Bookshelf · Henning Witzel

Bookshelf

A selection of some of my favourite books.


The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Book by Mark Manson · 2016

Mark Manson's book influenced some of my core philosophies and values. He says that there are only so many things we can give a fuck about, so we need to figure out which ones really matter. Most of us struggle throughout our lives by giving too many fucks in situations where fucks do not deserve to be given.

What stuck with me is that you shouldn't base your happiness on values that are superstitious, socially destructive, and not controllable. Relying on external events that are outside of your control doesn't make you happy. Real-life stories like the one from Dave Mustaine or Pete Best make a good point. Base your values on things like honesty, self-respect, curiosity, or standing up for oneself and others. They can be achieved internally and opens your mind in a certain way to experience it.

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Creativity, Inc

Book by by Amy Wallace and Edwin Catmull · 2014

I’m a big fan of Pixar, and I’ve always wondered how they been able to create so many fantastic movies over the years? Movies like Toy Story, Finding Nemo, WALL-E, Cars, Monsters Inc., Ratatouille. In this book, Ed answers the question, and you can learn about their growth and how they found a way to manage creativity. For me, it’s a must-read for product designers, managers, and artists that want to invent and create new products.

What stuck with me is the concept of the Braintrust. To achieve a certain level of honesty, they created a group of trusted colleagues that review the progress of a film that is in development. It’s an environment where honesty is possible; directors and creative teams can give and receive direct and constructive feedback to each other. According to Ed, the job of the Braintrust is to “push towards excellence, and root out mediocrity.” If I made you curious here two articles that go more into detail. The first one talks about lessons you can learn from the Braintrust and second one about why it’s important for a creative culture.

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Delivering Happiness

Book by Tony Hsieh · 2010

Delivering Happiness is a book by Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh. It details his life as an entrepreneur, with emphasis on the founding of LinkExchange and Zappos.

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Sapiens

Book by Yuval Noah Harari · 2011

The book surveys the history of humankind from the evolution of archaic human species in the Stone Age up to the twenty-first century, focusing on Homo sapiens.

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Remote

Book by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson · 2013

In this book, Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson show both employers and employees how they can work together, remotely, from any desk, in any location.

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It Doesn't Have to Be Crazy at Work

Book by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson · 2018

In this timely manifesto, the authors of the New York Times bestseller Rework broadly reject the prevailing notion that long hours, aggressive hustle, and "whatever it takes" are required to run a successful business today.

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On Writing Well

Book by William Zinsser · 1976

On Writing Well has been praised for its sound advice, its clarity and the warmth of its style. It is a book for everybody who wants to learn how to write or who needs to do some writing to get through the day, as almost everybody does in the age of e-mail and the Internet.

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Shape Up

Book by Ryan Singer · 2019

This is an online web book about how Basecamp does their work. This book is a guide to how we do product development at Basecamp. It’s also a toolbox full of techniques that you can apply in your own way to your own process.

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