Derek Sivers
Book Recommendations

  • The E-Myth Revisited

    The E-Myth Revisited

    The E-Myth Revisited

    Michael E. Gerber
    Business & Economics
    4.04 (73,310)

    E-myth \ 'e-,'mith\ n 1: the entrepreneurial myth: the myth that most people who start small businesses are entrepreneurs 2: the fatal assumption that an individual who understands the technical work of a business can successfully run a business that does that technical workvoted #1 business book by inc. 500 ceos.an instant classic, this revised and updated edition of the phenomenal bestseller dispels the myths about starting your own business. small business consultant and author michael e. gerber, with sharp insight gained from years of experience, points out how common

    Derek Sivers

    Absolutely everyone who is an entrepreneur or wants to be one needs to read this book.

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  • A Guide to the Good Life

    A Guide to the Good Life

    A Guide to the Good Life

    William B. Irvine
    4.17 (20,034)

    One of the great fears many of us face is that despite all our effort and striving, we will discover at the end that we have wasted our life. in a guide to the good life, william b. irvine plumbs the wisdom of stoic philosophy, one of the most popular and successful schools of thought in ancient rome, and shows how its insight and advice are still remarkably applicable to modern lives. in a guide to the good life, irvine offers a refreshing presentation of stoicism, showing how this ancient

    Derek Sivers

    Almost too personal for me to give an objective review, because I found when reading it that the quirky philosophy I've been living my life by since 17 matches up exactly with a 2000-year-old philosophy called Stoicism.

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  • Thinking, Fast and Slow

    Thinking, Fast and Slow

    Thinking, Fast and Slow

    Daniel Kahneman
    Psychology
    4.16 (389,431)

    In the highly anticipated thinking, fast and slow, kahneman takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. system 1 is fast, intuitive, and emotional; system 2 is slower, more deliberative, and more logical. kahneman exposes the extraordinary capabilities—and also the faults and biases—of fast thinking, and reveals the pervasive influence of intuitive impressions on our thoughts and behavior. the impact of loss aversion and overconfidence on corporate strategies, the difficulties of predicting what will make us happy in

    Derek Sivers

    If you liked Predictably Irrational or Stumbling on Happiness or any of those pop-psychology books, well, this is the Godfather of all of their work.

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  • Tricks of the Mind

    Tricks of the Mind

    Tricks of the Mind

    Derren Brown
    Entertainers
    4.05 (6,502)

    Derren brown's amazing television and stage performances have entranced and amazed millions. his baffling tricks and stunning illusions have set new standards of what's possible, as well as causing controversy. now, for the first time, he reveals the secrets behind his craft.he delves into the structure and pyschology of magic. he tells you how to read clues in people's behaviour and spot liars. he discusses the whys and wherefores of hypnosis (which he says doesn't exist) and shows how to use the powers of suggestion and massively improve the power

    Derek Sivers

    He's got this great, little book called Tricks of the Mind that I highly recommend

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  • The War of Art

    The War of Art

    The War of Art

    Steven Pressfield
    Self-Help
    3.98 (87,832)

    Derek Sivers

    ... you know what Resistance is. This book is about that. Read it.

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  • Hackers & Painters

    Hackers & Painters

    Hackers & Painters

    Paul Graham
    Computers
    4.06 (8,526)

    “the computer world is like an intellectual wild west, in which you can shoot anyone you wish with your ideas, if you’re willing to risk the consequences.” —from hackers & painters: big ideas from the computer age, by paul grahamwe are living in the computer age, in a world increasingly designed and engineered by computer programmers and software designers, by people who call themselves hackers. who are these people, what motivates them, and why should you care?consider these facts: everything around us is turning into computers. your typewriter is gone,

    Derek Sivers

    Yeah. I love his thinking, especially his book Hackers and Painters.

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  • Awaken the Giant Within

    Awaken the Giant Within

    Awaken the Giant Within

    Anthony Robbins,Frederick L. Covan,Tony Robbins
    Self-Help
    4.14 (64,072)

    The acknowledged expert in the psychology of change, anthony robbins provides a step-by-step program teaching the fundamental lessons of self-mastery that will enable you to discover your true purpose, take control of your life, and harness the forces that shape your destiny.

