The CEO Library Blog

The crucial skill we need in the knowledge economy

I'll bet that you're not getting as much quality work done as you'd like to (yeah, ok, this is a pretty safe bet to make :P ). Last year I read (and reread) Cal Newport's "Deep Work", a book that completely changed the way I work and I highly recommend. Cal Newport's a computer science professor who writes about [...]

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Armina Sîrbu’s Journey: Building Successful Businesses by Learning how to Talk to People

When Cristina called me to tell me I had to write the post for Armina Sîrbu’s podcast, I have to confess, I had no clue where to start. Not because I don’t know what to say, but because Armina is the kind of woman you look up to and there are a lot of things I like and admire about her. It’s not that she star [...]

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What Stuck With Us From “Made to Stick” [Book Club Talk]

If we'd be able to remember everything that happens to us and around us, we'd probably go crazy. Our brain has a self-defense mechanism that selects what we're able to remember, and lets go to what's not necessary. How exactly are our brains wired to remember certain things? What makes some stories more memorable th [...]

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Conspiracy – behind the scenes

"Conspiracy", Ryan Holiday's new book, is the anatomy of how tech billionaire Peter Thiel brought down Gakwker media to avenge an injustice. A nearly-decade long story that involved unimaginable amounts of money and secret plotting, a sex tape of Terry Bollea, the FBI, and ended in a $100+ million verdict in a Florida [...]

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Do you actually need an office?

"Start by empowering everyone to make decisions on their own. If the company is full of people whom nobody trusts to make decisions without layers of managerial review, then the company is full of the wrong people." The quote above is from "Remote: Office Not Required", a book written by DHH and Jason Fried, the two [...]

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From Paper to Screen: Are Movies as Good as the Books They’re Based on?

Kings, Lords, Counts & Alchemists... can you guess our favorite fiction books? In today's episode you get to listen to us (Cristina, Theo, Vlad) talk about the fiction books that marked us at different moments in life, the movies that trump books they are based on, how you can apply in life & business what y [...]

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Can a 1936 Book Help you Win Friends and Influence People in 2018? [Book-Club Talk]

Can a 1936 book help you win friends and influence people in 2018? This is what we wanted to found out. Of course, we're talking about Dale Carnegie's classic, How to Win Friends and Influence People. It's the book we read for our book-club (or re-read it - after 20 years or so)... and it's not what we expect [...]

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The Amazing Journey of a Marketer: Irina Nica [Podcast Interview]

Before listening to today's podcast episode/interview, you might want to stop from whatever you're currently doing and grab a pen and a notebook. Your mind will be intellectually stimulated like crazy and you'll have TONS of interesting things you'll want to remember. Multitasking is not an option. Irina Nica's a dr [...]

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Why Entrepreneurs Should Stay Away from Business Biographies & Memoirs [Podcast Talk]

This podcast episode started from a simple question: what biographies & memoirs did we, the team behind The CEO Library, read? We've all started and built several businesses in the past decade, we're all avid readers (obviously), but that's where the similarities between us end. That's because we have different i [...]

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Podcast with Steve Benjamins: Confessions of an Entrepreneur & Musician

Steve Benjamins is a designer, software developer and musician living in Canada. In 2012, after he moved to Toronto, Steve decided to not take a job for a while and, instead, launch a series of products and see if any of them sticks. Among them, he started Site Builder Report, a website that's now visited by [...]

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Why you should always start with WHY? [Book Club Talk]

Simon Sinek's Start with Why is one of the most recommended books by entrepreneurs across all industries. He published this book 2009, after he studied leaders who've had the greatest impact over the world. He discovered a pattern in their thinking process, in how they're approaching business, and shared those insig [...]

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The CEO Library Podcast in Review: What we Learned & Future plans

This week we have a special edition episode of The CEO Library Podcast. Together with Vlad, I dissect all 9 episodes we released every week for this podcast. We're looking at how we improved during these past months, what feedback we received, and what were our most appreciated episodes. You'll also find out what to [...]

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Our first podcast guest: Mike Benkovich [Self-Improvement Lessons from an Entrepreneur]

Last year, when I was talking to Bobby about our future plans for The CEO Library, we discussed the possibility of starting a podcast. I'm an introvert who'd rather close herself in her own head (or a house built out of books), so the idea of getting myself exposed through a podcast utterly terrified me. At the s [...]

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How to upload ebooks to your Kindle

So you got yourself that nice new ebook, like the one we're offering for free to our newsletter subscribers. Now it's time to upload it to your ebook reader device, and we'll show you how to do it on Kindles. There are several ways you can do that and here are the easiest ones. 1. Send the book to Kindle by email [...]

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Just Launched: The 12-Month Reading Plan for Early Entrepreneurs

We've been working on ways to improve our newsletter. Here are a couple of important updates that we implemented in the past days: 1. If you subscribe, you receive a reading plan created by Bobby Voicu, our CEO and co-founder, for any early entrepreneur. If you want to start your own company or already took the l [...]

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Lessons Learned from The Lean Startup & How we Put them into Practice (Book Club Talk)

MVP, pivoting, A/B testing, product-market fit - these are just a few of the concepts that you hear entrepreneurs talk about on a daily basis. They started to be popularized in 2011, when The Lean Startup by Eric Ries was published. The book describes a methodology anyone can use to create and grow startups, or [...]

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What to do with only 24h day? (how books & experiences shaped our productivity)

Do you feel like you're making the best use of your time? Or are you always anxious, under pressure, drowning in an ocean of things that you never get the time to approach and tick off your work and personal lists? If the latter version is closer to your reality, perhaps our new podcast episode will help. We can't t [...]

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Is it possible to read 100 books per year? (A talk about how to read more in 2018)

A new year just began. A clean slate. The perfect time to promise ourselves that we'll change into better versions make plans and resolutions. Among those, we must find time to read more books, many more than last year! Or should I say "make" time instead of "finding" it? Fabrice Grinda, one of the world's leadi [...]

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