Anything You Want

Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur by Derek Sivers I think Derek Sivers is my spirit animal. Everything he writes or publishes resonates with me in ways that I don’t get from most other authors, speakers, artists, or entrepreneurs. This book is hard to summarize because it’s so darn short. You can […]

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Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind

Zen Mind, Beginner’s Mind by Shunryu Suzuki A mental workout is often required when studying Buddhism, Taoism, and other easten philosphy. The teachings are so simple, they can be difficult to understand. This collection of teachings is no different. But anything that requires the reader to think deeply about simple things is a good read. The book […]

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The Artist’s Way

The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path To Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron Almost every artist I know seems to have heard of this book. None of them, as far I know, have finished it. It’s not meant to be read cover to cover (I did it anyway)… The end of each chapter is more of […]

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Think Like a Freak

Think Like a Freak: The Authors of Freakonomics Offer to Retrain Your Brain by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner If you haven’t read Freakonomics or SuperFreakonomics, you absolutely should. Right now. They’re some of my favorite books because they illustrate a counter-intuitive way to look at the world and data to learn things […]

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The Slight Edge

The Slight Edge

The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness by Jeff Olson The lessons of this book are simple. But applying them is not easy. If they were, there would be more successful people. The slight edge is the ability to take focused actions over time to acheive big results. Just like practicing piano every […]

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The Obstacle is the Way

The Obstacle is the Way

 The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday This is a guide through stoic philosophy without being one. Stoicism isn’t particularly well known. Most know it’s something Roman-related, and calling someone “stoic” means they appear cold an unfeeling. Stoicism actually is a philosophy about how to live life. […]

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Ignore Everybody

Ignore Everybody: and 39 Other Keys to Creativity by Hugh MacLeod Great book about living a fulfilled life, career choices, and art. Some points that stuck out: Asking whether to choose between art and money is asking the wrong question. Small ideas nurtured over time create big results. Being afraid of selling out is useless when you’re […]

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Essentialism

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown Read this book! Biggest takeaways: Priority is singular. If you have more than one, you don’t have any. Saying no is uncomfortable in the moment, but more space to pursue my priority yields great rewards. If you are firm with your boundaries, people will respect them. […]

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