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Alexis Kerry Ohanian, also known by the username kn0thing, is an American Internet entrepreneur and investor. He is best known as the co-founder and executive chairman of the social news website
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Can't Hurt Me
Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds
David Goggins - Dec 04, 2018
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For David Goggins, childhood was a nightmare — poverty, prejudice, and physical abuse colored his days and haunted his nights. But through self-discipline, mental toughness, and hard work, Goggins transformed himself from a depressed, overweight young man with no future into a U.S. Armed Forces icon and one of the world's top endurance athletes. Th...
Alexis Ohanian
Apr 07, 2021
@RMB2 @davidgoggins Both great books!      source
Extreme Ownership
Jocko Willink - Jan 01, 2018 (first published in 2015)
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An updated edition of the blockbuster bestselling leadership book that took America and the world by storm, two U.S. Navy SEAL officers who led the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War demonstrate how to apply powerful leadership principles from the battlefield to business and life.Combat, the most intense and dynamic envir...
Alexis Ohanian
Dec 19, 2020
@WCMichael619 This book will change your life:      source
The Hot Hand
The Mystery and Science of Streaks
Ben Cohen - Mar 10, 2020
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A brilliant and buoyant investigation into the existence (or not) of streaks, from a rising star at the Wall Street Journal.For decades, statisticians, social scientists, psychologists, and economists (among them Nobel Prize winners) have spent massive amounts of precious time thinking about whether streaks actually exist. After all, a substantial ...
Alexis Ohanian
Dec 06, 2020
Such a great book. I recall first learning about the "hot hand fallacy" in a cog sci class in college. Something about it just didn't feel right - if you've played any basketball, you've seen the hot hand and even experienced it yourself. This is a riveting story      source
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Peter King
Slaughterhouse-Five
A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
Kurt Vonnegut - Jan 12, 1999 (first published in 1969)
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Slaughterhouse-Five is a satirical novel by Kurt Vonnegut about World War II experiences and journeys through time of a chaplain's assistant named Billy Pilgrim. It is generally recognized as Vonnegut's most influential and popular work. Vonnegut's use of the firebombing of Dresden as a central event makes the novel semi-autobiographical, because h...
Alexis Ohanian
Sep 03, 2020
ONE OF MY FAVORITE BOOKS. ORDERED.      source
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James Altucher
Who
Geoff Smart - Sep 30, 2008
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In this instant New York Times Bestseller, Geoff Smart and Randy Street provide a simple, practical, and effective solution to what The Economist calls "the single biggest problem in business today" unsuccessful hiring. The average hiring mistake costs a company $1.5 million or more a year and countless wasted hours. This statistic becomes even mor...
Alexis Ohanian
Jul 16, 2020
Great book!      source
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Peter RexNoah Kagan
Rage Becomes Her
The Power of Women's Anger
Soraya Chemaly - May 21, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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"A new, conversation-shifting book that encourages women to own their anger and use it as a tool for positive change, written by one of today's most influential feminist thinkers"--...
Alexis Ohanian
May 16, 2020
Second book I've read on the subject this year and @schemaly goes in on the patriarchy and it's hard to argue with a lot of the data here. Rage really is a double-standard between men and women. As men, we need to lean into this painful truth in order to grow.      source
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Elizabeth Yost
Influence
Science and Practice (5th Edition)
Robert B. Cialdini - Aug 07, 2008 (first published in 1984)
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Influence: Science and Practice is an examination of the psychology of compliance (i.e. uncovering which factors cause a person to say "yes" to another's request). Written in a narrative style combined with scholarly research, Cialdini combines evidence from experimental work with the techniques and strategies he gathered while working as a sales...
Alexis Ohanian
May 03, 2020
Great recommendations and I'd also add Influence in order to navigate the world with heightened awareness for how we're always being influenced/manipulated.      source
The Ride of a Lifetime
Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of the Walt Disney Company
Robert Iger - Sep 23, 2019
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A grand vision defined: The CEO of Disney, one of Time's most influential people of 2019, shares the ideas and values he embraced to reinvent one of the most beloved companies in the world and inspire the people who bring the magic to life.Robert Iger became CEO of The Walt Disney Company in 2005, during a difficult time. Competition was more inten...
Alexis Ohanian
May 02, 2020
One of the best leadership books I've read. These usually disappoint, but I actually came away with some good leadership notes and new appreciation for what Iger pulled off in his tenure as Disney CEO. Hope to build my own Disney 2.0 one day...      source
Indistractable
How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life
Nir Eyal - Sep 10, 2019
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You sit down at your desk to work on an important project, but a notification on your phone interrupts your morning. Later, as you're about to get back to work, a colleague taps you on the shoulder to chat. At home, screens get in the way of quality time with your family. Another day goes by, and once again, your most important personal and profess...
Alexis Ohanian
Feb 26, 2020
Another must-read/listen from ⁦@nireyal⁩ (Hooked before that) I was vigorously nodding along to parts of this book. A great foundation for bringing intention and focus to your work- and home-life. Recommending to everyone at ⁦@Initialized⁩ as well as our founders      source
Little Leaders
Bold Women in Black History (Vashti Harrison)
Vashti Harrison - Dec 05, 2017
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Featuring forty trailblazing black women in American history, Little Leaders educates and inspires as it relates true stories of breaking boundaries and achieving beyond expectations. Illuminating text paired with irresistible illustrations bring to life both iconic and lesser-known female figures of Black history such as abolitionist Sojourner Tru...
Alexis Ohanian
Feb 25, 2020
For those of talk asking about the book title      source
Winners Take All
The Elite Charade of Changing the World
Anand Giridharadas - Oct 01, 2019 (first published in 2018)
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The New York Times bestselling, groundbreaking investigation of how the global elite's efforts to "change the world" preserve the status quo and obscure their role in causing the problems they later seek to solve. An essential read for understanding some of the egregious abuses of power that dominate today's news.Anand Giridharadas takes us into th...
Alexis Ohanian
Feb 12, 2020
I'm ready to be excommunicated from the VC world: I enjoyed @AnandWrites' book. In fact, you should come on #BusinessDad so we can talk about dad things and the wealth gap. I disagree with a lot of your proposed solutions, but we need to hear these views now more than ever.      source
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