2015 Reading Notes
Here are a few of the books I’ve read so far this year, enjoy!
Every time I read this book I realize how incredible stoicism is in my life; read this book!
I learned what it’s going to take to survive in the post-Amazon world. Bayard and Randy outline a promising strategy and elucidate what matters the most: quality products & customer service. They break down and predict the rise of two distinct types of brands: automators and humanizers. Consider this a prerequisite for anyone looking to build a brand.
Full disclosure, one of the Authors of this book, Bayard Winthrop, has been my mentor for several years now at Freebord Mfg., so I have seen his strategies in action and believe in them.
I learned that while marketing products is a battle of perceptions, marketing methods are always in a state of flux, enter Growth Hacking. This book provides great tips for having a good business mindset in marketing while easing old minds into the exciting new era of growth hacking. READ THIS BOOK.
I learned how important books are in my life, and how closely today’s society resembles the one that Bradbury paints.
I learned that media is a cyclical pernicious monster, that can be manipulated at will by anyone who knows what it is craving.
I learned that as a society we thrive with control i.e. freedom, however, paradoxically, too much choice comes with insidious consequences to our happiness.
I learned how much Resistance plays a part in my life, and how it can keep you mired in normalcy and procrastination. I also learned how to defeat Resistance and win the war.
I learned there is an owner’s manual for your brain, and Benedict Carey has compiled it. I learned forgetting is essential to remembering, and how important self-assessment and spaced repetition are to cementing something in your brain. The best thing about this book was the amount of actionable advice you get; it’s truly astounding.
I learned a lot about what inspires and motivates people, and how powerful ideas can be in leadership.