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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 - 2015-05-18
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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
2020-09-03T19:20:15.000Z
@gasca @gordonbrander i love this book      source
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Wool
Hugh Howey - 2013-03-12 (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 - 2016-07-01 (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
2016-09-09T00:00:00.000Z
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
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Getting Things Done
David Allen - 2015-03-17 (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
2016-09-09T00:00:00.000Z
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
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The Martian
Andy Weir - 2014-10-28 (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
2016-09-09T00:00:00.000Z
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
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Antifragile
Things That Gain from Disorder (Incerto)
Nassim Nicholas Taleb - 2014-01-28 (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
2016-09-09T00:00:00.000Z
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
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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...
Ev Williams
2016-09-09T00:00:00.000Z
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
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Reinventing Fire
Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era
Amory Lovins - 2011-10-15
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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
2016-09-09T00:00:00.000Z
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
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Mindset
The New Psychology of Success
Carol S. Dweck - 2007-12-26 (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
2016-09-09T00:00:00.000Z
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
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Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
An Inquiry into Values
Robert M Pirsig - 2006-04-25 (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. Robert M. Pirsig's Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is an examination of how we live, a medita...
Ev Williams
2016-09-09T00:00:00.000Z
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
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Cumulus
Eliot Peper - 2016-04-26
The Innovator's Dilemma by Clayton M. Christensen
The Halo Effect by Phil Rosenzweig
Hackers & Painters by Paul Graham
The Dip by Seth Godin
The Effective Executive by Peter F. Drucker
Joel on Software by Joel Spolsky
Moneyball by Michael Lewis
Good To Great by Jim Collins
Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach