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100 Baggers: Stocks That Return 100-To-1 and How to Find Them

Author: Christopher W. Mayer

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One of the best investment books ever.

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Bitcoin Whitepaper

Author: Satoshi Nakamoto

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Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

Author: Cal Newport

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This book talks about how to get deep work done.

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Chapter 0: 

Deep work: Professional activities performed in a state of distraction free concentration that push your cognitive capabilities to their limit. Their efforts create new value, improve your skill and are hard to replicate.

Shallow work: Non cognitively demanding, logistical-style tasks, often performed while distracted. These efforts tend to not create much new value in the world and are easy to replicate.

Deep work is so important that we might consider it, to use the phrasing of businesswriter Eric Barker "the superpower of the 21st century". 

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Type of workers: 

  • High Skilled Workers: Able to use complex systems and create value.
  • The Superstarts: Top talent.
  • The Owners: Capital owners

Two core abilities for thriving in the New Economy: The ability to quickly master hard things. The ability to produce at an elite level, in terms of both quality and speed.

Law of productivity: High-Quality Work Produced = (Time Spent) X (Intensity of Focus)

Exceptions: High executives like Jack Dorsey that thrives in lots of shallow work.

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Deep work is rare. Deep work is hard to quantify and measure. 

The principle of Least Resistance: people will tend to the behaviour that is the easiest at the moment. 

Busyness as a Proxy for Productivity

"If it's high tech, we began to instead assume then it's good". This is called technopoly.

"It does not make them illegal. It does not make them immoral. It does not even make them unpopular. It makes them invisible and therefore irrelevant" --The Brave New World by Aldous Huxley.

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Deep work is meaningful. Helps to create "Flow" (Another great book by the way). Craftsman use this to connect deeply with their work.

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Rule 1: Work deeply

"You have a finite amount of willpower that becomes depleted as you use it"  -- Roy Baumeister

Decide on your depth philosophy

1) The Monastic Philosophy: completely disconnect

2) Bimodal Philosophy: have clearly defined stretches of uninterrupted time

3) Rhythmic Philosophy: chain method: do the same thing every day 

Ritualise it. 

Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience

Author: Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Goodreads link | ISBN: 9780060920432

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Book about how to find deep satisfaction in work.

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1st  Challenging task with a chance to complete

2nd  Able to concentrate

3rd  Clear Goals

4th  Immediate Feedback

5th  Deep and effortless involvement

6th  Enjoyable experiences allow sense of control

7th  Concern for self disappears

8th  Sense of duration of time altered

Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap... and Others Don't

Author: James C. Collins

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Book explains why vision, mission and values are so important.

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How to Win Friends and Influence People

Author: Dale Carnegie

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Good book for interpersonal relationships.

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Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

Author: Yuval Noah Harari

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This book is important to understand humanity, where we are today, and where we are headed in the future.

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Superfast: Lead At Speed

Author: Sophie Devonshire

Goodreads link | ISBN: 9781473661868

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Book of hot tips on how to ship.

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His personal pilot, Mike Flint once asked Warren Buffett which of his career goals Flint should prioritize. The business magnate suggested this method:

Step 1: Write down your top 25 career goals on a single piece of paper.

Step 2: Circle only your top five options.

Step 3: Put the top five on one list and the remaining 20 on a second list.

Easy, right? List A and List B. With this exercise done, Flint confirmed that he'd start working on List A -- his top five goals -- right away. ... Buffett shook his head: 'No. You've got it all wrong, Mike. Everything you didn't circle just became your Avoid-at-All-Costs List. No matter what, these things get no attention from you until you've succeeded with your top five.

The "Avoid at All Costs List" comprises your second-tier priorities. That's focus. They're what you don't do. It's what you ahve the focus and determination to not do. It's saying no (or at least not right now). Eliminate the distractions.

The 48 Laws of Power

Author: Robert Greene

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I hate this book but man... >.<

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Law 1: Never Outshine the Master.

Make sure those above you feel superior. Violate this and you will be punished.

Law 2: Never Put too Much Trust in Friends, Learn How to Use Enemies.

Friends can never get enough, and sometimes might bite you. Converted enemies will work for you.

Law 3: Conceal Your Intentions: Always hide your true intentions.

Opponents find it hard to guess your true intentions and they are scared. 

Law 4: Always Say Less than Necessary. 

