Summary of “Steve Jobs: Three Steps to Making Connections That Matter”

Making things simple is more than just making things easy.
In his speech to the Academy, he encouraged listeners to take the time to travel, to see and experience things, to read, and to try different things.
Experience allows us to see connections between things that others may not notice.
The simplest question of all is “Why?” Children ask this all the time, not just because they don’t understand how things work, but also to make the unfamiliar familiar-to make connections between what they know and what they don’t.
If we can think like children-not in a childish way, but to strip away our preconceptions and assumptions about what things are and how they work, we can make new connections and innovations.
We shouldn’t take things for granted, but ask how they can be bettered.
When a person can notice those “Clicks” in things, connections and innovations can be made-but only if one has the awareness and breadth of experience to notice them.
His commitment to being exposed to as many experiences as possible and looking at things in unprejudiced ways to make them simpler and/or better are things we can all do; it just takes patience, observation, practice, and the commitment to make the good better and the better as perfect as possible.

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Summary of “10 lessons from Tim Ferriss that took him a decade to learn”

I’ve been a huge Tim Ferriss fan since his first book The 4-Hour Workweek.
Over the last 10 years Tim realized that “Too much optimizing can be self-destructive.” Like with many things in life, things in excess tend to take on the characteristics of their opposites.
Tim said, “You can feel complete without becoming complacent and still seek new challenges in life.” It’s definitely a balancing act, and easier said than done, but awareness of your wholeness can transform the way you choose to improve your life.
When most people leave their jobs to pursue what they love, their mentality is “I’d rather fail doing what I want than succeed in chains doing what someone else wants.” However, Tim said, “You can start your own business and put handcuffs on yourself if you decide to be someone you aren’t.” Long ago, Tim decided to be himself and it was one of the most important decisions of his life.
Right after Tim releases a new book or finishes a big project, people always ask him, “What’s next?” Well, it turns out he doesn’t know! He doesn’t have a 5-year plan he sticks to, instead he focuses on projects 6 months at a time.
Since Tim doesn’t have much motivation or intrinsic willpower to get things done, he uses incentives to do what he says he’s going to do.
One of Tim’s friends said on his podcast, The Tim Ferris Show, “If Will Smith doesn’t do a movie in three years, no one says, what ever happened to Will Smith?!” Tim said, “You can take some time and disappear to do deep thinking. You can opt-out for a week. You can escape and be a hermit for a while. Then when you’re ready to come back and reenter the world, you can continue where you left off.”
Tim knows a lot of successful people who are worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

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Summary of “Being Lazy Is the Key to Success, According to the Best-Selling Author of ‘Moneyball'”

That’s according to Michael Lewis, author of the bestsellers Moneyball, The Big Short, and many more.
In a candid interview with Qualtrics CEO Ryan Smith, Lewis explained why laziness never seemed like a bad thing in his mind, and how it’s helped him succeed.
“It’s an endlessly charming and delightful place, but the idea that your worth was connected to things you did in the world was an alien idea.” In fact, Lewis recalled, his father had him convinced that there was a Lewis family crest with this motto: “Do as little as possible, and that unwillingly, because it is better to receive a slight reprimand than perform an arduous task.” That turned out to be untrue, but the idea that leisure was to be cherished and that being constantly busy was not necessarily a good thing stuck with the younger Lewis.
Have you ever taken on a project just so you wouldn’t be inactive, just to keep things going? How many better opportunities have you missed because that project made you too busy to pursue them? Being willing to be inactive or less active means you’ll be available when something truly worthy of your best effort comes along.
Lewis is willing to waste time-a lot of it-if something seems like it could be really worthwhile.
“My laziness serves as a filter,” Lewis said.
“Something has to be really good before I’ll decide to work on it.” Lewis has published six heavily researched books in the past 10 years while also working as a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, so his laziness certainly hasn’t stopped him from producing quite a lot of work.
Unless the answer is an absolute yes, Lewis doesn’t take on the project.

