📚 Summaries, Notes and Reviews
From Books I've Consumed

Every time I reread a book a couple years later, I learn new things and ultimately have a different perspective on what the author was trying to convey. This is the reason I started taking notes while reading, so that when I look back I can see how my thought process has changed. The following books are my unbiased reviews and summaries from the lens of a generation z male.

My Notes

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    Ikigai

    Ikigai

    Happiness

    Our neurons start to age while we are still in our twenties. This process is slowed, however, by intellectual activity, curiosity, and a desire to learn...

    Joy on Demand

    Joy on Demand

    Happiness, postivity, ⭐️ Favorite

    Loved this book, as someone who has been on and off on with meditation for years this book gave me the motivation to make it a part of my lifestyle. Many people after reading this book will have a complete perception shift as to what meditation really...

    Fooled by Randomness

    Fooled by Randomness

    Economics, Philosophy

    I think this one example from the book sums it up nicely. You have a fact: automobiles happen closer to home. A naive reader of the result would tell you that you are more likely to have an accident if you drive in your neighborhood than...

    The Obstacle is The Way

    The Obstacle is The Way

    Success, self-improvement, postivity, ⭐️ Favorite

    A super short but incredible read. As someone is going through a very rough patch right now in his life this book really hit home for me. Even if you know all the things in this book, just reading it and trying to ingrain the wisdom of how some of the most successful

    The Design of Everyday Things

    The Design of Everyday Things

    Design, Indie Hacking, Entrepreneurship

    Very interesting book, the main lesson I got from it was that design is very similar to engineering where there is constant iteration based on user feedback. This is a must-read for all designers but also for marketers, engineers, or any one part of the process of selling or building a product.

    The Happiness Advantage

    The Happiness Advantage

    ⭐️ Favorite, postivity, self-improvement

    Really enjoyed reading this book. Even though this book was written almost a decade ago I believe all the principles apply perfectly to what we as a species are going through today. So many eye opening case studies and statistics.

    Stories That Stick

    Stories That Stick

    ⭐️ Favorite, Writing, Marketing, Entrepreneurship

    A remarkable book that truly sold me on the power of storytelling. Storytelling is the key to sticking out and being remembered in the attention economy where every company and their mom is trying to tell you something. I learned not only the format and techniques for effective storytelling

    Prediction Machines

    Prediction Machines

    Technology, Science

    If you're wondering how AI will potentially affect your life, business, and every single industry in America and what you can do to prepare I recommend you read this book. The authors write the book with the preconception that the reader has no real expertise

    Peak

    Peak

    Career/Life, Learning, Psychology, Success

    If you're trying to master any skill in life then this is the book for you. It's not how long your practice it's how you practice is one of the core ideas of the book.

    Post Corona

    Post Corona

    ⭐️ Favorite, Economics, Career/Life

    Definitely, worth the read, there were so many mind-blowing facts throughout the book, for example, did you know people who take their own life are eight times more likely than average to be in debt? After finishing the book I was full of hope and energy because even during times like these,

    To Sell is Human

    To Sell is Human

    Entrepreneurship, Marketing

    A great short read into why everyone is in the business of sales and the methods and tricks to stand out from the crowd. If you look at companies like Facebook, Evernote, Dollar Shave Club, etc they do not have a dedicated sales team.

    Mastery

    Mastery

    ⭐️ Favorite, History, Career/Life, Learning

    I really enjoy Robert Greene's writing style. It's similar to your grandpa telling stories of the past while weaving in lessons on how to become the best version of yourself.

    Sapiens

    Sapiens

    ⭐️ Favorite, History

    A masterpiece. One of the greatest books I have ever read. There was so much hype around this book and now I understand why. Yuval Harari is truly a genius and one of the greatest minds teaching in the 21st century.

    Antifragile

    Antifragile

    ⭐️ Favorite, Career/Life, Economics, Philosophy

    Antifragile things get better with stress, fragile things such as a vase do the opposite and the sum of fragile parts make up an antifragile system.

    When Breath Becomes Air

    When Breath Becomes Air

    Biography, Career/Life, ⭐️ Favorite

    A memoir of Paul Kalanithi's life battling stage IV metastatic lung cancer. Just as Paul was about to be finished with his long, arduous neurosurgery residency and about to reach the peak of his life and career, he is hit with some of the most life-shattering news anyone can hear.

    Outliers

    Outliers

    Success, Social Science, ⭐️ Favorite

    One of the most influential books I have ever read. This was one of the first books I read in my journey of self-improvement, and it completely changed my mindset on the concepts of success and talent. Gladwell broke

    Zero to One

    Zero to One

    Startups, Entrepreneurship

    An in-depth look in to Peter Thiel's unique philosophy in how to create a successful company in the 21st century. Thiel was the founder of Paypal, one of the earliest investors in Facebook and now the CEO of Palantir, a company that recently went public.

    Deep Work

    Deep Work

    Success, Career/Life

    The most valuable skill to have in the 21st century is the ability to work for long periods at a time in deep concentration. But in a society where we are constantly being bombarded with emails, tweets, and blaring notifications the skill is becoming more and more important to have.

    Thinking, Fast and Slow

    Thinking, Fast and Slow

    Psychology, Social Science

    Kahneman who is a Nobel prize winner is able to take complex concepts on psychology and make them easy to understand and intuitive to anyone through examples and practical applications.

    Elon Musk's Biography

    Elon Musk's Biography

    ⭐️ Favorite, Biography, Success, Motivation

    I watched a one hour long documentary about Elon Musk on Youtube about a year ago so I was hesitant in buying the book. After finishing this book, I concluded that it must now be in my top 5 must reads right alongside Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins. You hear about Musk's work