Reading Notes

I take notes for every single book I read. Every book note starts with a short summary and followed by key ideas and lessons in easily digestible bulleted format. This page will constantly update as I read more, so bookmark it if you want to check back in a few months.

If you want to build the habit of reading but find it challenging, here is the 3-step system I’m using to read more.

How to Be a Productivity Ninja

How to Be a Productivity Ninja: Worry Less, Achieve More, Love What You Do

Book Author: Graham Allcott

The author argues that instead of managing your time, manage your attention. And he moves on to lay out the entire process to achieve that.

The Winners Brain

The Winner’s Brain: 8 Strategies Great Minds Use to Achieve Success

Book Author: Jeff Brown and Mark Fenske

This is more of a self-help book than a neuroscience and psychology book. It covers five success traits also known as BrainPower Tools and eight strategies to improve them.

I Will Teach You To Be Rich

Book Author: Ramit Sethi

This book lays out the steps of mastering your personal finances — from improving our credit to automating our spending; and from investing the right way to planning for big purchases in our lives.

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So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love

Book Author: Cal Newport

The idea of “follow your passion” is flawed. If you want to do what you love, you need something rare and valuable in return.

Ego is the Enemy

Ego is the Enemy

Book Author: Ryan Holiday

The aim is to help us suppress ego early before bad habits take hold, to replace the temptations of ego with humility and discipline and fortitude so that when fate turns against us, we’re not wrecked by failure.

We Are All Weird by Seth Godin

We Are All Weird: The Rise of Tribes and the End of Normal

Book Author: Seth Godin

Mass is about the center, the big, fat, juicy, addressable center of the bell curve. And now, the center is melting and the distribution of behaviors is spreading because the world is getting weirder.

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Principles: Life and Work

Book Author: Ray Dalio

Principles are fundamental truths that serve as the foundations for behavior that gets you what you want out of life. They can be applied again and again in similar situations to help you achieve your goals.

Brain Rules

Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School

Book Author: John Medina

In each chapter, the author describes a Brain Rule—what scientists know for sure about how our brains work—and then offers transformative ideas for our daily lives.

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The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Book Author: Mark Manson

Seeking happiness directly is a journey to hell. Instead of thinking you’re special and believing you deserve great things and happiness, ask what you’re willing to struggle in order to get what you want.

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Poke The Box: When was the Last Time You Did Something for the First Time?

Book Author: Seth Godin

Poke The Box is a manifesto to push you to start something new. By starting, it means taking action, committing, and making something happen.

The 48 Laws of Power

The 48 Laws of Power

Book Author: Robert Greene

The game of power is inescapable regardless of your motivation. Learning how to play it doesn't just help you thrive, but keep you alive. The book may be rude for some people, but I personally think it’s honest and said what it has to say.

Business without the Bullshit

Business without the Bullsh*t: 49 Secrets and Shortcuts You Need to Know

Book Author: Geoffrey James

Business without the Bullsh*t is not just a business book, it’s a book that equipped you with mindsets, tips, and how-to(s) you need to know to excel in your career.

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Perennial Seller: The Art of Making and Marketing Work that Lasts

Book Author: Ryan Holiday

Instead of the detail step-by-step process, Perennial Seller covers the fundamental principles of creating great work that lasts. It’s true that we can’t use tactics that will probably expire sooner than we think when our aim is to create something that lasts for decades to come.

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The 4-Hour Work Week: Escape the 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich

Book Author: Timothy Ferriss

The 4-Hour Work Week introduces a new way of living known as the New Rich with a four-step process of Definition, Elimination, Automation, and Liberation

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The Art of Thinking Clearly

Book Author: Rolf Dobelli

If you love reading about all thing psychology and human behavior, this is the book you don’t want to miss.

Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Paybook

Book Author: Tony Robbins

This isn’t a technical investing book for the pros. Instead, it focuses more on principles and rules of investing and creating true wealth for average people like you and me.

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Maximize Your Potential: Grow Your Expertise, Take Bold Risks & Build an Incredible Career

Book Author: 99U, edited by Jocelyn K. Glei

The only way to realize our full potential is to take full responsibility and control of our personal and career growth.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

Book Author: Stephen R. Covey

These are not just small daily routines. They are the core principles that everyone can implement in their life to achieve greatness

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The Accidental Creative: How to Be Brilliant at a Moment’s Notice

Book Author: Todd Henry

At the core, Todd Henry wants to make it clear that producing great work is not a destination, but a process.

Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell

Blink: The Power of Thinking without Thinking

Book Author: Malcolm Gladwell

As usual, Gladwell's book is never an easy read. However, the topic of Blink caught my interests a whole lot. The book covers ideas, research, and stories about our unconscious mind and snap judgments.

What Clients Love by Harry Beckwith

What Clients Love: A Field Guide to Growing Your Business

Book Author: Harry Beckwith

What Clients Love is a book about distinguishing yourself, building a lasting business relationship, and growing your business with passion and courage.

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10-Minute Toughness: The Mental-Training Program for Winning Before the Game Begins

Book Author: Jason Selk

10-Minute Toughness is more than a book; it is a mental training program that every athlete (entrepreneurs and creative people) should add into their daily routine.

