How to understand people better, accept yourself, appreciate differences, stop running around and finally find focus, be brave to push through with your decisions and learn from your mistakes.
by Dan Ariely
Coming from the mathematical background I was for quite some time under the impression that the world is operated by the rules of logic. Needless to say, that was harming not only my relationships but my career as a designer.
by Susan Cain
You don’t have to be an extravert to be successful, that was a relief. Apart from accepting myself for who I am, reading this book helped me to survive extravert-dominated meetings and steer them to be more introvert-friendly
by Erin Meyer
Must-read if you work in an international company.
Once upon a time, I had an American manager who asked “Would you like to make a presentation for our quarterly meeting?” to which I replied “No, thanks”. In a textbook I used to learn English, the phrase “would you like” was mostly used in a context “would you like a cup of tea” and literally meant “do you want it?”. You can imagine my surprise when I learned that in American English it meant “go do the presentation” (I didn't get fired though)
by Greg McKeown
Reading this book will keep you sane in a mad world, where being busy means being successful. Stop running around and focus on essential. My favorite quote is
Our highest priority is to protect our ability to prioritize
by Seth Godin
Despite a lot of self-help nonsense, this book made an enormous impact on me. There I first learned the concept of resisting the resistance: if your lizard brain screams don’t do it, you should probably do it¹. Later in a conversation with Tim Ferriss they called it “your compass, but backwards”
when you hear “the lizard brain, the scared voice, what Steven Pressfield calls “the resistance,” you do precisely what it is afraid of.” Basically, it’s your compass, but backwards.
This situation is probably familiar to everybody: you’ve done with your design/presentation/email and about to hit “send”, but you start hearing this little voice in your head saying “Why did you go with blue?? Should’ve tried orange… and the copy… you need to update the copy…. JUST DON’T SEND IT”. That’s your lizard you should ignore.
by Matthew Syed
The importance of acknowledging your mistakes so that you can learn from them. Sounds obvious but the higher the stakes, the more difficult it is to follow through with it.
 This logic is not that straightforward when we’re talking about perceived physical danger.