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Derek Sivers is an American writer, musician, programmer and entrepreneur best known for being the founder and former president of CD Baby, an online CD store for independent musicians. A professional musician since 1987, Sivers started CD Baby by accident in 1997 when he was selling his own CD on his website, and friends asked if he could sell theirs, too. CD Baby went on to become the largest seller of independent music on the web, with over $100M in sales for over 150,000 musician clients.
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Book 1: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth
Judd Winick - 2015-09-01
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Dog Man meets Big Nate in HILO-the hilarious New York Times Bestselling GRAPHIC NOVEL SERIES kids love! “A Total BLAST,” says the Miami Herald!BOOM! CLANG! CRASH! D.J. and Gina are totally ordinary kids. But Hilo isn’t! Hilo just fell out of the sky and doesn’t know where he came from, or what he’s doing on Earth. (Or why going to school in only yo...
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Parents of young (age 5-10) readers: We just finished reading the “HILO” comic books - which my boy’s librarian recommended - and it’s the best we’ve ever found. GREAT writing/story/twists/everything. If you know another this good, please let me know.      source
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Several Short Sentences About Writing
Verlyn Klinkenborg - 2013-04-09 (first published in 2012)
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Most of what you think you know about writing is useless. It’s the harmful debris of your education—a mixture of half-truths, myths, and false assumptions that prevents you from writing well. Drawing on years of experience as a writer and teacher of writing, Verlyn Klinkenborg offers an approach to writing that will change the way you work and thin...
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@mapc LOVE this book!      source
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Sanjay Bakshi
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Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman - 2013-04-02
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In the highly anticipated Thinking, Fast and Slow, Kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. System 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; System 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. Kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities—and also the faults and biases—of fas...
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If you liked “Predictably Irrational” or “Stumbling on Happiness” or any of those pop-psychology books, well, this is the Godfather of all of their work. Huge thorough book gives a great overview of much of his work. Read the other quotes on Amazon about it.      source
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Moonwalking with Einstein
The Art and Science of Remembering Everything
Joshua Foer - 2012-02-28 (first published in 2011)
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The blockbuster phenomenon that charts an amazing journey of the mind while revolutionizing our concept of memory An instant bestseller that is poised to become a classic, Moonwalking with Einstein recounts Joshua Foer's yearlong quest to improve his memory under the tutelage of top "mental athletes." He draws on cutting-edge research, a surprising...
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For those fascinated with memory. Riveting page-turner about a journalist (with no particularly good memory) who went to cover a memory championship event. Intrigued and befriending some competitors, he starts practicing, and a year later wins the U.S. memory championship event himself. Inspiring dive into the subject of memorization.      source
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Made to Stick
Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die
Chip Heath - 2007-01-02 (first published in 2006)
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER - The instant classic about why some ideas thrive, why others die, and how to improve your idea's chances--essential reading in the "fake news" era.Mark Twain once observed, "A lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can even get its boots on." His observation rings true: Urban legends, conspiracy theories, a...
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Actually analyzing what makes certain ideas or stories more memorable than others! Fascinating. Apply this wisdom to your songs, bio/story, communication with fans, etc.      source
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The Third Ear
On Listening to the World
Joachim-Ernst Berendt - 1992-04-01 (first published in 1985)
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The author draws on his studies of cultures around the world to demonstrate how dominance of the ear as the primary sense organ for gathering and processing information is directly linked to compassion and peacefulness...
Derek Sivers
My #1 most-gifted book is “The Third Ear” by Joachim-Ernst Berendt. Forever changes how you think of sound.      source
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Prisoners of Geography
Ten Maps That Explain Everything About the World (1) (Politics of Place)
Tim Marshall - 2016-10-11 (first published in 2015)
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In this New York Times bestseller, updated for 2016, an award-winning journalist uses ten maps of crucial regions to explain the geo-political strategies of the world powers—“fans of geography, history, and politics (and maps) will be enthralled” (Fort Worth Star-Telegram).Maps have a mysterious hold over us. Whether ancient, crumbling parchments o...
