Ryan Hoover
Book Recommendations

  • The Courage to Be Disliked

    The Courage to Be Disliked

    The Courage to Be Disliked

    Ichiro Kishimi
    4.06 (34,505)

    The japanese phenomenon that teaches us the simple yet profound lessons required to liberate our real selves and find lasting happiness.the courage to be disliked shows you how to unlock the power within yourself to become your best and truest self, change your future and find lasting happiness. using the theories of alfred adler, one of the three giants of 19th century psychology alongside freud and jung, the authors explain how we are all free to determine our own future free of the shackles of past experiences, doubts and the

    Ryan Hoover

    It's like this book was written just for me. I came away with so many "aha!" moments that have helped me better understand myself.

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  • Taking the Work Out of Networking

    Taking the Work Out of Networking

    Taking the Work Out of Networking

    Karen Wickre
    Business & Economics
    3.41 (512)

    Networking has garnered a reputation as a sort of necessary evil in the modern business world. some do relish the opportunity to boldly work the room, introduce themselves to strangers, and find common career ground—but for many others, the experience is often awkward, or even terrifying. the common networking advice for introverts are variations on the theme of overcoming or “fixing” their quiet tendencies. but karen wickre is a self-described introvert who has worked in silicon valley for 30 years. she shows you to embrace your true nature to create

    Ryan Hoover

    This new book by @kvox might speak to you

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  • Little Moments of Love

    Little Moments of Love

    Little Moments of Love

    Catana Chetwynd
    Family & Relationships
    4.35 (7,981)

    Soppy meets sarah’s scribbles in this sweet collection of comics about the simple, precious, silly, everyday moments that make up a relationship.what began as stray doodles on scraps of paper became an internet sensation when catana chetwynd’s boyfriend shared her drawings online. now, catana comics touches millions of readers with its sweet, relatable humor. little moments of love collects just that – the little moments that are the best parts of being with the person you love.

    Ryan Hoover

    Buy this book for your boo

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  • Crush It!

    Crush It!

    Crush It!

    Gary Vaynerchuk
    Business & Economics
    3.86 (31,694)

    Do you have a hobby you wish you could indulge in all day? an obsession that keeps you up at night? now is the perfect time to take that passion and make a living doing what you love. in crush it! why now is the time to cash in on your passion, gary vaynerchuk shows you how to use the power of the internet to turn your real interests into real businesses. gary spent years building his family business from a local wine shop into a national industry leader. then

    Ryan Hoover

    Motivating stuff, isn't it? :) I love how he cuts to the point - no BS. #CrushIt

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  • The Four Steps to the Epiphany

    The Four Steps to the Epiphany

    The Four Steps to the Epiphany

    Steven Gary Blank
    Business & Economics
    3.92 (15,917)

    The essential book for anyone bringing a product to market, writing a business plan, marketing plan or sales plan. step-by-step strategy of how to successfully organize sales, marketing and business development for a new product or company. the book offers insight into what makes some startups successful and leaves others selling off their furniture. packed with concrete examples, the book will leave you with new skills to organize sales, marketing and your business for success.

    Ryan Hoover

    Too much (good) info but thankfully there's a summary in the Appendix.

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  • The Untethered Soul

    The Untethered Soul

    The Untethered Soul

    Michael A. Singer
    Body
    Mind & Spirit
    4.18 (72,149)

    Whether this is your first exploration of inner space, or you’ve devoted your life to the inward journey, this book will transform your relationship with yourself and the world around you. you’ll discover what you can do to put an end to the habitual thoughts and emotions that limit your consciousness. by tapping into traditions of meditation and mindfulness, author and spiritual teacher michael a. singer shows how the development of consciousness can enable us all to dwell in the present moment and let go of painful thoughts and memories

    Ryan Hoover

    Michael Singer's book is a useful read for those suffering with anxiety.

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  • Viral Loop

    Viral Loop

    Viral Loop

    Adam L. Penenberg
    Business
    3.63 (869)

    Many of the most successful web 2.0 companies, including myspace, youtube, ebay, and rising stars like twitter and flickr, are prime examples of what journalist adam l. penenberg calls a "viral loop"--to use it, you have to spread it. after all, what's the sense of being on facebook if none of your friends are? the result: never before has there been the potential to create wealth this fast, on this scale, and starting with so little. in this game-changing must-read, penenberg tells the fascinating story of the entrepreneurs who first

    Ryan Hoover

    Finished reading Viral Loop. Interesting stories about today's biggest viral web businesses but lacking insights, imho.

