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This is one of the most popular books on success, written in 1937 and having withstood the test of time, being the sixth best-selling business book even decades later. The gist is that your thoughts are real things which can be translated into riches by focused self-talk, and communicating with your subconscious. You do not necessarily need education or hard work to achieve wealth, but rather a sincere, burning desire.
“Life is strange and often imponderable! Both the successes & failures have their roots in simple experiences.”
When trying to create a novel, it’s not the actual writing part that is so difficult. It’s the initial act of sitting down to write which takes the most effort. The reason it is so hard to start a project is Resistance. Resistance is the thing you feel when you have a sudden burst of inspiration but somehow can’t seem to start. Resistance is what keeps us from realizing our full potential, from starting something which could have ended up truly great. This book discusses the definition of Resistance, methods to counteract it, and finally how to refocus on your higher purpose to render the Resistance moot.
“When inspiration touches talent,
she gives birth to truth & beauty.”
This book discusses practical improvements to your mind which will lead to success. This includes taking a longer perspective on time, thinking methodically, gathering more data before making decisions, and focusing relentlessly on your goals. Overall, practical daily habits of successful people are showcased which will improve your odds of success.
Hoffman (cofounder of LinkedIn) says that entrepreneurship is like throwing yourself off a cliff and being forced to build an airplane while falling. The author conducted interviews with 200 entrepreneurs, including the founders of LinkedIn, Tesla, Chipotle, eBay, Paypal, JetBlue, and Dropbox. Some of whom are generating over $1 billion in revenue per year. Common attributes were determined and statistically grouped. It turns out that Creators follow a specific code, a cycle of six steps outlined here, looped continuously, to achieve breakthrough innovation and success
“Nudging” is the process by which you provide certain information, provide better default options, and offer more informed options to people in order to nudge them towards making better decisions. This book discusses the theory behind nudging, and goes into practical examples of how nudging could be implemented, from healthcare to politics.