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    notes and summaries of books i've read

    click on any linked title below to begin reading my notes. they're often short and concise, but will give you an idea of what i believe to be are the key takeaways of each book. i've tried categorizing by topic of the books, though most will are self-help and business related regardless.

    all summaries

    The Manual: A Philosopher’s Guide to Life Book by Epictetus

    book: The Manual: A Philosopher’s Guide to Life Book by Epictetus author: Epictetus, translated by Sam Torode of Ancient Renewal this book is a must read if you’re new to Stoicism. there are many translations...


    The Hard Things About Hard Things

    book: The Hard Thing About Hard Things author: Ben Horowitz rating: 8/10 overall thoughts Ben Horowitz is a fantastically successful technology entrepreneur, venture capital investor, and Silicon Valley business leader. his book starts with...


    The Trial and Death of Socrates

    book: The Trial and Death of Socrates author: Plato rating: 10/10 overall thoughts when you think of “philosophy” you probably imagine a dry, intellectually demanding university course led by a professor whose greatest achievement...


    The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck

    book: The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck: A Counterintuitive Approach to Living a Good Life author: Mark Manson rating: 10/10 overall thoughts Manson calls his work “a counter-intuitive approach” – and he...


    The 48 Laws of Power

    book: The 48 Laws of Power author: Robert Greene rating: 7/10 overall thoughts i started this book already knowing that it is controversial title. i had heard about its cult following in the hip hop and...


    The Dip

    book: The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick) author: Seth Godin rating: 8.5/10 overall thoughts The Dip is a quick and easy-to-follow read, chock full of...


    Shoe Dog

    book: Shoe Dog author:Phil Knight rating: 9/10 overall thoughts in Shoe Dog, Nike founder and board member Phil Knight offers a look behind the curtain of the enormously successful brand. he covers its trajectory...


    The War of Art

    book: The War of Art author: Steven Pressfield rating: 8/10 overall thoughts from artists and athletes to entrepreneurs, scientists, and writers, many people who fight creative battles will face resistance at some point or...


    Zero to One

    book: Zero to One author: Peter Thiel rating: 7/10 overall thoughts the whole title of Thiel and Masters’ work is Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future — and...


    Building a StoryBrand

    book: Building a Story Brand author: Donald Miller Donald Miller’s Building a StoryBrand is an extremely insightful book that’s packed with marketing information you can reference again and again. general overview the book teaches...