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A refreshingly cynical take on how companies work. I worked at a relatively good software company my first year out of college, but I still found myself nodding in agreement as I read. He's too hard on startups though. He basically makes the case that we should all be independent consultants/contractors, which in general I think is a great idea. However, startups are still needed to create brand new products. Though the author didn't address it, this book sparked the following question for me: "Could a high-growth startup some how handle their engineering needs through groups of independent contractors instead of regular employees? And could that be a competitive advantage?"
One of my favorites. I'm not a teacher, but I'm highly interested in education and how it can be improved (especially for learning computer programming). This book is full of fascinating studies.
I liked the mental model of motivation this book gives in the first few chapters. It's a slightly different angle than what's given in Dan Pink's Drive. The book does a good job of delivering the material breadth-first: if it starts to get boring, you can stop reading it without any fear of missing something later on.
Everyone says that doing a startup is hard. The first couple chapters of this book is the only thing I've read that actually made that sink in. About the title -- "the hard thing about hard things" is that there is no formula to solve them. You have to figure it out as you go. This idea is (obviously) a big part of the whole book, which I appreciated. I think it's widely applicable in other domains. There are far too many formula salesmen out there.
Filled with fascinating information; very original. A lot of social psychology books seem to all be based on the same handful of studies (mindset, flow, deliberate practice, grit...) but this book had things I'd never heard of before. I especially enjoyed the historical analysis of America's extroversion at the beginning--very eye opening.
Walter Isaacson
Reading through this was a bit of a slog at times; however, I found it to be very inspiring by the time I finished. Although these people weren't perfect, they were dedicated to serving their country rather than just advancing their own careers.
Henry Eyring has become one of my personal role models since reading this. He was ambitious and highly dedicated to his work without neglecting the most important things (like his family).
Elantris (Elantris, #1) by Brandon Sanderson
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Very engaging. Loved the dry humor.