Book notes: TED Talks

TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Anderson book summary.

TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Anderson

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Synopsis: “…this is an insider’s guide to creating talks that are unforgettable.

Chris Anderson has shown how carefully crafted short talks can be the key to unlocking empathy, stirring excitement, spreading knowledge, and promoting a shared dream. Done right, a talk can electrify a room and transform an audience’s worldview. Done right, a talk is more powerful than anything in written form.

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Book notes: Mindless Eating

Mindless Eating by Brian Wansink book summary.

Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think by Brian Wansink Ph.D.

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Synopsis: “In this illuminating and groundbreaking new book, food psychologist Brian Wansink shows why you may not realize how much you’re eating, what you’re eating, or why you’re even eating at all.

  • Does food with a brand name really taste better?
  • Do you hate brussels sprouts because your mother did?
  • Does the size of your plate determine how hungry you feel?
  • How much would you eat if your soup bowl secretly refilled itself?
  • What does your favorite comfort food really say about you?
  • Why do you overeat so much at healthy restaurants?

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Book notes: Peak Performance

Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success by Brad Stulberg & Steve Magness book summary.

Peak Performance: Elevate Your Game, Avoid Burnout, and Thrive with the New Science of Success by Brad Stulberg, Steve Magness

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Synopsis: “A few common principles drive performance, regardless of the field or the task at hand. Whether someone is trying to qualify for the Olympics, break ground in mathematical theory or craft an artistic masterpiece, many of the practices that lead to great success are the same.

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Book notes: Give and Take

Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success by Adam M. Grant, Ph.D. book summary.

Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success by Adam M. Grant, Ph.D.

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Synopsis: “For generations, we have focused on the individual drivers of success: passion, hard work, talent, and luck. But today, success is increasingly dependent on how we interact with others.

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Book notes: Tribe

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger book summary.

Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger

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Synopsis: “Tribal society has been exerting an almost gravitational pull on Westerners for hundreds of years, and the reason lies deep in our evolutionary past as a communal species.

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A Year in Review: 2017

My 2017 reflection. Blessings, achievements, goals, and themes/lessons of the year.

Why Am I Writing This?

It’s that time of year again. I actually really enjoy doing these retrospectives. I’ve been preparing for this post all year since writing my 2016 review post the same time last year. Since then, I’ve been taking notes on the lessons I’ve learned along the way in order to revisit these insights at the end of the year.

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Book notes: Principles

Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio book summary.

Principles: Life and Work by Ray Dalio

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Synopsis: “Ray Dalio, one of the world’s most successful investors and entrepreneurs, shares the unconventional principles that he’s developed, refined, and used over the past 40 years to create unique results in both life and business – and which any person or organization can adopt to help achieve their goals.

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Book notes: Delivering Happiness

Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh book summary.

Delivering Happiness: A Path to Profits, Passion, and Purpose by Tony Hsieh

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Synopsis: In this, his first audiobook, Tony Hsieh – the widely admired CEO of Zappos, the online shoe retailer – explains how he created a unique culture and commitment to service that aims to improve the lives of employees, customers, vendors, and backers. Using anecdotes and stories from his own life experiences, and from other companies, Hsieh provides concrete ways that companies can achieve unprecedented success. Even better, he shows how creating happiness and record results go hand-in-hand.

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