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Whether you want to launch an empire or become the best in your field, who better to consult than those who’ve achieved the peak of professional and financial success? My Picks (which i’ve read) in order of awesomeness...

  1. The Virgin Way by Richard Branson
  2. Zero to One by Peter Thiel
  3. Onward by Howard Schultz
  4. Business @ the Speed of Thought by Bill Gates
  5. The Essays of Warren Buffett by Warren Buffett
I will be adding the other 10 books into my kindle wishlist to start working through this year. Read the full list of 15 Billionaire Books at Time Magazine

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“The key question for humanity today is whether to start a global AI arms race or to prevent it from starting.”

—An open letter from Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking, and many others about the dangers of artificial intelligence.

“Nearly every person I worked with, I saw cry at their desk.”

—From a (controversial!Times investigation into the culture at Amazon.

Read them all on The New Yorker

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Inc. have published the results from Most Popular Resolution for 2016 survey of 5,000 people about their goals for the coming year, the top resolutions are:
1. Enjoy life to the fullest.
2. Live a healthier lifestyle.
3. Lose weight.
4. Spend more time with family and friends.
5. Save more, spend less.
6. Pay down debt.
Read the full article over at Inc.

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The 2015 Advancing Analytics IAPA National Conference  brought to us by ADMA was a data science focused one-day conference that delivered global ideas for driving business forward through data and analytics. Here are my "LOOSE" notes madly taken down while trying to take as much of the day in as possible. I also photographed as many of the slides as I could, see the gallery at the bottom of this post. Please excuse typos and  half finished sentences, I wanted to get this up asap. (and up at all.. I know what its like!)

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Our society puts a high value on achievement but not much on rest. I hear people brag about how much they work and play but never how much they sleep—usually the opposite. But what if sleep could help you achieve more?

Four Crucial Ways Sleep Helps Us Achieve More

  1. Sleep keeps us sharp. How many times have you gone blank in a meeting, nodded at your desk, or forgot where you were going? It’s happened to me more than I’d like to admit. Skimping on sleep—even a little—can dramatically impair our mental performance, creating fatigue, inability to focus, slow reaction times, and more.Did you know that in one study test subjects going on six hours of sleep a night for two weeks functioned at the same level of impairment as someone legally drunk? But those who got eight hours demonstrated no impairment at all.
     
  2. Sleep improves our ability to remember, learn, and grow. I’m sure brain teasers are fine, but adequate sleep is the best learning tool there is.Our minds are particularly active when we sleep, integrating new information learned during the day, processing memories, and sorting the significant from all the meaningless stuff we pick up. Even dreaming is critical to this process. If our work depends on our creativity and insight—and whose doesn’t?—then sleep is essential.
  3. Sleep refreshes our emotional state. I’ve mentioned before a time I felt really discouraged after a lot of travel. When I told Gail, she suggested weariness was the real culprit.Nothing can make us feel depressed, moody, and irritable like missing sleep. Here’s the good news: Getting enough sleep is like hitting the reset button. In his book Eat Move Sleep, Tom Rath explains that sleep reduces stress chemicals in the brain and dials back the part of the brain that processes emotions. The result is that we can start fresh if we invest in our sleep.
  4. Sleep revitalizes our bodies. We all have a body clock. When we ignore its signals to play longer or work more, we create unnecessary stress, and that stress contributes to depression, fatigue, weight gain, high blood pressure, and a lot worse.But sleep lowers the stress chemicals in our bodies, boosts our immune system, and improves our bodies’ metabolism. Instead of waking unrested after putting in extra hours on a project, why not wake approach it recharged the next day? You’ll do better work and feel better about it.
  Read the rest at michaelhyatt.com

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Would you like to learn how to get more done with less effort, eliminate wasteful activities? This book can show you how. In The 80/20 Principle, Richard Koch thoroughly examines Pareto’s Law – the observation that, in any given context, “a minority of causes, inputs, or effort usually leads to a majority of the results, outputs, or rewards.” This inherent nonlinearity is present in all aspects of life, and by paying attention to your efforts and results, you can identify major opportunities for improvement in every aspect of your life and business. In other words... for most events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes. This number can change – sometimes it’s 70/30 and sometimes it’s 90/10. But whatever the ratio, the point is that a small number of causes have a disproportionately large effect on the outcome.

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