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The Untethered Soul
The Journey Beyond Yourself
by Michael A. Singer (Oct 03, 2007)
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What would it be like to free yourself from limitations and soar beyond your boundaries? What can you do each day to discover inner peace and serenity? The Untethered Soul—now a #1 New York Times bestseller—offers simple yet profound answers to these questions.Whether this is your first exploration of inner space, or you’ve devoted your life to the...
Ryan Hoover
Jan 16, 2020
Just finished reading The Untethered Soul. This quote resonated with me the most: “You cannot spend your life avoiding things that are not actually happening, or everything will become negative”     source
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The Great CEO Within
The Tactical Guide to Company Building
by Matt Mochary (Dec 05, 2019)
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Matt Mochary coaches the CEOs of many of the fastest-scaling technology companies in Silicon Valley. With The Great CEO Within, he shares his highly effective leadership and business-operating tools with any CEO or manager in the world. Learn how to efficiently scale your business from startup to corporation by implementing a system of accountabili...
Ryan Hoover
Dec 06, 2019
Highly recommended read, especially for CEOs by @mattmochary and @maccaw     source
How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life
by 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...
Ryan Hoover
Sep 10, 2019
Nir Eyal, author of Hooked, just published his next book, Indistractible 👏🏼 (I’m grabbing the audiobook)     source
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Mindful Design
How and Why to Make Design Decisions for the Good of Those Using Your Product
by Scott Riley (Dec 11, 2018)
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Categories: DesignArt
Learn to create seamless designs backed by a responsible understanding of the human mind. This book examines how human behavior can be used to integrate your product design into lifestyle, rather than interrupt it, and make decisions for the good of those that are using your product. Mindful Design introduces the areas of brain science that matter ...
Ryan Hoover
Jan 16, 2019
This looks like a great book for product designers. Bookmarking for myself.     source
Taking the Work Out of Networking
Your Guide to Making and Keeping Great Connections
by Karen Wickre (Oct 29, 2019)
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For introverts who panic at the idea of networking, Wickres book is a deep, calming breath. Sophia Dembling, author of The Introverts Way Former Google executive, editorial director of Twitter, self-described introvert, and the best-connected Silicon Valley figure youve never heard of (Walt Mossberg, Wall Street Journal), offers networking advice f...
Ryan Hoover
Nov 28, 2018
ATTN INTROVERTS: This new book by @kvox (ex-Google and Twitter) might speak to you: h/t @sacca     source
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The Courage to Be Disliked
The Japanese Phenomenon That Shows You How to Change Your Life and Achieve Real Happiness
by Ichiro Kishimi (May 08, 2018)
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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up for the mind, The Courage to Be Disliked is the Japanese phenomenon that shows you how to free yourself from the shackles of past experiences and others’ expectations to achieve real happiness.The Courage to Be Disliked, already an enormous bestseller in Asia with more than 3.5 million copies sold, demonstrates...
Ryan Hoover
Jul 05, 2018
It's like this book was written just for me. I came away with so many "aha!" moments that have helped me better understand myself.     source
How to Build Habit-Forming Products
by Nir Eyal (Nov 04, 2014)
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How do successful companies create products people cant put down?Why do some products capture widespread attention while others flop? What makes us engage with certain products out of sheer habit? Is there a pattern underlying how technologies hook us?Nir Eyal answers these questions (and many more) by explaining the Hook Modela four-step process e...
Ryan Hoover
Oct 06, 2017
I've learned a lot about product design from @nireyal 👉🏼     source
This book is also recommended by
Marc Goodman
The Four Steps to the Epiphany
by Steve Blank (Jul 17, 2013)
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The essential book for anyone bringing a product to market, writing a business plan, marketing plan or sales plan. Step-by-step strategy of how to successfully organize sales, marketing and business development for a new product or company. The book offers insight into what makes some startups successful and leaves others selling off their furnitur...
Ryan Hoover
Feb 21, 2010
Just finished reading The Four Steps to the Epiphany. Too much (good) info but thankfully there's a summary in the Appendix.     source
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Crush It!
Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion
by Gary Vaynerchuk (Oct 13, 2009)
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Categories: BusinessNonfiction
Do you have a hobby you wish you could indulge in all day? An obsession that keeps you up at night? Now is the perfect time to take that passion and make a living doing what you love. In Crush It! Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion, Gary Vaynerchuk shows you how to use the power of the Internet to turn your real interests into real busi...
Ryan Hoover
Oct 27, 2009
@johnnyfontana Motivating stuff, isn't it? :) I love how he cuts to the point - no BS. #CrushIt     source
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The Art of Game Design
A Book of Lenses, Third Edition
by Jesse Schell (Aug 26, 2019)
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Jesse Schell takes an unusual approach to game design, an approach that focuses neither on the technological details of game development nor on the analysis of popular games. Instead, the book will propose that the most important skill for a game designer is not creativity as most suppose, but that of listening. The five kinds of listening (team, c...
Ryan Hoover
Although it's about gaming, the learnings and tactics in the book can be applied to any product. It's really about psychology and how people think.     source
The Courage to be Happy
True Contentment Is In Your Power
by Ichiro Kishimi (Jun 06, 2019)
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The Courage to be Happy is a profound insight into the way we should live our lives that has already sold more than one million copies in Japan. As in The Courage to be Disliked, we follow a Socratic dialogue between a philosopher and a young man. The philosopher believes that the key to a life of happiness and fulfillment is offered to us by the t...
Ryan Hoover
Touches on very controversial ideas around parenthood and friendship. It will challenge some of your beliefs with its counter-intuitive Adlerian ideas.     source