Book Notes and Resources

I take notes, write summaries, and collect resources for the books I read, both as a tool to help me remember their contents and in the hopes that others will find them useful.

See also the article notes and notes tags.

So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport – Review & Summary

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“Be so good they can’t ignore you.” –Steve Martin Review So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport (2012) is about working right, rather than finding the right work. To achieve true work satisfaction you should learn to love what you do, not do what you think you love. Find rare and valuable skills […]

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The First 20 Hours by Josh Kaufman – Review & Summary

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The First 20 Hours by Josh Kaufman is a book about rapid skill acquisition: the art and practice of obtaining new skills as quickly and efficiently as possible. The core idea is that, with a bit of strategy, you can learn just about any skills to a sufficient level with around 20 hours (and often […]

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Finding Flow by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi – Summary

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The idea of flow is popular in the online productivity, life-hacking blogosphere. Being in a state of flow is when you’re fully immersed in a specific task with a seemingly inexhaustible amount of focus. Five hours may zip by and you hardly even notice. I’ve experienced flow on many occasions, such as when I get […]

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Switch by Chip and Dan Heath – Summary

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This article contains my book notes for Switch by Chip and Dan Heath.1 Summary (What You Need to Know) Your brain is like an elephant with a rider perched on top. The rider does the planning and analyzing. The elephant provides the emotional energy. To create change the elephant and rider must cooperate. The Switch […]

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