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Category: Arts > Literature > FlashBooks Podcast | In today’s episode of the FlashBooks Podcast, we’ll be getting into an audio book summary on The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller, Jay Papasan


The ONE Thing by Gary Keller – Book Summary

The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller, Jay Papasan – Audio Book Summary

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The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller, Jay Papasan

Crucial quotes

Success is sequential, not simultaneous

Focus is a matter of deciding what things you re NOT going to do.

If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one.

Instead of a to-do list, you need a success list a list that is purposefully created around extraordinary results.

The trick to success is to choose the right habit and bring just enough discipline to establish it.

To achieve an extraordinary result you must choose what matters most and give it all the time it demands. This requires getting extremely out of balance in relation to all other work issues,

Overview: The ONE Thing Book Summary

The ONE Thing advocates a simple path to success: determine your ONE most important priority in every major category of your life — and then simply work backwards from there; chunking down your ONE thing into smaller single things that you can do this year, this month, this week, this day, and in this very moment.

Tweetable summary:

Think BIG, but focus on ONE SPECIFIC thing at a time


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In today’s episode of the FlashBooks Podcast, we’ll be getting into an audio book summary on Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi


Creativity by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi – Book Summary

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Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (1996)

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The real story of creativity is more difficult and strange than many overly optimistic accounts have claimed. For one thing, as I will try to show, an idea or product that deserves the label creative arises from the synergy of many sources and not only from the mind of a single person And a genuinely creative accomplishment is almost never the result of a sudden insight, a light-bulb flashing on in the dark, but comes after years of hard work.

Creativity is a central source of meaning in our lives for several reasons First, most of the things that are interesting, important, and human are the results of creativity. We share 98 percent of our genetic makeup with chimpanzees Without creativity, it would be difficult indeed to distinguish humans from apes.

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Real creativity can only emerge once we have mastered the medium or domain in which we work.

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Overview: Creativity by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Creativity is about capturing those moments that make life worth living. The author s objective is to offer an understanding of what leads to these moments, be it the excitement of the artist at the easel or the scientist in the lab, so that knowledge can be used to enrich people s lives. Drawing on 100 interviews with exceptional people, from biologists and physicists to politicians and business leaders, poets and artists, as well as his 30 years of research on the subject, Csikszentmihalyi uses his famous theory to explore the creative process. He discusses such ideas as why creative individuals are often seen as selfish and arrogant, and why the tortured genius is largely a myth. Most important, he clearly explains why creativity needs to be cultivated and is necessary for the future of our country, if not the world...

Whether this transformation will help the human race or cause its downfall is not yet clear. It would help if we realized the awesome responsibility of this new role. The gods of the ancients, like Shiva, like Yehova, were both builders and destroyers. The universe endured in a precarious balance between their mercy and their wrath. The world we inhabit today also teeters between becoming either the lovely garden or the barren desert that our contrary impulses strive to bring about. The desert is likely to prevail if we ignore the potential for destruction our stewardship implies and go on abusing blindly our new-won powers. While we cannot foresee the eventual results of creativity of the attempt to impose our desires on reality, to become the main power that decides the destiny of every form of life on the planet at least we can try to understand better what this force is and how it works. Because for better or for worse, our future is now closely tied to human creativity. The result will be determined in large part by our dreams and by the struggle to make them real. This book, which attempts to bring together thirty years of research on how creative people live and work, is an effort to make more understandable the mysterious process by which men and women come up with new ideas and new things. My work in this area has convinced me that creativity cannot be underst...

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In today’s episode of the FlashBooks Podcast, we’ll be getting into an audio book summary on Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon


Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative by Austin Kleon

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You don t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side.

When Mr. Kleon was asked to address college students in upstate New York, he shaped his speech around the ten things he wished someone had told him when he was starting out. The talk went viral, and its author dug deeper into his own ideas to create Steal Like an Artist, the book. The result is inspiring, hip, original, practical, and entertaining. And filled with new truths about creativity: Nothing is original, so embrace influence, collect ideas, and remix and re-imagine to discover your own path. Follow your interests wherever they take you. Stay smart, stay out of debt, and risk being boring the creative you will need to make room to be wild and daring in your imagination.


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In today’s episode of the FlashBooks Podcast, we’ll be getting into an audio book summary on Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking by Malcolm Gladwell

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking


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Blink is author Malcolm Gladwell s follow-up to the book that put him on the map The Tipping Point which was about how small ideas morphed into big trends. With his follow-up title, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking , Gladwell takes a more psychological approach towards his writing, with a focus on Rapid Cognition aka: quick thinking; or thinking without thinking. A large part of the book is based on research about the adaptive unconscious a part of the brain that helps us make good decisions without realizing that we re even making them. Blink is about the decisions that seem to be made on a whim, but in actuality, are nowhere near as simple as they seem. Why are some people so great at making decisions, while others are paralyzingly indecisive? Why do some folks possess a consistently reliable instinct or intuition, while others almost always seem to be off the mark? What *really* makes us tick at work, at home, and in our relationships? And why is it that sometimes, the best decisions we make both in life and in business are almost impossible to explain to others? In Blink, Gladwell dives into all of the above masterfully combining science and story to get us thinking about our lives from a new and different perspective.


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In today’s episode of the FlashBooks Podcast, we’ll be getting into an audio book summary on Zero To One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters


Zero To One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future by Peter Thiel; Blake Masters

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Zero To One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
by Peter Thiel; Blake Masters

Focus:

  • Startups // Entrepreneurship // Technology

You should read this book summary if:

  • you want fast, actionable, research-driven guidance on how to build a successful and sustainable business.
  • you like the idea of reading forty-thousand+ words in about ten to-fifteen minutes.
  • you re ready to experience a paradigm shift in your way of approaching the world of startups, business, and technology.

