Another great question to conquer negativity and to up your mental health game is the question of: "What do I feel grateful for?"
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
Just going over my internet presence, I realized I have been focussing a lot of time and energy elsewhere and not on here. More than two months not giving an update apart from updating my "now" page. Well, here it is with some pictures 🙂 I guess I will start with the most important day … Continue reading The past, the future, THE PRESENT!