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The Partnership Charter
David Gage
How to cultivate a healthy business partnership. Business partners: they can be your greatest asset or your worst nightmare. So, how do you find a healthy balance? And what qualities should you look for in an ideal business partner? The Partnership Charter (2004) is your guide to setting helpful boundaries, establishing good communication practices, and playing well with others in a business partnership.
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13 minutes
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Notes on a Nervous Planet
Matt Haig
How to stay sane in an anxious world. Notes on a Nervous Planet (2018) is the best-selling new release from renowned British journalist Matt Haig. Crafted from his own experience, Notes on a Nervous Planet explores the unique mental health challenges that arise from living in a modern world.
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18 minutes
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The Energy Bus
Jon Gordan
Learn how to supercharge your life. We’ve all joked about being on the struggle bus, but now get ready to board the energy bus! The Energy Bus (2007) is your one-stop guide to supercharging your personal and professional life with energy, power, and success.
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Mortality
Christopher Hitchens
An anthology of wisdom about death and dying. Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to know that you’re dying? Have you wondered about the thoughts that might go through your mind? What would you think about in your last days? What would you want others to know? How would you want to be remembered? The author and thinker Christopher Hitchens pondered these questions and more during his battle with esophageal cancer and Mortality (2012) is his answer to those questions.
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The Self-Made Billionaire Effect
John Sviokla, Mitch Cohen
Learn what it really takes to become a billionaire. Have you ever thought it would be fun to become a billionaire? Have you ever wondered how that happens? (How much is a billion dollars, anyway??) The Self-Made Billionaire Effect (2014) explores the answers to these questions and many more. By unpacking our assumptions about the origin stories of modern billionaires, John Sviokla and Mitch Cohen explain what truly makes a billionaire and how maybe-- just maybe-- you can employ those strategies yourself.
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The Compass of Pleasure
David J. Linden
How Our Brains Make Fatty Foods, Orgasm, Exercise, Marijuana, Generosity, Vodka, Learning, and Gambling Feel so Good. Why is it that eating pizza, hamburgers, and cake feels so good while eating broccoli, carrots, and greens doesn’t feel like anything at all? Why do some people become addicted to drugs, gambling, and sex while others don’t? Well, neuroscience is here to help answer these questions and shed some light on why some activities are pleasurable and why others aren’t. The Compass of Pleasure explains exactly why drugs like heroin are addictive while LSD is not, why some people cannot resist the appeal of a new sexual encounter, and why others find themselves back at the blackjack table despite experiencing crippling debt and bankruptcy. As you read, you’ll also learn how every vice has one thing in common, how cigarettes are more addictive than heroin, and why “pure altruism” may not even exist.
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24 minutes
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The WikiLeaks Files
Julian Assange
Learn the secrets behind the WikiLeaks files. The WikiLeaks Files (2015) unpacks the information available from WikiLeaks’ notorious reveal. Written in accessible language that anyone can understand, these insights are for anyone who wants to know more about American government or learn about the impact of Julian Assange’s 2010 “Cablegate.”
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Me and White Supremacy
Layla Saad
How to be actively anti-racist. Would you consider yourself to be a white supremacist? Most decent people would gasp in horror and say no. But the reality is that there’s more to being racist than being a member of the KKK. Racial bias, white supremacy, and white privilege are ingrained in the very fabric of our society, whether we acknowledge it or not. Me and White Supremacy (2020) is a guide to unpacking and eliminating that bias in yourself.
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Poor Charlies Almanack
Peter D. Kaufman
Learn why Charles T. Munger is a name you need to know. Everyone knows about titans of industry like Warren Buffett or Donald Trump, but few people know the name Charles T. Munger. Poor Charlie’s Almanack (2005) sheds light on the reclusive life of one of the wealthiest men in America and the accomplishments he doesn’t want you to know about.
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Learning Leadership
James Kouzes, Barry Posner
Learn why leaders are made, not born. Do you have what it takes to be a leader? If you answered no, think again! In spite of the misconceptions we commonly encounter about “natural born leaders,” James Kouzes and Barry Posner believe that everyone has the potential to be an effective leader. Learning Leadership (2016) explores why leaders are made rather than born and offers practical top tips for developing your leadership skills.
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