Book notes.

Business
Art for Money by Michael Ardelean | Summary & Book Notes
Art for Money by Michael Ardelean

Freelancing can be a nightmare in which you work on the edge of burnout and get paid miserably (and late). However, if you follow a few best practices, you can build a great network of clients and make good money.

Anthropology
Global Natives by Lauren Razavi | Summary & Book Notes
Global Natives by Lauren Razavi

Potentially, the Digital Nomad movement could help to bridge the differences between emerging and established economies. However, to do that we must fight for global mobility and job participation for all 一 independent of nationality.

Business
Anything You Want by Derek Sivers | Book Notes & Summary
Anything You Want by Derek Sivers

Your business is a creative endeavour and you should make it whatever you want. Keep your operations simple and focus on one thing only: your customers.

Self-development
Transcend by Scott Barry Kaufman | Summary & Book Notes
Transcend by Scott Barry Kaufman

Even though Self-Actualization might appear selfish, paradoxically it's a fundamental step toward transcending the Self and serving others best.

Anthropology
A Hunter-Gatherer's Guide to the 21st Century by Heather Heying & Bret Weinstein | Summary & Book Notes
A Hunter-Gatherer's Guide to the 21st Century by Heather Heying & Bret Weinstein

Our species’ pace of change outstrips our ability to adapt. Before we move forward, me must understand the wisdom of our evolutionary history.

Anthropology
The New Nomads by Felix Marquardt | Book Notes & Summary
The New Nomads by Felix Marquardt

Human migration is not a detrimental social phenomenon, but a very fundamental part of life on our planet. Nomads and migrants can serve as ambassadors for a new ethic that is rooted in the local yet oriented toward the global.

Anthropology
Work by James Suzman | Summary & Book Notes
Work by James Suzman

The economic problem insists that we need to always work more in order to meet our infinite needs because there are limited resources available around us. However, a study of the hunter-gatherer's way of life reveals that economic scarcity is a concept that pervaded our minds and society only with the beginning of farming.

Self-development
The Gap and the Gain by Dan Sullivan | Summary & Book Notes
The Gap and the Gain by Dan Sullivan

To measure your progress in life you should only ever measure it looking backward, against your starting point, not your ideal destination.

Futurology
The Sovereign Individual by James Davidson and William Rees-Mogg | Summary & Book Notes
The Sovereign Individual by James Davidson and William Rees-Mogg

We are transitioning into the Information Age, where ever more sovereign individuals will be able to coordinate in cyberspace through distributed and decentralized networks, shielded from State violence.

Anthropology
Age of Ambition by Evan Osnos | Summary & Book Notes
Age of Ambition by Evan Osnos

In the past forty years, China’s economy has grown exponentially, yet its people are torn by the collision of two forces: aspiration and authoritarianism.

Philosophy
Escape from Freedom by Erich Fromm | Summary & Book Notes
Escape from Freedom by Erich Fromm

Every time an individual tries to free himself from his circumstances, he stands alone in facing a threatening world. Yet, he gains a chance to develop himself and become the master of his own fate.

Spirituality
Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff | Summary & Book Notes
Self-Compassion by Kristin Neff

Self-compassion is a way to relate to ourselves in moments of suffering. It provides the same benefits as high self-esteem without its drawbacks.

Futurology
The Zero Marginal Cost Society by Jeremy Rifkin | Summary & Book Notes
The Zero Marginal Cost Society by Jeremy Rifkin

The age of Capitalism is coming to an end because of Capitalism's own success. A new economic paradigm, the Collaborative Commons, is rising in its wake that will transform our way of life.

Spirituality
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle | Summary & Book Notes
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

To be free from suffering is to be free of the psychological need of the past for your identity and future for your fulfillment. Salvation only exists in the present moment.

Environment
How to Avoid a Climate Disaster by Bill Gates | Summary & Book Notes
How to Avoid a Climate Disaster by Bill Gates

Fifty-one billion is how many tons of greenhouse gases the world typically adds to the atmosphere every year. Zero is what we need to aim for.

