Best business culture books according to redditors

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u/rnaa49 · 423 pointsr/politics

Avoidance of responsibility is a primary characteristic of psychopathy. He ticks off all the other checkmarks, too. Only libel laws are protecting his ass from being called a psychopath openly. Educate yourselves about psychopaths -- I recommend these books I have read to understand my own lifelong contact with psychopaths, starting with my mother:
Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us
Snakes in Suits: When Psychopaths Go to Work
Confessions of a Sociopath: A Life Spent Hiding in Plain Sight
The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry
The Inner World of the Psychopath: A definitive primer on the psychopathic personality

He is commonly called a narcissist, but here's a handy rule of thumb. Not all narcissists are psychopaths, but all psychopaths are narcissistic. It's easy to understand why -- they don't see humans as humans, only objects to be manipulated for fun and profit. They, themselves, are the only conscious being, so nothing else matters. Their brains aren't wired to understand we have minds and memories, which is why they lie constantly to achieve their immediate needs. Strangely, the inability to experience emotions (and that includes fear, which is why Trump seems to never give a fuck about consequences) comes with no sense of past or future. There is only the "now."

1% of the population are psychopaths. You know more than one. Some say it's an evolutionary adaptation that exploits humans with emotions and morals, and that they are "intraspecies predators." There are professions that rely on psychopathic behavior, and you can draw your own opinions on them:
The Wisdom of Psychopaths: What Saints, Spies, and Serial Killers Can Teach Us About Success

It is also commonly said that psychopaths are experts are reading people. This is false (because, to them, there is nothing to read). They are simply experts, from lifelong experience and practice, at putting people into situations with predictable reactions. For example, Trump likes to insult people because he knows it distracts them and takes them off their game as they try to defend themselves. Psychopaths like to do their manipulating in the background and behind peoples' backs (and in Trump's case, behind NDAs and hush money), thus Trump's biggest problem -- he's the world's most watched person and nothing goes unnoticed, so his previous tactics aren't working. He is thrashing more and more as he gets more desperate to deceive. He is not losing his mind or getting senile. He's a psychopath who can't understand why his old tricks are no longer working.

His apparent "humanness" is a practiced façade, as is true for all psychopaths. They learn, starting in childhood, how to fit in. Some learn how better than others. Trump is good enough at it to fool a large number of voters.
BTW, there's nothing saying a psychopath can't also be dumb as a brick or illiterate.

u/Vadoff · 102 pointsr/cscareerquestions

Haven't read it myself yet, but heard it recommended a lot.

u/RishFush · 61 pointsr/IWantToLearn

Rich Dad Poor Dad catches a lot of flak, but it's actually really good at teaching the absolute basics in an easy-to-follow manner. Like, learn what a Cash Flow Statement is, increase your asset column, learn basic accounting language, separate emotions and money, minimize taxes. Just glean the overall principles he's teaching and don't blindly follow his specific strategies.

The Richest Man in Babylon is another great, easy to read, investing 101 book.

And The Millionaire Next Door is a research-based book on Millionaires in America and what kind of habits and mindsets got them to their current wealth. It's a wonderfully refreshing read after being brainwashed by tv and movies saying that millionaires won it or stole it and live lavish lives. Most actual millionaires are pretty frugal and hard working with modest lives.

And here are some resources to help you learn all the new words and concepts:

u/wasabicupcakes · 53 pointsr/facepalm

> Now, robot slaves might be a good thing until they gain sentience. Then we might end up in a matrix type situation, if we're lucky, or a Terminator type situation if we aren't.

Read Martin Ford's Rise of the Robots. The real problem with robots is not that they will become self-aware but that they don't pay income taxes. It kind of leaves the public sector in the toilet unless we let AI become politicians.

u/LWRellim · 53 pointsr/aspergers

>This may be a stupid question he fooled by feigned emotions, do you think?

Well, several things.

First you have to realize that there are a LOT of problems with SBC's so called "Empathy Quotient".

To begin with, constructing a VALID "instrument" is a VERY difficult thing. SBC has attempted to create something that appears to be similar to say Hare's PCL instrument. But, he has not done the kind of diligent work necessary to get anywhere close.

For starters, SBC's EQ instrument/test is a "self-report" -- such things are notoriously INaccurate because they can be (and are) subjectively manipulated (i.e. "gamed"). Second even a cursory look at it shows that the questions 'telegraph' what the expected "correct" answers should be.

So let's take 3 groups of people:

Group AA is introspective, brutally honest, non-conforming, and more than a bit self-effacing;

Group NT is a mixture of people of varying degrees of superficiality and with varying amounts of rather dubious scruples, but overall a penchant for "going along to get along"** (i.e. doing what they are told, what is expected, answering questions in a fashion that will be "conforming" to the group);

Group SP is the opposite of group AA, entirely superficial, manipulative and deceptive.

Guess which group is going to show up with the lowest scores?

Answer: Group AA (by a wide margin). Why? Simply because they ARE being honest, self-doubting, and self-effacing.

Group NT will (because of the mixed nature of the questions*) probably form a mixed range will creates a nice little normal distribution "bell curve" of scores.

And Group SP will show up as probably THE most empathetic. (Cf Hare's research {repeated & confirmed} showing that Sociopaths/Psychopaths are EXCELLENT at expressing sympathy/empathy -- and a self-report test is the ultimate in opportunities for them to "game" other people).

*Note that the array of questions will have been designed to produce EXACTLY this result. (In other words, there will be some questions that are designed to be "gimmes" obvious to everyone; some questions that are "borderline" {and so those with slightly more honesty, scruples, and self-effacement will occasionally answer in a NON-empathetic manner}; and the third category of questions will be designed to be slightly "tricky" in an attempt to confirm/verify previous answers, but with the side effect of causing some people {including those "gaming" the test} to mis-answer. End result a "nice distribution" of population answers (which is then claimed as a confirmation of the validity of the test, but in fact it proves nothing of the kind).

So the entire thing is (from a scientific standpoint) a farce. What is SAD is that this kind of crap is (still) deemed to have some validity.

**EDIT: As a side note, I think it is fairly obvious that in the Asch Conformitu Experiement that Aspies would be in the "non-conforming" group (they would KNOW which lines matched, and would NOT CARE how many of the others disagreed); and likewise in the Milgram Experiment the Aspies would probably nearly ALL be in the "non-obedient" faction (whereas the Sociopaths would obviously LOVE inflicting the pain, using "obedience" as a cover). Which is a REAL demonstration of both "empathy" and an awareness of other people, versus SBC's farcical analysis (which really only gains "pseudo-credibility" because someone gave him a bunch of time with a fMRI machine, and he diddled with it to produce cherry-pickable BS).


>Or is it more that feigning emotion is the "done thing" and so, he wants Aspies to do it too in order to fit in better, be less disturbing to the "normals". Heh.

I'm not certain that he WANTS Aspies to feign the emotion, indeed I'm also not certain that he wants Aspies to even display REAL empathic emotion. SBC seems (these days) to be mainly focused on his own needs/wants -- his "reputation" -- he (like his more notorious cousin) seems almost sociopathic at times, and certainly seems devoid of "empathy" for Autistics & Aspies, more than willing to scapegoat, sacrifice, and entirely mischaracterize them for his own aggrandizement.

Indeed the direction SBC seems to be going (see his latest book) is to attempt to replace Robert Hare -- but he really DOESN'T have the "chops".

AND, he has falled into the same "trap" that Hare did initially -- thinking that a "lack of empathy" was what leads to criminal behavior. Hare eventually found out his error, that it is NOT a lack of empathy, but rather a lack of CONSCIENCE (a profoundly different thing altogether).

One of the Amazon comments on his "Zero Empathy" book says it pretty succinctly:
>Simon-Cohen posits a very forced empathy-based construct, to explain Borderline and Antisocial Personality Disorders, for example.
Those of us who have decades of clinical experience working with these disorders can readily see Cohen's forumlations as far too simplistic, at best, and, at worst, ignorant!
For example, Cohen makes NO allowance for the fact that many (classical) sociopaths are exquisitely sensitive to every nuance of the feelings of others -- which they then EXPLOIT with great skill.
Back to the drawing board, Dr. Cohen.

And likewise, another commenter notes on his "Science of Evil: Empathy" book that:

>An amateurish attempt by a great researcher out of his depth
>His argument is that researchers have overlooked the importance of empathy in studying evil. Despite the fact that psychopathy researchers have noted, and studied that, for decades, he pretends (or really thinks?) that he's come up with something new here. [...] Baron-Cohen calls his new empathy link between two of these traits "blindingly-obvious". It should be, because it's been recognized for decades now! So Baron-Cohen is really reinventing the wheel here. Worse in fact, as he leaves out the troubling (for his theory) case of Machiavellians, who can flip back and forth between empathy as it suits their needs.
>Baron-Cohen also conflates/confuses psychopathy with general antisocial behavior. One of the fascinating things about psychopathy is that it isn't strongly correlated to the parenting one received. In direct contrast to what Baron-Cohen reports, Lalumiere and colleagues have done excellent research showing that compared to general criminals, psychopaths are LESS likely to have suffered from pre- or post-natal trauma.


>But feigning emotions is sociopathic. Isn't it? Sinister, manipulative.

Yes, it is. There is plenty of evidence that it is (at least occasionally) symptomatic of most of the population (i.e. NT's) and it is one of the hallmarks of sociopaths (aka psychopaths), who are the masters of both READING and of feigning emotions (i.e. playing on/with empathy).

The mistake I see a lot of people (including SBC) making is saying that sociopaths lack empathy -- not true at all, sociopaths are EXPERTS at being charming, sympathetic, producing "crocodile tears", etc.; in short at both reading AND displaying whatever emotions will "get the job done" of manipulating people. (And quite frankly a lot of NT's are pretty darn good at this as well).

What sociopaths REALLY lack is not just "empathy" it is that they have ZERO "conscience" -- i.e. they do not (internally) feel "bad/guilty" about harming other people (or creatures) -- they are essentially "thrill/adrenalin/power" junkies.

I have seen several mentions in Aspie forums, and from my own experience I think it true: that Aspies (especially the really aware HF Aspies) are the "natural enemies" of sociopaths -- and if sociopaths are caricatured as "snakes" (i.e. Hare's "Snakes In Suits" book) then Aspergers are the "Riki Tiki Tavi mongooses" of the world.

I think the prevalence/problems that Asperger's and Autistic types are having in our modern world is in no small part DUE to it being the kind of world that it has become. I think Aspie & Autistic types has a MUCH easier time in a "small world" of agricultural communities (it is notably almost non-existent among the Amish), with lots of animals needing care, a tendency to small local schools (you are much less of an "oddball" in a school of 10 students of mixed ages, than you are in a mass-school of 1000+ all similarly aged), not to mention the old "orderly" courting & social practices (often explicitly TAUGHT to children as "set" rules), etc.

Where Asperger's and Autistic types "stand out" and run into problems is in the "chaos" of recent decades -- in our cliquish/materialistic, gossip-centered MASSIVE schools, urban environments, etc. The problems of Asperger's and Autistic types are exacerbated.

And equally of note: In the "older" world, it was much HARDER for sociopaths to pull off their tricks; our modern world (with it's superficiality, triviality, and disorderly chaotic social practices) seems to be "tailor made" for sociopaths (in everything from promiscuity, to the world of banking & bureaucracies).

u/availableName01 · 39 pointsr/cscareerquestions

read this:

Even if you only manage to pickup one thing, please let it be the importance of regular 1-on-1s. They make a huge difference and you should do everything in your power to not neglect these meetings.

u/kajsfjzkk · 37 pointsr/cscareerquestions

Managing people is hard. Managing engineers is harder. Have you paid for any management training for Randy? How about for you?

I'd feel a little concerned if I found out director-level management at my company was asking for advice on reddit about how to mediate routine interpersonal conflicts.

u/lmBUSEYtfy · 37 pointsr/

People who receive the Earned Income Tax Credit also receive special scrutiny. Congress sets aside money - and creates a congressional mandate - to audit people who receive the EITC - even though the potential fallout from fraud here is much less than the fraud that small business and partnerships almost certainly perpetrate. Auditors have very little discretion to call off an audit - they just follow the rules.

>That's why she's living with her parents. To try to make a life in our shimmering city without relying on welfare, food stamps or other public assistance.

If she's living with her parents, she may very well not be entitled to claim the children as dependents. And that has nothing do with the IRS - it's how Congress writes the tax laws and the US Tax Court interprets them.

If you're curious, read Perfectly Legal. The tax-auditing process is somewhat rigged against the poor but it has nothing to do with IRS and everything to do with Congress.

u/Freak-Power · 33 pointsr/todayilearned

He (David Graeber) actually came out with a book that expounds on the essay. Link

u/ensui67 · 30 pointsr/Foodforthought

One word, technology. It is the realization of the capitalist system dynamic we have and the ever increasing automation through improving organizations/algorithms/robots. For more on this theory, check out Rise of the Robots by Martin Ford.

u/ergoproxyone · 29 pointsr/Steam

Look at some of the amazon reviews. His theory is that jobs that are beneficial to society are paid less while those that have no benefit are paid more. Also, there are entire industries that are bullshit jobs. He categories them into 5 different categories: Flunkies, Goons, Duct Tapers, Box Tickers, and Taskmasters.
Ultimately, he concludes that we have to shift society to a more free society when we incorporate something like UBI. People should be able to truly be free from wage labor. One shouldn't be tied to a job in order to survive in the world. Inequality is rampant. The average worker doesn't realize there is more to life than wasting your life at a job. A worker just busy toiling away their lives in a bullshit job means they are not going to rise up and do something about the rampant inequality we see today.

u/ianmccisme · 28 pointsr/UpliftingNews

Dr. Atul Gawande, who is a surgeon who also writes for the New Yorker, wrote a book called The Checklist Manifesto. It's about how the use of checklists, which are drawn from the aviation community, can do a lot to reduce complications in healthcare. It's an interesting read.

u/istartriots · 27 pointsr/cscareerquestions

have you by chance read Bullshit jobs? it talks about this exact idea.

u/SuperNinKenDo · 27 pointsr/DebateFascism

Further Reading

Michael Huermer - 'The Problem of Political Authority':

[Hard Copy]

Henry Hazlitt - 'Economics in One Lesson':

[Audiobook]:[PDF]:[Hard Copy]

David Friedman - 'The Machinery of Freedom'"

[Illustrated Summary]:[Audiobook]:[PDF]:[Hard Copy]

Ludwig von Mises - 'Economic Calculation in the Socialist Commonwealth':


MisesWiki - Economic Calculation Problem:


Murray N. Rothbard - 'For a New Liberty':

[Audiobook]:[HTML]:[PDF]:[Hard Copy]

Murray N. Rothbard - 'The Ethics of Liberty':

[Audiobook]:[HTML]:[PDF]:[Hard Copy]

Frédéric Bastiat - 'The Law':

[Audiobook]:[HTML]:[PDF]:[Hard Copy]

Ludwig von Mises - 'Human Action':

[Audiobook]:[HTML]:[PDF:[ePub]:[Hard Copy]

Murray N. Rothbard - 'Man Economy and State, with Power, and Markets':

[Audiobook][HTML]:[PDF]:[ePub]:[Hard Copy]

u/AncileBanish · 24 pointsr/Anarcho_Capitalism

If you're willing to devote some serious time, Man, Economy and State is the most complete explanation that exists of the economics behind ancap ideas. It's also like 1100 pages or something so it might be more of a commitment than you're willing to make just for opposition research.

If you want to get into the philosophy behind the ideas, The Ethics of Liberty is probably the best thing you'll find. It attempts to give a step-by-step logical "proof" of libertarian philosophy.

The Problem of Political Authority is also an excellent book that takes nearly universally accepted moral premises and uses them to come to ancap conclusions in a thoroughly logical manner. I'd say if you're actually at all open to having your mind changed, it's the one most likely to do it.

If you just want a brief taste, The Law is extremely short (you can read it in an hour or two) and contains many of the important fundamental ideas. It was written like 200 years ago so doesn't really qualify as ancap, but it has the advantage of being easily digestible and also being (and I can't stress this enough) beautifully written. It's an absolute joy to read. You can also easily find it online with a simple Google search.

I know you asked for one book and I gave you four, but the four serve different purposes so pick one according to what it is you're specifically looking for.

u/DisregardedWhy · 23 pointsr/conspiracy

"It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine"

Marcia Angell, “Drug companies & doctors: a story of corruption," NY Review of Books, 56 #1, 15 Jan

u/demicolon · 22 pointsr/australia

That's a general rule of all work, including paid work. If you're paying someone by the hour then you're bloody well going to get your hour's worth, even if the value of that work is zero or negative. That's what leads to the phenomenon of upwards of 40% of all jobs, public and private, being bullshit jobs.

Housecleaning isn't a bullshit job, but once you're in the zone you tend to want to keep going. It's the same as women from 'traditional' backgrounds and cooking: they end up with orders of magnitude more cooking experience than any professional chef, because their entire working day is centred around the kitchen.

u/iamnothanging · 21 pointsr/AskEngineers

Thinking in Systems: A Primer by Donella H. Meadows

u/dontal · 19 pointsr/AskReddit

True psychopathic disorder is not that common.

Not all asshole bosses are psychopaths--it's often confused with Narcissistic personality Disorder, Histrionic PD et al.

Some further reading if interested:

Snakes in Suits

No Asshole Rule

u/Robswc · 18 pointsr/Daytrading

>$250 into $5k

Setting goals isn't a terrible idea, however I will say that a 2000% (non compounding) increase is something the best traders would give their arms and legs for lol.

For reference, this is something I was able to do after lots of learning and experience.

These were more done algorithmic than manually trading BUT point still stands.

With that said, you could hit 180% gain in one day with options.

The problem you'll find is that being consistently good is really really hard. What you're essentially setting out to do is consistently win an near random "coin toss".

That's going to take a psychological toll, its going to be grueling but not impossible.

>But I would like to learn the market. Any tips on how to start? What should I start researching? Can I even start trading with that little amount?

$250 is fine starting out. In fact its perfect as starting out there's a possibility you could lose it all, so starting with a small amount is fine.

Don't look at $, look at %. If you can make 1% you can make $100 or $1000. Once you consistently hit %'s, you can increase your position sizes. Keep risk in mind while doing this though.

I would start with paper trading first. Since you're 17 you're not legally allowed to trade. Also, with $250 you can't day trade (PDT rules). So paper trading would definitely be your best bet.

You could also give crypto a try, many exchanges don't really have KYC. A lot of the basics can carry over into any markets.

As far as stuff to learn, these are some of the best books I've read on the subject. You may notice they aren't technical or any "strategies" so to speak. I find those books never help, the mindset and thinking is going to be your biggest challenge.

Trading in the Zone, By Mark Douglas -

Fooled by Randomness, by Nassim Taleb -

Skin in the Game, by Nassim Taleb -

Algos to Live By, by Brian Christian -

A Short History of Financial Euphoria, by John Galbraith -

Also, if you're interested in algo or strategy creation at all, I have a youtube channel dedicated to helping beginners make their strategies and learn more. Its on a bit of a hiatus but I'll definitely be getting back to it soon.

DM me here or on twitter if you have any questions! Love to help, questions also keep me on my toes and make sure I'm learning too!

u/exiatron9 · 16 pointsr/entp

It's a good question - a lot of people just assume they can't ever be rich.

