Top Non-Fiction Picks from 2020

The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century

  • We are at the beginning of a new era in human history where individuals have never been more powerful.
  • Your geographic coordinates are increasingly meaningless. The world has become a small town where everyone competes with everyone else.

Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity

  • Mental models and visuals are critical to understanding.
  • Motivation is a skill. You should learn it.
  • Team dynamics are far more important that individual strengths and weaknesses. Psychological safety is critical to building a good team.
  • Decision making should be analytical and rooted in quantitative methods and logic. Don’t let guessing be your decision making tool. Instead, apply quantitative methods, look at the data, question assumptions, etc.

Competing Against Luck: The Story of Innovation and Customer Choice

  • There is a big difference between what a product is meant for and why people use it. Understanding that distinction explains why some products are far more successful and others.

The Mamba Mentality: How I Play

  • Excellence is a habit. Your performance in the court is what you do every single day.
  • Working more does not necessarily mean burn out. Working more can mean getting better.
  • It takes a lot of people to succeed.
  • Leadership is not a title! It is a behavior.

The Perfectionists: How Precision Engineers Created the Modern World

  • Better precision opens up new technological possibilities.
  • Precision is what makes our technological world possible.
  • We are on a verge of a new era: What happens when we go to space where physical laws are different (e.g. gravity, space-time, etc)? Is there a limit to precision?




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