Shane Parrish

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Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish is the founder and CEO of Farnam Street, a website sharing timeless ideas for life and business. Prior to starting Farnam Street, Shane was a cybersecurity expert at Canada’s top intelligence agency.
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Rework

Rework

Jason Fried

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Seth Godin: "This book will make you uncomfortable. Depending on what you do all day, it might make you extremely uncomfortable. That's a very good thing, because you deserve it. We all do.

Jason and David have broken all the rules and won. Again and again they've demonstrated that the regular way isn't necessarily the right way. They just don't say it, they do it. And they do it better than just about anyone has any right to expect.

This book is short, fast, sharp and ready to make a difference. It takes no prisoners, spares no quarter, and gives you no place to hide, all at the same time.

There, my review is almost as long as the first chapter of the book. I can't imagine what possible excuse you can dream up for not buying this book for every single person you work with, right now."

Mark Cuban: “If given a choice between investing in someone who has read REWORK or has an MBA, I’m investing in REWORK every time.

A must read for every entrepreneur.”

Shane Parrish: "This book showed me that I wasn’t alone or crazy. Other people think about the workplace like I do too."

Tony Hsieh: “The wisdom in these pages is edgy yet simple, straightforward, and proven. Read this book multiple times to help give you the courage you need to get out there and make something great.”

Jeff Bezos: “Unperturbed by conventional wisdom, Jason and David start fresh and rewrite the rules of business. Their approach turns out to be as successful as it is counter-intuitive.”

Tim Ferriss: "I encourage people to think of [Rework] as an Elements of Style for building profitable businesses in a web-savvy world.

Each chapter is 2-5 pages long and delivers their tactics and principles fat-free, without fluff. Just like their business models."

Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition

Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition

Michael Mauboussin

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Shane Parrish: "Highly recommend"

The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership: Classical Wisdom for Modern Leaders

The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership: Classical Wisdom for Modern Leaders

M. Soupios

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Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World

Simple Rules: How to Thrive in a Complex World

Donald Sull

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The Essential Wooden: A Lifetime of Lessons on Leaders and Leadership

The Essential Wooden: A Lifetime of Lessons on Leaders and Leadership

John Wooden

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Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students

Thinking with Type: A Critical Guide for Designers, Writers, Editors, & Students

Ellen Lupton

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Diaminds: Decoding the Mental Habits of Successful Thinkers

Diaminds: Decoding the Mental Habits of Successful Thinkers

Mihnea Moldoveanu

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Shane Parrish: "A must read."

Lives of the Eminent Philosophers

Lives of the Eminent Philosophers

Diogenes Laertius

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The Unquiet Grave: A Word Cycle by Palinurus

The Unquiet Grave: A Word Cycle by Palinurus

Cyril Connolly

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The Adventures of Henry Thoreau: A Young Man’s Unlikely Path to Walden Pond

The Adventures of Henry Thoreau: A Young Man’s Unlikely Path to Walden Pond

Michael Sims

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In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed

In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed

Carl Honore

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The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction

The Laws of Thermodynamics: A Very Short Introduction

Peter Atkins

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Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction

Superforecasting: The Art and Science of Prediction

Philip Tetlock

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The Great Mental Models: General Thinking Concepts

The Great Mental Models: General Thinking Concepts

Shane Parrish

The old saying goes, "To the man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail". But anyone who has done any kind of project knows a hammer often isn't enough.

The more tools you have at your disposal, the more likely you'll use the right tool for the job - and get it done right.

The same is true when it comes to your thinking. The quality of your outcomes depends on the mental models in your head. And most people are going through life with little more than a hammer.

Until now.

The Great Mental Models: General Thinking Concepts is the first book in The Great Mental Models series designed to upgrade your thinking with the best, most useful and powerful tools so you always have the right one on hand.

This volume details nine of the most versatile all-purpose mental models you can use right away to improve your decision making, your productivity, and how clearly you see the world. You will discover what forces govern the universe and how to focus your efforts so you can harness them to your advantage, rather than fight with them or, worse yet, ignore them.

The Great Mental Models: Physics, Chemistry, and Biology

The Great Mental Models: Physics, Chemistry, and Biology

Shane Parrish

We tend to isolate the things we know in the domain we learned it. For example:

  • What does the inertia of a rolling stone have to do with perseverance and being open-minded?
  • How can the ancient process of steel production make you a more creative and innovative thinker?
  • What does the replication of our skin cells have to do with being a stronger and more effective leader?

On the surface, these concepts may appear to be dissimilar and unrelated. But the surprising truth is the hard sciences (physics, chemistry, and biology) offer a wealth of useful tools you can use to develop critically important skills like:

  • Relationship building
  • Leadership
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Curiosity
  • Problem-solving
  • Decision-making

This second volume of the Great Mental Models series shows you how to make those connections. It explores the core ideas from the hard sciences and offers nearly two dozen models to add to your mental toolbox.

You'll not only get a better understanding of the forces that influence the world around you, but you'll learn how to direct those forces to create outsized advantages in the areas of your life that matter most to you.

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