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Tobi Lütke is a German-born Canadian billionaire entrepreneur, and the founder and CEO of Shopify, a company based in Ottawa, Canada. He has been part of the core team of the Ruby on Rails framework and has created open source libraries such as Active Merchant.
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Way of the Warrior Kid 3
Where there's a Will... Kids Fitness, Martial Arts and Empowerment
by Jocko Willink (May 27, 2019)
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A new summer brings new challenges.Marc shouldnt have a single complaint as he finishes seventh grade. Hes done really well in his classes, his friends Kenny and Nathan have joined him at jiu-jitsu, and most important, hes been staying on the Warrior Kid path. Theres just one problem and that problem is named Danny Rhinehart. It seems like every th...
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Marc's Mission
Way of the Warrior Kid (A Novel) (Way of the Warrior Kid (2))
by Jocko Willink (Apr 23, 2018)
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There’s more to life than pull-ups.Marc’s life has changed since last summer, when his for-real, super-cool Navy SEAL Uncle Jake came to visit. He’s eating healthy, practicing jiu-jitsu, and working hard in school. Marc’s had a great year…until the very last day of school, when he gets into trouble because of Nathan James. Nathan is mean and annoyi...
Way of the Warrior Kid
From Wimpy to Warrior the Navy SEAL Way
by Jocko Willink (May 01, 2017)
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National Bestseller Fifth grade was the worst year of Marc's life. He stunk at gym class, math was too hard for him, the school lunch was horrible, and his class field trip was ruined because he couldn't swim. But what was most awful thing about fifth grade? Kenny Williamson, the class bully, who calls himself the King of the Jungle.When Marc's mot...
High Output Management
by Andrew S. Grove (Aug 28, 1995)
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The essential skill of creating and maintaining new businesses—the art of the entrepreneur—can be summed up in a single word: managing. In High Output Management, Andrew S. Grove, former chairman and CEO (and employee number three) of Intel, shares his perspective on how to build and run a company. Born of Grove’s experiences at one of America’s le...
Tobi Lutke
Feb 11, 2020
So Andy’s book is unapologetically almost a how to manual, but kind of deconstructs the world of business into first principles. It’s like, ‘Here’s what matters. Here’s how to think about it. No one needs a degree. There’s a little bit of circumstantial contextual understanding that you just have to have.’ But basically, at the end of the day, making business is an engineering exercise, which is brilliant for me because that actually made the whole thing about becoming CEO significantly less scary to me because engineering I understand.     source
Tuxedo Park
A Wall Street Tycoon and the Secret Palace of Science That Changed the Course of World War II
by Jennet Conant (May 05, 2003)
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The untold story of an eccentric Wall Street tycoon and the circle of scientific geniuses he assembled before World War II to develop the science for radar and the atomic bomb. Together they changed the course of history.Legendary financier, philanthropist, and society figure Alfred Lee Loomis gathered the most visionary scientific minds of the twe...
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Influence
Science and Practice (5th Edition)
by Robert B. Cialdini (Aug 07, 2008)
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Tags: psychologybusinessnonfictionpersonal-developmentleadership
Influence: Science and Practice is an examination of the psychology of compliance (i.e. uncovering which factors cause a person to say "yes" to another's request). Written in a narrative style combined with scholarly research, Cialdini combines evidence from experimental work with the techniques and strategies he gathered while working as a sales...
Tobi Lutke
Feb 11, 2019
Influence was just the most mind-bending book you can imagine, because it essentially taught you always humans are flawed and influential and how, yes, computers are predictable. And you can deal with it.     source
Mindset
The New Psychology of Success
by Carol S. Dweck (Dec 25, 2007)
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Now updated with new research — the book that has changed millions of lives.After decades of research, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D., discovered a simple but groundbreaking idea: the power of mindset. In this brilliant book, she shows how success in school, work, sports, the arts, and almost every area of hum...
Tobi Lutke
Feb 11, 2019
I’m a big fan of the book. It talks you through the theory. And what I’ve observed is even with a very, very high super successful executives who come to Shopify and have worked at Shopify for a very long time, they end up reading the book. And they say, 'You know what? I was actually fixed mindset on all of these three things.     source
The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition
by William Strunk Jr. (Aug 01, 1999)
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'The Elements of Style' (1918), by William Strunk, Jr., is an American English writing style guide. It is the best-known, most influential prescriptive treatment of English grammar and usage, and often is required reading and usage in U.S. high school and university composition classes. This edition of 'The Elements of Style' details eight elementa...
Tobi Lutke
Feb 11, 2019
The most frequently gifted book is The Elements of Style because I like good writing.     source
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The Courage to Be Disliked
The Japanese Phenomenon That Shows You How to Change Your Life and Achieve Real Happiness
by Ichiro Kishimi (May 07, 2018)
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The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up for the mind, The Courage to Be Disliked is the Japanese phenomenon that shows you how to free yourself from the shackles of past experiences and others’ expectations to achieve real happiness.The Courage to Be Disliked, already an enormous bestseller in Asia with more than 3.5 million copies sold, demonstrates...
Tobi Lutke
Jul 05, 2018
It is probably the best book I’ve read in the last couple of years. [...] It’s an introduction to Adlerian psychology, which is sort of anti-Freud. [...] Clearly a student of Stoicism, but I think he took it further. His concept of the separation of tasks is probably – maybe that would be another thing I would put on a billboard. But I think it requires a little bit of context and explanation...     source
Drive
The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
by Daniel H. Pink (Apr 04, 2011)
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The New York Times bestseller that gives readers a paradigm-shattering new way to think about motivation Most people believe that the best way to motivate is with rewards like money—the carrot-and-stick approach. That's a mistake, says Daniel H. Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others). In this provocative and...
Tobi Lutke
May 30, 2018
Most people believe that the best way to motivate is with rewards like money—the carrot-and-stick approach. That's a mistake, says Daniel H. Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others).     source
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The Box
How the Shipping Container Made the World Smaller and the World Economy Bigger - Second Edition with a new chapter by the author
by Marc Levinson (Apr 04, 2016)
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In April 1956, a refitted oil tanker carried fifty-eight shipping containers from Newark to Houston. From that modest beginning, container shipping developed into a huge industry that made the boom in global trade possible. "The Box" tells the dramatic story of the container's creation, the decade of struggle before it was widely adopted, and the s...
Tobi Lutke
Dec 26, 2017
He’s one of us entrepreneurs who would absolutely be on your podcast if he would be alive right now because he spent the first money out of college on buying a truck. He started a trucking company and tried to get things shipped across the country or even to Europe and realized we can make the most efficient trucking system, or the train guys have the most efficient trains, and the boat guys have ships all over the world...      source
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A Guide to the Good Life
The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
by William B. Irvine (Nov 03, 2008)
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One of the great fears many of us face is that despite all our effort and striving, we will discover at the end that we have wasted our life. In A Guide to the Good Life, William B. Irvine plumbs the wisdom of Stoic philosophy, one of the most popular and successful schools of thought in ancient Rome, and shows how its insight and advice are still ...
Tobi Lutke
Dec 04, 2017
One of the great fears many of us face is that despite all our effort and striving, we will discover at the end that we have wasted our life. In A Guide to the Good Life, William B. Irvine plumbs the wisdom of Stoic philosophy, one of the most popular and successful schools of thought in ancient Rome, and shows how its insight and advice are still remarkably applicable to modern lives.     source