No you don't need to get a degree. You don't need to get a high-paying job. You don't need to be Elon Musk unless we're talking billionaire rich.

Making money is about delivering value at scale. Either deliver a little bit of value to a lot of people, or deliver a lot of value to a few people. Or do both to rake it in - but this is usually harder.

The most accessible way to deliver value at scale is by building a business.

You also need to figure out why you want to be rich and what kind of rich. Do you want to build a massive empire and make hundreds of millions or does making a couple of million a year and getting to travel whenever you want sound better?

The basic steps are pretty simple. You've got to start by reprogramming your brain a fair bit. Rich people - especially entrepreneurs, don't think about the world in the same way as most people do. More on how to do this later.

After that you'll want to start exploring the opportunities open to you at the moment. There are lots of business models you can replicate and do really well with - you don't need to start completely from scratch and build something the world has never seen before. You would not believe the ridiculously niched business models people make stupid money from. Example - I know a guy who built an online health and safety testing form for oil rig workers that was making $20,000 a month.

When you're starting out it's a good idea to keep things simple and use it as a way to build your skills. You don't want to be trying to build the next Facebook while trying to learn the basics of business. You're probably not as smart as Mark Zuckerberg.

The point is you have to keep learning and learning and learning. You know the business section of the book store you've probably never looked at? Pick the right books and you can pretty much learn anything.

You've been fed a lot of bullshit your whole life - so you need to read:


  • The 4-Hour Work Week by Tim Ferriss
    It's pretty incredible how many successful people I've spoken to in the last few years have said something along the lines of "well it all started when I read the 4-Hour Work Week...". This is a great book that will give you a huge mindset adjustment and also a bunch of practical ideas and case studies of what you can do.

  • The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ Demarco Yeah the book title sucks. But it's gold. MJ has quite a different approach to Tim Ferriss - so that's why I put it here. It's good to get multiple perspectives. The first hundred or so pages rip traditional thinking on wealth as well as guru advice to pieces - it's pretty funny.

  • The Richest Man in Babylon by George S. Clason This is a quick and easy read but it's got some great core lessons.

    Those will give you a good start. Once you've picked something to work on, you'll want to start reading up on learning sales, mindset, strategy, mindset, business management, mindset and some more mindset. If you jump in you'll quickly find the hardest thing about business is usually dealing with yourself.

    Hit me up if you take action on this and I'll be happy to recommend where to go next :)

u/La_Sandernista · 16 pointsr/politics

Not a doctor either, but he ticks most of the boxes for antisocial personality disorder (also known in layman's terms as psychopathy).

  • Glib and superficial charm -
  • Grandiose sense of self-worth
  • Proneness to boredom
  • Pathological lying
  • Cunning and manipulativeness
  • Lack of remorse or guilt
  • Shallow affect
  • Callousness and lack of empathy
  • Parasitic lifestyle
  • Poor behavioral controls
  • Sexual promiscuity
  • Early behavioral problems
  • Lacks of realistic long-term goals
  • Impulsivity
  • Irresponsibility
  • Failure to accept responsibility for own actions
  • Many short-term marital relationships (Arguable. He married three times and has had multiple affairs, but his marriages lasted 14 years (Ivana), 8 years (Marla), and 12 years (Melania), so not that short.)
  • Juvenile delinquency
  • Revocation of conditional release
  • Criminal versatility (He has been accused of sex crimes, scamming people with Drumpf University, and wide array of financial crimes)

    Remember, most psychopaths are not violent! They all leave a smoldering path of destruction everywhere they go, but most are not violent. The 'respectable' psychopaths are more common, and many of them have jobs that are held in very high regard in our society (surgeons, police officers, CEOs, etc). Look at the ten professions with the highest rates of ASPD. Intelligent psychopaths can do very well in a business environment - so much so that 1/10 CEOs met the criteria for ASPD, as opposed to 1/25 in the general population. This is because certain psychopathic traits, such as manipulativeness, lack of remorse, being a good liar, and being willing to take risks can pay off handsomely in the business world. Of course, it's a double-edged sword because their other traits (such as impulsivity and grandiosity) often catch up to them and lead to their downfall.

    If you want to learn more about white-collar psychopaths, I highly recommend the book Snakes in Suits, written in part by Dr. Robert Hare, the "founding father" of psychopathy research and the creator of the Hare Psychopathy Checklist (the most-used diagnostic tool for ASPD). Donald Drumpf -- and a ton of other politicias, for that matter -- will become much easier to understand.
u/poopmagic · 16 pointsr/cscareerquestions

Here are a few that I've found useful relating to teamwork, management, and/or general career shit:

u/vstas · 14 pointsr/programming

I generally like Ted's posts and I really dislike adding process to software development. However, saying "no process" is overly simplistic.

Some of the things glossed over:

  • Sometimes you have to grow headcount, like it or not
  • Sometimes you don't get to chose all members of your team
  • Learning from your mistakes is fine when you can afford mistakes. Sometimes you cannot and the cost of downtime would be simply too great.
  • Development and operations work in different modes. In development we value speed (again, in most cases), in ops - reliability, stability and predictability. They need to be viewed separately.

    In short (and it's a huge topic), in most cases, IMHO, it comes down to a tradeoff: what's more important, not ever fucking up or maintaining speed and flexibility. Unfortunately, leads/stakeholders on most projects think that not ever fucking up is the absolute priority, while realistically it's not.

    Again, this is a broad topic, so I will just add a couple of things without going too deep:

  • I find that it's better to add rules instead of adding process. Kinda difference between structural and functional styles. Instead of saying how to get there, specify the end result. So instead of describing how exactly to do branching and merging, describe the desired outcome: "for maintenance release, verify that there are no changes committed that don't correspond to bugs scheduled to be fixed". This still allows flexibility while adding to quality.
  • Process should be replaced with tweaking the way you do work or automating whenever possible. In the preceding point, the check can be done automatically with a simple script. Or, classic example, instead of having a designated person do integration builds & run unit tests before a release, rely on continuous integration server to keep it up to date all the time.
  • Also, checklists. I used to be very checklist/process-averse until I read a book Checklist Manifesto:
u/scooterdog · 14 pointsr/financialindependence

Qualifications: grew up in a very modest (i.e. lower) part of town, parents worked in blue-collar professions, and started buying a rental property in the 1960's, then dad passed away (with four kids). Now definitely intergenerational wealth, all kids went to college in STEM, parents in their 90's (step-dad helped build up RE holdings to 36 units) with holdings in the 8-figures. No I haven't inherited any of it (yet) but well into middle age myself, make very good money (and will leave it at that), and have a few RE holdings.

> I'll have manager experience. I'm also reading a book called "real estate investing for dummies" and I just finished "rich Dad poor Dad"

Good for you, I didn't start reading books on anything finance related until well into my 20's, and then I read a lot of very good books. I don't think much of Kiyosaki, frankly, but as Brian Tracy said 'to earn more you must learn more'. So don't stop, keep on reading, and especially books over blog posts and short pieces. Why? Books will have more complex ideas and more research to back it up.

Regarding your game plan: you did not indicate what you are interested in doing, and what you do well, and what people will pay you to do, and what the world needs. Take a look at this ikigai graphic. Not sure if you know that welding or sales is this for you, and of course there are other things you may grow into. But hey if you have a good idea that this is the path you want to take, good for you!

I came here to say about sales, few salespeople are on Reddit, they are very busy making lots of money to talk about it. In my own (technical) sales field base runs from $65K up to $120K with another 40% commission, but you need to have the right background (STEM college degree, experience as a customer, and aptitude for outside sales) so barriers to entry are high. So yes, six figures in your late 20's is achievable, and it does take a lot of hard work, no doubt!

Of course owning your own business as a contractor, or becoming a top welder, or tons of other things you could do, I know of plenty of people who do very well.

Regarding the end goal, admirable, and I say your thinking is in the right place. The road to FI is varied - real estate is a very good method (the way my parents went, they bought low and held onto their properties in a HCOL area), investing into index funds another good method (again read books like Boglehead's Guide to Investing, or another favorite of mine on the sidebar called The Richest Man in Babylon) The amount these books can make you over five or ten years is a lot. Over 15 or 25 years is huge.

> Even if I don't get to enjoy it

I see many piling on here saying 'you should enjoy it' but I didn't interpret this comment in that way. You realize it's a road not many take (too many live way beyond their means, and don't have savings / passive income / true wealth to show for it). Yes there's sacrifice, and it takes a long time to build up $1,500 in monthly passive income much less $15,000, but people do this and often you cannot tell. (For example, look up the book The Millionaire Next Door.)

Are you on the right path? Definitely YES. The path to financial independence starts with a mindset, and the fact you are asking the question puts you out in front of all the peers of yours who are thinking about lots of other things, which you know all too well.

Will you make mistakes along the way? Of course, we are all human. The important thing is mindset, and the great thing of being younger is that you have time to make other choices, and learn along the way.

u/The_Miskatonian · 12 pointsr/iamverysmart

Being a millionaire isn't. Most people who are extraordinarily wealthy typically have average to slightly above average intellect. A large swath don't even complete college. This book does a pretty good job of exploring the idea. Here is another relatable article.

u/frenchst · 12 pointsr/cscareerquestions

Three CS fundamental books in the order I'd suggest someone read them if they don't have a background in CS.

u/Serious_Feedback · 12 pointsr/FunnyandSad

Hey, you should read the book "Bullshit Jobs", which is about the exact phenomenon of people being paid for (and required to stick around for) non-work or fake work.

u/Throwaway_castaway2 · 12 pointsr/canada

That’s just ignorant.

No we can’t function as a society without childcare, without nurses...

We can totally function without diamond miners... without marketing... without creative financial instruments...without gasp mid-level assistant managers...

Social workers do a helluva lot more for society than corporate HR or Assistant management does...

There’s far more male bullshit jobs than female and they are far more taxing on society as a whole

u/HiccupMaster · 11 pointsr/Automate

I had to take a supply chain management class for my degree. Along with the text book the teacher also had us read this:

It's an allegory so it's not technical by any means but gives you an idea on how to think about all this stuff.

It's a really easy read, should only take you a day or two.

u/tuna_safe_dolphin · 11 pointsr/biology

Get ready to pounce and downvote me but yes, this is how I feel, especially after reading this book. The fact is, many (not all) of the drug companies, especially the big ones, spend more on their legal teams and their marketing/sales than they do on R and D.

Legislation passed since the 80's has made it a priority for big pharma to spend more time and money maintaining patents than actually developing new drugs. Also, I have many friends who work in big pharma, a number of whom have told me to my face that they would NEVER use the drugs sold by their own companies.

I wish there were more of a collaborative open/source type environment with drug manufacturing. But there isn't and there's way too much money involved. Big pharma and Washington are bedmates and fuck the rest of us.

For the record, the above book was written by a doctor not Jenny McCarthy.

u/gelderlander · 10 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

I was in a eerily similar situation in the same industry(not invited to meetings and excluded from company or team activities. Threats and bro culture was a bag of fun too...not). She needs to judge her situation carefully.

-Who can she actually trust? Someone in a higher position that she can confide in?

-Witnesses and documented issues

-If the company culture is douche-canoe and most people are cool with that nothing will change.

-Be careful with HR. Human Resources sounds nice but they are not your friend. I would make sure you have your ducks in a row and a back up plan.

-Think of transferring to another team or project that is less toxic. Ask people you know if there are any spots open.

Document everything and try to get things in writing. For example one commenter said she should ask why she is not invited to meetings so maybe she should ask that via email or with a trusted witness.
Personally I do not trust HR. EVER. My mistake was actually going to HR because a true corporate HR manager will always take the side of the company or people in a higher political structure. If you are attacking the company culture that has been established they really wont help you. Even with my proof and documentation things got worse and I knew that it was just a matter of time before they canned me for rocking the boat. So I peaced out muthfuckaaahs! haha

I wish I read this book before I took action:

Anyway. I am sure a lot of people will disagree with me in this subreddit(lots of HR people here) but that was my experience with a super toxic place where anyone who complained got the shit stick. If she wants things to get better she will have to go through HR anyway but just make sure she is totally protected and armored with documentation and proof. If shit does hit the fan she will have that as a weapon.

u/raziphel · 9 pointsr/TrollXChromosomes

He probably sees something of himself in the other guy, which is why they bonded and he got the position. That's just kinda what predatory people do. Especially manipulative, selfish, abusive people. I know it's a little bit of a stretch of the term, but I say abusive here to refers to the "willing to put others down to lift themselves up" destructive personality trait. Though less extreme than the standard clinical definition, "sociopath" fits fairly well too.

An example of this is specifically what you said: the boss tried to guilt trip you for leaving, but didn't ask you to stay. The only reason I can see here is to hurt your feelings, and use that demonstration of power and control for his own emotional well-being. But then... I'm an outside observer here and not a psychologist. I'm sure you could look back and find better examples. Yeah- you absolutely made the right decision, and I'd wholly encourage any friends still there to look elsewhere too.

Books like Snakes in Suits explore this topic, but there are probably better books available (that's just the one I'm familiar with, and it's mostly anecdotal).

I've had to deal with one of these vindictive jackasses for a decade now, but thankfully he's gone as of tomorrow. The guy replacing Evil VP is significantly more reasonable.

u/---sniff--- · 9 pointsr/todayilearned

The Checklist Manifesto is a great book on the subject.

u/healydorf · 9 pointsr/cscareerquestions

Do good work. Impress the right people. Be noisy, but above that know your shit.

Produce work that is:

  • Timely
  • Reliable
  • Easy for stakeholders to understand

    Read actual software development management books. Managing Humans and The Manager's Path are my top 2. An Elegant Puzzle is a good 50/50 blend of "managing ICs" and "managing managers" with sprinklings of TPM related topics.
u/monstehr · 8 pointsr/pics

throwaway (despite the name) is legit.

If you want to know more about the stock market and why index funds are where it's at, check out A Random Walk down Wall Street. You learn things like 80% of "managed" mutual funds perform worse than index funds. not only that, managed funds charge much more in the way of fees, effectively charging you more to lose money. He also investigates if the stock market is correlated with fashionable skirt length in women or the superbowl champion (yes these are real theories).

If you want to learn more about personal finance, check out The Richest Man in Babylon. To this day one of my favorite books. If you let money be your master, you will always be a slave. If you are the master of your money, no one can ever own you. fuck yeah.

u/NachoDynamite · 8 pointsr/personalfinance

The younger you start savings the better off you'll be. Even if it's just a little every day.

READ: The Richest Man in Babylon

READ: Rich Dad Poor Dad

Do this, and you'll be ready to be on your own.

u/licyeus · 8 pointsr/startups

I don't think development methodology is what you should be focusing on at this scale. Your focus should be on growing and fixing the org (I agree with other comments that you're probably too large to split by function rather than feature). Hire smart people and let the teams determine how they work best; most will likely settle on something resembling agile. Your role now is to set larger goals and let the teams figure out how to achieve them. Pick up

And stop churning on tooling: Trello, Asana, Jira, Pivotal... it doesn't really matter. Pick one, stick with it. Sounds like you're doing that with Jira.

Sounds like you're in a strong business with a good market. Good luck. :)

u/[deleted] · 8 pointsr/Foodforthought

The book Merchants of Doubt is an incredibly illuminating (and depressing!) read for how supposedly "objective" scientific claims can be bought and paid for by the highest bidder, with a little help from statistics and PR.

u/Clauderoughly · 8 pointsr/KotakuInAction

I can recommend 2

u/The-Adjudicator · 8 pointsr/ShitAmericansSay

>Once routine settles in, people become lazy, and laziness leads to accidents…

Exactly. This happens pretty much everywhere. Hospitals, airplanes, etc etc.

There is an interesting book regarding this called "The checklist manifesto"

u/beowulfpt · 8 pointsr/Unexpected

I see your point. Little mistakes can happen to anyone and some small slips can have grave consequences, that's why sometimes simple actions require checklists, given the disastrous impact an error can have, no matter how improbable.

Still, in this case, I maintain you're totally inept. This cannot happen unless you're still unlicensed, a noob training and not legally able to drive [in which case it wouldn't be your fault, as someone is responsible for your training].
Or, you know... if you're an imbecile.

u/_augustus_ · 8 pointsr/productivity

Not sure if really relevant, but in other fields where attention to detail is vital they use checklists. For example, even pilots who have been flying for years use checklists.

u/Tangurena · 7 pointsr/AskReddit

There are a number of books that I think you ought to read to get a better understanding of office politics and how to cope/deal with them. All offices have politicking going on, and any company that claims otherwise is lying to you. Any time more than 2 people get together, there will be some sort of jostling for power and attention. When that happens at work, we call it "office politics".

Your library may have these, and if you get them, read them at home. Don't ever bring them into the office.

Corporate Confidential. HR is your enemy, not your friend. Gives a number of examples of what will destroy your career with companies, many of which you (and I) probably do without realizing the consequences.

The Passionate Programmer. The first edition of this book was called "my job went to India". While aimed at programmers, the points are to keep your mind and skills up to date as technology and business move too rapidly to let things get rusty.

To Be or Not to Be Intimidated.
Looking out for number one.
Million Dollar Habits. I feel that these 3 by Robert Ringer are very important. If you think his first book was about to intimidate others, you only read the press coverage. If you think his books are about real estate, then you only skimmed them. There are a lot of people in the world who will try to intimidate you into giving up what is yours, and he shows you what some of them are like, and what countermeasures you can use.

The Art of Deception. Bad title - it is about arguments, how to make them, win them and tell if you're hearing a bad one. Used to be called "rhetoric" when Plato and Aristotle taught the subject.

Snakes in Suits. There are some evil people out there. You'll work for some of them. You will be stabbed in the back by some of them.

Bullies, Tyrants, and Impossible People. One book on office politics and dealing with some of the worse sort.

The Gentle Art of Verbal Self-Defense at Work. Some folks are very good with verbal manipulation, this book and the others in the series, cover how to deal with such people.

Winning with People. Most of the books this author writes are about managers and leadership. This book is more about people skills. It will be focused more at managers, but I think it is a good one.

The 48 Laws of Power. They have it. You want some. Light read with anecdotes. I like his other books as well.

Games At Work. Office politics.

It's All Politics. Yes it is.

Moral Politics. Liberals and conservatives, why do they think that way? You'll work with some of the opposite persuasion some day, so understanding where they come from is a reasonable idea. Most books on this subject are insulting and degrading, but I think this one is pretty much judgement-free.

> When I walk by him going to the bathroom, he will stop talking until I walk by.

Do the same. When they come to your desk, always brush them aside with "I'm sorry, I can't talk now, I'm busy working".

u/Cenodoxus · 7 pointsr/changemyview

Reading through your replies here, OP, I get the feeling that you're not really open to having your views on the subject changed at all. You're hammering a lot on the point that, sure, journalists might disproportionately vote for and donate to the Democrats, but that doesn't necessarily mean that their beliefs are detectable in their work. I get the uncomfortable feeling that you would not dismiss this behavior so lightly if journalists disproportionately voted for or donated to the Republicans.

