Book Summaries

One of my favorite hobbies is learning and reading books is one of the best ways I've found to learn. These pages contain my highlights and notes from recent books I have read.

Wanting: The Power of Mimetic Desire

The philosopher and theologian Rene Girard discovered that most of our desires are mimetic or imitative and not internal and this imitation usually leaves us feeling unfulfilled.

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When we can learn to expand our capacity for awareness, our quality of life and happiness is greatly enhanced. The Wheel of Awareness is a useful metaphor for envisioning our awareness as the central hub and any of the thoughts, feelings, or images in our mind as the rim around the hub. We can begin to develop our “mindsight” and improve our awareness by developing the three skills of openness, observation, and objectivity.

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Tiny Habits

A behavior is a combination of three key elements: motivation (desire), ability (capacity), and prompt (cue). Motivation and ability work together to increase the likelihood of a behavior — more motivation can overcome less ability and more ability means less motivation is required. No behavior happens without some kind of prompting or cue.

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Design Your Work

Productivity and work can be shaped not just for more efficient output but also for optimal personal well-being. One of the most important tools you can employ to improve productivity and creativity is to build a second brain using an app like Evernote. Good work can provide a constant source of challenge which can result in a greater sense of self-improvement and self-actualization.

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Making Websites Win

Making websites win is all about creating an engine of conversion. The first step to create an engine of conversion is to diagnose the problems. The next step is to continually A/B test solutions to the diagnosed problems and repeat.

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Distraction is any action that moves you away from what you want, while traction is any action that moves you toward your stated goal.

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