I took two big things away from this book: (1) the ultimate freedom is the ability to choose your attitude in the face of any circumstance and (2) the more you target success, the more you will miss it."
This book was on Sam Altman's bookshelf.
Naval Ravikant mentioned Man's Search for Meaning on Twitter.
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.
Naval Ravikant: "One of my favorite books of all time."
Sam Altman: "Great read."
Arianna Huffington: "I discovered the book in high school and, yes, it was love at first sight."
Included on Jeff Bezos' list of books that Amazon employees refer to as “Jeff’s Reading List.”
Included on Jamie Dimon's list of favorite books he sent to JP Morgan summer interns in 2010.
Marc Andreessen: "Tremendous"
Naval Ravikant recommended Poor Charlie's Almanack on Twitter.
Patrick Collison included this book on his list of recommended books.
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.
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.
We tend to isolate the things we know in the domain we learned it. For example:
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:
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.