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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The Essential Wooden: A Lifetime of Lessons on Leaders and LeadershipGet this book on Amazon

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

John Wooden

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The Unquiet Grave: A Word Cycle by PalinurusGet this book on Amazon

The Unquiet Grave: A Word Cycle by Palinurus

Cyril Connolly

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Diaminds: Decoding the Mental Habits of Successful ThinkersGet this book on Amazon

Diaminds: Decoding the Mental Habits of Successful Thinkers

Mihnea Moldoveanu

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Shane Parrish: "A must read."

Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of ErrorGet this book on Amazon

Being Wrong: Adventures in the Margin of Error

Kathryn Schulz

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Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of NeroGet this book on Amazon

Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero

James Romm

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Posterity: Letters of Great Americans to Their ChildrenGet this book on Amazon

Posterity: Letters of Great Americans to Their Children

Dorie Lawson

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How to Get LuckyGet this book on Amazon

How to Get Lucky

Max Gunther

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Bet With the Best: Expert Strategies from America’s Leading HandicappersGet this book on Amazon

Bet With the Best: Expert Strategies from America’s Leading Handicappers

Andrew Beyer

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez: The Last InterviewGet this book on Amazon

Gabriel Garcia Marquez: The Last Interview

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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The Letters of William Godwin, Volume 1Get this book on Amazon

The Letters of William Godwin, Volume 1

William Godwin

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Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking)Get this book on Amazon

Dataclysm: Who We Are (When We Think No One’s Looking)

Christian Rudder

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Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being CreativeGet this book on Amazon

Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

Austin Kleon

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The Art of StillnessGet this book on Amazon

The Art of Stillness

Pico Iyer

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Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative PairsGet this book on Amazon

Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs

Joshua Wolf Shenk

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The Great Mental Models: Physics, Chemistry, and BiologyGet this book on Amazon

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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The Psychology of Money
The Most Important Thing
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The Success Equation
The Tao of Charlie Munger
Money: Master The Game
The Black Swan
The Most Important Thing Illuminated
Where are the Customers Yachts
The Great Crash of 1929

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The Hard Thing About Hard Things
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High Growth Handbook
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The Sovereign Individual
Guns, Germs, and Steel
Becoming Steve Jobs
Deep Learning
Behind the Cloud
American Kingpin
The Rise And Fall Of American Growth
A Pattern Language
Whole Earth Discipline
Secrets of Sand Hill Road

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Becoming Steve Jobs
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Can't Hurt Me
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