Crucial quote:

“Every culture has a myth of decline from some golden age, and almost all peoples throughout history have been pessimists. Even today pessimism still dominates huge parts of the world. An indefinite pessimist looks out onto a bleak future, but he has no idea what to do about it. This describes Europe since the early 1970s, when the continent succumbed to undirected bureaucratic drift. Today the whole Eurozone is in slow-motion crisis, and nobody is in charge. The European Central Bank doesn t stand for anything but improvisation: the U.S. Treasury prints In God We Trust on the dollar; the ECB might as well print Kick the Can Down the Road on the euro. Europeans just react to events as they happen and hope things don t get worse.”

OVERVIEW

This book is essentially a collection of lectures delivered by Peter Thiel during his teaching years at Stanford. Along with co-author (and former student) Blake Masters — Thiel has put together a hard-hitting set of standards for entrepreneurs, startups, and thought-leaders to carefully consider when building the next big thing of the future.

Quite frankly, certain sections of the book are so ridiculously well put together that one just sits there and thinks after reading them. Chapter after chapter, Thiel gives example after example of how to successfully build the future.

But Why Listen To Thiel? Well, Peter Thiel has played a role in partnering with, inspiring and/or investing in some of the most successful tech entrepreneurs in the United States (and probably the world) including:

  • Elon Musk – who founded SpaceX and co-founded Tesla Motors;
  • Reid Hoffman – who co-founded LinkedIn;
  • Steve Chen, Chad Hurley, and Jawed Karim – who together founded YouTube;
  • Jeremy Stoppelman and Russel Simmons – who founded Yelp;
  • David Sacks – who co-founded Yammer; and
  • Himself, Peter Thiel – who founded PayPal and Palantir.

Oh, and by the way — all of the above named companies are worth at least $1 billion each. That s a serious chunk of change. Reading Zero To One is sort of like taking a peek into the mind of one of the most successful multi-billionaire investors alive today... In these FlashNotes, we ll get into the top 10-12 key take-aways from the book, including:

  • The DOs and DON Ts of startups
  • What to focus on when building a startup
  • Insights on building a billion dollar startup that stands the test of time

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Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World by Peter H. Diamandis, Steven Kotler – Audiobook Summary

In today’s episode of the podcast, we’ll be getting into the big ideas and actionable insights from Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World by Peter H. Diamandis, Steven Kotler


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From the coauthors of the New York Times bestseller Abundance comes their much anticipated follow-up: Bold a radical, how-to guide for using exponential technologies, moonshot thinking, and crowd-powered tools to create extraordinary wealth while also positively impacting the lives of billions.

Bold unfolds in three parts. Part One focuses on the exponential technologies that are disrupting today s Fortune 500 companies and enabling upstart entrepreneurs to go from “I ve got an idea” to “I run a billion-dollar company” far faster than ever before. The authors provide exceptional insight into the power of 3D printing, artificial intelligence, robotics, networks and sensors, and synthetic biology. Part Two of the book focuses on the Psychology of Bold, drawing on insights from billionaire entrepreneurs Larry Page, Elon Musk, Richard Branson, and Jeff Bezos. In addition, Diamandis reveals his entrepreneurial secrets garnered from building fifteen companies, including such audacious ventures as Singularity University, XPRIZE, Planetary Resources, and Human Longevity, Inc. Finally, Bold closes with a look at the best practices that allow anyone to leverage today s hyper-connected crowd like never before. Here, the authors teach how to design and use incentive competitions, launch million-dollar crowdfunding campaigns to tap into ten s of billions of dollars of capital, and finally how to build communities armies of exponentially enabled individuals willing and able to help today s entrepreneurs make their boldest dreams come true.

Bold is both a manifesto and a manual. It is today s exponential entrepreneur s go-to resource on the use of emerging technologies, thinking at scale, and the awesome power of crowd-powered tools.


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The 80 20 Principle by Richard Koch Audiobook Summary


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How anyone can be more effective with less effort by learning how to identify and leverage the 80/20 principle–the well-known, unpublicized secret that 80 percent of all our results in business and in life stem from a mere 20 percent of our efforts.

The 80/20 principle is one of the great secrets of highly effective people and organizations.

Did you know, for example, that 20 percent of customers account for 80 percent of revenues? That 20 percent of our time accounts for 80 percent of the work we accomplish? The 80/20 Principle shows how we can achieve much more with much less effort, time, and resources, simply by identifying and focusing our efforts on the 20 percent that really counts. Although the 80/20 principle has long influenced today’s business world, author Richard Koch reveals how the principle works and shows how we can use it in a systematic and practical way to vastly increase our effectiveness, and improve our careers and our companies.

The unspoken corollary to the 80/20 principle is that little of what we spend our time on actually counts. But by concentrating on those things that do, we can unlock the enormous potential of the magic 20 percent, and transform our effectiveness in our jobs, our careers, our businesses, and our lives.

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  • Are You Fully Charged? by Tom Rath – Author Interview (Episode #18)

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From Tom Rath, author of five NYT and WSJ bestsellers with over 6 million copies sold. Are You Fully Charged? reveals the three keys that matter most for our daily well-being, as well as our engagement in our work. Drawing on the latest and most practical research from business, psychology, and economics, this book focuses on changes we can make to create better days for ourselves and others. Are You Fully Charged? will challenge you to stop pursuing happiness and start creating meaning instead, lead you to rethink your daily interactions with the people who matter most, and show you how to put your own health first in order to be your best every day.

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Influence

The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert B. Cialdini | Audiobook Summary

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