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This book describes the mindsets of the successful, from an abundance versus scarcity mentality, to the proper way to view delegation, to divorcing your time from your success, to breaking large goals into discrete chunks. It scorns the “get rich-slow” mentality plaguing modern society, and provides specific, actionable advice to “get-rich-fast.”
This book discusses the rise (and potential fall) of the human species, Homo sapiens. It documents our journey from Africa through to Europe, Asia, and then the rest of the world. It describes precisely how money evolved, it documents what caused the Religious, Agricultural, Scientific, and Industrial Revolutions, and shows how each revolution may have brought just as many problems as solutions. We Sapiens have a limited view of our own happiness, and must learn to truly understand technology and knowledge to flourish.
“Don't believe tree-huggers who claim that our ancestors lived in harmony with nature.”
This book describes how us Homo sapiens will begin to engineer ourselves into Homo deus via intentional manipulation of our biology and environment. It describes how religion emerged to give meaning to our lives, which science seems to be in perpetual conflict with. It describes new techno-religions built around data and bionics, which may slowly emerge as we begin worshiping ourselves more than our gods. It offers possibilities for the future, as well as dire warnings.
“And having raised humanity above the beastly level of survival struggles, we will now aim to upgrade humans into gods, and turn Homo sapiens into Homo deus.”
This book delves deeply into the creative process, in which you can combine a concoction of discipline, self-awareness, changes in your environment, and pure inspiration, to unleash your creativity on your world. It dispels common myths such as the scatter-brained, disordered creative (this “spark” never has enough “grind” to actually see any of her creations manifest). It describes specific techniques to spark new creativity, and specific techniques to embrace the grinding discipline necessary for unleashing your full potential.
“Ongoing, original creativity requires the spark & the grind: the initial flicker of hope & the work to stroke it into something that changes the game.”
Through the analysis of business and science, Daniel H. Pink examines what motivates people in our rapidly changing society. While Motivation 1.0 was about fulfilling biological needs, Motivation 2.0 has been about rewards and punishments, the carrot and the stick. While this worked during the industrial age, our modern lives require Motivation 3.0 – understanding how purpose, mastery, and flowstate need to be imbued into every task. The theory is presented, and specific, actionable, practical tips for both one’s professional and personal life are explicated.
“For artists, scientists, inventors, schoolchildren and the rest of us, intrinsic motivation – the drive to do something because it is interesting, challenging, and absorbing – is essential for high levels of creativity.”