Rinaldo Fowler

Books I've read

Tiny summary but detailed notes for each. Use the ISBN to find it from your local library or anywhere else. This page will update as I read more, so bookmark it if you want to check back in a few months.

Inspired by Derek Sivers.

These notes are not a summary of the book. These are external mental reminders built to refresh my memory. I'm saving ideas for my own future use. If you have any questions, you can email me.


Life 101 - by Peter McWilliams

Life 101 - by Peter McWilliams

Date read: 2021-01-03.
Recommended for: People who want a casual guide on how to live.

School does little to prepare you for the real world. We can use writing from history to build a curriculum for living.

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Your Music And People - by Derek Sivers

Your Music And People - by Derek Sivers

Date read: 2020-12-27.
Recommended for: People who want to professionally create or that works with people.

Be creative and considerate. This applies not only to your art, but to marketing, business, and every aspect of your profession.

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Tiny Habits - by BJ Fogg, PhD

Tiny Habits - by BJ Fogg, PhD

Date read: 2020-12-20.
Recommended for: People who want to change.

Small behaviors are key to long-term change. Focus on ability, not motivation. Change is a skill.

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Made to Stick - by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Made to Stick - by Chip Heath and Dan Heath

Date read: 2020-12-13.
Recommended for: People who want to communicate ideas.

No one cares about your message if they can't act on it. Simple, concrete stories prevail.

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Clean - by James Hamblin

Clean - by James Hamblin

Date read: 2020-12-06.
Recommended for: People who want to learn more about the skin microbiome.

We live in an austere world. Skin will maintain itself given exercise, nature, reduced stress.

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The Catalyst - by Jonah Berger

The Catalyst - by Jonah Berger

Date read: 2020-11-29.
Recommended for: People who want to change minds.

Let people persuade themselves. Remove barriers to change instead of creating more force.

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How Will You Measure Your Life? - by Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, Karen Dillon

How Will You Measure Your Life? - by Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, Karen Dillon

Date read: 2020-11-22.
Recommended for: People who want to find meaning in their life.

Learn how to think, not just what. Business theories can be predictive in your life. Reflect on your life, decide your purpose, and live in accordance.

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The Practice - Seth Godin

The Practice - Seth Godin

Date read: 2020-11-15.
Recommended for: People who aren't making things yet.

Make stuff. Share it with others. Improve it. Repeat. Commit to doing this regardless of reception.

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Bluefishing - by Steve Sims

Bluefishing - by Steve Sims

Date read: 2020-11-08.
Recommended for: People who like doing adventurous things

Experiences matter. You can do everything you imagine if you're willing to break down barriers and listen.

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Steal Like An Artist - by Austin Kleon

Steal Like An Artist - by Austin Kleon

Date read: 2020-09-27.
Recommended for: People who want to make things.

Do good work. Share it with others.

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