Book recommendations

Radical Candor: Be a Kick-ass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott

Whether you are a boss, or have one you need to read this book. Its simple framework of challenging directly and caring personally is really powerful. I've thought I was being radically candor when I was obnoxuiously aggressive and by reading this amazing book I now know the difference and how to progress from undesired behaviour to desired one.

Anything You Want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur by Derek Sivers

This short book (which if you put your mind to it can be read in a couple of hours) is so filled with great advice that I implore you to read it multiple times. Derek Sivers, the creator of CD Baby is describing his success and his failures in a series of short lessons where each one has a great takeaway. Some of the best quotes for me are "Success comes from persistently improving and inventing, not from persistently doing what's not working" and "No 'yes'. Either 'Hell yeah!' or 'no.'"

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Excellent book for those who want to learn how to form good habits easily or break bad ones. Also, its 1% compounding effect description is amazing, inspirational and motivational.

Why We Sleep by Matthew Walker

Highly recommended book to gain insights into sleep and its value. You'll re-think late night alcohol beverages, Netflix binges and staring at screens :) Somewhat disturbing facts which some articles already disproved so take everything with a grain of salt (or two).

Sapiens: A brief history of humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Interesting take on history of the world in which history and philosophy mix to create tantalizing read.

Podcast recommendations

The Joe Rogan Experience #1309 with Naval Ravikant

If you're not familiar with Naval Ravikant stop with what you're doing immediately and go listen to him being interviewed by a Joe Rogan on his podcast. It's 2 hours long but well worth it. Too many wisdom bits from Naval too summarise here.

How I Built This with Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman (of Reddit fame)

Most of the HIBT episods are great but this one is special. Chemistry between Alexis and Steve exudes through headphones.

The Tim Ferriss Show with Derek Sivers (of CD Baby fame)

Tim Ferris is an amazing host and almost every episode is worth listening to but the one with Derek Sivers is pure gold.

Full Stack Radio

Amazing podcasts for web developers where host Adam Wathan has awesome guests and asks all the right questions. I just can't single out any episode because all of them are interesing.