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Enjoy these reads. Each one has made a profound difference in my business and life. I hope they help you just as much, if not more!

Issue 39 | June 2017

Creativity, Inc.

Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration

By Ed Catmull and Amy Wallace

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Before I read Creativity, Inc., I already knew about the relationship between Disney and Pixar as I had read Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson. I knew that Steve basically saved Pixar, but I only got a glimpse of that story through Steve’s and Walter’s perspectives. I was eager to learn more about the Disney and Pixar relationship to find inspiration, but to also learn more about the drama that unfolded between the two companies. And from the perspective of the president and co-founder of Pixar, Ed Catmull! So I dove right in.

What I found the most surprising, almost immediately, was the focus of the book. More than just a history of Pixar, Creativity, Inc. is centered around lessons related to team management and team building. Of course, when those essential business lessons are centered around some of my favorite movies, such as Toy Story and Up, it makes it all that more exciting. It was also really fascinating to get a glimpse inside their relationship with Disney Animation, and how they decided to keep the Pixar team separate, even when Disney bought Pixar in 2006.

Issue 38 | May 2017

Book cover for Shoe Dog by Phil Knight

Shoe Dog

A Memoir by the Creator of Nike

By Phil Knight

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If you’re looking for a biography, this isn’t it. Shoe Dog is an in-depth memoir about how Phil Knight, a runner from Oregon, took on behemoths Puma and Adidas head on with no real influence or money to his name. In the memoir, Knight documents his trips abroad to Japan where he learned about business world. That was so fascinating I felt like I was there with him.

It was also neat to learn that Knight didn’t have all the answers. He, like all of us, stumbled along the way quite a bit. But he persisted, and that’s what set him apart. Even when it seemed like his new company was going to go fail (which nearly happened several times), he figured out ways to keep going. I admire that greatly.

Issue 37 | April 2017

Hooked

How to Build Habit-Forming Products

By Nir Eyal

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The cool part about it is that Nir breaks down the science of habit-forming into a simple, easy to digest four-part formula. The fact that he was able to do that was really surprising to me, and I admire him for it. Nir even includes exercises at the end of each section with questions for the readers to ask themselves about their own product to determine whether or not it will be habit-forming.
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