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  • Zero to One

  • Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future
  • Written by: Peter Thiel, Blake Masters
  • Narrated by: Blake Masters
  • Length: 4 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 205
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 176

The next Bill Gates will not build an operating system. The next Larry Page or Sergey Brin won’t make a search engine. And the next Mark Zuckerberg won't create a social network. If you are copying these guys, you aren't learning from them. It's easier to copy a model than to make something new: doing what we already know how to do takes the world from 1 to n, adding more of something familiar. But every time we create something new, we go from 0 to 1.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Decent Read

  • By Anonymous User on 2019-05-11

"Pretty good"

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-19

Good:
- Overall, I found myself agreeing with most of what was said, and I think his final thesis (summarized in a checklist at the end) is sound.

Bad:
- Much of the content swayed into macro economic theory, and at times, even philosophy. While this was interesting whilst reading, I didn't take much away from these discussions.
- At times, it feels more like a guide to other venture capitalists, or for serial entrepreneurs wondering about what to build next

  • 10% Happier

  • How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works
  • Written by: Dan Harris
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris
  • Length: 7 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 217
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 196
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

After having a nationally televised panic attack on Good Morning America, Dan Harris knew he had to make some changes. A lifelong nonbeliever, he found himself on a bizarre adventure, involving a disgraced pastor, a mysterious self-help guru, and a gaggle of brain scientists.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Happy I heard this book (with caveats)

  • By kd on 2018-02-08
  • 10% Happier
  • How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found a Self-Help That Actually Works
  • Written by: Dan Harris
  • Narrated by: Dan Harris

"Pretty good"

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 2018-09-19

Don't let 3/5 stars dissuade you. By definition of the stars, it is "pretty good".

The book could be cut down by about 70%. Much of the content only helps portray the author as a skeptical intellectual. This makes me more receptive to his eventual message - but it is overkill. I also was somewhat left feeling that the author's main struggle was left unresolved.

For the actionable benefits, there is little I actually took away: Meditate, and if it's difficult, that's OK. It might help.