But that's not really an argument. If you're looking for statistical studies proving bias, those are going to be very difficult to find, for the simple reason that "bias" isn't something that anyone can really quantify. That's one of the reasons that people tend to use data that's more easily measurable, i.e. the voting and donation records referenced above. For example, Federal Election Commission records from the 2008 election cycle show that, of the 255 journalists who donated to political campaigns, 91% of them did so for the Democrats. That's a little tough to ignore in any discussion of potential bias.

"But so what?" you might reasonably ask. "Just because someone's giving money to the Democrats doesn't mean they won't give the Republicans a fair hearing. Most people are honest and trying to do a good job."

Right. Most people are honest and trying to do a good job, which is one of the reasons why (as Tom Rosenstiel once wrote -- see below for why this guy is important) it's very difficult to get them to acknowledge they might be part of the problem. I would argue that nobody consciously sets out to provide biased coverage to the public, but when we talk about "bias," we're usually talking about things a lot more insidious and subtle than telling all of your readers to go vote for the guy you like.

I'll be blunt. I don't really think I'm going to change your mind here, but here are two things that I think are worth considering:

Here's something that I think will make a lot of sense to Redditors given the site's commentary over the 2012 election cycle. Michele Bachmann is a name I assume you know. If you don't, she's a Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Minnesota. Most of Reddit, which appears to get the majority of its news off /r/politics and /r/worldnews, believes (not entirely without reason) that she is batshit crazy and a menace to society. Most of Reddit is also entirely unfamiliar with Bachmann's tenure in the House and could not recognize nuance if it had two hands, a telescope, and a guide dog:

  • Yes, Bachmann is pro-life and voted against the DREAM Act and doesn't believe in global warming and thinks schools should have the right to teach creationism alongside evolution. Boo.
  • At the same time, she also voted against raising Pell grant limits for students because she thought the federal student loan system in the States is irreparably broken and should be run as a nonprofit venture (and she has a point), and voted against the Wall Street bailout because she saw it as handing billions of dollars to an incredibly irresponsible industry (and she has a point there too).

    Yay for nuance. So Bachmann has, at various points, been on or off Reddit's "side" with respect to issues, like just about every single member of Congress, but /r/politics generally only knows about the times when she isn't.

    (Trust me, this will become important in a moment.)

    Anyway, Bachmann ran a brief campaign for president during the 2012 election cycle and, like other Republicans, campaigned for votes in Iowa during the Republican primaries. Let's go back to August 2011 and examine the Ames Straw Poll. This isn't the actual primary, but the straw poll's still a useful glimpse at what voters think about the candidates. In the run-up to the straw poll, Bachmann got an absolutely insane amount of coverage in comparison to the other candidates, one of whom was Reddit's perennial favorite, Ron Paul.

    The interesting thing about this is that Bachmann and Paul are as different from each other as you can get while still technically being within the Republican party. While there are a few issues on which they share beliefs, they would take the country in very different directions were they ever elected. Ron Paul fans on Reddit were upset because Bachmann was getting all the coverage out of Iowa, and they felt like Paul was being overlooked. They were actually kinda right about that. Again, this is very difficult to quantify, but if you go back through summer 2011 news coverage concerning the Republican candidates, it will be instantly obvious that Bachmann dominated coverage before the Iowa primaries. She got the lion's share of national media attention, interviews, and editorials, with people alternately supporting her or wringing their hands over her status as a Republican figurehead because she's cray-cray.

    But then the Iowa Republicans conducted their first straw poll, and these were the results:

  • Michele Bachmann: 4,823 votes, or 28.6%
  • Ron Paul: 4,671 votes, or 27.7%
  • Tim Pawlenty: 2,293 votes, or 13.6%
  • Rick Santorum: 1,657 votes, or 9.8%

    And so on and so forth -- I don't think it's necessary to list them all.

    The most important part is that there wasn't really a statistically significant difference between Paul and Bachmann; Paul trailed her by a mere 152 votes, but Bachmann continued to dominate media coverage. In other words, Bachmann and Paul had equal levels of support from Republican voters in Iowa, but you would never know it from U.S. media coverage.

    So what gives? If Republican politicians with such hugely different views could be within ~150 votes of each other on the first significant poll of the election cycle, why was one of them getting so much more publicity than the other? For that matter, why was Bachmann being paraded as a Republican figurehead by the media when she had won only a slim plurality of the votes and not a majority?

    Was Bachmann really representative of American Republicans? Or was the media narrative of her as a Republican figurehead simply wrong? Does a Democrat-dominated media -- or at the very least, a media that is friendlier to the Democrats than the Republicans -- see Bachmann's views as the more easily sensationalized and exploited than Paul's?

    And here's our next example, in which I'm gonna point to someone else's words because he's someone we should really be listening to on the subject of media bias. Bill Dedman at MSNBC wrote an excellent article, "Journalists dole out cash to politicians (quietly)" examining this very subject. In that article, he quotes a writer and editor named Tom Rosenstiel. You may not recognize Rosenstiel's name right off the bat, but the guy literally wrote the book on modern journalistic ethics and the relationship between democracies and the "fourth estate." He is probably the single most read and quoted person in the world on the subject of journalistic ethics and the media's role in democracy and culture.

    Rather than quote everything he said in that article, here's a snippet: But giving money to a candidate or party, he said, goes a big step beyond voting. "If you give money to a candidate, you are then rooting for that candidate. You've made an investment in that candidate. It can make it more difficult for someone to tell the news without fear or favor.
u/PewPewCatbus · 7 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

A long time ago I switched work with my coworker sitting next to me to see what the manager would say to us regarding our work. He usually rejected my work but praised my coworkers. After the switch he rejected my coworker's work(that I checked in as mine) and he accepted my work(that my coworker checked in as his). I brought this up with my manager and he kicked me off the team and promoted my wat.
My female coworkers who worked with him had no problem with him and thought of him as a good boss and they were shocked to hear how he treated me. That made me think that it wasn't to do with my gender but probably more to do with me not being in his clique(which my co-worker was part of). Or he just didn't like me and was not professional enough to do his job efficiently. Sure the fact that I did the switch could be seen as starting shit or unprofessional but I don't regret finding out. I'm not sure what I would do if I could go back because I'm sure anything I did would have the same result.
I don't know the culture or dynamics of your office or team so it really could be anything. Maybe he is a sexist asshole or an unprofessional asshole....
I recommend the book Corporate Confidential.

I wish I read this years ago.

u/promet11 · 7 pointsr/Polska

Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future
by Martin Ford

tldr: jeżeli twoja praca nie polega na pracowaniu twarzą w twarz z innymi ludźmi to masz przechlapane.

edit: postępu technologicznego nie zatrzymamy ale jest jeszcze szansa tak pokierować swoją karierą aby jakoś dociągnąć do emerytury.

u/LuaKT · 7 pointsr/elementary

Here is a better quality image

These is the book list I was able to read:
In Hand: Broken Windows (Can't find specific book)
How to stay alive in the woods
The Lying Brain
The Psychology of Memory
False Confessions (Not sure specific book)
The U.S Army Survival Manual (Not sure specific book)
The Measure of Madness
The Book of Basic Machines: The U.S. Navy Training Manual
The R Document
The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement
Deception (Not sure of specific book)
Polyurethane Technology (Not sure of specific book)
Polyamide (Something)
Crime and Public Policy (Not sure of specific book)
Spectacle: An Optimist's Handbook

u/riffic · 7 pointsr/sysadmin

this might be a basic place to start.

Other than that, learn where your constraints are and exploit it. They'll keep moving around according to my recent read of The Goal, so keep trying new things to keep your throughput up. Be data driven.

Ignore at least half the advice tossed around in this sub as it might actually be harmful.

u/educatethis · 7 pointsr/The_Donald

Check out systems theory... best counter to critical theory. You will never regret reading this primer and if you are an extroverted thinker, you won't be the same. No ideology, pure scientific problem solving. Thinking in Systems: A Primer

u/Azsu · 6 pointsr/philosophy
u/Prince_Kropotkin · 6 pointsr/neoliberal

Absolutely not true. But you don't need a book to know that; have you ever worked in any kind of large bureaucracy? Tons of people are in commissions to set the names of other commissions and so on. This is one of the centrist dogmas that is most unbelievable to regular people. Of course huge numbers of jobs are useless.

u/TheSecretIsWeed · 6 pointsr/todayilearned

They're called sociopaths and corporate culture accelerates them to power quickly. There's several books on this topic like Snakes in Suits.

u/gordonv · 6 pointsr/LifeProTips

Came here to say the exact same thing.

The Richest Man in Babylon is a 200 page book. It's a fictional story about a couple of different people and their financial situations. It's set way back in history.

There are 8 rules to becoming wealthy.

u/DrPollak · 6 pointsr/Indiana

Good to hear from someone who was actually in the industry that I'm not too far off base! I think there is a widespread misunderstanding about the causes behind the collapse of U.S. manufacturing and the rise of the rust-belt cities. While cheap imports may have been what triggered the crisis, they were simply revealing inherent inefficiencies in our manufacturing industries that we ignored for too long. No matter how much we wish, we can never go back to way things were. Technology and economic development simply won't let us.

The real scary part is that if we fail to learn this lesson, we're going to be in for quite a few more rude awakenings in the future. A great book on the topic is Rise of the Robots by Martin Ford.

u/gapil301 · 6 pointsr/Anarcho_Capitalism

You both should read these awesome books:

Anatomy of the state

The Law

What government has done with our money

and finally:

The ethics of liberty

u/jone7007 · 5 pointsr/financialindependence

I got the Richest Man in Babylon! by George S. Clason out of college It was published in 1926 and is still great advice. There is also a free audio version here!. The book is written very differently than most personal finance books. The author uses parables to teach financial lessons. This makes it a great introduction for the financial newbie. The part that most stuck with me is:

"“A part of all you earn is yours to keep. It should be not less than a tenth no matter how little you earn. It can be as much more as you can afford. Pay yourself first. Do not buy from the clothes-maker and the sandal-maker more than you can pay out of the rest and still have enough for food and charity and penance to the gods."

I joined the Peace Corps after college so I didn't get around to implementing Mr. Clason's advice. For some reason, over the three year period I was out of the US, his advice changed in my memory to three-tenths. So since I got my first full-time professional job at 27, I have been aiming to save 30% of income. I haven't always met this goal but I have averaged saving at least 20% of my gross income.

This past May, I read Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence! which introduced me to FIRE. While I'm a little sad about the 6 years, I wasn't saving for FIRE, the savings I accumulated is a great start. The approach in this book has been very useful in figuring out what I am willing to give up in order to increase my SR and achieve FIRE sooner.

Edit: fixed hyperlink

u/TitanMars · 5 pointsr/fatFIRE

The Millionaire Mind is a book based on such a study you describe:

The Millionaire Mind targets a population of millionaires who have accumulated substantial wealth and live in ways that openly demonstrate their affluence. Exploring the ideas, beliefs, and behaviors that enabled these millionaires to build and maintain their fortunes, Dr. Stanley provides a fascinating look at who America's financial elite are and how they got there.

The Millionaire Mind

u/ramindk · 5 pointsr/sysadmin

Thinking in Systems

It's not about administration per se, but it is about systems by one of the top people in the field. I found it very useful in updating my thinking based on smaller systems that could be authoritatively managed to large distributed systems where you have less power to direct the system.

u/random-idiom · 5 pointsr/news

People who - when finding out they get paid way less than they are worth - want to make sure no other job gets a fair pay instead of blaming themselves or their employer for lowballing their wage.

It's amazing that humans are so petty they are willing to work for shit as long as they can point at someone else and say 'I'm better than that'.

Also - see this book on bullshit jobs
> The most socially useful profession is medical research, which produces $9 in benefit for every dollar that goes into it. Finance workers produce -$1.80 for every dollar they're paid.

Jealousy is a bitch and the free market exploits it - which is why 'rational actors' is a bullshit assumption to make

u/ReinH · 5 pointsr/AskComputerScience

I would look at three things: what is the impact of my work, how connected am I to the impact of my work, and where else can I find meaning in my work.

Let's begin with an uncomfortable truth. Most jobs in our industry are just not very meaningful in terms of the impact of the work itself. Most of us are not working on something that might (say) cure cancer or reduce poverty. There just aren't enough meaningful jobs to go around, so some of us won't be able to find one for ourselves. (This isn't only true of software engineering, of course. Many of today's jobs are bullshit jobs.)

If we can't find meaning in the work itself, I think we have to look for meaning in other places. I look for meaning in contributing to the success and happiness of my coworkers, and I look for jobs where I can work with likeminded people. I've found that this more than anything else has had a big impact on my work satisfaction and has reduced my feelings of alienation.

Also, as you alluded to, regardless of how meaningful the work is per se, our connection to the work can be made more or less meaningful. Feedback of the sort you are asking about helps us understand the impact of our work. If you can't feel connected to the actual impact your work has, you might feel alienated even if you are in some way helping to cure cancer. You should absolutely look for and ask for this feedback, as it will improve both your work and your feelings about the work.

u/Suzie157 · 5 pointsr/Conservative

After reading Merchants of Doubt, the science seems pretty clear that global warming exists and is pretty serious. Think acid rain, DET, and and the effects of tobacco smoke.

u/mncs · 5 pointsr/Journalism

The Elements of Journalism is a good place to start. The best way to learn how to write it is to learn how to read it. Find sources you trust, you know to be quality, and figure out how they put a story together.

u/akurik · 5 pointsr/Entrepreneur

If you haven't read it yet, I definitely recommend The Checklist Manifesto.

u/Ladarzak · 4 pointsr/

"The PCL-R has slipped the confines of academe, and is being used and misused in ways that Hare never intended. In some of the places where it could do some good -- such as the prison in the TV documentary I was yelling at -- the idea of psychopathy goes unacknowledged, usually because it's politically incorrect to declare someone to be beyond rehabilitation. At the opposite extreme, there are cases in which Hare's work has been overloaded with political baggage of another sort, such as in the United States, where a high PCL-R score is used to support death-penalty arguments, and in England, where a debate is underway about whether some individuals with personality disorders (such as psychopaths) should be detained even if they haven't committed a crime."

I see it used well here in BC, in the courts. Interesting how it's misused elsewhere.

Edit: Uh-huh, and that's what I get for replying before I finish reading. So, anyway, the article's from 2001! The book with Babiak is this one:

Still an interesting article, though.

u/manelsen · 4 pointsr/raisedbynarcissists

It's an empowering line of action, @mangababe, but that's when he could start gaslighting her badly to cover his deeds. Serpents don't like being exposed to the light.

@OP, I strongly suggest you read Snakes in Suits ( ). The book talks about psychopaths in a work environment; surprisingly, though, you'll find that it applies in many ways to narcissists in at home. It's all about control.

Serious TW: maybe you'll want to see Myth #5:

You should acquaint yourself with the concepts of gaslighting ( ) and general Victim Blaming ( ) and learn how to defend yourself if it happens.

Let's hope he simply backs off. Otherwise, you must know that we'll always be here, reachable, ready and resourceful. You can PM me anytime if need rises.

u/dksmith01 · 4 pointsr/Entrepreneur

You may want to check out One Simple Idea by Stephen Key. Perhaps you can create a prototype and license your idea to a large company so you don't have to build out distribution yourself.

u/kmmokai · 4 pointsr/RealJournalism

If they don't even get the purpose of journalism, have them read this:

u/--ninja · 4 pointsr/getdisciplined

There's influence from a lot of different techniques, but they key for me is having a checklist to follow so that when I start working, I don't have to think about it or make decisions. It's just mindlessly going down the list of steps I have to take and checking things off.

I picked this up from The checklist manifesto

u/GanymedeNative · 4 pointsr/CGPGrey2

One of them was The Checklist Manifesto. I read this one and really enjoyed it.

u/tenudgenet · 4 pointsr/BehavioralEconomics

When i first read your rant, I was a bit annoyed, but working through it, it became clear that you are pointing to some of the weak spots that a lot of other practitioners have also noticed. fx a lack of coherent definitions, people practising "nudging" without any idea of what it is, a systematic lack of knowledge of the psychology behind the interventions.

So please read everything below here with the kindest voice you can make in you mind. :) Text is a horrible medium for some things.

Realization #1
>He did a great job explaining that "Nudges" are subtle changes to the environment that do not require effort from the Nudger or the Nudgee. Indeed, they work implicitly by acknowledging underlying (system 1) psychological processes. Examples he gave were classics: painting a fly on a urinal, traffic stripes to slow drivers, defaults in organ donation.

I thoroughly agree that many people don't understand what nudges are. It's understandable that lay people don't know, as they have very little reason to care at all about it. However, I also see many practitioners and even academics that somehow comes to very different ideas about what nudging is, but seems to have no interest in forming or accepting a proper definition.

To this point I have to add that I have never seen anywhere, that a critical part of a nudge is that it is (1) subtle, (2) confined to being changes in the environment or (3) effortless for everyone involved.

At (1); there is several examples of nudges that work particularly because they are not subtle. Think of trucks backing up making beeps. A clear attention-grabbing nudge, using an audio version of the fly in the urinal. Not at all subtle though.

At (2); Changes in psychology, that does not stem from direct environmental change can also be regarded as nudges. People get a lot less critical of different ideas when they are horny. :)

At (3); There is a classic prompt for increased sales, where you are offered a complimentary good at checkout. "Do you want a lighter with those cigarettes?". everyone involved knows that lighters available, but still the sales increase when the prompt is in place. It does require continual effort from the sales person however. Better examples might come to mind later.

> Folks who worked in the NHS wanted to come up with structural challenges like figuring out ways to rearrange doctor's (GP's) check-up routine

This is a dream scenario for any choice architect to work with. If you ever read The Checklist Manifesto you will see that there is tremendous opportunity in structuring rutine tasks more.

Realization #2

To repackage and replicate preexisting nudges, is one of the most promising ways of figuring our what parts of the nudges actually works and in what way. As artifacts of the ways people process information and not the information itself, nudges are usually not sector specific, meaning, that the same ideas that works really well in tax collecting, might be worth a shot in healthcare as well.

Most people will learn some very valuable lessons about what kind of nudges that makes the most sense, when they have to test them. Having the experiment as an integral part of implementation of any behavioural intervention is whats going to change the world, by showing that you can do more than raise awareness or make laws, and that it will actually have an effect. The bad ideas will fade, and the good ideas will stand strong. :) (Hopefully)

Don't worry As a lot of people might be considering nudging a fad, it has been gaining considerable ground in the last 10 years, and behaviourally informed interventions is now fast becoming a part of the "standard" public policy toolkit. Because it has proven merits, it will remain in one way or another. However the name might change. :)

u/fuzzthegreat · 4 pointsr/oculus

I'd like to post just a bit of clarification on this expiration from a developer perspective - firstly with some addition details on the code-signing certificates specifically and secondly some speculation on how oculus got here.


Think of this scenario - you have an application that you built and seldom release updates, maybe once per year. Additionally, you don't have an auto update mechanism in your application so your users have to seek out an update. This means some users may never update, some may update every 3 or 4 versions, or some may update every version.

Even if you are diligent on keeping your certificates up to date, you can't go back and put the new certs in old versions of your software as the public key is baked into the executable. What this means is inevitably your code signing certificate will be renewed and some users will have software with an old, expired certificate. This is why the certificate timestamp mechanism exists - the certificate says "this executable was produced by ABC Software on 1/1/2010" but the countersignature/timestamp says "this signature was valid on 1/1/2010 when it was signed and verified by Symantec on 1/1/2010".

