Pods & Recs: No. 113

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RECOMMENDATIONS

Books

  1. Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing by Bronnie Ware — By a woman who was in Australia and would help people in the last 90 days in hospice before they died. She found out what were the things people wish they had done that they didn’t get around to. The book is good enough to have made Maples get emotional when talking about it.
  2. The Alchemist: A Fable About Following Your Dream by Paulo Coelho
  1. The Speed of Trust by Stephen Covey — The leadership implications of this book are pretty strong. It’s about how you build trust. It takes two things: 1) you have to have a personal relationship with someone, and 2) you have to deliver on your promises.
  2. It’s Your Ship by Michael Abrashoff — Written by one of the best leaders in the Navy and he gave it to all of his staff at the University of Texas.
  1. Lifespan: Why We Age―and Why We Don’t Have To by David Sinclair — Talks about things he believes in: supplementation, high intensity interval training, severe caloric restriction, and sleep.
  2. Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker
  3. High Output Management by Andy Grove — The Bible about how to run and manage a high-growth startup. He tries to re-read it once a year.
  4. The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You, and How to Get Good at It by Kelly McGonigal — Didn’t change his beliefs about the benefits of stress and challenging yourself, but very contrarian and has given him a tool to give to others to they understand his point of view.
  5. The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy by Thomas Sowell
  1. The Four Agreements: A Practice Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz — The most impactful book for him because it’s simple, easy to read, and you find yourself nodding “yes” when you read it.
  1. Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don’t Have All the Facts by Annie Duke — Simple heuristics can be really powerful and she talks about framing your views as a probability. She also talks about motivated reasoning which is a bias we all have — says we look for information that supports the view that you have.
  2. The Art of Learning: An Inner Journey to Optimal Performance by Josh Waitzkin — Josh is all about pursuing excellence and has done it in a number of fields. He loves the art and craft of excellence and breaking it down at a world-class level. He gives it to all his firm’s new analysts.
  1. Turn the Ship Around!: A True Story of Turning Followers into Leaders by David Marquet — Talks about how you give people the power and ability to set their own course. You can chime in, but you assume everyone who works for you are creative, caring, and diligent and you don’t need to constantly interfere with that.
  2. To Have or To Be? by Erich Fromm — Explores the topic of defining who you are in terms of what you have or who you are.

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