It works, but you don't know why. Investor Paul Graham just asked his network what book changed their lives.

Not the adults?" Adla founder Holly Leslie shared how her "dad got me the book when I was 6 and it really got me curious about the world around me." Everyday people can do incredibly things, Blackwell learned. Paul Graham’s most popular book is Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age. At least that's what it did for LEADx founder Kevin Kruse.

"It gave me license to act with much more agency.".

Paul Graham has 59 books on Goodreads with 23174 ratings. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Book recommendations from super smart people are always great.

The more down to earth founders of Copyedit Mom, Natalie Batt and Faith Hough, suggested this book by two Navy SEALs was the push that helped them move from dreaming to building. The novel "made me want to work on A.I., which led to Lisp [the programming language where he made his first professional mark]," Graham explains. Book recommendations from super smart people, how surfing influenced their work in startups, Feynman's brain certainly wasn't ordinary.

Just dropped $100 buying all the books with more than 20 likes. Other founders have also shared how surfing influenced their work in startups. He's far from the only business titan who claims sci-fi as a huge influence. raved the tweet. "Wait, the _kids_ are in charge? To get the conversation rolling, Graham shared his own life-changing book, The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress, a classic sci-fi novel about the revolt of a lunar colony. The result was a flood of suggestions, some of dubious merit but many from top names in startups, including founders, investors, and executives. Which is just what entrepreneur and Y Combinator founder Paul Graham asked his million or so Twitter followers to share recently: If you had to pick one thing you've read that changed the course of your life, what would it be? My reading list grows exponentially. "Zero to One changed everything," wrote investor Katherine Boyle. Sometimes, the best way to learn is by negative example. It's also no wonder why Rabois would include this book from a leading expert in the science of sleep and why getting enough of it is so essential for the body and mind. Barbarian Days, a Pulitzer prize-winning memoir by a lifelong surfer, "allowed me to understand what things might be important to me that I was not paying attention to.
Feynman's brain certainly wasn't ordinary, but his background was, and he went on to win the Nobel prize. Sprinkle Lab and Wrapbook co-founder Cameron Woodward cited classic Russian novel Anna Karenina as his most life-changing book. Other founders preferred more outdoorsy fare. Reading and experience train your model of the world. It took me on a journey that I eventually reproduced in my own way," said entrepreneur-turned-consultant Ramon Cacho. Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman "was my first inkling that an ordinary person could go around solving physics," he tweeted about the memoir by the physicist. Not all the books mentioned were about some form of personal or business transformation. He is best known for his work on Lisp, his former startup Viaweb, co-founding the influential startup accelerator and seed capital firm Y Combinator, his blog, and Hacker News. Looking for books by Paul Graham? Hopefully after reading Why We Sleep he's found time to get a little more shut eye. It's like a particularly relentless series of pop-up ads. Another offbeat response came from Y Combinator partner Trevor Blackwell. Welcome back. A Short History of Nearly Everything is a beloved and incredibly ambitious bestseller that aims to cover everything from the Big Bang up to today. Refresh and try again.

Founder-turned-startup exec Andreas Klinger said The Dictator's Handbook, which is basically what the name implies, changed his life "because it gave me a simple game theory framework to understand political injustice.". Writer Bonnie Kavoussi, Quillette founder Claire Lehmann, and lawyer Mandar Kagade all chimed in to agree. A side project by. And even if you forget the experience or what you read, its effect on your model of the world persists. Get ready to buy some books. Pioneer founder and former Y Combinator partner Daniel Gross loved Ender's Game too. (ht @rivatez for the question.). Paul Graham is an English-born American computer scientist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, author, and essayist. Europe–America is not a Paul Graham retrospective, but rather a juxtaposition of two classic series from the British photographer’s career that encompass certain key themes permeating his oeuvre. CreativeMornings founder, designer, and blogger Tina Roth Eisenberg went the spiritual route, offering The Untethered Soul as her pick. "The lesson of causation from micro choices and assumptions and delusions that have macro consequences," was his main takeaway, he explains. No wonder. Futurist Ray Kurzweil called it "a radiant treatise on how to succeed in life from our spiritual quest to our everyday tribulations.". You can imagine why someone with a career as high-octane as famed entrepreneur and investor Keith Rabois's might find The Upside of Stress, a book by a Stanford psychologist on how to transform stress into fuel for your ambitions, so life-changing. "Extreme Ownership by @jockowillink and @LeifBabin helped launch Copyedit Mom! © 2020 Good Books. Everyone from Elon Musk to Bill Gates has talked publicly about how sci-fi shaped their character and career. So many founders said PayPal founder Peter Thiel's reflections on startup life changed the course of their lives.

Your mind is like a compiled program you've lost the source of. Another Pulitzer prize winner, the book "dismantles racially based theories of human history," according to Amazon. See all books authored by Paul Graham, including Hackers and Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age, and ANSI Common Lisp, and more on This classic sci-fi novel, which inspired the '80s movie, was a favorite of young Mark Zuckerberg.

He is best known for his work on Lisp, his former startup Viaweb, co-founding the influential startup accelerator and seed capital firm Y Combinator, his blog, and Hacker News. It's like an adrenaline shot for going from idea to execution!" Good Books is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Every time I read a book, it'll mention three other books I feel I have to read. To add more books, Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age, On LISP: Advanced Techniques for Common LISP, Paul Graham: The Art of Funding a Startup, In the Balance: Debating the State of Democracy in South Africa, photography is easy photography is difficult, Eating Vegan in Vegas Guidebook, Second Edition. -; Paul Graham (@paulg) September 14, 2019 The result was a flood of suggestions, some of dubious merit but many from top names in startups, including founders, investors, and executives. is how he sums up his main takeaway from the book. All rights reserved.

Here are some of the best and most interesting below, but I warn you, diving into this thread might cause the size of your to-read queue to explode.

500 Startups founder Dave McClure doesn't explain how Guns, Germs, and Steel changed his life in his brief tweet, but it's not hard to see how a sweeping look at the hidden factors that helped the West dominate the globe could push a founder to think big and reconsider their understanding of the world. * Note: these are all the books on Goodreads for this author. Error rating book. But what's even better is when smart people share not just whatever title happens to interest them at the moment, but the one book that changed their life the most. What book most changed the course of your life? Paul Graham is an English-born American computer scientist, entrepreneur, venture capitalist, author, and essayist.

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