Oculus Speculation

Now, with all that said above one of the things I left out was the amount of details that go into building and releasing software. Many times these details are figured out once and then put into an automated build system such as TeamCity, Jenkins, or TFS. Many times when a process like a build gets automated, it gets handed off at some point and all the details that led up to its creation are no longer in someone's head. This can lead to details getting dropped or missed even when they're extremely important. More than likely the certificate signing is deep in the build chain and the details are obscured.

One important thing to mention is Oculus DOES have an automatic update mechanism in their software so deploying updated executables with renewed certs is much easier for them. This doesn't mean that their renewed cert gets added to their build chain but that they at least have the ability to push updates more regularly than my example.

Does this excuse Oculus? Not at all, but I don't believe there should be calls for people to resign over something like this. While it's an unfortunate outage, this is a great opportunity to teach an individual engineer (or set of build engineers/managers) and learn as an organization. Rest assured mistakes like this happen all the time especially when automated processes and approvals are in the chain without a checklist at the end of the process. One of the books we recommend to our clients when we are going through process and quality improvement is The Checklist Manifesto. For some insight into what might be going on at Oculus right now this is a great youtube video about debugging in production by Bryan Cantrill, a former Sun engineer who is now CTO at Joyent

u/Level9TraumaCenter · 4 pointsr/labrats

Exactly what I was going to recommend. Fantastic book.

u/lancelot152 · 4 pointsr/DebateVaccines

i think you just selectively ignore all the evidence presented to you cuz it doesn't follow your beliefs.

the only way you would change ur opinion is if you historically have a bent against govt and big pharma because you know history and you know how they messed up big time due to the greedy nature of the system

u/ScotchDream · 4 pointsr/Suomi

>mitä varten te ylipäätänsä säästätte

Ei täyspäiväinen työnteko nappaa. Olen järjestänyt asiani kivasti ja en usko että mun tarvii koskaan käyä töissä toimeentulon takia. Muuten toki voi käyä puuhastelemassa.

Jos vinkkijuttuja kaipaat niin lukase pari kirjaa:

Think and grow rich

The richest man in babylon

How rich people think

Seven strategies for wealth and happiness

Ihan sillee ympäripyöreesti avaan: Köyhyys ja rikkaus on elämäntapoja. On köyhiä joilla on vitusti massia (brittiläinen koditon lottovoittaja ryyppäs rahansa vuodessa, on jälleen persaukinen) ja rikkaita joilla on vaan vähän (vaikka miljonääri somaliassa voi olla vitun rikas paikallisesti mutta maailmalla suhteellisen varaton).

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u/womo · 4 pointsr/coffee_roasters

Time to immerse yourself in the world of Lean manufacturing and production. Good reading includes The Goal, and Taiichi Ohno on how Toyota learned to really manufacture efficiently, and anything written by Shingeo Shingo. Don't think "manufacturing" reduces quality, in fact if anything modern manufacturing concepts increase quality while reducing waste, and are optimal for small scale production such as roasting.

u/shadestreet · 4 pointsr/AskEngineers

You have a golden opportunity in front of you. You can either seize the opportunity, work your ass off, and transform both yourself and the company. Or, you can sit on the sidelines.

The more problems a company has, the more opportunities there are. Do you aspire to top out as a rank-and-file employee, doing your prescribed work in your cubicle, working for a company where you are completely expendable, collecting your paycheck and never doing much more in life? Or do you want to be an agent of change, grow to become a leader, and the COO in 7-10 years?

If you don't have ambition, than call OSHA, sit on the sidelines, bide your time, and complain about the problems.

If you have ambition, then devote yourself to your work. Make that company your engineering playground. You are young, this is the perfect time to reinvent yourself.

If you have ambition, here is what I would do:

  1. Buy a copy of the The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt. Order it today so you can read it over the weekend. You will probably want to refer to it, so buy it, don't bother with the Library.

  2. Get a spiral notebook and begin mapping out the company. Take a brainstorming session over the next few days. Articulate as best as possible the following:

  • What does the company provide? How do they get customers? What is their competitive advantage?
  • Org chart to the best of your ability - with quick summaries on perceived job duties
  • General process flows of the entire company. Start at a high level - Finance, Marketing, R&D, Manufacturing, Distribution, HR, etc - do this to the best of your ability. What are the inputs and outputs? This is just to give a basic idea of how the company operates. Regularly review and revise this as your understanding of the company grows.
  • Detailed process flow of the manufacturing plant. Group by department and note inputs & outputs. Capacities. Bottlenecks. Production sensitivity.

  1. Now the real work begins. Brainstorm every problem you can think of with the company. Take your lengthy list and then brainstorm all the root causes of those problems. And the root causes of those root causes. And so on.

  2. Take your expanded list of problems and jot down possible solutions to each problem. I hate using buzzwords, but make them S.M.A.R.T. . With your list of problems and solutions, apply a loose PFMEA scale to each to get a sense of how severe each problem is, how frequent it is.

  3. Considering your list of problems, your corresponding solutions, and the priority assigned, now you will go back through and assign costs. What is the cost of not correcting the problem? Lost throughput? Insurance claims? Turnover (costing money in training)? What is the cost of solving the problem with your solution? Estimate this all of this to the best of your ability. You will be coming back to this notebook daily in your career and revising as you grow in knowledge and experience.

  4. Now it is time to act. Take the low hanging fruit, the easy problems to fix with simple solutions, and implement them. If they need buy-in from management, get it. Learn how to sell your ideas. Make concise presentations and keep them accessible so you can at any moment be ready to give someone above you a quick improvement strategy.

    To be clear your management isn't interested in hearing problems. They want to hear solutions. They want to hear solutions with clear action plans, costs, and value.

    If you have the ambition and motivation to be the person to drive the change, follow the above outline. It will take a lot of work. You can't just clock out at the end of the day, get high and play video games. You can have some unwind time, but spend at least 2 hours constantly analyzing the company and finding ways to change it for the better.

    To close, let me be clear on one thing:

    >They have me doing a little bit of every job

    This is a good thing. I hope you realize that. Please don't have the "that's not my job" mentality. If you have that attitude, you have already limited the amount of success you can achieve in life.
u/obliviouspenguin · 4 pointsr/cscareerquestions

This one is pretty good: The Manager's Path.

u/EverForthright · 4 pointsr/antiwork

There a book by David Graeber (anthropologist and Occupy Wall Street organizer) called Bullshit Jobs that examines how productivity increases through automation have resulted in more pointless jobs, instead of a reduction in work. Definitely worth a read.

Don't glorify production/manufacturing jobs. I've worked in a handful of factories and the only reason half of these jobs exist is because it's still cheaper to pay a human to suffer than it is to buy expensive robots+engineers to oversee the robots. Mandatory overtime is common and the repetitive motion strain will ruin your body.

u/ukralibre · 3 pointsr/getdisciplined

Irvon plays on public fears, bulding career on the controversial topic. That's all. He did not do the double-blind placebo studies. What he does it bullshitting.

u/quakerorts · 3 pointsr/tax

Bush tax cuts made permanent by Obama. It's a tax break for the rich because our congress is all millionaires looking out for millionaires who in turn pay for their campaign.

u/Kwickgamer · 3 pointsr/iamverysmart

Of course! I study Criminology and Psychology in university, but obviously that's not a valid source.

Doctor Robert Hare is the leading expert on Psychopaths. His book: Snakes in Suits Is what my profs recommend for further psychopath reading.

Here's a great article on the topic by the Correctional Service of Canada.

As for use as a risk assessment scale this(doi: 10.1177/0011128705281756) article outlines the pros and cons nicely.
This(doi: 10.1016/j.ijlp.2004.08.008)article also points out a lot of the use of application of the PCL-R.

The second article in particular has some awesome sources that allow for further reading.

I also recommend this article from Doctor Hare's website. It's not peer-reviewed but it's a great article.

I hope this helps!

u/DataSicEvolved · 3 pointsr/videos

Last year I became obsessed with the concept of psychopathy.

I read Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of Psychopaths Among Us which is more of a general look at psychopaths. It talks about what makes them tick, how devastating an encounter with them can be and psychopathic children. It showed the more horror-film version of psychopathy.

Without Conscience was a scary book but the next book on psychopathy I read, Snakes in Suits, had more terrifying implications by far. Snakes in Suits suggests that the vast majority of psychopaths are not like Dahmer or Hannibal Lectar but are actually in major positions of power in large corporations at a greatly disproportional rate to psychopaths in the general population.

In short, SiS suggests that the most intelligent psychopaths are drawn to white collar jobs with extremely high stakes, earnings, power and prestige. They excel in these jobs because they're extremely intelligent, utterly unscrupulous, manipulative, able to read people's body language and they're smart enough to hide any tracks of ill deeds to avoid trouble with the law.

I couldn't help but think of that book when I saw this article. Sure, he might have just been having a bad day and taken it out on his dog but maybe it's something more sinister.

u/neffered · 3 pointsr/IAmA

'Snakes In Suits' is another interesting book along similar lines.

u/tuffbot324 · 3 pointsr/Entrepreneur

As others have said, you can get a provisional patent application filed. From what I understand, these are quite cheap. With this and a working prototype, you can start pitching your ideas to companies. There's some books out there that might help:

If you don't want to sell your idea, you might be able to do some fundraising with sites such as

Remember to do some market research and learn how to sell ideas and marketing. People have great ideas but don't know how to sell them. Do homework before investing your own money. Most products are never commercialized and only half that are turn out to be successful. Learning to do things right could save you a lot of money.

u/xampl9 · 3 pointsr/guns

HR departments are not there to help you - they're there to protect the company from the liability of having employees.

Anyone working for a company that has an HR department should read this book:

With that out of the way...

It sounds like this is a company policy, and not a matter of law (since no 30.06 sign). As such, you are unlikely to get arrested if discovered, but you will at a minimum get a counseling, which will nix next year's raise and/or bonus payout. Being fired is the most likely outcome, though.

Allow me to present a scenario:
You're in a conference room, waiting for a meeting to start. Someone asks what you did over the weekend, so you say "I had a good time at the range, competing in my pistol league." A short while later, corporate security stops by and escorts you off the property. You've just been fired. It seems that someone in the room felt threatened by your hobby, and called HR and made a complaint. And since employee safety is at risk, the official policy is to fire the person making the threats.

This was not made up - it's based on actual events that happened at BofA to an acquaintance of mine about 10 years ago.

My point is - you can get fired for any reason at any time, because both North Carolina and Texas are "at will employment" states. There is nothing you can do about it, except for one thing: Have a large bank balance to tide you over while you look for another job.

I call mine the "fuck-you fund", and it consists of six months worth of fixed-expenses (mortgage, car payment, food, etc) divided amongst 6 auto-renewing certificates of deposit. If I lose my job for any length of time, I know I can terminate the auto-renew, and get a monthly deposit that will tide me over during my job search, for the next six months.

Having this money set aside is enormously liberating. I know that at any time I can give the finger to my boss and walk out the door (thus, the name. :) I highly recommend you do this.

u/kelukelugames · 3 pointsr/Blackfellas

I'm a huge fan of corporate confidential. Retaliation is real, but if something this bad happened then the company probably won't risk it.

u/counttess · 3 pointsr/YoungProfessionals

I honestly think any kind of customer service. That is where I was able to develop a lot of soft skills. Volunteering for a nonprofit thrift shop or something like that would give you a good start and would be minimal hours.

In addition, taking on a leadership role in anything (a local chapter of rotary, etc.) can be very good experience.

That being said, a certain amount of soft skills will have to do with personality type and personal motivation. I was personally motivated to go out of my way to attain leadership positions throughout my high school and college years and have been overall successful with it.

One book I see recommended a lot is How to Win Friends and Influence People. Dale Carnegie has a lot of other books as well that pertain to your interests.

Also, my work has a special obsession with The Checklist Manifesto and The Advantage. The equity firm that owns my company requires all managers and higher ups to read those two books, so obviously they've got something going for them!

u/strange-humor · 3 pointsr/editors

Great book to read for this is the The Checklist Manifesto. Might also give you ideas of how to approach it. Details how this fixed errors in Aviation industry and Surgery. It is pretty short and full of good info on how to look at things.

u/woooofwoof · 3 pointsr/sysadmin


I've implemented them with my team, and we're starting to roll them out across IT. Each person figures out the best way that works for them, and then they've developed checklist for everything they do. One person on my team has a checklist for reading email, and one sending email, they are both posted next to his monitor. It's overkill for me, but for him it fixes one of his biggest gaps, e-mail communication. Previsouly he would upset almost everyone who recieved an e-mail from him, now nobody gets upset. His e-mail checklists address one of his gap areas, something that was becoming a career derailer.

u/kenjimike · 3 pointsr/adops

+1 for Checklist Manifesto (

Also Tim Wu's Attention Merchants (

and AGM's Chaos Monkeys (

edited to add that I'm currently reading "Predictive Marketing: Easy Ways Every Marketer Can Use Customer Analytics and Big Data" ( to get down with CDP's...

u/innovativesalad · 3 pointsr/sex

Humans as a whole have a shit track record when it comes to performing small, routine tasks reliably. That has little to do with intelligence; it's true for doctors, pilots, and everyone else, too. If you're interested in some reading, check out The Checklist Manifesto for a writeup on the efforts that go into getting people to remember to perform small tasks that ensure they or their patients don't die.

From that perspective, a contraceptive method that requires the user to perform a 30-second task reliably every single day is a high-failure approach. Studies I've seen that track pill compliance typically find that a great majority of users regularly skips doses, and younger users (who are unfortunately more likely to conceive) miss the most doses--several a month on average in some data sets. Perfect use is not a relevant statistic for a sizable majority of users.

u/wijwijwij · 3 pointsr/personalfinance

From 1926. You can probably find versions floating around on the internet. I don't think it actually talks about tithing, though.

u/leftyscissors · 3 pointsr/Frugal

> What do you mean by acting like a child?

Stop spending like a retard and fucking anything with a moist hole. You said in a different post that there are a lot of women, men and sex. Enjoy the STI's and superficial women who base your worth on the brand names you wear. You're investing in status symbols to put on a show for other people, STOP IT.

> Like where do I find investing and tax professionals? HR Block?

Dave Ramsey's ELP list would be a good place to start looking.

A little reading might be in order as well:

u/Big_Brain · 3 pointsr/exmuslim

I highly recommend this insight book for starters:

u/bwbeer · 3 pointsr/AskReddit

Take $6.99, go to the bookstore, buy The Richest Man in Babylon.

u/solidh2o · 3 pointsr/SelfDrivingCars

This is probably the closest I've seen:

There's several articles on the topic though, from a few different angles ( with a few links to studies in most of them):


One thing to keep in mind - there's three transformations happening at the same time. The first is autonomous vehicles, the second is the conversion to electric vehicles, and the last is the "Transportation as a Service" (TaaS) movement. All of these are happening at different speeds in different ways from different companies, but they all add up to a huge difference in societal interaction. TaaS combined with autonomous vehicles will ( In my opinion) be the largest driver for the type of change you're talking about - from no longer needed parking lots to shutting down the network of gas stations, the world of 2050 likely looks nothing like the world of 2010 in this regard. Los Angleles has 30% of it's space devoted to parking lots. If no one owns a car, those spaces can be reclaimed for something more useful.

u/ThisShitAintMagic · 3 pointsr/Futurology

Martin Ford. Even people who don't like his argument have praised the book for it's clarity.

u/finiteworld · 3 pointsr/collapse
u/shaggorama · 3 pointsr/cscareerquestions

Maybe checkout The One Minute Manager. It sounds like you definitely won't be in a leadership position, but if you've been out of the corporate environment it might be a good primer for what to expect from the manager-employee relationship. It describes how to be a good manager, but it does so through in the context of trying to grow a successful team and so reading the book should give you an idea of what it means to have a healthy/productive relationship with your supervisor. Also, it's just a good book on leadership: I actually received it from my former CO when I was a firefighter moving up the chain at my station, but it was definitely applicable at my corporate job.

Also, all that said, here's my biggest tip for you: don't just be a silent employee and expect your work to speak for itself. Interact with your supervisor on a regular basis. Try not to be annoying about it, but if you get an assignment, check back with them to make sure you understood what they need. If you returned some kind of project to them, make sure it was what they asked for. Don't be afraid to ask questions. Ask lots of questions. These interactions serve several purposes:

  1. They familiarize your boss with you, your face, and your name. You are not the only employee your boss is managing, especially in a call center. You are going to want to stand out relative to the other employees.

  2. These types of interactions make you appear engaged and interested in the task at hand.

  3. You will be less likely to make a mistake (and more likely to correct it early) if you check-in like this. but check-in with your boss even if you understand something. Don't worry, it doesn't make you look stupid, it makes you look like you want to do your job well. It seems weird, but really: sometimes you should even ask questions you're pretty confident you already know the answer to, just as an excuse to get some face-time.

  4. If you don't do this sort of thing, it's entirely possible your boss will literally have no idea who you are. I've worked in cubicle farm environments fed by temp agencies, and after a few years you sort of stop trying to learn everyone's names because there's just so much churn. You figure out quick who's names are important, and it's not the one's who sit quietly at their desk doing their job. They are probably doing an excellent job, but I wouldn't know it because without even remembering their name, I can't correlate the good work I see when I walk by their desk with the metrics I see on my department analytics dashboard.

    I hope I've instilled in you how critically important it is that you develop some kind of relationship with your supervisors if you're able. Maybe your call center will be different from the one at my office, but I doubt it. This isn't the military: the people who succeed are the ones who stand out, not the ones who fall in line and conform.

    Good luck with the new job, and good luck getting noticed!
u/bigbrentos · 3 pointsr/explainlikeimfive

I reccomend reading a book like "The Millionaire Mind" and "Dare to Lead: Uncommon Sense and Unconventional Wisdom from 50 Top CEOs." Not everyone plays dirty to win though difficult decisions do arise in any long-running, large business. I really came to enjoy "The Millionaire Mind" because it valued thrifty living and being honest and personable rather than cutthroat, cutting corners, and playing fast and loose.

u/Public_Delivery · 3 pointsr/Anarcho_Capitalism

private arbitration and private courts would most likely adopt a libertarian legal code. Rothbard wrote a book on it call "Ethics of Liberty". Here is the amazon link.

It is essentially Non aggression enforcement and retributive justice.

u/rismatica · 3 pointsr/Advice

We joke in my company that we have 200 5-person teams... which sort of gets at your point. Each team understands what it does but we have varying degrees of understanding of the whole. (But that's okay, there's a 5-person team whose job is to understand the whole.)

Most corporations borrow heavily from standard corporate culture, and that's how you most easily make such a large mass of people useful; you use what has worked before. I can look up job descriptions of my job at other companies.

If you really want to know more I recommend the book The Goal. It's a business management book, but it's written as a story so it's an easy, enjoyable read.

u/thedesijoker · 3 pointsr/Systemizing

I will recommend the book The Goal

It is a good read too along with Built to Sell

u/100redsmarties · 3 pointsr/Accounting

I really enjoyed The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt which is tangentially related to the accounting field (deals more with operational improvements).

