Escaping the Echo Chamber of Awesomeness

Leslie Barry
Jan 1 · 8 min read
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On the wall during a Facebook Campus visit. 14 January 2019

Books come find me at precisely the moment I need them most.


Learning from those who have come before

On China — Henry Kissinger

The Gathering Storm, 1948 (Winston S. Churchill The Second World War Book — Winston Churchill

The Virtues of War: A Novel of Alexander the Great — Steven Pressfield


Upskilling

Never Split the Difference: Negotiating As If Your Life Depended On It — Chris Voss

Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity — David Allen

Every Tool’s a Hammer: Life Is What You Make It — Adam Savage


Experimentation and Rapid Growth

Super Pumped: The Battle for Uber — Mike Isaac

Loonshots: How to Nurture the Crazy Ideas That Win Wars, Cure Diseases, and Transform Industries — Safi Bahcall

Turning the Flywheel: A Monograph to Accompany Good to Great — Jim Collins

The Right It: Why So Many Ideas Fail and How to Make Sure Yours Succeed — Alberto Savoia

Secrets of Sand Hill Road: Venture Capital and How to Get It — Scott Kupor and Eric Ries

Great by Choice: Uncertainty, Chaos, and Luck — Why Some Thrive Despite Them All (Good to Great Book 5) — Jim Collins

What You Do Is Who You Are: How to Create Your Business Culture — Ben Horowitz and Henry Louis Gates

Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell — Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, and Alan Eagle

Awaken the Giant Within — Anthony Robbins

Do Better Work: Finding Clarity, Camaraderie, and Progress in Work and Life — Max Yoder


Self-improvement

Stillness Is the Key — Ryan Holiday

Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams — Matthew Walker, PhD

Everything Is F*cked: A Book About Hope (The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck (2 Book Series)) — Mark Manson

The Meaning of Life — The School of Life

On the Brink of Everything: Grace, Gravity, and Getting Old — Parker J. Palmer

Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World — Cal Newport

How to Sit (Mindfulness Essentials Book 1) — Thich Nhat Hanh and Jason DeAntonis

The Manual: A Philosopher’s Guide to Life (Stoic Philosophy Book 1) — Epictetus, Ancient Renewal, and Sam Torode

Reboot: Leadership and the Art of Growing Up — Jerry Colonna

The Laws of Lifetime Growth: Always Make Your Future Bigger Than Your Past — Dan Sullivan and Catherine Nomura


Escapism

36 Righteous Men: A Novel — Steven Pressfield

The Time Travel Chronicles (Future Chronicles Book 7)

The A.I. Chronicles (Future Chronicles Book 2)

The End Has Come (The Apocalypse Triptych Book 3)

The End is Nigh (Apocalypse Triptych Book 1)

Wastelands: The New Apocalypse — John Joseph Adams

Change Agent — Daniel Saurez


My Takeaways

Leslie Barry

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Director + Founder at exponentially.com. Working with companies to help innovators build The Right It using Pretotyping. 4 startups, 2 sold, 2 lessons.

Leslie Barry

Director + Founder at exponentially.com. Working with companies to help innovators build The Right It using Pretotyping. 4 startups, 2 sold, 2 lessons.

Leslie Barry

Written by

Director + Founder at exponentially.com. Working with companies to help innovators build The Right It using Pretotyping. 4 startups, 2 sold, 2 lessons.

Leslie Barry

Director + Founder at exponentially.com. Working with companies to help innovators build The Right It using Pretotyping. 4 startups, 2 sold, 2 lessons.

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