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The world's cultures and politics are this way because of geography : oceans, rivers, mountains, deserts, farmable land, etc. Fascinating for me because I'd never looked at this world this way before.      source
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Culture Shock! Finland
A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette
Deborah Swallow - 2008-05-30 (first published in 2001)
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Whether you travel for business, pleasure, or a combination of the two, the ever-popular "Culture Shock!" series belongs in your backpack or briefcase. Get the nuts-and-bolts information you need to survive and thrive wherever you go. "Culture Shock!" country guides are easy-to-read, accurate, and entertaining crash courses in local customs and eti...
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Surprisingly insightful. Much better than expected. An outsider’s insights into Finnish culture. I read it on my way to Finland, and swooned at the description of what sound like my kind of people. My experience in Finland mostly matches the book’s description, except I was in louder central Helsinki, so the anti-social silence was not on display. The book has a list of spectrums of culture which could be a good framework to categorize various countries’ cultures.      source
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This Is Marketing
You Can't Be Seen Until You Learn to See
Seth Godin - 2018-11-13
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Real marketing isn't about racking up clicks and tweets; it's about connection, empathy, and making a difference. Over the past quarter century, Seth Godin has taught and inspired millions of entrepreneurs, marketers, leaders, and fans from all walks of life, via his blog, online courses, lectures, and bestselling books. He is the inventor of count...
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A must-read for every entrepreneur. A holistic, generous, human, emotional, long-term, story-driven approach to your business. The world would be a much better place if businesses were led this way. You'll have a competitive advantage if you do this, since so few do.      source
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Deke Bridges
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Everything Is F*cked
A Book About Hope
Mark Manson - 2019-05-14
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From the author of the international mega-bestseller The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck comes a counterintuitive guide to the problems of hope. We live in an interesting time. Materially, everything is the best its ever beenwe are freer, healthier and wealthier than any people in human history. Yet, somehow everything seems to be irreparably and h...
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Philosophy made relatable. Great points about taking feelings seriously, pain as the speed of light, humanity as an ends not means, and democracy acknowledging human nature. Sections on Nietzsche and Kant are fascinating, not academic. The second half grabbed me the most.      source
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Ralph Waldo Emerson - 2021-05-04
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Meditations by Marcus Aurelius
How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
The Pragmatic Programmer by David Thomas
The Magic of Thinking Big by David J Schwartz
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The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster by Darren Hardy
Living Beautifully by Pema Chodron
I Will Teach You to Be Rich, Second Edition by Ramit Sethi
Thinking in Bets by Annie Duke
When by Daniel H. Pink
Getting the Love You Want by Harville Hendrix
Happy by Derren Brown
Stubborn Attachments by Tyler Cowen
Atomic Habits by James Clear
Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari
Grit by Angela Duckworth
Life 3.0 by Max Tegmark
Pre-Suasion by Robert Cialdini
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari
The Courage to Be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi
The Truth by Neil Strauss
12 Rules for Life by Jordan B. Peterson
No B.S. Time Management for Entrepreneurs by Dan S. Kennedy
Principles by Ray Dalio
The Gardener and the Carpenter by Alison Gopnik
Perennial Seller by Ryan Holiday
The Inevitable by Kevin Kelly
Peak by Anders Ericsson
The Geography of Genius by Eric Weiner
The Bed of Procrustes by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson
Smartcuts by Shane Snow
Ego Is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday
When Things Fall Apart by Pema Chodron
Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss
Nobody Wants to Read Your Sh*t by Steven Pressfield
Deep Work by Cal Newport