I agree with the other poster that self-improvement and leadership-oriented books are also helpful. One recent one is the Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene.

u/hopelessdrivel · 3 pointsr/sysadmin

Lately I've just started reading books to help get my mind back into a happy place. If I'm burned out or frustrated, taking a half hour to read through a few more chapters of The Goal or something similar helps get me motivated again.

u/TheIllustriousYou · 3 pointsr/programming

If you'd like a digestible entry point to systems thinking, I suggest starting with "The Goal". It's a (contrived) story about a person applying systems thinking in the manufacturing sector, circa 1985.

u/tmorton · 3 pointsr/ExperiencedDevs

Is this your first role as a lead? You're adjusting to both a new company and a new job.

Some of these problems are just kind of "welcome to leadership" - for example, managing your meeting load is now a decent part of your job. You do need to be in a lot of meetings. You will also get invited to meetings that don't exactly need you. Figuring out what's important, and performing well in those meetings, is a big part of the lead's job.

I highly recommend the book The Manager's Path which has a section on the "tech lead" role. There is a sidebar that addresses almost your exact situation - a first-time lead that doesn't like the job. The author's answer was (very roughly) "yup, it sucks in some ways - that's the job." But the experience as a tech lead is necessary to get promoted beyond an individual contributor role.

Of course, there are also problems with the company. Every company is dysfunctional in some ways. You need to decide whether this company's problems are ones that you can fix and/or tolerate. It might be a good challenge if you want to level up your career.

u/Syndeton · 3 pointsr/cscareerquestions

I heard this book is decent: Manager's Path

Haven't read it yet but I'd be interested to hear if anyone else has read this book and used it for career progression.

u/kamihack · 3 pointsr/sysadmin
u/pcbo · 3 pointsr/portugal

Tens um livro muito bom para quem está a começar em IT e quer crescer na área, The Manager's Path. É uma boa literatura para quem procura crescer para Tech Lead, mas também para quem se quer posicionar como Specialist...

Idealmente tenta arranjar um mentor (ou mais). Alguém que te guie, que veja benefício em acompanhar-te e que te faça 1-on-1's com alguma regularidade!

Também depende muito do line manager que tiveres também e do momento da empresa / projecto em que fores inserido, às vezes os seniores estão de tal forma "atafulhados" em trabalho que não têm tempo para "mentorar" os juniores.

Curiosamente, vamos ter uma talk durante o Landing Festival sobre esse tema: "Upgrading for Junior Developers" (, aconselho-te a estar presente – vais aprender imenso.

PS: Boa pergunta btw, não é nada comum este tipo de maturidade em malta recém-licenciada, se tiveres interesse envia-me o teu perfil via DM.

Disclaimer: sou co-fundador da

u/SuperCharged2000 · 2 pointsr/POLITIC

We're told that the old crop of government agents were trying hard enough. Or that they didn't have the right intentions. While it's true that there are plenty of incompetent and ill-intentioned people in government, we can't always blame the people involved. Often, the likelihood of failure is simply built in to the institution of government itself. In other words, politicians and bureaucrats don't succeed because they can't succeed. The very nature of government administration is weighted against success.

Here are ten reasons why:

I. Knowledge

Government policies suffer from the pretense of knowledge . In order to perform a successful market intervention, politicians need to know more than they can. Market knowledge is not centralized, systematic, organized and general, but dispersed, heterogeneous, specific, and individual. Different from a market economy where there are many operators and a constant process of trial and error, the correction of government errors is limited because the government is a monopoly. For the politician, to admit an error is often worse than sticking with a wrong decision - even against own insight.

II. Information Asymmetries

While there are also information asymmetries in the market, for example between the insurer and the insured, or between the seller of a used car and its buyer, the information asymmetry is more profound in the public sector than in the private economy. While there are, for example, several insurance companies and many car dealers, there is only one government. The politicians as the representatives of the state have no skin in the game and because they are not stakeholders, they will not spend much efforts to investigate and avoid information asymmetries. On the contrary, politicians are typically eager to provide funds not to those who need them most but to those who are most relevant in the political power game.

III. Crowding out of the Private Sector

Government intervention does not eliminate what seem market deficiencies but creates them by crowding outthe private supply. If there were not a public dominance in the areas of schooling and social assistance, private supply and private charity would fill the gap as it was the case before government usurped these activities. Crowding-out of the private sector through government policies is constantly at work because politicians can get votes by offering additional public services although the public administration will not improve but deteriorate the matter.

IV. Time Lags

Government policies suffer from extended lags between diagnosis and effect. The governmental process is concerned with power and has its antenna captures those signals that are relevant for the power game. Only when an issue is sufficiently politicized will it find the attention of the government. After the lag, until an issue finds attention and gets diagnosed, another lag emerges until the authorities have found a consensus on how to tackle the political problem. From there it takes a further time span until the appropriate political means have found the necessary political support. After the measures get implemented, a further time elapses until they show their effects. The lapse of time between the articulation of a problem and the effect is so long that the nature of the problem and its context have changed - often fundamentally. It comes as no surprise that results of state interventions, including monetary policy , do not only deviate from the original goal but may produce the opposite of the intentions.

V. Rent Seeking and Rent Creation

Government intervention attracts rent-seekers. Rent seeking is the endeavor of gaining privileges through government policies. In a voter democracy, there is a constant pressure to add new rents to the existing rents in order to gain support and votes. This rent creation expands the number of rent-seekers and over time the distinction between corruption and a decent and legal conduct gets blurred. The more a government gives in to rent-seeking and rent creation, the more the country will fall victim to clientelism, corruption, and the misallocation of resources.

u/mohamedhayibor · 2 pointsr/TrueOffMyChest

Also 2 books I recommend are by Nassim Taleb, he talks about a guy, fat Tony. In real life, you want the BS detecting skills of fat Tony:

  1. Antifragile

  2. Skin in the Game
u/ConanTheSpenglerian · 2 pointsr/JordanPeterson

I think you need to take a look at Nassim Taleb's Twitter and read his book Skin in the Game to understand my point. As a leader, it's highly appealing to have imperfections and to lead by example. The net effect of this tweet is that Peterson's true fans like him even more and that he got additional publicity. This is why people don't understand how Trump won the election.

u/Kunichi · 2 pointsr/personalfinance

Get the book.
The richest man of babylon. This helped me lots with refunding the loans.

And read through it all and apply.

u/perrohunter · 2 pointsr/povertyfinance

Always save 10% of your income.
Figure out ways to invest your savings so that hey multiply

I highly recommend this book: The Richest Man in babylon

u/Indredd13 · 2 pointsr/personalfinance

Honestly I would just read Richest Man in Babylon and use the 10 / 70 / 20 principle they talk about. Use that through college and then when you graduate you can have a much more meaningful conversation about finance. (cause you will have money to use)

u/Swiss_Cheese9797 · 2 pointsr/Foodforthought

There's 3 kinds of incomes: A, B, and C income:

C - A job, the worst way to make a living. Working for another man trading dollars for hours. Slogan: "I'll learn to love (tolerate) what I do and live with what it gives me, at least until I save up enough money to strike out on my own."

B - Contracting work, a business you work. Trading dollars for hours still, but you work for yourself and set your own price. Example, creating and selling products or providing a service. Slogan: "I get paid what I'm worth because I work hard, make my own hours and prices"

A - Passive income streams, AKA residual income, a business that runs itself. Acquire a system of assets. Assets vary greatly and are generally built over time. Examples: Owning a rental unit, owning rental boats, owning a storage facility, really anything you can rent out is an asset, owning an online business that generates enough money for you to pay a manager to run it for you, investments in an institution that pays off high-yields, a copyright that leads to royalty payments, Or setting something up so others can make money, and take a small percentage (Facebook & twitter). Slogan: "Key word: Ownership. I've worked hard, sacrificed for the future, and made tough decisions most people don't. So now I don't have to work for money anymore... my money works for me now!"

Some books on how to get to Level A: 'Rich Dad, Poor Dad', 'The Richest Man in Babylon' Good luck out there :)

u/sharpsight2 · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

If your teeth are bad and the enamel soft, it suggests that your diet was or is poor. Studies of remote indigenous people early last century showed that even though they'd never seen a toothbrush, decay was extremely rare and crowded teeth were unknown.

The dentist who conducted those studies, Dr Weston Price, concluded that vitamins A and D, as well as an unknown substance in butter (now identified as vitamin K2) were vital for the formation of bones and teeth, and successfully treated dental deterioration and decay with a healthy diet supplemented with cod-liver oil (contains vitamins A & D) and butter oil (contains vitamins A and K2). Check out Ramiel Nagel's book Cure Tooth Decay: Heal and Prevent Cavities with Nutrition or, if you can't spare funds for the book, he's got a series of 3 YouTube videos on the topic. He examines the work of Dr Price as well as two other dentists.

Another item to be aware of is the post-metabolisation acidity of foods. Too much acid-producing food in a meal causes your body to raid the bones and teeth for alkalising minerals to try and restore a more neutral pH that the body prefers. Check out The Acid-Alkaline Food Guide: A Quick Reference to Foods & Their Effect on pH Levels, or this brief online list. While we need essential nutrients from acidic foods like meat and mildly acidic ones like butter, it's best to ensure the alkaline-food portion of our diet is the bigger part.

Another item to address your enamel softness problem is to avoid fluoride as much as possible. Fluoride exchanges places with calcium quite readily, and is stripping away the very mineral your teeth need. Excessive exposure (dental/skeletal fluorosis) leads initially to white marks, then brown stains, and in extreme cases, pitting and visible structural deterioration. Fluoride-free toothpastes are available, many based on sodium bicarb/bicarbonate of soda. You can actually use bicarb on its own as a tooth-whitening agent. Before you go using abrasives or brushing extensively though, probably a good idea to boost teeth strength with a good diet for a while first. A variety of fresh produce with lots of leafy greens (chlorophyll contains magnesium, another alkalising mineral involved in bone/teeth formation), and be sure to take daily cod-liver oil and butter and/or cheese.

Remember, your teeth are a window to your bones.. they are like the tip of the iceberg that you can see. You can't put fillings in, or whiten your bones with dental cosmetics: proper nutrition is the easiest and most effective solution for bone health. Eliminating from your diet highly acidic foods such as white flour/bread, white rice, white sugar is an important first step, and has other benefits (like reducing diabetes & heart disease risk).

Regarding your old fillings, I'm afraid there's no easy advice if money is tight. On the financial advice front I can highly recommend George Clason's great little book The Richest Man in Babylon (PDF version here). If you currently drink sodas regularly, as so many people do, one idea to try is to carry an old fizzy drink bottle with you and fill it with water. On every occasion when you would have bought a sugary acidic fizzy drink, put those few coins aside, in a jar or box, forget about them, and drink the water instead. Check your hoard in six months and you might be surprised at its value. (If not sodas, look for other small savings you can make - and then be sure to save the money instead of "dipping into" it!) If you can save enough for the filling replacements, in the interest of your health, have any mercury-amalgam fillings removed very carefully, and replaced with non-amalgam fillings. You'll want to find a holistic dentist, who will remove the amalgam using a dental dam and a proper ventilation system to protect both you and him from the additional toxic mercury vapour that will be released (in addition to the normal continuous de-gassing) when your fillings are disturbed. The filling replacements might take time to save for, but as a first priority you net to stop the rot, and that comes from fixing your diet for the better. Convenience and fast foods have a cost that is far greater than indicated on the cheap price tag.

u/damisword · 2 pointsr/Libertarian

Like a large minority here, I was a classic centre-right conservative while I muddled through high school. I didn't understand then, but I recognise now that the "right" part of me was the economic freedom part, and the "centre" of course was the social freedom. My view of the world was that socialism had failed, so I accepted and defended individual economic freedom. I knew governments were inefficient with my money, and wanted them to have little to do with me. Socially, I fiercely defended conservatism. I could see consequences that others seemed incapable of seeing. Marriage needed to be defended, because childeren were at stake. Drugs... I laughed uproariously every time someone weakly suggested decriminilization. Of course.. the only reason more deaths and accidental overdoses didn't happen were because selfless police were out on the streets at night stopping a horrible immoral and violent trade. At the same time I had nothing but contempt for "anti-capitalists". I opposed the wars fought by "our" enemies, but I supported all 21st century wars fought by America and my country. A strange blindness to hypocracy infected my life.

Through university I ignored the Socialist Alliance. That was the extent of my politics through those 4 years. I was way too busy learning facts and philosophies of my Bacheolor Degree.

In 2008, my second-last year of uni, I kept hearing the name Ron Paul. I saw him as some guy popular with liberal arts students, so I wasn't even interested enough to read more than his seven-letter name. However, at the same time, I started to see deep deep problems with conservatism. Firstly, in Australia conservative politicians are universally seen as economic masters, but even then I could see that eight years of Bush administration hadn't done wonders for the US economy. Meanwhile, I was growing up. I could see huge problems with the two wars our nations were fighting. Afgans and Iraqis had a completely different culture to ours. Where we applaud most compromises, Middle Eastern culture (not exclusively) sees it as a weakness. I knew that there was no real reason to fight in Iraq, and to me the Afgan campaign was the world's most expensive assassination attempt against one person (Osama bin Laden). To an economic conservative, that hurt my sensibilities.

My original fling with voluntaryism and individualism came via a book that was highly recommended to me. Called The Richest Man in Babylon, it is a book that explains how individuals produce wealth. I never knew this. For the first 20 years of my life I believed, as most statists believe, that society produces wealth, and the sneakiest people are the richest. This book showed me how my life came down to my own decisions, my own wisdom. In the first chapter, the main character (a master chariot builder) is told that he doesn't own all of his money, he only owns a portion of it. When all is said and done, he pays others to help him live. Only the portion that he keeps as savings is his own. That money can work for him.

It spoke to me of one thing above all else: In a free society, people have to help each other in order to survive. This was the pure capitalism I could intuitively see from a young age.

The first time I really found out about libertarianism was late last year. I was staying at a friend's house for holidays, and began reading a very balanced series of books by Richard J. Maybury. The first one was "The 1000 Year War", a tale of how foreign policy of myriad powers have brought us to a dangerous ground of tit-for-tat terrorism attacks and invasions. Mr Maybury didn't defend the US, and he didn't explain away terrorism as justified. It was a brand new idea for me. He seemed so intellecual, honest, and peaceable. This was what I wanted to be! I hated to feel self-righteous. I didn't care what my thoughts sounded like, so long as they were principled and worked better than the status-quo. I began to research further. Every night of research gave me hours of entertainment with very very smart tutors. There was Milton Friedman, F. A. Hayek, Learn Liberty, How the World Works Youtube channel, Mises, Thomas Sowell, Gary Johnson, Adam Kokesh, Ron and Rand Paul (I had finally discovered their platforms).

So now, after less than a year as a libertarian, I can see that I am still journeying. I know that Anarcho-Capitalism is the pure form of our principles, and I really want to reach there. I am a firm Minarchist-Libertarian who would like to one day join those ranks when I am firmly convinced. But we are all struggling in the same direction, and for that I am proud!

u/Graped_in_the_mouth · 2 pointsr/politics

There are a lot of people who took (and misunderstood) Econ 101 classes and now think their Anarcho-Capitalist/Libertarianism is sound policy. It isn't. It's incredibly destructive in the real world, and I'll explain why. I'll even put a TL;DR summary at the end of each point, for the lazy, since this is a goddamn wall of text.

People talk a big game about how "labor should be a negotiation between employer and employee", and how if you don't like the wage offered, you can "just walk away". Or, worse, how unskilled laborers should just "go to school and get some skills so they can be skilled laborers". These talking points all belie a complete misunderstanding of the phenomenon of market failure, and the ways in which real life does not always conform perfectly to the theory you heard in class.

First, labor is, in most circumstances, not an equal negotiation between two parties with equal leverage. When you have rare or unique skills in high demand built up over a lifetime of work and education, sure, you can afford to negotiate over your salary until you get what you want. You probably have a decent savings, and time probably isn't a huge factor.

For the rest of the population, the "negotiations" are extremely one-sided. For so-called "low-skill" jobs (people always mention burger flipping, ditch digging, etc), the prospective employee has virtually no bargaining power whatsoever. If a company offers you a wage, and it's not enough for you to live on, you can either walk away from the job, or accept it. There is no negotiation to be had. The employer has four jobs to fill and 150 people who want to fill them. Good luck.

Summary: Employment is a buyers market, and employees (especially those to whom minimum wage applies) do not have sufficient leverage to negotiate for a living wage, even if the job they're applying for creates a significantly higher economic surplus for the producer.

Which brings me to our second issue: time sensitivity. A lot of people who are, you know, alive, have bills to pay. - health insurance, food, shelter - and those bills can rack up quickly. Without a good safety net, people who are faced with the choice between taking an exploitative wage and, essentially, risking starvation, homelessness or illness, will choose the exploitative wage. Desperation causes people to accept wages that are significantly below the value of their work; as long as there are poor people, there will be a steady supply of workers willing to trade their labor at unfair prices because the alternative is unacceptable. This is the real leverage a company has against prospective employees: McDonalds won't go out of business tomorrow if it doesn't find a burger flipper at it's desired price, so it can hold out at a low wage until someone is desperate enough to accept. Job-seekers rarely have that luxury.

We saw this in spades before the minimum wage existed; people had their children working because if they didn't, they couldn't afford to feed those children. Do you think those workers had the opportunity to negotiate for a fair wage? Of course not. The employers had near-absolute market power (as they still do, the only exception being a price-floor on labor that limits just how much exploitation can occur), and the workers had virtually none. In some industries, there are decent unions, where collective bargaining is a real possibility; this is not the case for most minimum-wage jobs. Most people simply can't afford either the lost wages.

Summary: workers (especially those without high-demand skills) cannot afford to spend time searching and bargaining for better salaries, and often have no choice but to accept unfair wages or suffer consequences.

So, we've explained the unequal market power that disrupts the so-called free sale of labor, and the desperation that causes people to accept a wage below the value of said labor - which brings us to the next problem: education.

A lot of people believe that a living-wage should be reserved for only skilled workers. This has always been somewhat elitist, but was somewhat viable as a model back when education costs were reasonable, but things have changed. The ratio of tuition-cost to minimum-wage (you know, the jobs you're supposed to have while you get educated?) has gone up over 5 times, adjusted for inflation. Someone working a minimum wage job in 1976 could work for about 10 weeks to cover tuition; now, it costs 50. One can only afford to be a full time student if one is also as full time worker...except, once this money goes to tuition, there's none left over for food, rent or anything else.

Now, it's virtually impossible to work a full-time entry-level job while also paying your tuition. As such, students who want to "become skilled workers" are forced to take enormous student loans, some of which are fair, and many of which are not. Many student loan companies are extremely predatory, and the interest rates students are charged are very high. This not only means that a student is less likely to be able to afford school, but that they will be able to save far less money after school, meaning time is a larger factor

Summary: Education costs have risen disproportionately to minimum wage, and as such, "becoming a skilled worker" is much more cost-prohibitive than it was 40 years ago.

Fourth, we reach the issue of "lost jobs" - i.e. that "a job below a living wage is better than no job at all, and forcing people to pay minimum wage means fewer people will work."

This is an outright lie, perpetrated by corporate apologists and Libertarians misusing theoretical microeconomics and trying to apply it on the macro level to justify exploitation. Jobs are not disappearing en-masse as a result of minimum wage increases.

