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Tiny Changes, Remarkable Results

No matter your goals, Atomic Habits offers a proven framework for improving–every day. James Clear, one of the world’s leading experts on habit formation, reveals practical strategies that will teach you exactly how to form good habits, break bad ones, and master the tiny behaviors that lead to remarkable results.

If you’re having trouble changing your habits, the problem isn’t you. The problem is your system. Bad habits repeat themselves again and again not because you don’t want to change, but because you have the wrong system for change. You do not rise to the level of your goals. You fall to the level of your systems. Here, you’ll get a proven system that can take you to new heights.

Clear is known for his ability to distill complex topics into simple behaviors that can be easily applied to daily life and work. Here, he draws on the most proven ideas from biology, psychology, and neuroscience to create an easy-to-understand guide for making good habits inevitable and bad habits impossible. Along the way, readers will be inspired and entertained with true stories from Olympic gold medalists, award-winning artists, business leaders, life-saving physicians, and star comedians who have used the science of small habits to master their craft and vault to the top of their field.

Atomic Habits

Conocemos cómo hábito una actitud que se realiza de forma reiterativa con un propósito o fin, concretamente, “una rutina o práctica que se realiza de manera regular; una respuesta automática a una situación específica”. Es decir, para cambiar malas costumbres o para adquirir de nuevas buenas costumbres. ¿Pero y si marcar un objetivo es tomar un mal rumbo para conseguir estos nuevos hábitos? James Clare construyó una nueva mirada a través de dé los llamados hábitos atómicos, es decir, “pequeños cambios que generan una gran diferencia”.

¿Pero en qué se diferencia al hábito conocido tradicionalmente?

Las llamadas 5 leyes para construir un hábito sin un objetivo definido, sino querer ese hábito para transformar la realidad en la qué vives. Es decir:

  1. Primera ley: HACERLO OBVIO
  2. Segunda ley: HACERLO ATRACTIVO
  3. Tercera ley: HACERLO SENCILLO
  4. Cuarta ley: HACERLO SATISFACTORIO

¿Qué es lo que realmente conseguimos?

Cómo bien dice James Clear: “El secreto para alcanzar resultados que duren” a pesar de qué “Al principio las mejoras pequeñas pueden parecer carentes de sentido porque dan la impresión de desvanecerse bajo el peso del sistema. Igual que una moneda no te volverá rico, un cambio positivo como meditar por un minuto o leer una página por día no producirá una diferencia notable” sin embargo “conforme continúas acumulando capas de pequeños cambios unos sobre otros, los platillos de la balanza de la vida empiezan a moverse”. En definitiva, pequeños cambios para grandes resultados.

El triunfo del dinero: Una historia financiera del mundo

SINOPSIS

La fascinante y enrevesada historia del invento más decisivo de la humanidad: el dinero.

Pasta, guita, plata, parné, duros. Da igual cómo lo llamemos, pero lo cierto es que el dinero importa ahora más que nunca. En El triunfo del dinero Niall Ferguson demuestra que la historia de las finanzas es el trasfondo de toda la Historia.

¿Cuándo pasó el dinero de metal a papel? ¿Por qué los tipos de interés suben y bajan como un yoyó? ¿Por qué la gente nunca aprende que las burbujas bursátiles siempre acaban estallando? ¿Por qué los seguros ya no son la mejor manera de protegerse contra el riesgo? ¿Por qué sobrevaloramos las ventajas de invertir en el sector inmobiliario? La mejor manera de entender las finanzas es conocer los orígenes de los distintos instrumentos, lo que además nos da una visión distinta de la historia del mundo desde la aparición del dinero en la antigua Babilonia hasta la crisis actual.

En el peor momento de las finanzas globales desde la Gran Depresión de los años treinta, nunca ha habido una ocasión más adecuada para entender el triunfo (y los ocasionales fracasos) del dinero.