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Summary of “50 Ways to Live On Your Own Terms”

Marry the person you love”For all the productivity and success advice I’ve read, shaped and marketed for dozens of authors in the last decade, I’ve never really seen someone come out and say: Find yourself a spouse who complements and supports you and makes you better.” - Ryan HolidayResearch done by economists have found - even after controlling for age, education, and other demographics - that married people make 10 to 50 percent more than single people.
Say “No” to people, obligations, requests, and opportunities you’re not interested in from now on”No more yes. It’s either HELL YEAH! or no.” - Derek Sivers.
Sadly, people are taught absurd mindsets about being vulnerable and loving in relationships.
Make friends with five people who inspire you”You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” - Jim Rohn.Who you spend time with is incredibly important.
Even more fundamental is: what types of people are you comfortable around?
Buy a small place rather than rentUnless you live in a big city, I’m baffled how many people pay outlandish amounts on rent each month.
Instead of living life on their own terms, they’d rather respond to other people’s agendas.
Make your bed first thing in the morningAccording to psychological research, people who make their bed in the morning are happier and more successful than those who don’t.

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Summary of “How Schwarzman Leveraged Wall Street’s Most Turbulent Decade”

There’s a complete dichotomy between the people who give us $367 billion , who are quite confident of what those results will be, and the public investors, who represent probably $17 billion, roughly half our market cap.
The system we designed, of being able to see across asset classes and controlling risk, informed us where we should be and not be, which enabled us to grow very large-scale businesses with a small number of people.
These are remarkably talented people, each of them running businesses worth somewhere around $100 billion.
That’s a noteworthy moment in Blackstone’s history, in part because we don’t see people come in at that senior of a level very often in the alternatives space.
“Who are these people, and where do they work?” He said, “Well, they don’t have jobs.” I said, “That’s interesting. I assume they’re very rich if they can write a check this big.” He said, “No, they’re not rich at all.” “So,” I said, “They’re unemployed nonrich people who want to give us $3 billion?” He said, “Yes, that’s right.” I asked, “Is there some reason you called me with this?” And he said, “Because they want to invest $3 billion.” I said, “Not to be forward, but where are they going to get $3 billion, and what did these people used to do?”.
“We were rejected 16 times out of 17. People were looking at me, saying, ‘You are really a loser'”.
If you weren’t a little more mellow as a result of having all of these remarkable people and great processes at a global brand where people really want to do business with us-I mean, when we started, we were rejected 16 times out of 17.
People were looking at me, saying, “You are really a loser.” Maybe I’m more mellow, but there are times-and people around here can attest to it-when I am decidedly unmellow.

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Summary of “Win or Lose, LeBron Stays the King”

Here is a big, and maybe even controversial question: Do these Finals even matter for LeBron James? More accurately: Do these Finals even matter to the way that we process the idea of LeBron James?
In the long term I suspect that the answer is no, these Finals do not matter for LeBron James.
Let me state it more plainly: LeBron James is the most important person in the Finals.
“Jordan never breathed life into an 0-2 corpse in the Finals before,” they would say, and before they could finish saying the other side would yell, “JORDAN WAS NEVER DOWN 2-0 IN AN NBA FINALS AND IN FACT, GUESS WHAT? JORDAN NEVER EVEN PLAYED IN A FINALS GAME 7, SO DO SOME RESEARCH, YOU STUPID IDIOT,” because that is the only hurdle LeBron has left to clear: being better than Michael Jordan.
Then LeBron went atomic, putting up 41-16-7 in Game 5 in Oakland and 41-8-11 in Game 6 in Cleveland, then finishing the series with a triple-double in Game 7, which was highlighted by the single greatest and most important and most impactful and most impossible and most unbelievable block ever in an NBA Finals.
Wouldn’t LeBron getting swept for a second time in the Finals be a truly devastating blow? What other all-time great player has that ever happened to twice?
If that’s the angle you’re arguing from, then how could you ever say that getting swept in a Finals is a bigger black mark than not even getting to a Finals, or broader still, that going 3-for-8 in the Finals is a lesser accomplishment than going 3-for-3 in the Finals, or even 3-for-5 in the Finals, or even 3-for-7 in the Finals? It should be mentioned here that no player in the post-merger top-10 conversation has been to seven straight Finals like LeBron has.
Because LeBron James is the most important person in the Finals.