The second thing that most people fail to realize is that people will, generally, try to cobble together a living wage by working more than one job. If jobs pay more, people can stop working two jobs, and instead work only one; this means that job, previously someone's second, can become a primary job for someone else. The end result is that, as the study linked above states, there is no correlation between minimum wage increases and job loss.

Summary: Minimum wage increases are not correlated with decreasing levels of employment.

Finally, we have to deal with the question that no one on the anti-minimum wage side wants to address: social good.

A higher minimum wage, assuming employment levels stay constant, mean that more money ends up in the hands of the working poor. The working poor have the highest marginal propensity to consume, and economic measure of how much of a person's income is actually spent, rather than saved. This means that a large portion of these higher wages will be spent and injected right back into the economy, increasing demand for goods and services. This will, in turn, mean more profits for the corporations that supply those goods and services, meaning they can afford to pay those higher wages more easily.

This results in decreased overall poverty, which means not only a healthier economy in general, but a healthier society; crimes of desperation go down with poverty rates, and formerly impoverished people with new, higher incomes tend to reinvest them into themselves and their communities (as demonstrated by the Basic Income experiments in India), thus making America a better place to live in general.

You may be asking "but won't this cause inflation?!" The answer is "only a little". High inflation is generally only a major problem in economies that are either 1)printing money at an absurd rate, as in Zimbabwe and the Weimar Republic, or 2) are rapidly developing, and supply is struggling to keep pace with demand.

The United States fits into neither of these categories, and as such, a relatively meager increase to the minimum wage is unlikely to cause significant inflation in a robust, highly developed economy with a more measured pace of growth. Remember, inflation is not just "more money" existing, it's the phenomenon of "too much money chasing too few goods". If supply is able to keep up with demand (as it has in the United States for decades), inflation is a relatively small problem.

The major exception to this is the "stagflation" of the 1980s, which caused almost entirely by OPEC, due to the fact that oil became extremely scarce and drove up costs all over the economy without driving up wages. This was a completely different phenomenon from regular, run-of-the mill inflation, and unrelated to questions of minimum wage.

Summary: Raising minimum wage means less poverty means less crime and other social net positives.

There are, of course, caveats; yes, raising minimum wage can incentivize some businesses to automate more quickly, meaning that jobs will be lost. However, this is only a change in time-frame, since those jobs were going to be replaced anyway as automation becomes cheaper, more efficient, and more capable of replacing higher-skilled humans.

For more information, I highly recommend Rise of the Robots by Martin Ford, on the coming problems associated with increased automation, and the options we have, as a society, to solve them.

u/key_lime_pie · 2 pointsr/nfl

You probably don't want to read books like The Second Machine Age or Rise of the Robots then. Self-driving cars are the least of our problems. Consider what we're going to be faced with when automation replaces roughly half of all jobs in the United States over the next 30 years. Truck driving is already headed that way.

Anyway, I work in automation, and unless there's a major (like life-altering) change in government policy, we are all going to be proper fucked in a short amount of time. But at least we'll get there faster in our self-driven cars.

u/banachspacecadet · 2 pointsr/metaboardgames

> "only votes matter"

It was never claimed, and the quotation marks are unjustified.

> complete bullshit

Spoken like a leader. Proof by profanity?

> make your own

Maybe consider taking your own advice? This whole schism could have been avoid by creating /r/serious_boardgames or something, rather than modifying an existing community.

> I'll continue working on curating /r/boardgames to be the best board game forum I can

Nobody doubts that. What is being doubted is your ability to make a good one.

> cause some people to be upset while they get used to them.

This is not how to lead effectively. This is known as bad management. Read a simple book on it like The One Minute Manager or many others, and you will learn that what you are doing is a textbook example of how to do things terribly, and that there are much better ways to lead people. Here's a hint: part of it involves listening to people.

u/Epsilon_balls · 2 pointsr/metaboardgames

They recommended The One Minute Manager.

u/selv · 2 pointsr/sysadmin

I can recommend books.

u/yt1300 · 2 pointsr/Economics

Exactly. But the sediment prevalent in many of the comments, and in society in general, is that you need to have "x" to be successful. And that "x" is unattainable so you shouldn't bother to try. I disagree. The vast majority millionaires are first generation rich. J. Stanley covers this in a number of his books. And his blog.

The studies in his books are far more in depth but his blog post sums it up best. "Yes you do have a greater chance of becoming a millionaire if you attend the top rated school in America. But the majority of the most economically productive people in America did not attend an elite college of university. Success is more about how you focus your mind upon opportunities and less about your absolute level of analytic intellect. "

u/TheSingulatarian · 2 pointsr/personalfinance

You're going to need about 2 million saved/invested if you don't want to eat your seed corn (so to speak) and make that money last another 40 plus years.

You can invest directly with Vanguard, Schwab or Fidelity and avoid the sleazy bankers.

Are you in the military and have a TSP? It is a very good program. If you are working for a private contractor do they have a 401K and you should be investing in a Roth IRA.

I would recommend Four books to get you started:

u/jhnkvn · 2 pointsr/Philippines
  1. Habit and The Millionaire Mind are extremely good reads

  2. I'm fond of indian sitting
  3. Linkin Park and Eminem
  4. Very much
  5. I do take it into consideration
  6. I manage my own investments
  7. Be fluent enough in business Mandarin
u/txanarchy · 2 pointsr/Anarcho_Capitalism

Aggression for self-defense is acceptable whenever someone fears their life or safety is in danger. Someone pulling a gun on you certainly fits that bill. If a man draws down on you you can only assume that he intends to harm you physically and you are perfectly within your rights to respond appropriately. Verbal threats are much of an excuse for attacking someone. Now, verbal threats such as "I'm going to kill you" and menacing movements towards you are entirely different. It just depends on the context of the situation.

As for homesteading you'll see different opinions on this, but my take on it is whenever you've put the land to some use. I don't think clearing a bunch of rocks is enough to justify ownership of it, but it does show intent to occupy. Now, say you were to build a house and till up a section of land for planting crops I could safely say that what you have appropriated is justly yours (provided no one else holds a legitimate claim to said property).

If you want to get more information on these topics I'd suggest reading [The Ethics of Liberty] ( and [For a New Liberty] ( by Murray Rothbard. Those are great starting points and should keep you busy for a little while. You can also find these two books for free on [here] ( and [here.] (

u/reddsal · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

There is a wonderful book about process improvement from about 35 years ago called The Goal by Eli Goldwater that is written as a novel. Wonderful book - terrible novel: The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement

And The Phoenix Project - on DevOps is an homage to The Goal and is also a novel: The Phoenix Project: A Novel about IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win

Also an amazing book and a terrible novel. Both of these are great examples of the power of different learning styles. The novel format accommodates Socratic Learning (questioning) and is just a terrific way to teach what would otherwise be very dry subjects. Humans are wired for storytelling and these books are exemplars of that.

u/DataIsMyDrug · 2 pointsr/politics

May I stand on a soapbox?

Automation isn't that simple. Automating processes that are already flawed to begin with is worse than no automation at all - as all automation does of a bad system is just compound the issue, and bring in new constraints.

Basically - automation is a solution, but it isn't the only solution - in fact, automation should be the last solution looked at it - and your solution should be the last step in the process improvement.

If you're serious about getting into management, and you work with processes that you feel could be made better or automated - I'd suggest the following reading:

The Goal

The Toyota Way

u/SQLSavant · 2 pointsr/learnprogramming

Some of these are directly related to programming and some are not but are additional reading that touch on skills that most every programmer should have some concept or idea of.

I've read all of these at some point throughout my career and can attest to their usefulness. Here's my personal list:

u/Ardentfrost · 2 pointsr/technology

THE book to read about changing how you view optimization problems in general is actually a novel called The Goal. I read it about every other year. It's really easy to look at a problem and point at a symptom as the cause, and that's what the book really talks about. Again, it's a novel, not a text book, but it's so good, and a really easy read. It focuses on optimization in manufacturing, but the lessons can be applied to any field.

The math of optimization is actually probability and statistics. The formula you're building for a system includes variables that align with some sort of probability curve, and so the "answer" is what results in the best result over time, not at any given moment. What really describes all of this is called Stochastic Processes. Unfortunately, I don't really have a good book for you to just buy and learn that, but there appear to be quite a few on Amazon that cover the subject.

So, the first will change your brain, the second will get you down the path of nitty gritty. In my opinion, everyone in the world should read The Goal, though.

u/space_noodel · 2 pointsr/gamedev

I think that The Goal is a great book on business and management.

u/D_Katana · 2 pointsr/EngineeringStudents

If that one's too dry for you, you might try [The Goal] ( or Velocity- both focus on Lean and Six Sigma, but take the form of a novel instead of a textbook.

u/thedougaboveall · 2 pointsr/webdev

Management is not your only option. You can continue to work as a developer. If you feel you've reached your maximum potential at your current company ( no new problems to solve or no incentive to learn ) you may need to find a new role with room to grow. I say this with the hopefully obvious caveat that there will be competition at every level and you don't just get to keep growing your salary without being valuable to an employer.


You might be right about being a Tech Lead. I can't speak to your higher ups motivations, but Tech Lead is not necessarily a management position. It can definitely be more responsibility without more compensation. Check out the chapter on being or managing a Tech Lead in Camille Fouriner's book The Manager's Path. It describes the exact thing you're bringing up, and I would recommend it whether or not you want to be a manager.


Moving into management should not reduce your capacity to keep up to date with tech. You should learn at an exponential rate because the people on your team are all striving to improve too. If you read about an upcoming browser feature that would be useful on future projects, you can assign someone on the team to learn it and teach it to everyone else.

u/jetpackswasyes · 2 pointsr/ITCareerQuestions

Only the sociopaths like it. It's more about seizing control of your own destiny. You've got the right attitude to succeed. Best advice is to treat your staff like you wish your own managers had treated you at their stage in their career. I know you've already got a ton of book recommendations but if I can make one more, I found it extremely helpful:

u/Sigma_Beta · 2 pointsr/datascience

I recommend this book, if you haven’t already read it.

u/krobinator41 · 2 pointsr/AskEngineers

Check out The Manager's Path by Camille Fournier. It's especially oriented at people in technical fields, and has a wide variety of advice for people in all stages of management, be it a mentor, tech lead, first-time manager, all the way up to CTO.

u/NUCLEAR_FIRST_STRIKE · 2 pointsr/ChapoTrapHouse

techbros can be radicalized, everyone can, it's just a matter of finding the right talking point for them. go out for drinks with em, shoot the shit, build up a rapport. talk about how pointless you think product management is (never met a dev with a positive view of their nontechnical managers) and bring up some of the points from Bullshit Jobs. talk about how github banned iranian devs and how economic sanctions only cause collateral damage to the working class and how forcing people to starve is violence. there's an episode of chapo where the guest (@pisspiggrandad) talks about how he did it and unionized his workplace.

staying connected with like-minded people helps fend off the alienation (plug for the sci4socialism slack). i hang with a couple coworkers who are left-leaning and a few who are apolitical but fun to be around. loneliness and hopelessness just make it that much harder to organize outside of work where real material gains can be accomplished.

oh and take really long shits on the clock and steal office supplies.

u/Megatron_McLargeHuge · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Take a look at this book. There's a lot more to it than capital gains vs income tax.

u/Seele · 2 pointsr/climateskeptics

It depends. The default setting for reddit is that submissions below a certain threshold (I forget) simply do not appear. Comments and submissions can get downvoted to oblivion.

The position of the alarmists is that the matter is settled, and that anyone expressing doubt is trying to muddy the waters in order to further some nefarious agenda. There is a whole genre of books with this theme. One example is the loathsome 'Merchants of Doubt'

On the 'Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought:' section of the page above you can see other examples of this idea.

Edit: sorry for double post. bad connection.

u/HTownian25 · 2 pointsr/ChapoTrapHouse

Possibly relevant to your interests

> Graeber explores one of society’s most vexing and deeply felt concerns, indicting among other villains a particular strain of finance capitalism that betrays ideals shared by thinkers ranging from Keynes to Lincoln. Bullshit Jobs gives individuals, corporations, and societies permission to undergo a shift in values, placing creative and caring work at the center of our culture. This book is for everyone who wants to turn their vocation back into an avocation.

u/walker6168 · 2 pointsr/ludology

That was a funny solution a Cracked writer proposed to the whole debate, to free multiplayer games from singleplayer games so they can quit hassling each other. It solves some problems, creates others.

Technically my reading list moved away from game academia a while ago. I'm just a hobby writer, I don't worry about the same issues they do. I was a game critic for 3 years at Popmatters while I was in law school and I steadily got more interested in rule theory. That's most of what I do now in my writing.

I don't really know where someone could start with that...probably by studying systems. This is an outstanding intro book for it. Something bit more sophisticated on rule systems would be this one on how they are presented

I can start rattling off the legal philosophers but they are such boring old farts...Greg Lastowka wrote what is probably the best book on game design and law.

u/GlobalPhreak · 2 pointsr/politics

"Now"... ? "New data"?

Got some news for you from 2005:

Perfectly Legal: The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich--and Cheat Everybody Else

u/bennybenners · 2 pointsr/politics

Learning is fun

I also recommend this book

u/veringer · 2 pointsr/worldnews

Here's a fleshed out theory. The gist is that so many people have bullshit (ie soulless/useless) jobs that people with meaningful careers (like teachers) are viewed jealously by much of society. They are getting compensated both financially and with real actual satisfaction knowing they're making a positive impact on the world.

u/calvinhockey · 2 pointsr/slatestarcodex

Maybe this post on different kinds of risk can be interesting? It points at this book "Thinking in Systems", does it seem to be the kind of thing you are looking for?

u/ohiodsaguy · 2 pointsr/jobs

In addition to others saying that downtime is normal, there is also the bullshit jobs theory -


Some jobs are simply unnecessary on the whole and filled with nothingness.

u/iugameprof · 2 pointsr/MMOVW

This is a good book, though a bit old now. If you're interested in agent-based simulations, a lot of great work has been done since then -- I'd suggest starting with something like Growing Artificial Societies, or reading up in general on Sugarscape and the models that have followed it.

Both these and The Limits to Growth lead to "systems thinking," which Meadows wrote about in Thinking in Systems. That book in turn (along with many others) was a big influence on my game designs, and on my book about game design and systems thinking. Understanding how systems and games work together is vital, IMO, for building virtual worlds.

u/Steel_Wool_Sponge · 2 pointsr/BasicIncome

> I mean, if I hired someone to mow my lawn

If a feudal lord hired someone to mow a remote acre of his lawn and the mower, winking, reported to you that a wandering herd of goats had actually already got to it, who would you trust more to figure out whether the mower is worth what they're being paid - the mower, or the lord?

> I think the evidence is in their willingness to pay

Right, and that is the difference between our arguments and why it is wrong for you to try to analogize between them. I don't think the garbagemen know better than the mayor because they're being paid less: I think they know better because they collect the garbage. You however do think that a willingness to pay can be translated into knowledge about whether someone is worth paying.

> Maybe his book really does contain better evidence than he's alluded to in trying to promote it

Read pgs 1-2 (not i-ii in the intro)

u/Hynjia · 2 pointsr/getdisciplined

How about read a book? See if the experience fits how you feel about your job.

u/ok_asclepius · 2 pointsr/BlackPeopleTwitter

I'm not sure I follow how the politics is affecting the education. You're saying we have a group that is revving up racist propaganda and manipulating the poor, but I think what's wrong with education is more some of the things you mentioned later: that funds are poorly distributed, that there are a lot of bullshit jobs (theres a book about this) that suck up money, and that the core education system has been chiseled in a fashion that kids aren't learning enough in high school so now college is much more important.

America has no reason to be so low in the world rankings for education, except that it's a huge country and it's hard to make one system to fit all - i.e. we should allow people to do different things and value trades where you don't need a masters degree so people don't fall to the debt trap.

u/qwejibo02 · 2 pointsr/Career_Advice

Read Bullsh!t Jobs: A Theory for an interesting take on this. Depending on where you live and work, and what you job is, it could be really short. ;)

u/left_flank · 2 pointsr/metacanada
u/trekkie80 · 2 pointsr/cogsci
u/Zatzy · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Absolutely. A previous post of mine:

There is a lot about corporate culture that attracts and rewards psychopathic behavior. In this situation, it sounds like the manager would be rewarded and protected for keeping costs down and improving profit. This is a very interesting book on the subject (I'm not sure how to embed hyperlinks)

u/Mailman7 · 2 pointsr/jobs
u/hepheuua · 2 pointsr/explainlikeimfive

The claim that psychopaths are over-represented in positions like CEO, etc, doesn't come from an external analysis (or outside looking in) of their decisions made in the pursuit of profits or maximising returns to shareholders, it comes from a clinical personality assessment conducted on them as individuals. The same kinds of tests that are used to determine how much of the prison population may have psychopathic traits, for instance. The tests have undergone all sorts of validation and refinement before being adopted, and are part of a rigorous field of research, not just someone looking on and thinking, "Oh, hey, they make decisions that seem like they don't care..they must be psychopaths!" That's not how psychology works. You don't diagnose someone at a distance.

The thing is, psychopaths aren't good for businesses in the long run. They can be incredibly damaging, in fact. But the kinds of conditions /u/Lord_dokodo is talking about are often conditions in which they thrive, at least for periods of time before they cause enough damage that the often have to move on to another company.

There's a great book on the topic called Snakes in Suits which is worth a read.

u/dissdigg · 2 pointsr/conspiracy

I think it's similar to pre-Adamic vs Adamic man:

Edit: And if this information is too "out-there" for you, you can start with something less deep like: Snakes in Suits. There are a lot of people who are still trapped in thinking our material existence is all there is.

u/Tbbhxf · 2 pointsr/businessnews

Company management/mismanagement is one of my favorite topics to read about! Solid article. Thanks! Some solid books if you enjoy similar:

u/Capolan · 2 pointsr/IAmA

I know a lot about psychopathy and such, have taken the HARE assessment - and have my own mental issues.

I usually call bullshit almost immediately on these because generally they are bullshit. for some reason it is "in" to be a psychopath right now, which is sick as someone who has known true diagnosed people with psychopathy could tell you (me included in that)

I've read through the OP posts and I'm fairly convinced that there is definately some strong psychopathic elements here, shallow affect, manipulation and lies, an understanding of morality but a wanton disregard for its rules, culture and customs, violence of a directed nature, etc.

OP: here's the obvious ones -- 1. did he play with fire? 2. wet the bed 3. multilate or cause purposeful intentional undo harm to animals?

OP - you are going to have a problem getting a proper diagnosis as a fully functioning psychopath is clever enough to side-step most tests as they see fit. They "act" the part they need to at the time to best fit the situation, the ultimate cameleon you could say.

You would need to go to a therapist that is a specialist, that understands how to treat psychopathy and anti-social disorders.

Here's the interesting thing OP -- if untreated your brother sounds adjusted enough to understand how games are played and how to get what he wants and needs out of whatever "system" he is placed into. With this said - he probably could become a very successful "X" - i.e. whatever he wants to be. It is estimated that many high level executives particularly in the finance realm have risen to their ranks in part because of psychopathic tendencies.

Remember, sociopath and psychopath are thrown about loosely -- not all of them "murder" in actuality. Some make a killing in the stock market, some transfer the "kill" to closing the deal, etc.