How to Talk to Anyone by Leil Lowndes
Surviving AI by Calum Chace
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield
Getting Things Done by David Allen
Do the Work by Steven Pressfield
Mindwise by Nicholas Epley
Poke the Box by Seth Godin
How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams
Zero to One by Peter Thiel
Superhuman By Habit by Tynan
Fluent Forever by Gabriel Wyner
A Mind for Numbers by Barbara Oakley
The Obstacle Is the Way by Ryan Holiday
Give and Take by Adam Grant
Show Your Work! by Austin Kleon
Antifragile by Nassim Nicholas Taleb
Watching the English by Kate Fox
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg
The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal
The Innovator's Solution by Clayton M. Christensen
Total Recall by Arnold Schwarzenegger
The Antidote by Oliver Burkeman
How to Learn a Foreign Language by Paul Pimsleur
Choose Yourself! by James Altucher
Decisive by Chip Heath
What Got You Here Won't Get You There by Marshall Goldsmith
Quiet by Susan Cain
The Icarus Deception by Seth Godin
You Are Not So Smart by David McRaney
The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy
So Good They Can't Ignore You by Cal Newport
Willpower by Roy F. Baumeister
The Personal MBA by Josh Kaufman
The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking by Edward B. Burger
The Little Book of Talent by Daniel Coyle
Wired for Story by Lisa Cron
Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield
Meatball Sundae by Seth Godin
The Practicing Mind by Thomas M. Sterner
Making Ideas Happen by Scott Belsky
Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon
How to Talk So Kids Will Listen & Listen So Kids Will Talk by Adele Faber
You, Inc. by Harry Beckwith
How to Live by Sarah Bakewell
The Lean Startup by Eric Ries
Drive by Daniel H. Pink
4-Hour Body by Timothy Ferriss
What Technology Wants by Kevin Kelly
Wikinomics by Don Tapscott
The Developing World by Fredrik Härén
Au Contraire by Gilles Asselin
Start Small, Stay Small by Rob Walling
Hackers & Painters by Paul Graham
Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle
The Lessons of History by Will Durant
Switch by Chip Heath
Business Stripped Bare by Richard Branson
Sum by David Eagleman
Why Smart People Make Big Money Mistakes and How to Correct Them by Gary Belsky
The Smartest Investment Book You'll Ever Read by Daniel R. Solin
The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferriss
Personal Development for Smart People by Steve Pavlina
Crowdsourcing by Jeff Howe
The Time Paradox by Philip Zimbardo
Ignore Everybody by Hugh MacLeod
How to Get Rich by Felix Dennis
Emergency by Neil Strauss
Here Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky
How We Decide by Jonah Lehrer
The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner
The How of Happiness by Sonja Lyubomirsky
Tribes by Seth Godin
A Guide to the Good Life by William B. Irvine
Influence by Robert B. Cialdini
How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less by Nicholas Boothman
The Ultimate Sales Machine by Chet Holmes
The Art of Learning by Josh Waitzkin
Brain Rules by John Medina
Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart by Gordon Livingston
Mindset by Carol S. Dweck
The Culture Code by Clotaire Rapaille
The Dip by Seth Godin
Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert
Seeking Wisdom by Peter Bevelin
Making a Good Brain Great by Daniel G. Amen
The Happiness Hypothesis by Jonathan Haidt
Small Is the New Big by Seth Godin
Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl
On Writing Well by William Zinsser
Tricks of the Mind by Derren Brown
When Cultures Collide by Richard D. Lewis
The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki
Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond
The Culting of Brands by Douglas Atkin
Poor Charlie's Almanack by Peter D. Kaufman
The E-Myth Revisited by Michael E. Gerber
Overachievement by John Eliot
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz
The Four Pillars of Investing by William Bernstein
The Art of Profitability by Adrian Slywotzky
The Road Less Traveled by M. Scott Peck
The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr
The Wisdom of No Escape and the Path of Loving-Kindness by Pema Chodron
Innumeracy by John Allen Paulos
The Consolations of Philosophy by Alain de Botton
Art & Fear by David Bayles
Fail-Safe Investing by Harry Browne
The 48 Laws of Power by Robert Greene
Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut
A Geography Of Time by Robert V. Levine
Management of the Absurd by Richard Farson
Power Schmoozing by Terri Mandell
Maximum Achievement by Brian Tracy
Awaken the Giant Within by Tony Robbins
Mastery by George Leonard
The Story of Philosophy by Will Durant
Cows, Pigs, Wars, and Witches by Marvin Harris
How to Read a Book by Mortimer J. Adler
Talent is Overrated by Geoff Colvin