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Manage Your Day-to-Day: Build Your Routine, Find Your Focus, and Sharpen Your Creative Mind

Book Author: 99U, edited by Jocelyn K. Glei

This isn’t just another productivity book, it goes far beyond that. It comes with snippets of experts from the creative community, covering a wide range of related topics such as self-control, emotions, mindfulness, and grits that most people overlooked.

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The Bounce Back Book: How to Thrive in the Face of Adversity, Setbacks, and Losses

Book Author: Karen Salmansohn

A good read for everyone who is going through some bumps and serious roadblocks in career, relationship, and life.

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It’s a Jungle in There: Inspiring Lessons, Hard-won Insights, and Other Acts of Entrepreneurial Daring

Book Author: Steven Schussler

I read this book twice. It’s a Jungle in There is a book packed with inspiring lessons and hard-won insights of the author, that would be very useful to many of us.

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Outliers: The Story of Success

Book Author: Malcolm Gladwell

Success is not simply the sum of the decisions and efforts we make on our own behalf. It is, rather, a gift. Outliers are those who have been given opportunities—and who have had the strength and presence of mind to seize them.

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The Hour between Dog and Wolf: How Risk Taking Transforms Us, Body and Mind

Book Author: John Coates

By understanding the insights in this book, you will be able to look at your body and brain differently, and then, navigate yourself in the modern world more effectively.

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The Narrow Road: A Brief Guide to the Getting of Money

Book Author: Felix Dennis

A straight-forward (occasionally rude) guide of money-making that every entrepreneur needs to know.

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Linchpin: Are You Indispensable?

Book Author: Seth Godin

The book Linchpin is about you – your choices, your future, and you potential to make a huge difference in whatever field you choose.

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The Virgin Way: How to Listen, Learn, and Lead

Book Author: Sir Richard Branson

There is a growing trend on these leadership approaches and how it positively impacts companies, communities, economy, and the planet.

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Think and Grow Rich

Book Author: Napoleon Hill

A must-read book of all time. Napoleon Hill spent 20 years of his lifetime on researching and analyzing hundreds of well-known men during his time to come up with this masterpiece.

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The Impact Equation: Are You Making Things Happen or Just Making Noise?

Book Author: Chris Brogan & Julien Smith

I like the formula and ideas because they are not those get-famous-quick hacks but long-term principles and fundamentals to create a true impact online.

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David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits & the Art of Battling Giants

Book Author: Malcolm Gladwell

This book changes the perspective we see strengths and weaknesses, advantages and disadvantages, blessing and misfortune.

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Influence: What It Really Means and How to Make It Work for You

Book Author: Jenny Nabben

An excellent toolkit for influencing skills and effective professional communication comes with useful insights and techniques.

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Enchantment: The Art of Changing Hearts, Minds, and Actions

Book Author: Guy Kawasaki

To reduce the content is this book, the key to leave an impact on others is by having a great cause, understanding the audience, and delivering values for the long run.

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The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

Book Author: Robin Sharma

The insights and lessons in The Monk who Sold His Ferrari are simple, but yet most people find it hard to put them into practice on a daily basis.

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Launch: The Secret Formula to Sell Almost Anything Online

Book Author: Jeff Walker

Launch is useful to anyone who is new to internet business model. It also comes with tips and inspirations in the context of entrepreneurship.

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Good Products Bad Products: Essential Elements to Achieving Superior Quality

Book Author: James L. Adams

This book makes you give the term "quality" a second and a few other thoughts from multiple angles and perspectives the book is provided.

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How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens

Book Author: Benedict Carey

It is not easy to read, but it comes with many solid techniques that aid your learning in real time backed by science and research.

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The Champion’s Mind: How Great Athletes Think, Train, and Thrive

Book Author: Jim Afremow, PhD

A useful book for young athletes. It covers many practical ideas and techniques backed by real champions' stories.

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The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life & Business

Book Author: Charles Duhigg

It explains perfectly how our habits work backed by science, research, and real-life stories.

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The $100 Startup: Fire Your Boss, Do What You Love And Work Better To Live More

Book Author: Chris Guillebeau

A must-read book for anymore who is interested in starting a micro-business with a tiny team (usually 1 to 5 members) and live in your own term.

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Obliquity: Why Our Goals Are Best Achieved Indirectly

Book Author: John Kay

We can only learn about our objectives and how to achieve them through a gradual process of risk taking and discovery – what he calls obliquity.

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59 Seconds: Think A Little Change A Lot

Book Author: Professor Richard Wiseman

It uncovers many hot self-help myths with science. Almost everything in it is backed by fascinating research; it also offers a bite-size actions you can take to improve your life.

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The Fast Diet: Lose Weight, Stay Healthy, and Live Longer with the Simple Secret of Intermittent Fasting

Book Author: Dr. Michael Mosley & Mimi Spencer

It covered the benefits of intermittent fasting backed by research and case studies, shows you how to do it with the 5:2 method.

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Awaken The Giant Within: How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical, and Financial Destiny

Book Author: Anthony Robbins

Even some claim that the concepts in the book are not backed by science and research, but it’s undoubtedly a must-read book for anyone who like to master their inner self and change their destiny.