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  • We Are The Nerds

    We Are The Nerds

    We Are The Nerds

    Christine Lagorio-Chafkin
    Social Science
    3.9 (760)

    Reddit hails itself as “the front page of the internet.” it’s the fourth most-visited website in the united states–yet, millions of americans have no idea what it is. we are the nerds is a riveting look deep inside this captivating, maddening enterprise–whose army of highly engaged (obsessed?) users have been credited with everything from solving cold case crimes to seeding alt-right fury and helping to land donald trump in the white house. we are the nerds is a gripping start-up business narrative: the story of how reddit’s founders, steve huffman

    Ryan Hoover

    A book about the front page of the internet (@reddit). Thanks, @lagorio

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  • The Art of Game Design

    The Art of Game Design

    The Art of Game Design

    Jesse Schell
    ART
    4.4 (2,788)

    Anyone can master the fundamentals of game design—no technological expertise is necessary. the art of game design: a book of lenses shows that the same basic principles of psychology that work for board games, card games and athletic games also are the keys to making top-quality video games. good game design happens when you view your game from many different perspectives, or lenses. while touring through the unusual territory that is game design, this book gives the reader one hundred of these lenses—one hundred sets of insightful questions to ask

    Ryan Hoover

    Although it's about gaming, the learnings and tactics in the book can be applied to any product.

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  • Secrets of Sand Hill Road

    Secrets of Sand Hill Road

    Secrets of Sand Hill Road

    Scott Kupor
    Business & Economics
    4.22 (2,163)

    What are venture capitalists saying about your startup behind closed doors? and what can you do to influence that conversation?if silicon valley is the greatest wealth-generating machine in the world, sand hill road is its humming engine. that's where you'll find the biggest names in venture capital, including famed vc firm andreessen horowitz, where lawyer-turned-entrepreneur-turned-vc scott kupor serves as managing partner.whether you're trying to get a new company off the ground or scale an existing business to the next level, you need to understand how vcs think. in secrets of

    Ryan Hoover

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  • Why Are We Yelling?

    Why Are We Yelling?

    Why Are We Yelling?

    Buster Benson
    Business & Economics
    3.64 (749)

    If the threat of raised voices, emotional outbursts, and public discord makes you want to hide under the conference room table, or if you're simply sick of unresolved arguments that never produce useful results, you're not alone. conflict, or the fear of it, can be devastating. and the process of minimizing, deflecting, or avoiding difficult people can leave you brimming with repressed emotions.but as this powerful book argues, conflict doesn't have to be unpleasant. in fact, properly channeled, conflict can be the most powerful tool we have at our disposal

    Ryan Hoover

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  • Ikigai

    Ikigai

    Ikigai

    Francesc Miralles,Hector Garcia Puigcerver,Linnea Dunne,Meik Wiking
    3.87 (21,645)

    The people of japan believe that everyone has an ikigai – a reason to jump out of bed each morning. and according to the residents of the japanese island of okinawa – the world’s longest-living people – finding it is the key to a longer and more fulfilled life. inspiring and comforting, this book will give you the life-changing tools to uncover your personal ikigai. it will show you how to leave urgency behind, find your purpose, nurture friendships and throw yourself into your passions. the danish word hygge is

    Ryan Hoover

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  • The Messy Middle

    The Messy Middle

    The Messy Middle

    Scott Belsky
    Business & Economics
    4.06 (1,119)

    Creating something from nothing is an unpredictable journey. the first mile births a new idea into existence, and the final mile is all about letting go. we love talking about starts and finishes, even though the middle stretch is the most important and often the most ignored and misunderstood. broken into three sections with 100+ lessons, this no-nonsense book will help you: the roller coaster of successes and failures by strengthening your resolve, embracing the long-game, and short-circuiting your reward system to get to the finish line. what’s working so

    Ryan Hoover

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  • Mindful Design

    Mindful Design

    Mindful Design

    Scott Riley
    Computers
    4 (34)

    Learn to create seamless designs backed by a responsible understanding of the human mind. this book examines how human behavior can be used to integrate your product design into lifestyle, rather than interrupt it, and make decisions for the good of those that are using your product. mindful design introduces the areas of brain science that matter to designers, and passionately explains how those areas affect each human’s day-to-day experiences with products and interfaces. you will learn about the neurological aspects and limitations of human vision and perception; about our

    Ryan Hoover

    This looks like a great book for product designers. Bookmarking for myself.

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  • Indistractable

    Indistractable

    Indistractable

    Julie Li,Nir Eyal
    Business & Economics
    3.74 (14,657)

    You sit down at your desk to work on an important project, but a notification on your phone interrupts your morning. later, as you're about to get back to work, a colleague taps you on the shoulder to chat. at home, screens get in the way of quality time with your family. another day goes by, and once again, your most important personal and professional goals are put on hold. what would be possible if you followed through on your best intentions? what could you accomplish if you could stay

    Ryan Hoover

    Nir Eyal, author of Hooked, just published his next book, Indistractible, I'm grabbing the audiobook

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