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Summary of “Troy Hunt: Reckon you’ve seen some stupid security things? Here, hold my beer…”

No really, I’ve seen some very stupid security stuff out there the likes of which make the above example not just believable, but likely.
You know what they really need here? Security questions…. Security questions.
This is one of the worst security questions I’ve seen.
A security question on a website I was just on: “What is the name of your grandmother’s dog?”.
Because security questions are nuts! I mean those ones are extra nuts but in general the whole idea of taking either immutable pieces of data like your mother’s maiden name or enumerable questions like the make of your first car or transient ones like your favourite movie… just the idea of security questions deserves a place in this post! Let’s try something more sane…. Logon.
I’ve seen worse…. Physical security.
What is this stupid security thing? Well imagine this: you go to Strawberrynet and chuck some tonifying lotion or dry teasing dust or other thing I have little concept of into your cart then hit the checkout button.
Using your e-mail address as your password is sufficient security.

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Summary of “Are You Exceptionally Likable? 9 Reasons People Decide They Like You”

If that’s not reason enough to be likable, we tend to do business and build professional and relationships with people we like.
We’re instinctively drawn to people who are modest, agreeable, polite, kind… in short, to people who are genuinely likable.
How do people decide whether they like you, especially once they’ve gotten to know you a little better?
The answer often lies in what likable people don’t do.
People who try to control other people – to tell them what they should do, what they should think, what they should feel – they’ve decided that their goals, their dreams, or even just their opinions are more important than everyone else’s.
Appreciate the differences instead of the shortcomings and you’ll see people – and yourself – in a better light.
The higher you rise and the more you accomplish, the more likely you are to think you know everything – and to tell people everything you think you know.
Want to be instantly likable? Be the person who has accomplished really cool things…but manages to make other people feel like they are the ones who have accomplished really cool things.

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Summary of “This 10-Minute Routine Will Increase Your Clarity And Creativity”

“Your subconscious mind works continuously, while you are awake, and while you sleep.” - Napoleon Hill.Your subconscious never rests and is always on duty because it controls yourheartbeat, blood circulation, and digestion.
Your goal is to direct your subconscious mind to create the outcomes you seek.
You want to tap into your subconscious mind to unlock connections and solutions to your problems and projects.
It’s common practice for many of the world’s most successful people to intentionally direct the workings of their subconscious mind while they’re sleeping.
While you’re sleeping, your subconscious mind will get to work on those things.
Your subconscious mind has been loosely mind-wandering while you slept, making contextual and temporal connections.
In a recent interview with Tim Ferriss, Josh Waitzkin, former chess prodigy and tai chi world champion, explains his morning routine to tap into the subconscious breakthroughs and connections experienced while he was sleeping.
Now, first thing in the morning, when your creative brain is most attuned, after its subconscious workout while you slept, start writing down whatever comes to mind about those things.

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Summary of “The machine is learning”

All of the updates to the Google Assistant announced today at Google I/O are just hints.
Instead of trying to rush out big promises about the future, Google’s relentless machine is taking a surprisingly measured approach to building the Assistant, betting that AI will slowly overtake everything over time instead of falling into place all at once.
The Google Assistant is meant to someday supplant the icons and text boxes and swipes you currently use, but the AI and machine learning behind it are going to do more than just give you answers: they’re going to participate in the interface itself.
So why would you use the Google Assistant instead of Siri? Mostly because you’re already a heavy Google user.
If you already use Gmail and Google Calendar and even Google Home, the Assistant on the iPhone is automatically tied into that whole ecosystem.
Rather than ask everybody to make a custom “Skill” like Amazon does with Alexa, Google is hoping its Assistant can figure it out using Google’s own ranking algorithms and what it knows about you.
The Google Home may also tell users that more information about a given topic is available in the Google Home app on the phone.
If Google releases enough Google Assistant features it might make it good enough for you to keep using it, even if it doesn’t realize its total potential for a long time to come.

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