CEOFlow: Turn Your Employees Into Mini-CEOs

Book Description

Do you wonder…

  • How can you get your employees to care as much about your business as you do, even as you grow?
  • How do you get your staff to be as powerful as you are?
  • How can you create a culture of employees that inspire you, rather than a culture that you need to constantly inspire?
  • How can you protect yourself and your finances without giving away too much?
  • Your business relies on you too much, but how is it possible to change this?
  • How can you take a real vacation both mentally and physically, so that you can truly disconnect and relax?
  • How can you grow your company while maintaining the lifestyle you want with your family, relationships and adventures?

This business is closer to your reach than you think. You simply need to discover the tools to get you from where you are to where you deserve to be. My purpose is to help you create the freedom for you to experience fulfillment every day, to help your business reach its potential and support your life goals.

What if the secrets to your success and CEOFlow were right under your nose? They are called YOUR EMPLOYEES!

Learn how to:

  • Inspire your employees to care as much about your business as you do
  • Create an environment where you employees always do a great job without you having to push them
  • Make sure you have the right systems in place for your employees to generate predictable sales time and time again
  • Protect yourself and your finances without giving too much away
  • Ensure that your employees give your customers the level of service and care that your business promises
  • Get as much free time as you desire to have fun with your family, travel, or just get away for an adventure
Lecciones de liderazgo creativo: Mi gran aventura al frente de la empresa que ha convertido la magia en realidad

Descripción del libro

El CEO de Disney comparte las ideas y los valores que le han permitido reinventar una de las compañías más admiradas del mundo e inspirar a las personas que dan vida a la magia.

Robert Iger se convirtió en CEO de la Walt Disney Company en 2005 durante un momento difícil para la empresa. La moral se había deteriorado, la competencia era intensa y la tecnología estaba cambiando más rápido que en cualquier otro momento de la historia. Su proyecto de futuro se basaba en tres ideas muy claras: renovar el compromiso con la importancia de la calidad, integrar la tecnología en lugar de luchar contra ella y pensar con ambición y con una visión global para convertir a Disney en una marca más fuerte en los mercados internacionales.

Catorce años después, Disney es la compañía de medios más grande y respetada del mundo, y cuenta entre sus propiedades con Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm y 21st Century Fox. Con Robert Iger al frente, reconocido como uno de los CEO más innovadores y exitosos de nuestra era, el valor de la empresa se ha quintuplicado.

En Lecciones de liderazgo creativo, Iger comparte las lecciones aprendidas al frente de Disney y de sus 200.000 empleados y explora los principios necesarios para un verdadero liderazgo, que son:

Optimismo. Incluso ante las dificultades, un líder optimista encontrará el camino hacia el mejor resultado posible y se centrará en ello, en lugar de ceder ante el pesimismo y la culpa.

Valentía. Los líderes deben estar dispuestos a correr riesgos y a hacer grandes apuestas. El miedo al fracaso destruye la creatividad.

Decisión. Todas las decisiones, por complejas que parezcan, pueden tomarse de manera oportuna. La indecisión es un derroche y mina la moral.

Equidad. Hay que tratar a las personas con decencia, empatía y ser accesible para ellas.

Este libro muestra la inagotable curiosidad que ha impulsado a Iger durante cuarenta y cinco años, desde el día en que comenzó como humilde aprendiz en un estudio de la ABC. Y trata también de la consideración y el respeto, y la primacía de la dignidad sobre el dinero que ha sido fundamental en todos los proyectos impulsados por Iger, desde la profunda amistad con Steve Jobs en sus últimos años hasta el perdurable amor por la mitología de «Star Wars».

Antifragile. Things that gain from disorder

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Have you seen great ideas or apparently-solid organizations fail because of some random event or unexpected shock? Does your organization spend significant resources on trying to avoid volatility or uncertainty? What if shocks, volatility, and uncertainty were actually what your ideas or organization need in order to really take off? This summary shows how the key to thriving is not avoiding stress but embracing the concept of “antifragility.”

