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The CEO Library Blog

About to make a big decision? Ask yourself these four questions first 💡

by Cristina on August 31, 2018

When you're pondering whether to start a new project, quit your job or any other important decision you need to make, take out a piece of paper and start writing the answers to the following questions (it's easier to get to the truth when you put it on paper, and writing by hand will force you to slow down your thinkin [...]

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Win Yuval Noah Harari’s new book, “21 Lessons for the 21st Century”!

by Cristina on August 30, 2018

I was browsing the Entrepreneur subreddit the other day and ran into a question posted by a teen who wanted advice on what skills he should learn to improve himself. That's a very good question. What would you have answered him? What would you teach your children today to prepare them for the world of tomorrow? Let' [...]

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New book from Ray Dalio! “A Template for Understanding Big Debt Crises”

by Cristina on August 29, 2018

As the founder and co-chairman of Bridgewater Associates, the largest hedge fund in the world, Ray Dalio's one of the most successful investors and entrepreneurs, and among the wealthiest people. He's the author of the bestseller "Principles: Life and Work", one of the most recommended book by entrepreneurs in t [...]

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One of the key skills in life: learning how to break bad habits

by Cristina on August 20, 2018

A few days ago, I was listening (for the third time or so?) to an old conversation between Tim Ferriss and Naval Ravikant, CEO and co-founder of AngelList. At some point, Naval mentions a book about habits, and says something that caught my attention: "It’s good for me to always keep on top of mind how powerful my [...]

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Dealing with toxic work habits and fooling yourself

by Cristina on August 14, 2018

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!

by Vlad on August 8, 2018

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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Startup fatal mistakes 101: hiring people who don’t match your values

by Cristina on July 30, 2018

"I don't think there's an easier or more tempting mistake to make than to hire someone who has great ability or a great track record of performance with the recognition that while they're not a match with the current values and culture of the company, over time you believe you can bring them into alignment." I was r [...]

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Why you should focus on the process instead of outcome

by Cristina on July 25, 2018

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!

by Cristina on July 19, 2018

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

by Cristina on July 19, 2018

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

by Cristina on July 16, 2018

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

by Cristina on July 4, 2018

"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

by Cristina on June 29, 2018

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

by Cristina on June 26, 2018

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.

by Theo on June 14, 2018

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

by Cristina on June 1, 2018

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

by Cristina on May 15, 2018

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

by Cristina on April 30, 2018

"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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