Self-development
Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport | Summary & Book Notes
Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport

Digital Minimalism is a philosophy of technology use that enables you to live a focused and intentional life avoiding the disruptive and addictive nature of mindless online consumption.

Anthropology
Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari | Summary & Book Notes
Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari

For the last 70,000 years, human experiences have been the most efficient data-processing algorithms in the universe. But they were not built to handle twenty-first-century data flows. We might try to upgrade the human data-processing system, but this may not be enough.

Anthropology
21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari | Summary & Book Notes
21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

To succeed in the next decades, you will need to work very hard on getting to know your operating system better. To know what you are, and what you want from life.

Anthropology
The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene | Summary & Book Notes
The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene

Some people assume that today we are sophisticated beings, but in truth, we have never been more in the thrall of human nature and its destructive potential than now.

Self-development
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson | Summary & Book Notes
The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson

Self-improvement is about choosing better things to give a fuck about. When you give better fucks, you get better problems. And better problems equal a better life.

Marketing
Influence by Robert Cialdini | Summary & Book Notes
Influence by Robert Cialdini

To navigate our overwhelming reality, we constantly adopt six cognitive shortcuts to make faster decisions. However, these shortcuts don't always serve our best interests.

Anthropology
Sex at Dawn by Cacilda Jethá and Christopher Ryan | Summary & Book Notes
Sex at Dawn by Cacilda Jethá and Christopher Ryan

Human beings evolved in intimate groups where almost everything was shared - including sex. Today infidelity has become one of the greatest sins. How do we reconcile our sexuality?

Marketing
Pre-suasion by Robert Cialdini | Summary & Book Notes
Pre-suasion by Robert Cialdini

The best persuaders become more influential through pre-suasion—the process of arranging for recipients to be receptive to a message before they encounter it. Pre-suasion, in fact, increases the odds of agreement.

Neuroscience
Deviate by Beau Lotto | Summary & Book Notes
Deviate by Beau Lotto

Our brain evolved to accomplish mainly one task: reduce uncertainty. That is why it constantly seeks patterns, compare things, and create expectations.

Anthropology
Humankind by Rutger Bregman | Summary & Book Notes
Humankind by Rutger Bregman

A commonly accepted theory is that humans are by nature selfish and aggressive. But the opposite is true. Or at least it helps to believe so.

Relationships
The Truth by Neil Strauss | Summary & Book Notes
The Truth by Neil Strauss

When as children our developmental needs don’t get met, we develop trauma that later on negatively influences our adult relationships. To have better relationships, our goal is not to find the right partner but to heal our wounds.

Psychology
Misbehaving by Richard Thaler | Summary & Book Notes
Misbehaving by Richard Thaler

Humans have limited time and brainpower. As a result, they use simple rules of thumb—heuristics—to help them make judgments. From a traditional economic perspective, in which people behave and think correctly all the time, we are actually misbehaving.

Psychology
Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely | Summary & Book Notes
Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely

Our irrational behaviors are neither random nor senseless—they are systematic and predictable. We all make the same types of mistakes over and over, because of the basic wiring of our brains.

Psychology
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman | Summary & Book Notes
Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

We have two ways of thinking: one is automatic and effortless, the other is deliberate end effortful. Ultimately, both are fundamental to our experience.

Relationships
Attached by Amir Levine | Summary & Book Notes
Attached by Amir Levine

Attachment in relationships doesn’t equal weakness. On the contrary, in order to thrive and grow as human beings we need a secure base from which to derive strength and comfort. The better dependent we are, the most daring we become.

Anthropology
Origin Story by David Christian | Summary & Book Notes
Origin Story by David Christian

At the heart of the modern origin story is the idea of increasing complexity. We are programmed to generate and share more information in order to tap larger flows of energy and resources.

Psychology
The Self Illusion by Bruce Hood | Summary & Book Notes
The Self Illusion by Bruce Hood

What we think we are - our Self identity - is 'just' a narrative that our brain weaves together from our experiences, with the purpose of organizing our behavior in a social environment.

