balance has shifted. – anyone can master the

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Notes from Originals, by Adam Grant

Just a collection of notes I took while reading Originals, by Adam Grant – Originals. Bad/inaccurate title? Profiled ideas aren’t original, but founders had guts. Not new ideas, but original implementations. – It’s best when you hedge your bets- Employees who accept the default call in sick and perform lower than those who set their

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Trash Novels at Airports

What is it about places of fleet, airports, train stations, etc., that help trash novels sell through the roof? It’s not that the customer is different, that trash novel readers can only be found at airports, but that they’re in a different state of mind. Whenever I travel I am more willing to alter my

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