Eat That Frog!

Eat That Frog!

Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy has all the answers to overcoming procrastination simplified and compiled into one book that is very quick to read, and you’ll immediately thank yourself for having read it. Take on your big future projects with grace and ease after having formed better working habits.

Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts

By Samantha Harr | 5 Minute Read

Thinking in Bets Cover Anne Duke

What do poker and business strategy have in common? More than you may think. Many people refer to life and all its challenges as being like a game of chess, but that is a flawed analogy. In chess, nothing is random. Every element of the game is public knowledge. Poker is part skill, part luck. In a world where we never have complete information in any decision we have to make, how are we supposed to be confident about any of our choices?

Author Annie Duke assures us that we can make the best decisions possible with all the information we can gather…and still have a bad outcome. Conversely we can make decisions that ought to be terrible for us and come out just fine through luck. The human mind wants to make sense of everything and find order even where there may be none. As a species we don’t like the idea of circumstances being out of our control. There is no stopping the forces of random chance, though.

Thinking in Bets gives us a fascinating look into how flawed our logic can be in regards to probability in decision making in games, in life, and in business. The book also hammers home the idea that just because we make a bet and lose doesn’t mean we should change our behavior the next time we’re up for a similar decision.

Every choice we make is a bet. Sometimes we’re betting actual money, but other things can be on the line as well and may not be so obvious. It’s important to consider opportunity costs, future stability of options that may seem good now, our own happiness, and most compellingly, all our future selves that immediately disappear once we walk through the door of choice.

An excellent bit of advice: When collecting data for a big bet don’t just take into account the things you know that you know. Take into account all the things you are absolutely sure that you don’t know.

 
Star Trek memes were not featured in Thinking in Bets, but we found this one relevant nevertheless .

Star Trek memes were not featured in Thinking in Bets, but we found this one relevant nevertheless .

 

This is a must-read for anyone who finds themselves nervous in anticipation of high stakes decisions. There is also a ton of value to be found in Thinking in Bets for improving all the decisions we make even on a mundane day to day basis.

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The Culture Map

The Culture Map

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Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

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Dream Teams: Working Together Without Falling Apart

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Ego Is the Enemy

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Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

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The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It

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Extreme Ownership: How US Navy SEALS Lead and Win

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The Effective Executive 50th Anniversary

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Small Giants: Companies That Choose to Be Great Instead of Big

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It has long been a business article of faith that great companies, by definition, constantly focus on maximizing their revenues year after year. Burlingham shows how we can all benefit by questioning the conventional definitions of business success.

Business Model Generation

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Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

Antifragile: Things That Gain from Disorder

Just as the bones in the human body get sturdier as they are exposed to stress and strain and gossip or feelings of unrest intensify when there are efforts enacted to repress them, most aspects of life ultimately benefit from stress, chaos, instability, and unrest. Learned, humorous, and revolutionary, Taleb’s meaning is radical: The antifragile, and only the antifragile, will survive the test of time.

Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business

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Do you have a grip on your business or does your business currently have a grip on you? Successful companies that are currently applying Traction find out every day how they are able to build lucrative, businesses free from frustration, and through Traction you can, too.

The Great Game of Business, Expanded and Updated

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The Great Game of Business started a business revolution by introducing the world to open-book management, a new way of running a business that created unprecedented profit and employee engagement. What these workers created was a revolutionary approach to management that has proven itself in every industry around the world for the past thirty years.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Cashing In On Your Inventions

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The Black Swan: Second Edition: The Impact of the Highly Improbable

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Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity

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At the core of Smarter Faster Better are eight key productivity concepts—from motivation and goal setting to focus and decision making—that explain why some people and companies get so much done. These are the things that separate the merely busy from the genuinely productive.

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

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Simon Sinek founded a movement in 2009 aimed at helping employees and employers find more inspiration in their jobs. Start with Why says that leaders from around the world all reason, behave, and connect the same way and Sinek says that it tends to be the complete opposite of what everyone else is doing.

Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade

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