Self-development
Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield | Summary & Book Notes
Turning Pro by Steven Pressfield

To truly enact our calling means to take our work seriously. It means leaving our amateur mindset behind and raising the stakes. Turning pro demands high sacrifices, but it gifts us with the power of living out our calling.

Spirituality
The Mind Illuminated by John Yates | Summary & Book Notes
The Mind Illuminated by John Yates

Meditation is the exercise of holding specific conscious intentions. By intentionally directing our attention, we can reprogram our deepest misconceptions about the nature of reality, and about who and what we are.

Anthropology
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari | Summary & Blog Notes
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari

Homo sapiens conquered the world thanks, above all, to its unique ability to tell and believe in fictional stories that enable flexible cooperation with countless numbers of strangers.

Anthropology
The Social Leap by William Von Hippel | Summary & Book Notes
The Social Leap by William Von Hippel

We are descendants of chimplike creatures who were forced to leave the rainforest six or seven million years ago. Once in the plain field of the African savannah, our ancestors survived by becoming highly interdependent (and throwing stones).

Physics
The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli | Summary & Book Notes
The Order of Time by Carlo Rovelli

The difference between past and future exists only in our approximate, statistical perception of nature. If you could observe the microscopic state of things, then the difference between past and future vanishes.

Biology
Behave by Robert Sapolsky | Summary & Book Notes
Behave by Robert Sapolsky

Our behavior is driven by incredibly complex unconscious processes. Most likely we have no free will, but it's hard to see ourselves as the sum of our biology.

Sexuality
Mating in Captivity by Esther Perel | Summary & Blog Notes
Mating in Captivity by Esther Perel

Love and desire are not fueled by the same things. Eroticism resides in unpredictability, spontaneity, and risk. One way to sustained desire in relationships is not taking our partners for granted.

Astronomy
Cosmos by Carl Sagan | Summary & Book Notes
Cosmos by Carl Sagan

As far as we know, complex lifeforms with specialized organs are hard to evolve. We are fortunate: we are alive; we are powerful; the welfare of our civilization and our species is in our hands.

Relationships
The State of Affairs by Esther Perel | Summary & Book Notes
The State of Affairs by Esther Perel

In the 21st century, we need to find new ways to stay together in the long-term. Monogamy doesn’t work, nor do open relationships. The best way to reduce the possibility of infidelity is to have uncomfortable conversations around it.

Astronomy
Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan | Summary & Book Notes
Pale Blue Dot by Carl Sagan

On the scale of worlds—to say nothing of stars or galaxies—humans are inconsequential. The significance of our lives and our fragile planet is determined only by our own wisdom and courage. We are the custodians of life's meaning.

Psychology
The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk | Summary & Book Notes
The Body Keeps The Score by Bessel Van Der Kolk

Being able to feel safe with other people is probably the single most important aspect of mental health. However, previous traumatic experiences with loved ones make it difficult to feel safe with an intimate partner. To heal past trauma we must regain agency over it.

Finance
The Bitcoin Standard by Saifedean Ammous | Summary & Book Notes
The Bitcoin Standard by Saifedean Ammous

By being the first digital object that is verifiably scarce, Bitcoin is the first example of digital cash. Most likely, in the future Bitcoin will become the new emerging reserve currency for online transactions.

Philosophy
The Ego tunnel by Thomas Metzinger | Summary & Book Notes
The Ego Tunnel by Thomas Metzinger

The Ego is an extremely useful instrument that has enabled us to form complex societies. In fact, the Ego is ultimately a tool for controlling and planning your behavior and for understanding the behavior of others.

Sexuality
Sexual Intelligence by Marty Klein | Summary & Book Notes
Sexual Intelligence by Marty Klein

Sexual intelligence is emotional intelligence applied to sex. What most people actually want from sex is a combination of pleasure and closeness. However, to experience them we need to change our beliefs about how sex should or should not be approached.

Business
The Almanack of Naval Ravikant by Eric Jorgenson | Summary & Book Notes
The Almanack of Naval Ravikant by Eric Jorgenson

In order to gain long-term wealth, you should acquire your unique set of skills and then use it to solve problems at scale by leveraging either labor, capital, or even better code and media.