Say little and be ambiguous, leaving the meaning to others to interpret. The less you say, the more intimidating and powerful you are. People love mysteries.

Law 5: So Much Depends on Reputation — Guard It with Your Life 

Nurture and guard your reputation because reputation is integral to power. With a strong reputation, you can influence and intimidate others.

Law 6: Create an Air of Mystery: Be outrageous or create an aura of mystery. 

Any attention — positive or negative — is better than being ignored. Attention brings you wealth.

Law 7: Get Others to Do the Work for You, but Always Take the Credit: Get others to do your work for you. 

Use their skill, time, and energy to further your ambitions while taking full credit. You’ll be admired for your efficiency.

Law 8: Make Other People Come to You.

Use Bait if Necessary Make your opponent come to you. When you force others to act, you’re in control. Bait them, then attack. Home ground always give you more control.

Law 9: Win Through Your Actions, Never Through Argument.

Demonstrate your point rather than arguing. Arguing rarely changes anyone’s mind, but people believe what they see. They’re also less likely to be offended.

Law 10: Infection: Avoid the Unhappy and Unlucky.

Avoid miserable people. 

The perpetually miserable spread misery like an infection, and they’ll drown you in it.

Law 11: Learn to Keep People Dependent on You. 

Make your superior dependent on you. The more she needs you, the more security and freedom you have to pursue your goals.

Law 12: Use Selective Honesty and Generosity to Disarm Your Victim. 

Use honesty and generosity to disarm and distract others from your schemes. Even the most suspicious people respond to acts of kindness, leaving them vulnerable to manipulation.

Law 13: When Asking for Help, Appeal to People’s Self-Interest, Never to their Mercy or Gratitude. 

When you need help from someone in a position of power, appeal to their self-interest. 

They’ll be glad to help if they’ll get something in return, and you’ll get what you want without seeming desperate or irritating.

Law 14: Pose as a Friend, Work as a Spy.

Be friendly, sympathetic, and interested to get people to reveal their deepest thoughts and feelings. When you know your opponent’s secrets, you can predict his behavior and control him.

Law 15: Crush Your Enemy Totally: Crush your enemy completely. 

If you leave even one ember smoldering, it will eventually ignite. You can’t afford to be lenient.

Law 16: Use Absence to Increase Respect and Honor. 

Once you’ve become well-known, don’t wear out your welcome. The more you’re seen and heard from, the more you cheapen your brand. 

Law 17: Keep Others in Suspended Terror: Cultivate an Air of Unpredictability.

Throw others off balance and unnerve them with random, unpredictable acts. You’ll gain the upper hand.

Law 18: Do Not Build Fortresses to Protect Yourself – Isolation is Dangerous.

Never isolate yourself when under pressure. This cuts you off from information you need, and when real danger arises you won’t see it coming. 

Law: 19: Know Who You’re Dealing With – Do Not Offend the Wrong Person.

When attempting to deceive someone, know who you’re dealing with, so you don’t waste your time or stir up a hornets’ nest in reaction.

Law 20: Do Not Commit to Anyone: Don’t commit to any side or cause except yourself. 

By maintaining your independence, you remain in control — others will vie for your attention. You also have the ability to pit the sides against each other.

Law 21: Play a Sucker to Catch a Sucker – Seem Dumber Than Your Mark.

Make your intended victims feel as though they’re smarter than you are, and they won’t suspect you of having ulterior motives.

Law 22: Use the Surrender Tactic: Transform Weakness into Power.

When you’re weaker, surrender rather than fighting for the sake of honor. 

This gives you time to build strength and undermine your victor. You’ll win in the end.

Law 23: Concentrate Your Forces.

Focus your resources and energies where you’ll have the most impact or get the most benefit. 

Otherwise, you’ll waste limited time and energy.

Law 24: Play the Perfect Courtier.

Learn the rules of the society you’re playing in, and follow them to avoid attracting unfavorable attention. This includes appearing like a team player and being careful about criticizing diplomatically.

Law 25: Re-Create Yourself.

Create a powerful image that stands out, rather than letting others define you. Change your appearance and emotions to suit the occasion. People who seem larger than life attract admiration and power.

Law: 26: Keep Your Hands Clean.

You’ll inevitably make mistakes or need to take care of unpleasant problems. But keep your hands clean by finding others to do the dirty work, and scapegoats to blame.

Law 27: Play on People’s Need to Believe to Create a Cultlike Following.

