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Evan Williams is an American computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur who has founded several Internet companies. Williams was previously chairman and CEO of Twitter, one of the top ten websites on the Internet.
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Why Greatness Cannot Be Planned
The Myth of the Objective
Kenneth O. Stanley - May 18, 2015
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Why does modern life revolve around objectives? From how science is funded, to improving how children are educated -- and nearly everything in-between -- our society has become obsessed with a seductive illusion: that greatness results from doggedly measuring improvement in the relentless pursuit of an ambitious goal. In Why Greatness Cannot Be Pla...
Ev Williams
Sep 03, 2020
@gasca @gordonbrander i love this book     source
Wool
Hugh Howey - Mar 12, 2013 (first published in 2012)
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For suspense-filled, post-apocalyptic thrillers, Wool is more than a self-published ebook phenomenon―it’s the new standard in classic science fiction.In a ruined and toxic future, a community exists in a giant silo underground, hundreds of stories deep. There, men and women live in a society full of regulations they believe are meant to protect the...
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Mindfulness for Beginners
Reclaiming the Present Moment and Your Life
Jon Kabat-Zinn - Jul 01, 2016 (first published in 2006)
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Now in paperback, the perfect starting place to learn mindfulness meditation and return ourselves to wholeness and presence. With Mindfulness for Beginners, Jon Kabat-Zinn guides readers through the simple steps for transforming our relationship to the way we think, feel, love, work, and play, to more fully embody who we really are. Here, the teach...
Ev Williams
Sep 09, 2016
Meditation has become more mainstream in the last few years, thanks to scientific findings and general awareness of the benefits it brings. For me, mindfulness meditation is the most important habit I’ve taken up in my adult life. For those curious about it, Kabat-Zinn, one of the original mindfulness gurus of the West, breaks it down in simple and beneficial terms.     source
Getting Things Done
David Allen - Mar 17, 2015 (first published in 2001)
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Since it was first published in David Allen's Getting Things Done has become one of the most influential business titles of its era, and the book on personal organisation. 'GTD' has become shorthand for an entire way of approaching the professional and personal tasks everyone faces in life, and has spawned an entire culture of websites, organisatio...
Ev Williams
Sep 09, 2016
Still the best advice on getting your life in order and freeing up your brain to be creative. I need frequent reminders on the approach laid out in this book, as I fall off the GTD wagon often. But every time I get back on I instantly feel happier and more in control. (If you’re familiar with GTD but need a reminder, check out Allen’s newer Making it All Work.)     source
The Martian
Andy Weir - Oct 28, 2014 (first published in 2012)
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Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm forces his crew to evacuate the planet while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded on Mars's surface, with no way to signal Earth that he's alive. And even if he could get word out, h...
Ev Williams
Sep 09, 2016
If I was really stranded on a desert island, this novel would be good to have. The movie is also good, but the book would help to pass more time. Both make surviving on a desert island seem like a walk in the park. What’s great about this adventure — which I find rare in pop culture — is the celebration of the mind, invention and science.     source
Antifragile
Things That Gain from Disorder (Incerto)
Nassim Nicholas Taleb - Jan 28, 2014 (first published in 2012)
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Antifragile is a standalone book in Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s landmark Incerto series, an investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk, and decision-making in a world we don’t understand. The other books in the series are Fooled by Randomness, The Black Swan, and The Bed of Procrustes.Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the bestsell...
Ev Williams
Sep 09, 2016
Few books have made me think more than this one over the last decade. A meandering philosophical treatise that explores how all types of systems — your body, nature, the economy, your company — get stronger or weaker with stress. Some don’t like Taleb’s writing style, but his ideas are compelling.     source
Thinking, Fast and Slow
Daniel Kahneman - Apr 02, 2013
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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...
Ev Williams
Sep 09, 2016
I love surprising scientific findings, as well as information about how our brains work. This is a treasure trove of both. Turns out, our brains are constantly misleading us. It’s not clear that learning how that’s the case reduces the chances of it happening, but it’s fascinating nonetheless.     source
Reinventing Fire
Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era
Amory Lovins - Oct 15, 2011
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Imagine fuel without fear. No climate change. No oil spills, no dead coalminers, no dirty air, no devastated lands, no lost wildlife. No energy poverty. No oil-fed wars, tyrannies, or terrorists. No leaking nuclear wastes or spreading nuclear weapons. Nothing to run out. Nothing to cut off. Nothing to worry about. Just energy abundance, benign and ...
Ev Williams
Sep 09, 2016
I’ve read a lot about climate change. Mostly it’s depressing — which isn’t a good reason to not understand it. But this book from Amory Lovins and his Rocky Mountain Institute is an antidote for doom and gloom. It offers a thoroughly researched set of options for engineering our way out of the crisis.     source
Mindset
The New Psychology of Success
Carol S. Dweck - Dec 26, 2007 (first published in 2006)
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Now updated with new research — the book that has changed millions of lives.After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this brilliant book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of hum...
Ev Williams
Sep 09, 2016
It’s one of those ideas that is obvious only once you know it — that praising kids for their abilities (as opposed to their efforts) can actually be detrimental. Dweck’s research is among the most important for parents to know. Her book goes far beyond the implications for children and has lessons for all in work and personal life.     source
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
An Inquiry into Values
Robert M Pirsig - Apr 25, 2006 (first published in 1974)
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Robert M. Pirsig's Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is an examination of how we live, a meditation on how to live better set around the narration of a summer motorcycle trip across America's Northwest, undertaken by a father & his young son....
Ev Williams
Sep 09, 2016
One of the few novels I’ve ever read twice (though it’s been about 20 years, so it might be time for a reread). A philosophy book in the form of a novel that has very little to do with motorcycle maintenance. Instead, it has a lot to do with the elusive aspects of “quality,” and the importance of attitude in your approach to life.     source
The Effective Executive
The Definitive Guide to Getting the Right Things Done (Harperbusiness Essentials)
Peter F. Drucker - Jan 03, 2006 (first published in 1966)
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What makes an effective executive?The measure of the executive, Peter F. Drucker reminds us, is the ability to "get the right things done." This usually involves doing what other people have overlooked as well as avoiding what is unproductive. Intelligence, imagination, and knowledge may all be wasted in an executive job without the acquired habits...
Ev Williams
Sep 09, 2016
Though the parts on computers feel a little dated, this slim 1969 guide to managing yourself and others in the knowledge economy is otherwise incredibly on point. Drucker writes about first principles and makes things seem obvious — once he explains them in his straightforward way.     source
Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach
Cumulus by Eliot Peper
The Innovator's Dilemma by Clayton M. Christensen
The Halo Effect by Phil Rosenzweig
Hackers & Painters by Paul Graham
The Dip by Seth Godin
Joel on Software by Joel Spolsky
Moneyball by Michael Lewis
Good to Great by Jim Collins