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Lessons from Lyndon Johnson

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Books / lessonsfrom / Monday

Welcome to the last week of A Summer of Learning! I’ll write more of a wrap up post later in the week but I just wanted to say how thankful I am to those who have followed me on this blog through the summer. But before we bid goodbye, we still have this week! Today’s post is a combined post for Monday and Tuesday. This is because I learned about the person (I talk about […]

Lessons from So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport

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Whenever I have a conversation with someone I haven’t met before and find that we have a connection, I’ll invariably end up asking them about what books they would suggest I read. Today’s book has by far been the one that gets recommended the most – So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport. Newport is a Computer Science professor at Georgetown University and also has a really popular blog. He’s also written multiple […]

Lessons from How to Live – or a Life of Montaigne by Sarah Blackwell

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Usually when I see a title which contains the phrase How to Live, I’m expecting a cocktail of pseudoscience and faux spirituality on the back wall of a suburban Barnes & Nobles. But Sarah Blackwell, who teaches creative writing at City University in London and catalogs rare book collections for the National Trust, has pulled off something really special with her book, How to Live – or a Life of Montaigne. Using the same prompt – […]

Lessons from The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

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I will be honest, unlike many of the authors about whose books I have written about on this blog, I did not follow Tom Wolfe’s work closely. In fact, I don’t even want to attempt to give a description for him because I’m not sure it will do justice to his legend. So, here’s an introduction to Tom Wolfe from his obituary by the New York Times: Tom Wolfe, an innovative journalist and novelist whose […]

Lessons from Conspiracy by Ryan Holiday

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Conspiracy is only $1.99 this week as a Kindle e-book. Even if you are not going to read it soon, it’s a book that is timeless. So make sure you grab a copy! I shouldn’t repeat authors (I already talked about Holiday’s Perennial Seller in Week 2) and I didn’t plan on doing so. But his latest book, Conspiracy, was gifted to me by a friend who said that I needed to read it. I […]

Lessons from The Box by Marc Levinson

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Today’s book is really dense with a lot of takeaways. I’ve narrowed it down to three for today but there is a good chance that I will take this discussion further into next Tuesday. Or I might make this a work-in-progress post where I keep coming back to add ideas.  The Box: How the shipping container made the world smaller and the world economy bigger by Marc Levinson sounds like the most boring thing ever. […]

Lessons from Skin in The Game by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

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The problem with Taleb is not that he’s an asshole. The problem with Taleb is that he’s right. There could not be a better explanation of how I feel about Nassim Nicholas Taleb. While a cursory look at his Twitter feed reveals someone who takes himself extremely seriously, his books are perhaps one of the best guides to decision-making. Faithful applications of his ideas will help you understand much of how the world is shaped. […]