Some books have great ideas… that can be summed up simply. Taken together, the bullet summaries of the following books can be powerful.
I don’t mean to be mean. I’m an author myself, and I know how much work and agony goes into writing a book. But that doesn’t mean that all books are worth 200+ pages of your life.
For the following books, I say read the summary and send the author a tip (or buy their other books):
Don't Make Me Think
The best user experience design is design that doesn’t make people have to think
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
For any given thing in your life, boil it down to the one, most essential component of it, then just focus on that
The 4 Hour Work Week
Figure out what you really want to be doing in your life, then reverse-engineer the minimum amount of work to do it
You don’t have to do things the way everyone else does them
(I used to recommend reading this book, but its helpful examples are out of date. I recommend reading Tim’s books Tools of Titans and Tribe of Mentors instead now.)
The Innovator's Dilemma
Disruption happens when a business enters the market with a dramatically cheaper solution
Sometimes the new solution is actually worse, but it doesn’t matter so long as it’s way cheaper
Sometimes way cheaper means it’s actually 10x better for the same cost; that works too
Innovation is focusing on the job you need done, not the way to do that job. People who buy drills actually want holes; is there a dramatically cheaper way to get them a hole? If so—disruption!
Finite and Infinite Games
There are two types of games:
Finite games are played for the purpose of winning
Infinite games are played for the purpose of playing
Creating win-wins is often about turning a game into an infinite game, one with no “win” state
Note: This list is currently in progress. Check back later for more!