Make Time – How to Focus on What Matters Every Day by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky – Summary & Thoughts

A bible for how to design and live meaningful and productive every day. The creators of Google Ventures Design Sprint criticize two default modes of distraction that we live in today: “The Busy Bandwagon” describes our constant state of email reactivity and being efficient without getting done anything meaningful. “Infinity Pools” are all services with … Continue reading Make Time – How to Focus on What Matters Every Day by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky – Summary & Thoughts

Homo Deus – A Short History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari – Summary & Thoughts

My second great read from Harari that blew my mind. The author first explains how we managed to tame famine, plague, and war with new technologies and that we will use upgraded information and bio-technologies for humanity's new goals: immortality, bliss, and divinity - basically becoming god (Homo Deus). After this introduction, the first part … Continue reading Homo Deus – A Short History of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari – Summary & Thoughts

The 4 Agreements – A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom – Don Miguel Ruiz – Summary & Thoughts

The book makes the claim that during our childhood we have been taught beliefs that aren't necessarily ours but the beliefs and the “dream” of the planet. This is what taught us how to live and how to dream. In order to break these beliefs and live a life full of personal freedom, you need … Continue reading The 4 Agreements – A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom – Don Miguel Ruiz – Summary & Thoughts

The Lessons of History – Will & Ariel Durant (1968) – Summary & Thoughts

An ambitious but humble undertaking to summarize learnings from 5000 years of history onto 100 pages. Change is accelerating and the authors want to ferret out the facts of history, establish meaningful chaos of the material, and seek perspective and enlightenment. From many lessons, few stand out: Human history is a brief spot in space, … Continue reading The Lessons of History – Will & Ariel Durant (1968) – Summary & Thoughts

The Molecule of More: How a Single Chemical in Your Brain Drives Love, Sex, and Creativity – And Will Determine the Fate of the Human Race by Liebermann & Long – Summary & Thoughts

A great non-fiction book focussed on explaining why we behave the way we behave in Love, Addiction, Power, Creativity, Politics, and Advancement of the species. Everything is controlled by our hormones, especially Dopamin, which is about the future and all others which are about "the now". True happiness can only be found in harmony between … Continue reading The Molecule of More: How a Single Chemical in Your Brain Drives Love, Sex, and Creativity – And Will Determine the Fate of the Human Race by Liebermann & Long – Summary & Thoughts

Disrupt Yourself by Whitney Johnson – Summary & Thoughts

In this book the analyst Whitney Johnson draws on her experience to make the case for disruptive innovation in your personal work, arguing that disrupting yourself is critical to avoid stagnation and fast-tracking personal and career growth. A base for her theory is the S-shaped curve of disruptive innovation: slow growth at first, then reaching … Continue reading Disrupt Yourself by Whitney Johnson – Summary & Thoughts

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley – Summary & Thoughts

A dystopian story from the future where a word state is formed on bioengineered citizens. Humans are genetically engineered and conditioned into a specific caste of the social hierarchy with the goal to build stability and make everyone happy. It makes you think about the idea that happiness should be the ultimate goal and about … Continue reading Brave New World by Aldous Huxley – Summary & Thoughts

Goodbye things! The New Japanese Minimalism by Fumio Sasaki – Summary and Thoughts

A book that fires you up to embrace a more minimalistic and simple life to be happier. The author makes the case that most of the stuff we own is to impress other people. Instead of always looking for what we are missing, we should embrace the things we already own, thereby embracing the really … Continue reading Goodbye things! The New Japanese Minimalism by Fumio Sasaki – Summary and Thoughts