Book Notes

Consider the Lobster, by David Foster Wallace

A bunch of stories by one of my favorite authors. The highlights below are mostly from Up, Simba, covering John McCain's first presidential bid.

Zero to One, by Peter Thiel

To make important and valuable changes to society we need visionary founders who are willing to make definite, specific plans about the future. We all have agency, and a startup is a way to exercise your agency on a small but important part of the world.

Learned Optimism by Martin E.P. Seligman

This book changed how I see so-called "positive thinking" and personal story telling. It showed me that you can change your behavior and your output by changing the stories you tell yourself about why things happen the way they do.

Commencement Address at American University in Beirut, by Nassim Taleb

Nassim Taleb's only commencement address on how success can make you fragile. Having skin in the game makes you smarter and more interesting.

The Courage to Be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi & Fumitake Koga

A Japanese author uses Adlerian psychology to explain how you can be happy immediately today. One of my favorite books of all time.

To Pixar and Beyond by Lawrence Levy

Pixar's story from the point of view of its CFO from Toy Story through the Disney acquisition.

Underrated book that should be talked about more!