Books I've read

Detailed notes from books I've books read. By writing out the notes I take, I hope to better absorb the information in each book. I keep track of what I'm reading on Goodreads.

  1. Shoe Dog

    Rating: 5/5
    Date read: July, 2017

    A thoroughly enjoyable read about the ups and downs in the early days of Nike.

  2. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck

    Rating: 4/5
    Date read: June, 2017

    Counterintuitive advice that sounds odd at first but makes sense when you think about it. Stop trying to be positive all the time. Pleasure is a bad value. Be in search of more uncertainty and doubt in your life. Be wrong. A book I’ll be revisiting for sure.

  3. Creativity, Inc.

    Rating: 4/5
    Date read: May, 2017

    Part biography and part business book. Recommended if you have an interest in the creative process and how that interacts with business. Ed Catmull comes across as an honest and reflective leader who, along with Steve Jobs and John Lasseter, has built Pixar into the amazing company we all know and love.

  4. Ego is the Enemy: The Fight to Master Our Greatest Opponent

    Rating: 5/5
    Date read: October, 2016

    I hesitated before reading this book because I didn’t think I had much of an ego. I thought of ego as the over-confident, loud-mouthed idiot. But it’s a much deeper problem. Focus on the work, not the outcomes. Stay a student. Practice restraint. Be lesser, do more. So much timeless advice and a book I’ll be re-reading often.

  5. Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World

    Rating: 5/5
    Date read: January, 2016

    The first ⅓ of the book makes the argument that deep work is both rare and valuable in today’s economy, and the rest is practical advice on how to pursue deep work. Some of the advice is common sense or things I’ve read before, but it’s written in such a compelling way that I’ve substantially changed parts of my daily routine. I’ve given the book 5 stars because of how important I think the topic is and how likely it is to affect my day to day work.