The antifragile is the opposite of fragile; it is something that loves randomness and uncertainty and is strengthened by a shock. Antifragility is inherent in all the natural and complex systems that survived over time. Our modern civilization is intent on damping down volatility and randomness and avoiding stressors; but once we grasp the importance of antifragility, we realize that our modern approach actually causes harm.

Suppressing volatility and randomness in our economy, our health, our education, or our political life makes those systems more fragile. Without stressors, complex systems become weak and even die.

Black Swans—large, irregular, and unpredictable events—are what make history. We cannot predict them, but we can determine which object or system is more fragile to Black Swans than another. The fragile systems are the ones that do not like volatility, randomness, errors or stressors.

Modern society assumes that anything can be ‘fixed,’ but most of the time it is better to leave well alone. Socioeconomic life and the human body can actually be harmed by intervention, leaving the whole more fragile to shocks and uncertainty. Often, the best course of action is to ignore the noise from too much data and let time take care of the problem.

One of the worst aspects of modern society is the way that fragility and antifragility get transferred from one group to another, usually with one side getting all the benefits and the other getting all the harm.

The Black Swan

SYNOPSIS

Nassim Taleb looks at the impact and human psychology of extreme events. Broadly, it shows that humans tend to create environments where extreme events are more likely and then underestimate their probability. This results in everything from World Wars to major market meltdowns.

It is impossible to avoid black swans, but it is possible to become robust to negative swans and get exposure to positive ones.

Anything you want

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Derek’s lessons from building CD Baby, a company which he eventually sold for over $20M, and had 80+ employees at the time.

A good read for those who want an alternative perspective on entrepreneurship, with some thinking along the lines of Seth Godin and David Heinemeier Hansson.  

I thoroughly enjoyed it just as a reminder of all the options you have as an entrepreneur, and a reminder that you don’t have to fit any particular mold (especially not the VC-led one).  

An easy, quick read – the only reason I rated it 6 is it wasn’t really life-changing…more of a reminder read.

Getting Things Done. The art of stress-free productivity

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Is your workflow overwhelming? Do you want to increase your productivity and achieve your goals? We all struggle with being productive, but Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-Free Productivity presents the reader with a simple yet detailed system for increasing productivity. Written by the world’s leading expert in a personal and professional organization, the methods in this book are used by millions of people across the world, as well as by companies like Microsoft and Lockheed. This system can help you reduce stress and become better at organizing all your work, both personal and professional, because it provides detailed instructions on how to simplify your life, master workflow, organize tasks and maintain perspective in your life. So if you’re tired of being overwhelmed, this integrated system for heightened stress-free productivity can provide you with peace of mind, while enabling you to efficiently complete your tasks.

Outliers: The Story of Success

BOOK DESCRIPTION

From the bestselling author of Blink and The Tipping Point, Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story of Success overturns conventional wisdom about genius to show us what makes an ordinary person an extreme overachiever.

Why do some people achieve so much more than others? Can they lie so far out of the ordinary?

In this provocative and inspiring book, Malcolm Gladwell looks at everyone from rock stars to professional athletes, software billionaires to scientific geniuses, to show that the story of success is far more surprising, and far more fascinating, than we could ever have imagined.

He reveals that it’s as much about where we’re from and what we do, as who we are – and that no one, not even a genius, ever makes it alone.

Outliers will change the way you think about your own life story, and about what makes us all unique.

‘Gladwell is not only a brilliant storyteller; he can see what those stories tell us, the lessons they contain’
Guardian

‘Malcolm Gladwell is a global phenomenon … he has a genius for making everything he writes seem like an impossible adventure’
Observer

‘He is the best kind of writer – the kind who makes you feel like you’re a genius, rather than he’s a genius’
The Times

Author, journalist, cultural commentator and intellectual adventurer, Malcolm Gladwell is a staff writer for the New Yorker magazine. His first book The Tipping Point captured the world’s attention with its theory that a curiously small change can have unforeseen effects. His other international bestselling books are Outliers, which looks at the stories of exceptional individuals and reveals the secrets of their success, Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking and What The Dog Saw, a collection of his most provocative and entertaining New Yorker pieces.