Inspiration

This is a collection of some of the books, movies, music, and more that influence who I am and how I see the world.

Books (See What I'm Reading on Goodreads)

I fervently believe in the power of self-education, and I have no doubts that grappling with and implementing the ideas in these books is one of the greatest contributors in getting me to where I am today.

  • Linchpin (Godin)
  • Start with Why (Sinek)
  • Quiet (Cain)
  • Smartcuts (Snow)
  • "Repent, Harlequin!" Said the Ticktockman (Ellison)
  • Give and Take (Grant)
  • Thinking, Fast and Slow (Kahneman)
  • Anything You Want (Sivers)
  • The Flinch (Smith)
  • Zero to One (Thiel)
  • Season of Life (Jeffrey Marx)
  • Prisoner's Dilemma (Poundstone)
  • Incompleteness (Goldstein)
  • Stop Stealing Dreams (Godin)
  • Conscious Capitalism (Mackey & Sisodia)
  • Blogs & Newsletters

    There's an old saying that you become the average of the people with whom you spend your time. I like that idea, but I really believe that you become the average of the ideas with which you spend your time. Therefore, I try to be very intentional about the ideas with which I fill my mind, and these are some of the blogs and newsletters that I rely on to serve that purpose.

  • Seth Godin
  • James Altucher
  • Derek Sivers
  • Daily Stoic
  • Breaking Smart
  • Farnam Street
  • BPS Research Digest
  • EdSurge
  • KQED MindShift
  • Articles & Academic Papers

    I've spent literally thousands of hours reading articles and struggling to understand academic papers. Out of the thousands of pieces I've read, this is a small collection of some of the ones I found to be most powerful.

  • Julien Smith: The Complete Guide to Not Giving a Fuck
  • The Online Disinhibition Effect
  • The Linguistic Intergroup Bias
  • The Red Sneakers Effect
  • Godin: Pick Yourself
  • Politics Makes Us Worse
  • Paul Erdos Obituary
  • Meaning vs. Happiness
  • Your App Makes Me Fat
  • How to Apply Lateral Thinking to Your Creative Work
  • Stop Rushing Life
  • Videos & Podcasts

    Before college, I used to listen to TED Talks, course lectures, and other videos and podcasts during passive activities like eating, riding the bus to school, and so on. Virtually every moment of passive time during my high school career was spent engaging in self-educational content. I do this far more infrequently now because college has afforded me far less passive time, but these remain some of my favorites.

  • Margaret Heffernan: Dare to Disagree
  • Simon Sinek: Start With Why
  • Susan Cain: The Power of Introverts
  • Sivers: Hell Yeah or No
  • EconTalk: Bryan Caplan on College, Signaling, and Human Capital
  • Stanford CS183B: How to Start a Startup
  • Sivers: First Follower
  • Sivers: Obvious to You, Amazing to Others
  • Godin: Sliced Bread
  • Movies(See What I'm Watching on Plot)

    I love movies that are just fantastical enough to make you feel as though you're being immersed in another world but just realistic or familiar enough that the themes they explore feel like they can apply to your own life. Themes like the duality of man, liberty versus security, and sanity & reality are explored by my favorite works, and believe it or not, they can have a very real impact in framing the way I look at the world.

  • Inception
  • Interstellar
  • Star Wars
  • A Beautiful Mind
  • Inside Out
  • Minority Report
  • Enemy of the State
  • The Dark Knight Trilogy
  • Bands & Composers (See What I'm Listening to on Cymbal)

    My taste in music is pretty strange: the only things I really listen to are film/video game/television background music and progressive rock. I also have a penchant for concept albums.

  • Dream Theater (Especially Octavarium)
  • Rush (Especially 2112)
  • Hans Zimmer (Especially Inception)
  • Ben Prunty (Especially FTL)
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