»Deep Work« by Cal Newport

2017-08-23 Rating 9/10 ISBN 978-0349411903 Goodreads page for details and reviews I find Cal Newport’s focus on producing meaningful work highly inspiring and loved reading this book. There are a lot of examples from real-life persons and ideas on how to integrate a practice of deep work into life. My notes from the book Deep […]

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»Self-Reliance« by Ralph Waldo Emerson

2017-06-21 Rating 9/10 ISBN 978-1539526384 Goodreads page for details and reviews I’ve read this short essay the second time now and it’s fully of profound wisdom. The language is definitely not an easy read — it’s from 1848 —, but it’s worth every sentence. I’m working with the topic of knowing what is true and what […]

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»Meditations« by Marcus Aurelius

2017-04-21 Rating 9/10 ISBN 978-0812968255 Goodreads page for details and reviews The »Meditations« are the private notes of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius (121-180 AD) who wrote them as reflections and exercises for himself — without any intention for publication. They give an excellent entry into Stoic philosophy and — by re-iterating over the same themes and […]

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»The Wisdom of Insecurity« by Alan Watts

2016-12-15 Rating 9/10 ISBN 978-0804140836 Goodreads page for details and reviews I’ve first heard from Alan Watts via a video on Vimeo. The essential message of this video was, that life is a dance and when you are dancing you’re not intent on getting somewhere. The meaning and purpose of dancing is the dance. What a […]

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»Essentialism« by Greg McKeown

2016-11-23 Rating 8/10 ISBN 978-0804140836 Goodreads page for details and reviews Discern the vital few from the trivial many. Pause, think, design. This book is more of a reminder than a guidebook, to realize that our lives are not just “happening” but are formed by our decisions – either automatic or with attention – and by […]

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»When Things Fall Apart« by Pema Chödrön

2016-10-17 Rating 9/10 ISBN 978-1611803433 Goodreads page for details and reviews This beautiful book is a reflection on the human condition and is packed with actionable advice for not running away from difficult situations, facing fear and pain, and refraining from automatically filling any gap that arises. It’s the second time I’m reading this book – […]

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»The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck« by Mark Manson

2016-10-03 Rating 9/10 ISBN 978-0062457714 Goodreads page for details and reviews I got hooked to Mark Manson’s writing through his blog (the first text I’ve read was »Screw Finding Your Passion«) and loved this book. It covers lots of deep topics, gives simple metaphors that can serve as helpful compainions and cuts through the usual motivational […]

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»The Flinch« by Julien Smith

2016-09-19 Rating 8/10 ISBN 978-1-936719-22-8 Goodreads page for details and reviews “Would your childhood self be proud of you, or embarrassed?” This book is a very driven essay on facing fear and pain. Maybe it’s more of a poem? It’s asking difficult questions, pushes you forward and gives kicks in the ass on almost every paragraph. […]

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»Show your Work« by Austin Kleon

2016-09-04 Rating 8/10 ISBN 978-0761178972 Goodreads page for details and reviews This book gives a quick start into sharing creative work – no matter what it is. If you want to connect with people through your creativity, or just want to learn a new skill in front of others, this book gives lots of inspiration from […]

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»Ego is the Enemy« by Ryan Holiday

2016-08-30 Rating 9/10 ISBN 978-1781257012 Goodreads page for details and reviews Be lesser, do more. Practice detachment. Don’t invest in self-image and talking. Value alive time and be an avid student of life. Don’t focus on passion and confidence, but on discipline and courage. There is no one to perform for. I’ve read this book with […]

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