The CEO Library Blog

Dealing with toxic work habits and fooling yourself

The text below was sent as part of our weekly newsletter. If you enjoy it, subscribe here. I'm a hypocrite. I've written extensively about the importance of keeping a healthy routine, getting the right amount of sleep per night, taking breaks and disconnecting from work. Every time I read one of Jason Fried or [...]

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Like what we do? This is your chance to support The CEO Library!

Hey everyone, As you probably know by now, we started The CEO Library last year as a way for people with an entrepreneurial mindset to find the best books to read at a specific stage in their life or business. During this time, we met a lot of amazing people and we’ve had some great feedback from you. And this [...]

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Why you should focus on the process instead of outcome

I have a hobby that most people would probably consider to be weird or even stupid. In my free time, I'm running on mountain trails, competing in races half-marathon long (so at least 21 km / 13 miles). Last weekend, for example, I participated in 23 km long local race called "Marathon 7500", with 1,600 m elevation, th [...]

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Join our Telegram channel!

Lately I've been looking into new ways to stay in touch with our community of aspiring entrepreneurs, but also to make sure that we are able to reach everyone that's interested into our content and not depend on an algorithm that might change (or might not change) overnight - as it happens with most social networks the [...]

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A talk about depression & suicide among entrepreneurs: Tim Ferriss & Peter Attia

This is probably one of the best podcast episodes I've listened to in a while and I highly recommend it to you: Tim Ferriss went into deep details about his experience with depression and close-call with suicide, as part of the first episode of Peter Attia's podcast. Dr. Peter Attia is a former ultra-endurance athle [...]

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Reality check: luck vs ego

The text below was sent as part of our weekly newsletter. If you enjoy it, subscribe here. I was only 19 when I dove into my entrepreneurial journey, during my freshman year at the University of Journalism. It was then that I met Bobby, with whom I co-founded my first online project, and we successfully exited a few [...]

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What Kanye West can teach entrepreneurs about resilience

"Before anybody wanted K. West beats Me and my girl split the bucket at KFC Dog, I was having nervous breakdowns Like man, these niggas that much better than me?" (lyrics from Touch the Sky, screenshot from Otis video) Kanye West knows a little something about resilience. Almost 20 years ago, the idea that [...]

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The freedom of working remotely: what we learned from Liam Martin

Liam Martin is an expert in all aspects of remote working. A Canada-based entrepreneur, he's the co-founder and CMO of Time Doctor and Staff.com, two platforms that help individuals and organizations be productive while working remotely. Six years ago, Liam built Time Doctor as a tool to scratch his own itch. He was [...]

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Why incorporating breaks in our daily routine helps us become better decision-makers

In the past months I've read anything I could find on the subject of routines and habits, in search for new ways to be more efficient and work smarter - on both personal and professional levels. On one side, as the founder of a start-up in a highly fragile and incipient stage, my main purpose is to make sure I'm opt [...]

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Want to learn more from women entrepreneurs? Start here.

As I was putting together our list of books that empower and inspire women entrepreneurs, I remembered all the amazing women we’ve had the honor to interview since last autumn, when The CEO Library was launched. From coders to content strategists, excellent designers and writers, each book talk showed us that wome [...]

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Improbabilities, uncertainty and how we feel after reading The Black Swan

The Black Swan, by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, was my choice (Cristina) for our recent book-club talk. And, oh boy, agreeing on how we feel about a book has never been more difficult! A little bit of context, before you get to the talk itself: First of all, this has nothing to do with the movie with the same name. 'Black [...]

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How to start from scratch and become a master in a new field

Learning how to learn is a critical skill in life, but not one taught by those who are supposed to provide our education. School teaches us about the importance of credentials, certifications, but later in life we never actually use most of the things we learned - not to mention that some of those things don't remai [...]

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Everyone Hates Marketers – how Louis Grenier built a podcast out of love for true marketing

"Never meet your super heroes", goes one of the common sayings. I beg to disagree. You should get over your fears and jump at the first opportunity to meet them - you never know where it will take you and what wonderful things you'll get to learn from them. Louis Grenier is one of my heroes: he's made it his life mi [...]

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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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