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The One Thing by Gary Keller
“Long hours spent checking off a to-do list and ending the day with a full trash can and a clean desk are not virtuous and have nothing to do with success. Instead of a to-do list, you need a success list—a list that is purposefully created around extraordinary results.

To-do lists tend to be long; success lists are short. One pulls you in all directions; the other aims you in a specific direction. One is a disorganized directory and the other is an organized directive. If a list isn’t built around success, then that’s not where it takes you. If your to-do list contains everything, then it’s probably taking you everywhere but where you really want to go.”
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The Looming Tower by Lawrence Wright
"Compelling narrative but a painful read, particularly when it comes to the failure of US intelligence agencies to act on the information they had leading up to 9/11. Bureaucratic red tape and intelligence failures are one thing, but Wright draws h..." Read more of this review »
Moon Shot by Alan Shepard
"A more accurate title for this book would be "Deke Slayton and Alan Shepard are the Most Bad-Ass Astronauts Ever There Were, by Deke Slayton and Alan Shepard".

So yeah, obviously this is the US space program from the perspective of two of the origi..." Read more of this review »
Caffeinated by Murray Carpenter
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Caffeinated by Murray Carpenter
"Meh. I got really bored towards the end. There was some interesting information but it wasn't compellingly presented. There wasn't really an argument, or a thesis. Just a recitation of facts. Yawn."
The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
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The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz
“Great CEOs build exceptionalstrategies for gathering the required information continuously. They embed their quest for intelligence into all of their daily actions from staff meetings to customer meetings to one-on-ones.Winning strategies are built on comprehensiveknowledge gathered in every interaction the CEO has with an employee, a customer, a partner, or an investor.”
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“Some employees make products, some make sales; the CEO makes decisions.Therefore, a CEO can most accurately be measured by the speed and quality of those decisions.”
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“You need somebody to stand up for you. You're the little guy, you just don't realize it yet. The Commonwealth has all the aces, and you don't even know you're playing cards.”
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“A good practice is to have the employee send you the agenda in advance. This will give her a chance to cancel the meeting if nothing is pressing.”
Ben Horowitz, The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

Ben Horowitz
“Some employees make products, some make sales; the CEO makes decisions. Therefore, a CEO can most accurately be measured by the speed and quality of those decisions.”
Ben Horowitz, The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

Ben Horowitz
“Great CEOs face the pain. They deal with the sleepless nights, the cold sweats, and what my friend the great Alfred Chuang (legendary cofounder and CEO of BEA Systems) calls “the torture.” Whenever I meet a successful CEO, I ask them how they did it. Mediocre CEOs point to their brilliant strategic moves or their intuitive business sense or a variety of other self-congratulatory explanations. The great CEOs tend to be remarkably consistent in their answers. They all say, “I didn’t quit.”
Ben Horowitz, The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

Ben Horowitz
“Great CEOs build exceptional strategies for gathering the required information continuously. They embed their quest for intelligence into all of their daily actions from staff meetings to customer meetings to one-on-ones. Winning strategies are built on comprehensive knowledge gathered in every interaction the CEO has with an employee, a customer, a partner, or an investor.”
Ben Horowitz, The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers

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