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joshstaiger · 2009-11-19 · Original thread

From 2004, but comprised mostly of essays that are on his site.

edw519 · 2007-10-28 · Original thread
My experience is that none of the self-help books ever did very much for me. This includes Steven Covey, Dale Carnegie, Tony Robbins, Zig Zigler, the Secret, etc., etc., etc. Some were entertaining, but that was it. I understand that these books do help many people who need their messages; I'm just not one of them. I prefer books that inspire me and tell me what to do.

My favorites?

How to Get Rich by Felix Dennis.

Differentiate or Die by Jack Trout

Art of the Start by Guy Kawasaki

The 22 Immutable Rules of Marketing by Al Ries and Jack Trout

Digitial Aboriginal by Mikela Tarlow and Philip Tarlow

and, of course

Founders at Work by Jessica Livingston

Hackers and Painters by Paul Graham

Before you do anything else, go to and read all of the essays! I don't want to sound like a shill or hero worshipper for pg, but, understand, these essays are the very best thing out there for anyone on this forum. I am here because of the essays, not the other way around.

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