Books

Currently Reading: Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely

These hit home:

  • The Blue Sweater by Jacqueline Novogratz: She founded +Acumen and is changing the world by empowering talent to go out and make an impact. People are more capable of making a difference than money is. Her story is inspiring to say the least. The sister (awesome as she is) sent this over as a birthday gift, and it played a significant role in changing things for the better.
  • Incognito by David Eagleman: Thought you were in control? Think again. A honest, fun take on how much control we think we have of ourselves versus how much we really do. Be good to your subconscious.
  • Thinking Fast And Slow by Daniel Kahneman: The master of them all, the one ring to rule them all. This is the book of books, the blueprint to figuring it all out. Will not sell/donate/give/burn/throw/eat this away. Ever.
  • Doing Good Better by William Macaskill: Effective Altruism. I’m not being efficient but the title and the description are exactly what this book is all about. A fascinating take on not only doing the most amount of good possible, but also a valiant attempt at trying to quantify the oh-so-subjective world of social impact. QALY, baby
  • Blink by Malcolm Gladwell: Anything by Gladwell, really. This one’s my favorite and science, psychology and economics doesn’t get sexier than this. It’s all about when to use your gut, and when not to.
  • Leaving Microsoft To Change The World by John Wood: I want to do this. I think I’m trying to? Hardcore resonation. Thank you, Aaron for the recommendation.
  • Hit Makers by Derek Thompson: What if I told you that “going viral” was definition-ally wrong? Well, don’t listen to me, but read this book. Derek finally gives us a much-needed sequel to Tipping Point and takes a honorable whack at figuring out how hits are made. You’ve got to not only play the odds, but also try to constantly improve them.
  • Poor Economics by Abhijit Banerjee & Esther Duflo: An amazing, unbiased, data-driven take on what works and what doesn’t work when it comes to poverty alleviation. This book is testament to us being smarter today about fighting poverty – just need to take what we have learnt, and apply it. RCTs FTW.
  • Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari: This book spans 14 billion years. Yea, you read right, BILLION. A mesmerizing take on history and what to expect from the future that combines science with psychology with history with perspective in an unbiased take on this matrix we live in. Simply amazing, and game-changing.

I went through a barren reading spell for a part of my life. Wish I could get that time back. Never again.