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Rise: How to Be Really Successful and Like Your Life

Rise (Amazon) is focused on helping you become CEO. As a result I found some of it a bit overly-ambitious for me. But – it contained some really great advice. 1. Ruthless Priorities. You have too much to do, but hey – don’t we all. The trick is to decide what’s critical and do an outstanding […]

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Whistling Vivaldi

 Since I heard about research showing that girls who self-identified as female before taking a math test tended to under-perform (compared to when they self-identified after taking the test) I’ve been wondering where else that effect is. Specifically, if you are always surrounded by guys, does that continually remind you? Does it affect your performance there? […]

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Leadership =/= Control

Currently, I’m reading Tim Harford’s Adapt (Amazon). It’s a fascinating book, quite different from the Undercover Economist (Amazon) – which is also excellent. He writes about the importance of experimentation and feedback, and the insanity of centralized military planning – where an individual soldier can shoot to kill, but the General running the base can’t approve […]

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168 hours

When stressed, I’m prone to bemoaning the lack of hours in the day. I think if I could just get an extra, say, two hours a day, that would be one more activity I could get in. When happy (and for me, happy usually means productive) I reason, “We all get the same 24 hours […]

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Luck Factor

As part of my search for increased positivity, I’ve been reading The Luck Factor (Amazon). I’ve come across Wiseman’s work online and and been interested in it. It turns out, that I’ve had one of his other books – 59 Seconds (Amazon) – on my Kindle for… ages. I’ve finally started it now. I’ve never […]

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How to be Slightly Happier and get a Bit More Done

I bought this book (Amazon) because I’m a huge fan of Burkeman’s column “This column will change your life”. He has a knack for taking a large self help book and extracting the one actually useful piece of advice – like the 10-10-10 method for making decisions. And debunking popular myths – like it taking 28 day days […]

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Post Grad Rehab: May/June

  In May I focused on feeling better about myself. I bought new makeup, two new pairs of jeans, got my hair cut and colored, and started making more effort to dress up for work. Sometimes I wear heals, sometimes I wear my new Ugg sneakers (they are fluffy inside, it’s awesome). I still keep it […]

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But, I Don’t Want to be an Entrepreneur: Permission and Choice

Tina Seelig, author of What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20 (Amazon) teaches courses in Entrepreneurship and Creativity at Stanford. I was fascinated as to what teaching entrepreneurship would consist of (you can see the course list here). The big message I found in her book was about giving yourself permission – permission […]

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WISE Talk: 3 Things That Make Me Luckier

Commentary (I didn’t have slides) for the talk I gave for UO WISE. I thought I was going to come and have an informal chat about how interviewing at Google is not that scary, and then I saw Krystal’s tweet. [blackbirdpie id=”55757050474532864″] I freaked out a little, to be honest. Like, woah – I need […]

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Books: Assorted

In general, I think I’ve been reading too much of the same kind of book. And it’s starting to be a little repetitive; I’m not getting enough new ideas from them. However it’s my birthday next month (May 4th) and the best thing anyone could get me is a Kindle book, especially if it’s something weird or […]