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Book Summary: The Google Story by David A. Vise

My Personal Summary This book is about the founding of Google, the world’s leading search engine. Book Notes Larry Page and Sergey Brin met at Stanford in 1995. Both were brilliant and both came from families that encouraged intellectual debates. Both attended Montessori schools growing up, both had dads who were professors and moms who …

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Book Summary: Longitude by Dava Sobel

My Personal Summary This book is about how John Harrison figured out how to measure longitude while at sea – one of the thorniest scientific problems of the 1700’s. Book Notes The prime meridian is an imaginary line that goes through Greenwhich, England and extends from north to south, splitting the globe into Eastern and …

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Book Summary: Atomic Habits by James Clear

My Personal Summary If you’re having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn’t you. The problem is your system. Bad habits repeat themselves not because you don’t want to change but because you have the wrong system for change. You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of …

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Book Summary: On the Shortness of Life by Seneca

My Personal Summary Life is short and anxious for those who forget the past, neglect the present, and fear the future. However, life is long if you know how to use your time wisely. Live immediately, recognize your own mortality, guard your time carefully, and don’t put important things off.  Book Notes “It is not …

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Book Summary: A Guide to the Good Life by William B. Irvine

My Personal Summary Stoicism is a set of techniques and beliefs that can be used to live a good life. The core principles of stoic philosophy include: practicing gratitude, controlling desires, experiencing joy in the present, and recognizing that status and material possessions rarely lead to happiness. Book Notes “Stoicism, understood properly, is a cure …

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Book Summary: The Nature Fix by Florence Williams

My Personal Summary Research shows that spending time in nature can boost cognition, reduce anxiety, improve mood, and enhance creative thinking. Even small doses of nature like house plants, 10-minute outdoor walks, and screensavers of forests have been shown to improve overall well-being. Book Notes As more humans migrate towards cities, less people have quick …

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Book Summary: The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson

My Personal Summary Simple daily decisions made consistently over time is the only way to achieve anything meaningful. Things that are easy to do are equally easy not to do. Your daily decisions won’t affect where you are tomorrow or next week, but they will determine where you’ll be a few years from now.  Book …

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Book Summary: On Writing by Stephen King

My Personal Summary The way to become a better writer is to read a lot and write a lot. This is simple but not easy to do. It’s important to cut out all distractions when you write. Shut the door to your room, make your desk face the wall, and leave all technology outside the …

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