Check out "Snakes in Suits - When psychopaths go to work"

Also - I Highly recommend Robert Hare's "Without Conscience"

u/Bhorzo · 2 pointsr/AskWomen

Many sociopaths aren't obviously parasitic nor arrogant. Many are VERY controlled and deliberate.

Most would say a sociopath is simply someone without the ability to feel empathy nor remorse, someone who has no innate desire for "socializing" - except when they can use it to gain something from others, and someone who doesn't value other people for any other reason than what resources they can provide for the individual. Yes, many sociopaths lie to gain what they want, and often if they are in trouble they will shift the blame to fall on other people - and they have no difficulty in doing so because they don't feel empathy nor remorse.

An interesting book on sociopaths in the workplace:

u/zhengyi13 · 2 pointsr/worldnews

Not sure how high quality the research is, but yes, there's at least some research as to the correlation between power and psychopathy.

u/Bullsfan · 2 pointsr/politics

I agree. I am looking forward to the post Trump analysis/movies/documentaries. I will especially like the world leading researchers in psychopathy to comment on where this guy fits on the spectrum of psychopathy. I think his rise to power is a bad thing for psychopaths. I'm hoping deep learning and inference in the AI field will be able to recognize the predictable patterns of these mutants. This shit needs to be eliminated from the species. It costs many people needless pain, suffering and financial loss. They are criminals on the loose. Great read or skim on the subject

u/BrandonRushing · 2 pointsr/Inventions

He needs to get a working prototype in hand, get help from a marketer for a sales pitch and get it in front of people from True Temper or Jackson(two of the largest wheel barrow manf). This is not something I would try to bring to market myself, but I would try hard to license this to companies with the infrastructure and retail systems in place already.

This is a great book on the topic by Stephen Key.

u/dbernie41 · 2 pointsr/Entrepreneur

Read One Simple Idea... it will tell you everything you need to know. I have read it myself because I am considering licensing something or trying to and it was extremely helpful.

u/ldsrhb · 2 pointsr/Entrepreneur

Just posted this ( and think it relates to you, too, TurtleHustler:

Read this book!

And this one:

If you don't want to run the business and manufacturing yourself do consider the slim chance of licensing the product. InventRight could help then. I think it ups the odds of getting a licensing deal . . . if the product is worthwhile. Too many think they have innovative products when it's, like, a disposable cat bowl.

Cover yourself with the right documents, too. NDA, non-circumvention, non-compete, you know the game.

The reality is most people will say they'll buy but how many would put their money where their mouth is come down to it? The first book mentioned does talk about that in a very enlightening, reality-inspiring way.

You could see about going the Kickstarter route if you need funding. I'd at least go patent-pending beforehand. Big companies can canvas that site often for ideas.

The Four-Hour-Workweek approach is a safe one, too, as far as market testing goes. Do read that book if you haven't. I'd test the heck out of the market before putting in the money you're certainly going to have to put in, especially if you're talking a regular patent and funding your own manufacturing.

u/losted · 2 pointsr/business

This book is a very good one on the subject : One Simple Idea

u/crgarrigues · 2 pointsr/Inventions

Have you checked out Stephen Key and his book One Simple Idea? I think that'd be a great place to start!

u/Teqonix · 2 pointsr/relationship_advice

In regards to the 'reason' you got fired - companies do this a lot of the time when terminating employees. There will be an incident (such as the one with your co-worker) with a resource that places you on an unwritten blacklist. Once an infringement of company policy occurs (no matter how small) - the resource will terminated for the 'official' reason. It's dishonest and doesn't allow people to grow from the real cause of their termination, but is done due to the overly litigious society we live in.

I reccommend reading a book called Corporate Confidential which will tell you a variety of scary things an HR department does behind the scenes.

I'm not going to berate you more for your mistake, I just hope things turn around quickly for you.

u/NinjaLanternShark · 2 pointsr/CatastrophicFailure

The book The Checklist Manifesto talks about how the air travel industry overhauled itself after some high-profile, avoidable disasters. It's fascinating, as is the rest of the book.

On the whole the book basically asks "How do normal people, who make normal mistakes, manage to do incredibly complex things, nearly perfectly, nearly every time?"

u/SonOfWeb · 2 pointsr/ADHD

We all want to do well, but we also all want others to think we're doing well. That's why it seems like everyone else is doing better: they're trying to make it look like that. They're managing their image. It's like Facebook, when your friends are only posting the good things that happen to them, and it looks like you're the only one anything bad happens to.

Unless you're a celebrity, you are your own harshest critic.

> Medical school, for me, has been a never-ending cycle of wanting so badly to be better, trying, failing, and barely making it to the next course.

Why did you keep trying each time you failed or nearly failed? What made you think it would be any different the next time? Here's my theory: because you believe you have the potential to succeed. That's the paradox of ADHD, the blessing and the curse: it's not that you try, fail, and assume you're just not capable. You try, fail, and believe that you failed despite being capable. This is the dangerous part - if you didn't fail due to lack of skill or knowledge or innate intelligence, you and others assume it must be a character flaw. This is why people with ADHD are often labelled "lazy" instead of "stupid." People look at a person with dyslexia, and it looks like they're trying hard but still failing, so they assume that person is stupid. People look at a person with ADHD, and it looks like they're doing fine for a bit, but then they just get distracted and stop trying - if only they had a bit of self-discipline, they'd do fine. So they assume that person is lazy and weak-willed.

Hidden in all these negative perceptions is an important but easy to miss fact: if it's not clear that someone has the potential to succeed at something, then people don't blame them for failing or wanting to give up. It's clear that you have incredible potential. You're in med school at 24 despite having ADHD and depression. You've accomplished a lot, and you know you can succeed. That's why you're hard on yourself.

> I have to believe it will get better. I don't believe it right now but I have to eventually.

There's a huge difference between not believing you can, and not believing you will. If you don't believe you can do something, then it's very easy to say, "why bother trying?" It's logical, if a bit defeatist. It's how many people live their lives, content because they don't think they could do better. If you don't believe you will do something, that just means you could do it, but when you try to picture yourself doing it, you see it just not happening, for some reason or another, and you judge your hypothetical self. This is a symptom of depression. All you can think of are the times you failed in the past, not the times you succeeded - in getting through high school, in getting through college, in getting into med school, in meeting your SO and maintaining a relationship with them (That's hard for people with ADHD).

Because you know that you didn't fail because you just aren't smart enough or clever enough, that means there was just something wrong with your approach. Try looking at one of your recent mis-steps from a detached, analytical point of view. Instead of treating it like evidence of some weakness of character, treat it like a symptom, because that's what it is. Put on your medical professional hat and scientifically examine what went wrong, as if it's someone else's experience.

Imagine a person recently diagnosed with diabetes. Maybe a kid with type 1, or an adult with type 2. They try to keep in mind their disease, but sometimes they get caught up in the moment, maybe at a restaurant with their friends, or too absorbed in their work or school, and they crash or spike. It's not that they're stupid, and it's not that they lacked the willpower to constantly mind their levels. It just happens sometimes, because people tend to assume they're normal, and it's easy to forget when everyone else can do something "the normal way" that you can't. The wrong approach is to tell that diabetic person that they can never participate in "normal person" things, that they must always eat at home from carefully prepared special boring meals and must choose a job, a life that makes it easy to manage their diabetes. No. You work with that person to help them come up with strategies that let them live life by dealing with their illness as just another part of life. It's just a slightly different way of doing things. Maybe they carry a little finger-pricker thing and some emergency glucose in their purse or manly man bag when they're out with friends, and they set up subtle reminders on their phone to check themselves every so often at work or at school. With the right support system, they can get used to it and live life with relatively little overhead.

Like that diabetic person, you can't pretend you can approach life exactly the same way someone without ADHD can. Someone else can say, "Oh, I'll remember that," and have a chance of actually remembering. Us, not so much. But that doesn't mean you're doomed to a life of forgetting important things and your license expiring or your rent being late. It means every time you get a bill, you ALWAYS put 5 different reminders in your phone to beep at you before it's due. It means when you get some important paperwork, you leave it paperclipped to your keys, or taped to your bathroom mirror, somewhere you CANNOT miss it. It means when a patient mentions a symptom, you write it down, and when your boss verbally asks you to do something, you ask them to please send you an email and then you write that shit down in two different places right then and there because you carry at least 3 moleskines or folded-up pieces of loose leaf or just ANY paper you can write on, and at least 5 pens with ink on your person AT ALL TIMES, and then you put a reminder in your phone or your Outlook or both to remind yourself to do that thing. It means that you take the Checklist Manifesto to the n^th degree. It also means you plan every day, and schedule time to plan every day, and set multiple reminders that hey, it's planning time for the next 15 minutes and hey, that's enough planning for today, you're getting bogged down in details.

There are so many of these little coping mechanisms mentioned in various books and various threads in this subreddit that it seems overwhelming. But once you have one in place, it melts into the background, and it's just there helping you, and if it doesn't work, you're not a failure, it's just not for you, and you try another, because it's worth it to have a life that's not consumed by your ADHD. You can be in crisis mode, or you can be in management mode, and once you can get into management mode, it just gets easier and easier. You don't remove the structure you created for yourself any more than a diabetic person would stop checking themselves and assume they know what low or high feels like; you just optimize your systems for your life.

u/cogitoergosam · 2 pointsr/DepthHub

Here's a good book on the subject: "The Checklist Manifesto" by surgeon Atul Gawande (M.D., M.P.H., FACS). He's written a lot on the subject of process and environment and the role they play in medicine and elsewhere.

The long and short of it is that checklists and repetition have huge positive influences on outcomes.

u/johnnycrackhead · 2 pointsr/sysadmin

I'll only advise on the "how to write checklists" portion, by recommending this really excellent read: The Checklist Manifesto

Seriously. I thought I was good at writing procedures until I read this book. Now I'm good at writing procedures.

u/kaidomac · 2 pointsr/productivity

>After a few dates we realised that we still love eachother and that not maintaining our relationship was the biggest mistake we made.

On this point specifically - I ran into a similar problem many years ago. Like 6 months into my marriage, the honeymoon period was over, as they say. All relationships have their ups & downs & it's super easy to feel like quitting when you feel like there's nothing left. We talked it over & looked at the situation & realized that we weren't dating each other anymore. When you're married, you're just kind of there at home all the time, so why go out & why put any effort into anything? The chase was over, you got what you wanted, end of story, right?

As it turns out, actively doing things together is what helps you bond & grow (this is only obvious once the lightbulb goes off in your brain, haha!), whether it's dating or moving in or fixing up an old house or having kids or whatever. The core thing that we realized was that we weren't actively planning out any kind of one-on-one time, so - as dumb as this sounds - we setup a weekly appointment for a date. We were both very busy at the time with our respective jobs, but we made it a point to carve out a date night every week. We alternated who planned it, so it was my job to figure out dinner & an activity every other week. That way, the job load was split, we both had to put some effort into doing something fun together, and it was a surprise what we'd be doing together on the weeks when I didn't have to plan.

Sounds pretty lame, but it worked AWESOME! It also opened my eyes to the concept of "plot vs. story", especially regarding checklists - checklists were the plot, the required parts, the engine - to keep the story moving; checklists were NOT the purpose or meaning of the story! It's super easy to get those confused, because using things like a personal productivity system requires interaction with the system's controls on our part, and we get duped into feeling like the system is the point, not the output of the system, which is getting stuff done & enjoying stuff!

Being kind of a free-range artist growing up, things like checklists & schedules were mentally & emotionally extremely demotivating for me. Mainly, they felt super restrictive. I didn't like feeling tied down to a schedule or locking out my options. As it turns out, in practice, that is not the case at ALL! As it turns out, living by checklists & alarm reminders is like having a secret superpower! One of the books that really cemented this concept into my brain was The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gaw:

  1. In how I experienced doing things
  2. In what stuff I actually ended up doing
  3. In my results

    I lived an incredibly reactive life before adopting a checklist-based personal productivity system; using checklists allowed me to be proactive & actively decide not only what I wanted to invite into my life, but how I wanted to experience things & what kind of results I got. The system we implemented in our marriage was pretty simple & outwardly boring, but had profound impacts on our relationship, because we weren't just on reactive cruise-control anymore, we were proactive about taking adult control over our lives. I've since applied these basic concepts to pretty much every aspect of my life:

  • Why am I so tired & low-energy all the time? How can I feel better?
  • How do you eat for energy & good health, while still eating for happiness & enjoyment? (macros & meal-prep!)
  • How can you do a daily workout at home & get shredded, without having to go to the gym? (calisthenics!)
  • How can I improve my relationship with my wife? (alternating scheduled date nights every week!)
  • How can I manage my finances in a low-hassle way & get ahead of the curve? (personal financial system!)
  • How can I easily keep a clean & tidy house all the time & integrate deep cleaning into that system so that I could spread the work out over time?
  • How could I remember to maintain my car through its regular maintenance schedule for oil changes, tire rotations, fluids replacements, etc.?

    The list goes on & on & on. We have to be aware of what all of our personal situations are, and then we have to decide how we want to tackle each situation, and the way we implement that, after the decision-making is done, is via trigger-driven checklists (in my case, mostly via smartphone alarms). This creates a shift from "bah, I have to do this" to "what do I have the opportunity to do right now?". For example, when I was in school, having things broken down like that into step-by-step lists of next-action items mean that I suddenly had the opportunity to knock out my homework right away & get it done early, rather than procrastinating & putting it off day after day & letting it build up to horrific levels of work, lol.

    So I had a very distorted view of what checklists really were & what they really meant in my life. I thought they were restrictive, when in reality, it was my own poor, non-productive behavior that was trapping me in crappy situations, like having to stay up late to do homework because I goofed off first & being tired the next day, or having my relationship drift apart because I wasn't treating it like a living thing & feeding & caring for it on a regular basis. All of which simply boil down to checklists with alarms, haha!
u/FliesLikeABrick · 2 pointsr/therewasanattempt

there are 3-4 books that I keep at least 2 copies on-hand of, because they are informative and I like giving them to people with no expectation of giving them back.

Ok this sounds like I am talking about religious texts - they aren't. They are:

- Normal Accidents: Living with High-Risk Technologies

- The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

- The Bogleheads' Guide to Investing

- The Little Book of Common Sense Investing: The Only Way to Guarantee Your Fair Share of Stock Market Returns (Little Books. Big Profits)


The first two are must-reads for engineers working in any kind of system, be it computers, electronics, mechanical, or people systems (project management, etc)


The last 2 I tend to recommend to people who think that reasonable investment awareness and decisions requires a lot of specialized knowledge and attention

u/shri07vora · 2 pointsr/medicalschool

Atul Gawande - Better, Complications, and checklist manifesto.

Sandeep Jauhar - Intern

Jerome Groopman - How doctor's think

Michael Collins - Hot lights, cold steel and Blue collar, blue scrubs

Samuel Shem - House of God

Brian Eule - Match day

Paul Ruggieri - Confessions of a surgeon

Emily R. Transue - On call

Okay so I was in the same position you are in right now. I wanted to read as much as I could because I truly found it fascinating. I read these books and I'm glad I did. These books just give you an idea of how hard doctors work and what the life of a doctor is like. Another recommendation is Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential. It has nothing to do with medicine but I read it and I think you should too. He talks about the life of a chef and how perfection and long long hours are demanded of him. I feel like there are some overlaps between the different settings. Chef/doctor and Restaurant/hospital. Anyways, This list should last you a long time. Hope you enjoy.

Edit: Added links.

u/Hashi856 · 2 pointsr/gtd

Well, if you're actively working on Mr. Smith's case or file or whatever, I would do the two minute task. As I said, if it's important to log your progress for a project, I would definitely do it. If you have a template that you use for many customers, I would personally create a checklist and then attach a copy of that checklist to every person's file. That way you can see whether or not you've done X or Y for any given customer. I'm a huge proponent of checklists. If you're interested, I would seriously recommend The Checklist Manifesto.

u/eclectro · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

> but there is no standard thing for surgery.

It's "below" many doctors. But this is not a new concept. See the book "The Checklist Manifesto."

It is estimated that at around 44,000 to 98,000 people a year die from preventable medical errors. Imagine an airliner filled with people going down in the French Alps on a weekly basis. Don't you think that everyone would put their foot down and do something about it?

But for some reason doctors and the medical establishments they belong to are given a complete pass.

u/haraldreddit · 2 pointsr/Health

Just a few points:

  1. they are "patentable", every innovative pharmaceutical or biotech product is.
  2. oncology business is already pretty big, they don't want to destroy or shake too much this booming market. That's why development is pursued to treat and not to cure.
  3. the majority of people expect to have magic pills for everything when actually everyone should be more or less capable to be their own doctor, meaning to have common sens when it comes to being healthy.

    You should read "the truth about drug companies"
u/ProximalLADLesion · 2 pointsr/medicine

Well anyway, you're right with your broader criticism. (Not sure about USA being worse than Europe. I don't know much about how things are in Europe.)

For more:

u/Erazzmus · 2 pointsr/SandersForPresident

Welcome to the dark side of Big Pharma. Trust me, it gets worse. If you'd like to know more, I can recommend Marcia Angell's book.

u/mindaika · 2 pointsr/technology

> Do you have a source for your first claim?

Yes: Me. Other than me, this book covers a lot of it:

I'm not saying pharma companies don't do any research, I'm saying that the majority of the research done leading to basically all pharma developments is done by people other than pharma companies.

u/exmachinalibertas · 2 pointsr/btc

He deleted the last part of the URL presumably because he thought it was some kind of PII data.

u/velatine · 1 pointr/IAmA

> the individuals had character flaws that combined with their position of authority and access to information, allowed them to do some pretty big WTFs.

I'm sorry you had to deal with all that damage.

I can't even imagine the levels of stress and frustration that you experienced.

"position of authority and access to information" that sounds like dismal system design.

I'm familiar with SoD (Segregation of Duties) which is intended in business to design a system with appropriate risk management and dispersion of authority to prevent theft and collusion. For example, different people in charge of custody of assets, authorization and recording.

The system structure changes results.

> Discussing an open investigation with everyone who will listen, that's not what is supposed to happen. Charging an individual with no evidence of a crime, and only pieced together "maybes" is not supposed to happen, not on the level of the charges they brought forth.

If there was no channel for recourse, then there was nothing to prevent abuse.

> A good person is not good 24/7, and a bad person is not bad 24/7.

I don't disagree with this. This has been demonstrated in psychology experiments, too.

But there is a qualitative difference in motivation between the 2 molds (neuro-typical and sociopath/antisocial personality disorder).

I am not a psychology professional. But a good book is by expert Robert Hare Snakes in Suits

I'm not against "low empathy" per se-- people can believe what they want to believe-- I'm into cruelty prevention.

edit: maybe it seems ironic that I said "cruelty prevention" in a hacker thread, but taken at face value krage28's story is more foolish than malicious.

u/randomnighmare · 1 pointr/marvelstudios

> here is no difference between a psychopath and a sociopath

Okay, thanks. For some reason, I always thought that a psychopath can't love because it is believed that there are a biological, psychological, social factors/history, and/or genetic differences.

And that sociopaths are made because of social issues and early environment. So, I always thought that sociopaths can at least have one or maybe two different people that the can feel something towards because they are at least (according to brain scans) like the rest of us.