    Derek Sivers

    the book that changed my life

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  • Stumbling on Happiness

    Stumbling on Happiness

    Stumbling on Happiness

    Daniel Gilbert
    Psychology
    3.81 (59,281)

    • why are lovers quicker to forgive their partners for infidelity than for leaving dirty dishes in the sink? • why will sighted people pay more to avoid going blind than blind people will pay to regain their sight? • why do dining companions insist on ordering different meals instead of getting what they really want? • why do pigeons seem to have such excellent aim; why can’t we remember one song while listening to another; and why does the line at the grocery store always slow down the moment

    Derek Sivers

    Not at all new-agey, as the title might suggest. Harvard professor of psychology has studied happiness for years, and shares factual findings that will change the way you look at the world.

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  • Mindwise

    Mindwise

    Mindwise

    Nicholas Epley
    Business & Economics
    3.78 (2,258)

    You are a mind reader, born with an extraordinary ability to understand what others think, feel, believe, want, and know. it’s a sixth sense you use every day, in every personal and professional relationship you have. at its best, this ability allows you to achieve the most important goal in almost any life: connecting, deeply and intimately and honestly, to other human beings. at its worst, it is a source of misunderstanding and unnecessary conflict, leading to damaged relationships and broken dreams. how good are you at knowing the minds

    Derek Sivers

    If you know more books like this, please recommend them to me. I adore this subject.

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  • On Writing Well

    On Writing Well

    On Writing Well

    William Zinsser
    4.23 (25,192)

    On writing well has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style. it is a book for everybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does in the age of e-mail and the internet. whether you want to write about people or places, science and technology, business, sports, the arts or about yourself in the increasingly popular memoir genre, on writing well offers you fundamental priciples as well as

    Derek Sivers

    Great blunt advice about writing better non-fiction. So inspiring.

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  • Sum

    Sum

    Sum

    David Eagleman
    Fiction
    4.13 (17,842)

    At once funny, wistful and unsettling, sum is a dazzling exploration of unexpected afterlives—each presented as a vignette that offers a stunning lens through which to see ourselves in the here and now. in one afterlife, you may find that god is the size of a microbe and unaware of your existence. in another version, you work as a background character in other people’s dreams. or you may find that god is a married couple, or that the universe is running backward, or that you are forced to live out

    Derek Sivers

    Awesomely creative think-piece. I just read it a 2nd time and love it even more now.

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  • A Geek in Japan

    A Geek in Japan

    A Geek in Japan

    Hector Garcia Puigcerver
    3.86 (2,217)

    Comprehensive and well informed, it covers a wide array of topics in short articles accompanied by sidebars and numerous photographs, providing a lively digest of the society and culture of japan. designed to appeal to the generations of westerners who grew up on pokemon, manga and video games, a geek in japan reinvents the culture guide for readers in the internet age.spotlighting the originality and creativity of the japanese, debunking myths about them, and answering nagging questions like why they're so fond of robots, author hector garcia has created the

    Derek Sivers

    A Geek in Japan made me understand Japan more. So, I give that to everyone whos going to Japan

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  • Power Schmoozing

    Power Schmoozing

    Power Schmoozing

    Terri Mandell
    Business & Economics
    3.1 (10)

    Derek Sivers

    Worth reading!

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  • How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less

    How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less

    How to Make People Like You in 90 Seconds or Less

    Nicholas Boothman
    Family & Relationships
    3.66 (6,872)

    Whether selling, managing, negotiating, planning, collaborating, pitching, instructing-or on your knees with a marriage proposal-the secret of success is based on connecting with other people. now that connection is infinitely easier to make through nicholas boothman's program of rapport by design.how to make people like you in 90 seconds or less is the work of a master of neuro-linguistic programming whose career is teaching corporations and groups the secrets of successful face-to-face communication. aimed at establishing rapport-that stage between meeting and communicating-how to make people like you focuses on the

    Derek Sivers

    Worth reading!

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  • Seeking Wisdom

    Seeking Wisdom

    Seeking Wisdom

    Peter Bevelin
    Thought and thinking
    4.17 (4,098)

    Peter bevelin begins his fascinating book with confucius' great wisdom: "a man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it, is committing another mistake." seeking wisdom is the result of bevelin's learning about attaining wisdom. his quest for wisdom originated partly from making mistakes himself and observing those of others but also from the philosophy of super-investor and berkshire hathaway vice chairman charles munger. a man whose simplicity and clarity of thought was unequal to anything bevelin had seen. in addition to naturalist charles darwin and munger, bevelin cites

    Derek Sivers

    Included on Derek Siver's book list

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