Books I’ve Loved | Cindy Eckert and Alexis Ohanian on the Tim Ferriss Show #425

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Key Takeaways


Tim Ferriss’ Book Recommendations

Cindy Eckert’s Book Recommendations

  • Purple Cow, New Edition: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable by Seth Godin
    • It’s a marketing book that emphasizes the importance of a unique brand to build a successful business
      • “Love Purple Cow, highly recommend it” – Cindy Eckert
        • Because of this book, Cindy changed her email signature to “Moo”
          • You don’t need to be homogenous to thrive in business, you can be different and succeed 
    • Cindy would look for Purple Cow characteristics while interviewing potential candidates for her company
      • “How did they stand out from everyone else, how are they remarkable in a way that’s going to attract remarkable to them”  
  • A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life by Brian Grazer
    • The book talks about the importance of curiosity and how to develop it
      • “[The author] talks about techniques in which you can cultivate your curiosity, he gives very practical tips” – Cindy Eckert
        • Cindy says that all the successful people she’s met were all insatiably curious people
          • “The curiosity factor is the difference between good and great”

Alexis Ohanian’s Book Recommendations

  • Masters of Doom: How Two Guys Created an Empire and Transformed Pop Culture by David Kushner 
    • The book talks about the founders of id Software, who created two of the most notoriously successful game franchises in history: Doom and Quake
      • Alexis was actually planning to become a lawyer, but he decided to skip the LSATs to a waffle house instead. He started thinking about what he wanted to do in his life and read this book during that time.
        • He read about the video game company’s founders was inspired by what a couple of passionate coders could do
        • “This gave me the confidence to say, you know what, if they could do this, we could definitely do this and I convinced my roommate to start a company with me” Alexis Ohanian
          • The company they started eventually became Reddit
          • “Reddit would not exist if it weren’t for Masters of Doom
  • Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams by Matthew Walker
    • The author shares lessons on what sleep does for the body and why it’s so valuable 
      • Since reading this book, Alexis went from sleeping 6 hours a night to sleeping 8-9 hours
      • If you want to do important work, recovery and rest are as important as the work itself. If you talk with any athlete, they will share similar advice. 
      • “It was a humbling thing to be listening to this and realizing just how dumb I’ve been for 15 or so years”Alexis Ohanian
      • Living on not enough sleep does short-term and long-term harm
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