Offer people something to believe in and someone to follow. Promise the world but keep it vague; whip up enthusiasm. People will respond to a desperate need for belonging. Followers line your pockets, and your opponents are afraid to rile them.

Law 28: Enter Action with Boldness.

When you act, do so boldly — and if you make mistakes, correct them with even greater boldness. Boldness brings admiration and power.

Law 29: Plan All the Way to the End.

Make detailed plans with a clear ending. Take into account all possible developments. Then don’t be tempted from your path. Otherwise, you risk being surprised and forced to react without time to think.

Law 30: Make Your Accomplishments Seem Effortless.

Make difficult feats seem effortless and you’ll inspire awe in others and seem powerful. By contrast, when you make too much of your efforts, your achievement will seem less impressive and you’ll lose respect.

Law 31: Control the Options.

Get Others to Play with the Cards You Deal: To deceive people, seem to give them a meaningful choice. But sharply limit their options to a few that work in your favor regardless of which they choose. Your victims will feel in control, but you’ll pull the strings. 

Law 32: Play to People’s Fantasies.

Conjure up alluring fantasies in contrast to the gloomy realities of life, and people will flock to you. Spin the right tale and wealth and power will follow.

Law 33: Discover Each Man’s Thumbscrew.

Everyone has a weakness, a hole in his armor. Find it and it’s leverage that you can use to your advantage. 

Law 34: Be Royal in Your Own Fashion.

Act Like a King to Be Treated Like One: Act like royalty and people will treat you that way. Project dignity and supreme confidence that you’re destined for great things, and others will believe it.

Law 35: Master the Art of Timing: Anticipate the ebb and flow of power. 

Recognize when the time is right, and align yourself with the right side. Be patient and wait for your moment. Bad timing ends careers and ambitions.

Law 36: Disdain Things You Cannot Have.

Ignoring Them Is the Best Revenge: Sometimes it’s better to ignore things because reacting can make small problems worse, make you look bad, and give your enemy attention.

Law 37: Create Compelling Spectacles

In addition to words, use visuals and symbols to underscore your power. What people see makes a greater impression on them than what they hear. 

Law 38: Think as You Like But Behave Like Others.

Don’t make a show of being different, or people will think you look down on them and will retaliate against you.

Law 39: Stir Up Waters to Catch Fish. 

Always stay calm and objective. When you get angry, you’ve lost control. But if you can make your enemies angry, you gain an advantage. 

Law 40: Despise the Free Lunch: Use money and generosity strategically to achieve your goals. 

Use gifts to build a reputation of generosity, and also to obligate people to you.

Law 41: Avoid Stepping Into a Great Man’s Shoes.

If you succeed a great leader or famous parent, find or create your own space to fill. 

Sharply separate from the past and set your own standards — or you’ll be deemed a failure for not being a clone of your predecessor.

Law 42: Strike the Shepherd and the Sheep Will Scatter.

Trouble in a group often starts with a single individual who stirs the pot. Stop them before others succumb to their influence.

Law 43: Work on the Hearts and Minds of Others: Win others’ hearts and minds. 

Play on their emotions and weaknesses, and appeal to their self-interest. You’ll have them eating out of your hand, and they’ll be less likely to turn on you.

Law 44: Disarm and Infuriate with the Mirror Effect.

Seduce people by mirroring their emotions and interests; create the illusion that you share their values. They’ll be so grateful to be understood that they won’t notice your ulterior motives. 

Law 45: Preach the Need for Change, But Never Reform Too Much at Once.

Talk change but move slowly. Evoke revered history and cloak your changes in familiar rituals. Too much change is unsettling and will spark backlash.

Law 46: Never Appear Too Perfect.

To forestall or mitigate envy, admit to a flaw or weakness, emphasize the role of luck, or downplay your talents. If you don’t recognize and nip envy in the bud, it will grow and the envious will work insidiously against you. 

Law 47: Do Not Go Past the Mark You Aimed For.

In Victory, Learn When to Stop: When you’ve won, don’t let emotions push you past your goal. The moment of victory is dangerous because if you press your luck, you’ll blunder into something you haven’t planned for. 

Law 48: Assume Formlessness.

Be flexible, fluid, and unpredictable — formless — so your opponents can’t get a fix on you and can’t figure out how to respond.

The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking

Author: Saifedean Ammous

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The most important Bitcoin book

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