Modern Romance

Dating in the modern era is fundamentally different than the dating our parents and grandparents experienced. Of course, the tools we use are different, but Aziz and Eric found our desires have also changed, and with it, the underlying goals of dating itself. 

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Tribes

Tribes is about groups of people and the individuals who choose to lead those groups.

Tribes are simply groups of people with a shared interest and a way to communicate. With the rise of entrepreneurship and developments in online communication, there are more tribes now than have ever existed before.

Tribes are the future. Local activist groups can create more change than large NGO's. Small, lean startups can influence industries more than their larger, bloated counterparts.

All of these tribes are in need of leaders. Will you step up and be that needed leader? This is a book for anyone who chooses to lead a tribe.

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North Korea Confidential

Typical accounts of North Korea strip the Korean people of their agency, reducing them to dehumanized caricatures. They are always either painted as brainwashed Kim Il Sung worshipers or the helpless victims of the state security apparatus.

This book gives the reader a comprehensive look at the daily life of a citizen in North Korea, or the DPRK (The Democratic People's Republic of Korea).

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Thrive

Thrive shows us all of the ways in which we are overworked, including our constant connection to our devices, our poor eating habits, and a general lack of sleep.

Thrive is structured to fix our broken definition of success.

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Clean Gut

Before chronic disease there is inflammation, and before inflammation there is gut dysfunction. By addressing the health of our gut we can reduce inflammation, reverse disease and sustain lifelong health.

Alejandro Junger explains the anatomy of the gut, how we're damaging it, and how to correct it. The second half of the book provides specific details on how to start a clean gut diet and provides over 50 pages of healthy gut-friendly recipes.

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The One Thing

We overthink, overplan, and overanalyze our careers, our businesses, and our lives. We put in long hours that are neither virtuous nor healthy. We usually succeed in spite of what we do, not because of it.

We can’t manage time very well. The key to success isn’t in doing many things. It's in the handful of things we do really well.

The ONE Thing explains the importance of focusing on only one thing. 

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Leadership is an Art

Leadership is an Art is part business book and part memoir. It deals less with facts and history of the company and more with beliefs and relationships of the author.

Everything in the corporate world has a "how" and a "why." Profit is the hoped-for result of the "how."

But as Max says, "Those results, however, are only a way to measure our resourcefulness at a point in time, mile markers on a long road. Why we get those results is more important. That’s what this book is about."

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Nudge

Nudge is about choices—how we make them and how we can make better ones.

Nudge draws on decades of behavioral science and economics research. Nudge provides why we're worse at making decisions than we think and show us how sensible “choice architecture” can successfully nudge people toward making better decisions.

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The 5 Love Languages

Each of us naturally show love in a certain way. Maybe we enjoy giving compliments, maybe we plan romantic dates, or maybe we give thoughtful gifts. Each of these expressions of love is an example of a different love language. Buying presents for someone who doesn't care about gifts won't understand the message you're trying to send. Being very touchy with your partner who simply wants to have a conversation won't receive the love you're trying to give them.

This book, while applicable to anyone, is particularly helpful for those in relationships. It will teach you about the different love languages and how to use each one. Relationships are work and love is a choice. By loving your partner in the way they want to be loved you will dramatically increase the quality of your relationships.

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The $100 Startup

Microbusinesses are small, private businesses that provide a good living to the owner while allowing them to retain their independence and pursue work that interests them.

These businesses, and the lives they cultivate for the owners, are built around freedom and value. Freedom is what we're all searching for, and value is the way to achieve it. 

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Social

Humans are deeply wired to be social and to stay connected with friends and family. 

Our brain evolved to be social through three major adaptations: connection, mindreading, and harmonizing. This book summary will provide a brief overview of each, as well as some of the author's thoughts and questions on how to enhance our daily lives and social connections.

Social sets out to get clear about who we are as social creatures and reveal how a more accurate understanding of our social nature can improve our lives and our society.

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