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    Mindset

    by Carol Dweck

    My takeaway: There are two mindsets: the fixed mindset and the growth mindset. In the fixed mindset everything is about the outcome, while the growth mindset allows for valuing what you are doing regardless of the outcome. Remember that the mind is malleable—you always have a choice which mindset to adopt.

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    The Slight Edge

    by Jeff Olson

    My takeaway: Improvement lies in the small everyday actions you do repeatedly. Your philosophy affects what you do and how you think about simple everyday disciplines—those disciplines in turn defines who you are. Understand that time is your friend and your everyday actions will compound over time.

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    Stop Reading the News

    by Rolf Dobelli

    My takeaway: News is to your mind what sugar is to your body. Be aware that the press is selling the new and immediate as relevant—this is a fraud, relevance is a highly personal issue. Use these two questions to find out if news is relevant to you, Do you understand the world better now? And do you make better decisions?

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    My takeaway: Time is what you pay attention to. It’s not that life is short but that we waste a lot of it, by not being intentional. Take stock of what matters to you and happily disregard what doesn’t.

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    The Courage to be Disliked

    by Ichiro Kishimi and Fumitake Koga

    My takeaway: Understanding life is about understanding the “separation of tasks”—which tasks are yours and which tasks aren’t? Only encourage, but never meddle with other people’s tasks; ultimately it’s not up to you. Focus on your own responsibility and concern yourself with what you have control over—that will lighten your load and make life simpler.

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    My takeaway: Life is constantly throwing you new problems. The trick is to choose the problems you find worthy to solve and disregard the rest. What kind of pain do you want in your life and what would you be willing to struggle for?

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    Man’s Search for Meaning

    by Viktor E Frankl

    My takeaway: Change your perspective by switching the question “What do I expect from life?” to “What does life expect from me?” What matters is not the meaning of life in general but the specific meaning of a person’s life at a given moment. Meaning in life can be found in (1) by creating a work, (2) by experiencing something or encountering someone, and (3) by the attitude you take toward suffering.

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    My takeaway: Get to understand how much money is enough for you to have a life you love, now and in the future. Stop buying yourself out of every problem and see challenges as opportunities to learn new skills. Remember that waste does not lie in the number of possessions, but in your failure to enjoy them.

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    Nicely Said

    by Nicole Fenton

    My takeaway: Make sure your writing is clear, useful, and friendly. Writing is important because your words affect the way people feel. Keep your writing close to the way you speak and give it a human touch.

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    It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work

    by Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson

    My takeaway: The perfect size of a product team is three people. Three reduces miscommunication and improves coordination—it speeds up the whole process. Be careful when setting expectations because promises leads to rushing, scrambling, and many times a tinge of regret.

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    Scrum

    by Jeff Sutherland

    My takeaway: Entertaining introduction to Scrum. Supported by stories from how different companies have implemented the framework. Liked that the author explains the why behind the framework, not just the how, and that he’s doing it in an accessible and easy way. Gave me a more meaningful understanding of how Scrum can be integrated in projects.

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    Meeting Design

    by Kevin M. Hoffman

    My takeaway: Remember that meetings should add value by providing a sense of progress. Design your meetings to support the working memory of the attendees—people need time afterwards to materialize the discussion, and to make a plan. Preparing for this will improve your meetings.

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    Make Time

    by Jake Knapp & John Zeratsky

    My takeaway: Choose a highlight to work on every day that will be your main focus. The highlight won’t be the only thing you do but it will be your priority. By choosing a highlight—and protecting it—you become more proactive with how you spend your time.

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    Essentialism

    by Greg McKeown

    My takeaway: When we surrender the ability to choose, someone or something will step in and choose for us. Think “I choose to” instead of “I have to.” Make decisions by design, rather than by default.

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    Digital Minimalism

    by Cal Newport

    My takeaway: Establish a philosophy for which digital tools you allow into your life, and under what constraints. Experiment and find out how to best use the technology you have—you want to maximize its value and minimize its harm. We all benefit from regular doses of solitude—you need a space to slow down all input from the world around you.

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    Factfulness

    by Hans Rosling

    My takeaway: Factfulness is about recognizing that we have a bunch of inherited instincts that guides us. These instincts can sometimes work against us and make us believe that the world is getting worse when it isn’t. It’s valuable knowing about these instincts, and to understand how they work.

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    The Artist's Journey

    by Steven Pressfield

    My takeaway: First you’re on a hero’s journey—it’s about gathering experience and a history of your own. The next journey—the artist’s journey—is about the self-discovery phase that comes after. In this new sphere we “get down to business” and do the work.

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    My takeaway: Reserve your greatest respect for yourself. It is what you perceive your self to be that truly determines the quality of your life. Remember that life is a constant beginning.

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    Anything You Want

    by Derek Sivers

    My takeaway: Personal, honest, and beautiful. Derek Sivers shares a couple thoughts on how to run a business.

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    Sprint

    by Jake Knapp

    My takeaway: An amazing go-to guide, this book offers a straightforward formula packed in a neat little format. Run a sprint over a week to address some of your biggest design problems. Then test your ideas with real people to gain valuable information about your solution.

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    Atomic Habits

    by James Clear

    My takeaway: Your habits are how you embody your identity. If you want results you need to focus on your system, not on your goals. You get what you repeat, so in order to master a new habit the key is to start with repetition, not perfection.

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    A Guide to the Good Life

    by William B. Irvine

    My takeaway: The best introduction on Stoicism I’ve read. Well structured, objective, and with good background information on the most important characters in Stoic history. Together with the works of Ryan Holiday, this book makes Stoicism accessible to more people.

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    12 Rules for Life

    by Jordan B. Peterson

    My takeaway: Friendship is a two-way arrangement. You are not morally obliged to support someone who is making the world a worse place. You should choose people who want things to be better, not worse.

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