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Flow is a state one enters when they are “in the zone”, performing an activity with single-minded focus. Seeking happiness externally is a wasted effort, for only in Flow do we truly experience our peak mental state. This book discusses precisely what Flow is, and how to achieve it in any activity, whether friendships or work.
“[Every Flow experience] provided a sense of discovery, a creative feeling of transporting the person into a new reality. It pushed the person to higher levels of performance, and led to previously undreamed-of states of consciousness.”
Power is necessary in all aspects of life. Many people hold themselves back from achieving power to avoid the pain of failure. And yet power is not something out of reach for anybody: it can be learned like any other skill. This book discusses specific ways to grow and maintain power in any organization, but it also warns of the addictive nature of power, and how you must constantly look over your shoulder in life.
“You can compete & even triumph in organizations of all types, large & small, public or private sector, if you understand the principles of power.”
In this book, Wolf puts his visual art expertise to use for entrepreneurs, giving pointers on creating a brand, connecting with your desired audience/consumers, and finding success and happiness through your work. The book is very stylistic, with black and white triangles on every right-hand page. Wolf chooses his words carefully, guiding readers to the answers rather than stating them directly, inviting everyone to ponder his words and determine their truth for himself or herself.
“When we’re ready to wake up for a moment, work hard together, and tap into our creative mind, we’re going to change the world for the better. We can all be a part of this.”
Dan Ariely is a professor of psychology and behavioral economics. Despite what many economists think, Ariely points out that these decisions are not necessarily rational, but rather based on emotions and external factors triggering unconscious or irrational behaviors. This book discusses irrationalities such as how we change our expectations based on price and why free samples are so effective.
“Indeed, just thinking about money makes us behave as most economists believe we behave — and less like the social animals we are in our daily lives.”
Calacanis has a straight-forward goal with this book: in his own words, his aim is “to teach you how massive wealth is created in the twenty-first century.” Given the booming tech industry and the continual need for innovation as people demand more conveniences, investing in early start ups is the fastest way to multiply your money. With a decade of experience and $150 million under his belt, Calacanis shares the specifics techniques of successful angel investing.
“Angel investors are looking for wild cards, because the best founders are typically inflexible & unmanageable, pursuing their visions at the expense of other people’s feelings.”