Mike Shukis


The Books I Read in July 2022

August 03,2022


Win Bigly by Scott Adams

How strongly I recommend it: 9/10

Persuasion matters more than facts. We're not rational thinkers. We think we are, but we aren't. Scott Adams writes about the ways we are persuaded and how to persuade.

Persuasion is a nasty word. If you're like me, you think persuasion is a form of manipulation. But it doesn't have to be. If you have something important to say, you need people to listen. How do you do that? Read this book.

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How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by Scott Adams

How strongly I recommend it: 10/10

I have so many pages folded and sentences underlined in this book that I'm not sure what I'll do with all of it. This book is awesome. It's random and full of great advice.

I love Scott's idea about talent stacking. Chances are, you're never going to be the best in the world at one thing. There's only one Michael Jordan. But you can become good at several things. Everything you learn increases the chances that success finds you. Start learning more skills. Be more useful.

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The Happiness Equation by Neil Pasricha

How strongly I recommend it: 9/10

Almost every book I read in July was recommended by Scott Adams. He either wrote or recommended them. He recommended this book in a YouTube video. And it was great. Much better than I expected.

My main takeaway is Neil's six words on happiness. We believe we need to do great work and achieve success before we can be happy. Neil argues the opposite. He says to be happy first. Great work and success will follow. Seeing the cycle this way, I see that money and fame don't affect happiness. We should be happy first. Success comes when (and if) if wants.

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Anything You Want by Derek Sivers

How strongly I recommend it: 10/10

Derek designs, creates, and sells his own work. This is an awesome little book. It's a collection of essays for entrepreneurs.

Many of his thoughts are the opposite of what we're taught. That businesses are for making tons of money. That we're in business to grow it. That you need to say yes to everyone. None of those things are true. Instead, Derek talks about keeping your business small, doing it to serve people, and making your business your personal masterpiece.

Do yourself a favor. Read the book.

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