Now, my understanding of this does come from this book:

u/ludovician · 1 pointr/Advice

Don't cover your ass at all times. Instead, find a company to work for where you don't need to cover your ass at all times. They're out there.

Also, all Linked-In recommendations are moderated by the account owner, so you won't be able to post anything nasty about him - and I wouldn't try.

+1 for contacting the person above though, especially if you're letting him know that there is a problem without necessarily wanting your job back. You might also want to send them a gift wrapped copy of Snakes in Suits.

u/aasdfrw · 1 pointr/AskFeminists

psychopaths make up 1 percent of the population-yeah that's scary stuff. I speculate that the only reason why you don't hear more about them in the media is because they disapporinately makeup the top one percent of society. In fact the guy wrote the first psychopath test wrote a book on the topic. People should be far more concerned about the fact that the people running our have a mental illness,especially this one rather then the fact they have a penis like feminists do. Yeah there are more ceo's then there are psychopaths however just take a look at north korea to see what a society run by a mentally ill looks like. I'd rather have all our ceo's be women then have even 1% of our leaders be psychopaths.

u/KingBroseph · 1 pointr/worldnews

u/residents_parking · 1 pointr/ukpolitics

Let's look on the bright side: we don't have to live next to psychopaths anymore.

u/hyphensprint · 1 pointr/Entrepreneur

There is a book on the topic that I am currently reading myself: One Simple Idea

u/kevinmlerner · 1 pointr/Journalism

Two of my perennial favorites, which I'll add to some of the terrific suggestions below:

  • 'The Elements of Journalism' by Kovach and Rosenstiel. Great grounding in the essential principles of the practice. There's also a decade-old online supplement.

  • 'The Influencing Machine,' a graphic non-novel by Brooke Gladstone, offering an easy-to-read overview of a lot of thinking about journalism and media, including a discussion of journalism's real biases.

    But besides those, much of the writing, especially on technology, gets old very quickly, so as other people have pointed out, books aren't always your best route. Get yourself into the social media conversation about journalism, where you'll find people like @romenesko and @jayrosen_nyu and many many other astute and intelligent commentators taking on the issues that are going to shape your career. But those two books are a solid foundation of the ideas underlying journalism.
u/timworden · 1 pointr/Journalism

Some good resources are the Associated Press Stylebook, the Elements of Style, and The Elements of Journalism. The Elements of Journalism gives some good tips for journalists like objectivity and truth. Good luck in your studies.

u/jchiu003 · 1 pointr/OkCupid

Depends on how old you are.

  • Middle school: I really enjoyed this, this, and this, but I don't think I can read those books now (29) without cringing a little bit. Especially, Getting Things Done because I already know how to make to do list, but I still flip through all 3 books occastionally.

  • High school: I really enjoyed this, this, and this, but if you're a well adjusted human and responsible adult, then I don't think you'll find a lot of helpful advice from these 6 books so far because it'll be pretty basic information.

  • College: I really enjoyed this, this, and started doing Malcolm Gladwell books. The checklist book helped me get more organized and So Good They Can't Ignore You was helpful starting my career path.
  • Graduate School: I really enjoyed this, this, and this. I already stopped with most "self help" books and reading more about how to manage my money or books that looked interesting like Stiff.

  • Currently: I'm working on this, this, and this. Now I'm reading mostly for fun, but all three of these books are way out of my league and I have no idea what their talking about, but they're areas of my interest. History and AI.
u/Hedgehogz_Mom · 1 pointr/bodybuilding

Checklist Manifesto

interesting as hell read

u/FountainsOfFluids · 1 pointr/LifeProTips

I mostly do this in my head, but yeah sometimes I make real lists. It's a huge help. Real LPT material. Lists are incredibly useful both in professional life and personal life.

Also, be sure to adapt this idea for your personal style of thinking. You can see in these replies that people have different methods for breaking down large goals into simpler tasks. Figure out what works for you.

Further reading: The Checklist Manifesto

Or listening: NPR interview about The Checklist Manifesto

u/DortDrueben · 1 pointr/movies

I just finished reading The Checklist Manifesto (Fantastic, I highly recommend it.) One section details the Miracle on the Hudson and credits it to a synchronized effort of a Team sticking to their checklists. Apparently when Sully and the co-pilot deboarded they looked at each other and said, "Well, that wasn't that bad." The author makes the point that we tend to celebrate lone heroes. The myth of the "master builder." One man has all the information and experience in his head to accomplish a complicated task. When the truth (and more importantly, saving lives) is about teamwork, management, and following a checklist.

u/kepold · 1 pointr/relationship_advice

nothing you said seemed like a big deal.

i mean, maybe you're a flake, idk. you sound pretty normal to me.

if you want to change it, then start making a list. use a list app like "any do" or something. and just write down what you want to do so you don't forget. get in a habit of doing the list.

read "checklist manifesto" by Atul Gawande

u/practicingitpm · 1 pointr/projectmanagement

I just use Excel, the world's most flexible tiny database management system. Work item, due date, assigned to, done date. If the checklist needs other columns, like checked by, it's easy to add them.

Have you read The Checklist Manifesto, by Atul Gawande?

u/pgabrielfreak · 1 pointr/news

Here's an amazing read on checklists: "The Checklist Manifesto"

u/JamminOnTheOne · 1 pointr/sysadmin

The surgical industry got the idea of using checklists from the construction industry, which actually has a really good track record historically (there have been a lot more botched surgeries than buildings that fall apart). Source

u/les_diabolique · 1 pointr/goodyearwelt

I probably have 50 or 60 books in the queue, i'm a bit behind!

I finally finished Zero to One by Peter Thiel. It's not a long read, but I've barely had time to read.

Here are some of the books:

u/LuciaCassandra · 1 pointr/explainlikeimfive

The Truth About Drug Companies How They Deceive Us and What to do About It....

You can also get the audio book from your library if you have a library card.

u/LoriousGlory · 1 pointr/business

I could get into more depth about it but there is quite a bit of debate on it academia:

Look into why Google and Facebook want to see developers Github accounts in lieu of resumes.

Anything Peter Thiel

The case against education

What they don’t teach you in Harvard Business School

u/dongasaurus_prime · 1 pointr/energy

I'm not finding any good links that really jump out like reading the first few chapters would, the amazon reviews do it justice though.

u/JCacho · 1 pointr/Economics

TIL Employer-provided health benefits are a scam... lol.

>the stock market and retirement funds have lost a lot of value in the last 4 years. full stop.

And yet they're on pace to recover and more... Also why are you talking like a telegram?

>why you oppose this notion so strongly? are you richer than warren? do you think you will ever be?

No and No, but I like to respect what people earn, as opposed to thieving it via the government.

>i thought u were in high school or college because statements like 80% of people can save 10% of their income. are u fuckin insane?

No, not insane. It's the truth. It's the premise behind best-seller books such as this one and this one.

>most people just cant save a penny, actually they are crazy indebted, go google some graphic about debt.

All that is saying is that there's a lot of people out there with poor money management skills. That I do not deny. All I've said is that 80% of the people are capable of saving 10%. Whether they actually do it or not is another story.

>go on. keep defending the interests of the rich. are you one of them?

Once again, no. But you said you were, so why are you arguing against what's in your best interest?

u/greentealemonade · 1 pointr/GetMotivated

wow thanks for the response! I've always liked books which helped to define strengths. I also find books that wrap thse ideas in a very creative and illustrative fashion better to retain. This reminds me of The Richest Man of Babylon.

Nevertheless thanks Wordslinger1919, I'll have to give your suggestion a good read =)

u/SwoleLegs · 1 pointr/IWantToLearn

Read this book:

Read this book

u/jpmoney · 1 pointr/pics

I traditional basic read would be The Richest Man in Babylon.
It is a collection of parables that lay down the basic ground work for what to do. It is not earth-shattering but helps with the basics.

u/ZeroTroll · 1 pointr/personalfinance

Because of how you worded your title, take money and turn it into more money, I'll recommend The Richest Man in Babylon. Its about the philosophy of making money. It provides absolutely no concrete examples but it does give you certain philosophical rules that you can learn about that will help you deal with the actual financial world we live in.

u/cwolfe · 1 pointr/AskMen

Richest Man in Babylon

The Road Less Traveled

Man's Search For Meaning

Things are already serious and getting more so but you don't know it. You're going to make decisions that are incompatible with who you wanted to be when you grow up without anyone saying a thing or you noticing. The foundation for being a good man is either solidified now or (as in my case) built amid the chaos of realizing I've drifted far from my self without knowing it in my forties.

All of these books are truly helpful but if you only have time for one make it the road less traveled. The first paragraph may change your life and stop you from being an entitled self-pittying child which, by and large, is how most of us enter our twenties and often thirties

u/TheRearguard · 1 pointr/investing

Here is a random article I found about stock simulators.

How do you like to learn things? There are tons of books, podcasts and blogs about investing. Here are some popular ones or ones that I have read and used

  • Books
  • Blogs
  • Podcasts
    • Money Tree Podcast -- pretty poor production quality but good general stuff.
    • There are tons of others, Google it.

      Warren Buffett famously/supposedly read every book in the financial section at the library by age 12--I think the important thing to take from that is you are still young and have tons of free time and aside from starting to invest as soon as you can (you can usually start as soon as you have earned income) you should be investing in yourself...getting good grades, figuring out what you want to do after high school, trying out businesses, learning marketable skills (e.g., coding, good writing skills, good interpersonal skills, good organizational skills, etc).

      Good Luck!
u/longlivedasset · 1 pointr/personalfinance

Read and listen to Dave Ramsey if you want to be "good" with personal finance.

If you want to "optimize" finance, then come hang out with us in r/financialindependence

Podcasts: ChooseFI, Afford Anything

Blogs: Mr. Money Mustache

Books: Simple Path to Wealth, Your Money or Your Life, Millionaire Next Door, The Richest Man in Babylon


Some pointers:

  1. Don't do what most people do. Chances are, they know less about personal finance than you do.
  2. Spend based on your value (within your means of course), not based on the percentage of income.
  3. Don't spend money to impress others.
  4. If you think 20's is time to spend every penny to have "full" experience, look at this chart.

u/Qarthic · 1 pointr/FinancialPlanning

I had the same issue for a long time

I suggest reading "The Richest Man in Babylon" - It's changed my perspective on savings, and wealth in general. you can find it here; (

Before you can truly save money you have to be in the right mindset, this'll help with that.

u/retlawmacpro · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Every paycheck, I have my account automatically put 10% away into my savings acct that's in it's own separate account so it's a little more difficult to get to. That shit starts adding up really quick, and I highly recommend it. It's amazing how easily you can live off 90% of every paycheck.

I learn it from "The Richest man in Babylon" which I also highly recommend :-)

u/amkestrel1 · 1 pointr/personalfinance

Welcome. One more - wish I'd found this as early as you're asking, but I think this book is foundational in personal finance: The Richest Man in Babylon

u/craywolf · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Buy a copy of The Richest Man in Babylon by George Clayson. It's $4 in paperback (used) or Kindle versions.

It's short, it's easy to read, and it contains all the basics of personal finance that you need to know. Even if you only take the first chapter to heart, you'll be doing better than most of your peers.

u/Sportsgrind · 1 pointr/explainlikeimfive

Really the jobs have been replaced with automation and technological advancement. Imagine you sell widgets. A robot comes out that cost a tenth of what you pay your employees but is 100 times more efficient. The benefits of switching to automation are staggering in this case.

This is explained in great detail in Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future.

u/findmeout888 · 1 pointr/portugal

Por enquanto a Inteligência Artifical é "estreita", ou seja, apesar de já poder aprender ainda não tem consciência de si mesma e é dirigida a funções específicas. Há todo um artigo deste livro sobre isso. Por enquanto estamos muito longe que tal aconteça. Quando isso acontecer, dar-se-á uma "singularidade" segundo Ray Kurzweil, com consequências debatíveis e imprevisíveis - imagine-se uma máquina capaz de condensar toda a inteligência e toda a informação existente que começa a auto-melhorar-se. Será bom ou mau para nós? Nem o Stephen Hawking é capaz de responder a essa pergunta.

u/entropywins9 · 1 pointr/nyc

>Except, empirically, it shows otherwise.

Actually, minimum wages have been shown to cause job losses:

The Berkeley study covered restaurant workers only. A different University of Washington study compiled data from all sectors in Seattle, and showed far worse results:

The University of Washington researchers found that the minimum-wage increase resulted in higher wages, but also a significant reduction in the working hours of low-wage earners. This was especially true of the more recent minimum-wage increase, from as high as $11 an hour to up to $13 an hour in 2016. In that case, wages rose about 3 percent, but the number of hours worked by those in low-wage jobs dropped about 9 percent — a sizable amount that led to a net loss of earnings on average.

Yeah surely the rents don't help, but if you make the minimum wage $100/hour, you will have fewer jobs. This is econ 101 stuff.

As for the automation replacing jobs thing, the experts on AI/robotics are mostly in agreement on this. Check out:

The Second Machine Age by Erik Brynjolfsson, director of the MIT Center for Digital Business and one of the most cited scholars in information systems and economics, and Andrew McAfee, principal research scientist at MIT,

Rise of the Robots: Technology and the Threat of a Jobless Future, by Martin Ford.

High-Skilled White Collar Work? Machines Can Do That Too NY Times article

It's not really a question of when, it's already happening.

Consider how:

Turbotax and automated payroll systems have replaced a significant % of accounting positions

Wall St firms need fewer employees because most trading is now automated

Highly automated Amazon warehouses means fewer employees are needed for retail and malls shut down

Law firms now need fewer new associates and paralegals due to legal software

Universities can hire fewer teaching assistants due to educational software

In the ports of NYC and worldwide a few engineers controlling robotic cranes have replaced tens of thousands of longshoreman unloading and loading ships

Many newer behemoth companies like Facebook and Google are worth far more than old guard firms like GM or Walmart but require only a few hundred to a few tens of thousands of human employees...

And technological progress isn't slowing down, it is speeding up. Think of the approximately 20 million drivers who will be almost surely out of a job within the next 2 decades as self driving cars and trucks hit the roads.

Yes there will still be jobs, but a surprising number of them are being and will continue to be automated, at an ever increasing rate. One cashier watching 10 self-checkout scanners replacing ten cashiers is a good example of the jobs that might still require humans... until you replace her too with a robot.

Neither tariffs nor high minimum wages will change this trend. UBI is really the only long term solution.

u/elbac14 · 1 pointr/Futurology

There is a terrific book on this exact topic that was also a NYT Bestseller: Rise of the Robots

u/n0xie · 1 pointr/AskReddit

These books are more work related than philosophical, but it changed the way I looked at work and to a certain extent life in general. I think everyone could benefit from reading these.

u/Yeaton22 · 1 pointr/sales

[Raving Fans] ( by Ken Blanchard is pretty good. The One Minute Manager by the same author is also worth a read. Nothing groundbreaking, but interesting nonetheless.

u/THUNDERCUNTMOUNTAIN · 1 pointr/Entrepreneur

The One Minute Manager

I cannot stress enough the importance of this book. You can finish it in half a day, I've read it multiple times. Such a simple and effective way of managing any team.

u/rednail64 · 1 pointr/jobs

Yes, study your ass off on management. If you can get out to a bookstore this weekend, go pick up either the Successful Manager's Handbook or The One-Minute Manager so you can study up on management techniques and be able to give some specifics to questions.

These might be available as e-books; I didn't check.

u/ergomnemonicism · 1 pointr/books
u/thebrokedown · 1 pointr/suggestmeabook

Not sure what angle on leadership you’re looking for, but The One-Minute Manager is short enough that even if that doesn’t suit you, you haven’t wasted much time on it. It’s a perennial favorite in the “business leadership” category.

u/tzvier · 1 pointr/AskReddit

I struggled personally with this question for about 5 years. I used to work for a huge tech company, with good pay and great benefits. Before getting the job there, I went to a college which had a partnership with this company. The company provided money to school, and school provided a steady supply of well trained workers. We had "ambassadors" come down from the company to sell us on how awesome it was to work there. My college friends and I looked at getting a job there as like winning the lottery ( we were from poor working class communities ). This was how life was supposed to work, go to college, get a good stable job at a big company with great benefits. Profit and happiness. This company prided itself on innovation and challenging the status quo which is exactly what I wanted.

After three months there, it became very apparent that this was not what it was all cracked up to be. I was overpaid and underutilized. I spent most of my time performing mundane tasks that require little or no thought, except for strict adherence to procedure. This shook my world view to the core. I had done what society said was the path to success, and was miserable. So I began researching and soul searching to figure out what I wanted to do with my life, and how I wanted to live it. Time and time again I encountered advice that said follow your passion. It seemed to be everywhere I looked, and I'd like to share some of the major things that inspired me to do just that:

An interview with Demetri Martin: At around the 10 minute mark he talks about his choice to leave law school and become a comic. The big quote for me was, "Ok...when I wake up in the morning, what activities would I look forward to doing...what, physically, could I spend my time on, that I get excited about...[and] how can I get money for that." That seemed like a pretty good formula for happiness.

Several TED Talks:

Dan Pink on Motivation: This whole talk. I wanted to work for or build a company that accepts and utilizes this research.

Cameron Herold on Entrepreneurs: This whole talk, but one of the primary things for me is at the beginning where he talks about the bad idea of getting a tutor in French as a child, which he sucks still at, instead of getting a tutor in speaking, which he is great at. Basically, play to your strengths to get exponential returns on effort, instead of clawing to work on things you suck at to make minimal returns on effort.

Chip Conely: Measuring what matters.

Gary Vaynerchuck: Do what you love.

The book The Millionaire Mind: Main concept for me, follow your passion and the money will follow. The thought being, if you care about something, you will work harder at, producing a better quality product or service than something you only marginally care about.

And probably one of the biggest things was my grandfather. He has ran his own business for longer than I have been alive. He absolutely loves what he does and gets paid very well to do it. He is constantly winning awards for his work. If you ever brought up retirement to him, he'd respond by saying, "What else would I do with my time? I love my work, I'll never retire, I may slow down, but I'll never retire."

Currently my life is a personal experiment to test whether or not following your passions will pay off, and if it doesn't at least I know the following quote won't apply to me: "I do not regret the things I've done, but those I did not do."

TL;DR: Follow your passion!

u/cheezewall · 1 pointr/personalfinance

probably not exactly what you're looking for, but

u/spokomptonjdub · 1 pointr/CapitalismVSocialism

>I really don't buy that one's wealth can indicate so much about an individual's character.

It very well may be that it's not necessarily "wealth" that indicates these tendencies, but rather these tendencies seem to correlate with a higher likelihood of attaining that higher level of wealth at some point. From the research that I've seen, these tendencies are present in the majority of the test sample.

>I have a feeling that socioeconomic status of your family is much more important than whether or not they are 'excessively educated".

It could. I think the level of education point was meant to demonstrate either:

  • Concordant with their tendencies towards entrepreneurship and working more hours, they value entering the market as soon as possible at the expense of further education, and seem to view a bachelor's degree as the minimum bar to clear before "getting to work."

  • Concordant with their tendencies towards frugality and heavier emphasis on financial planning, they generally view continued education beyond the minimum as a poor return on investment.

    It's not really clear, unfortunately. The research on this topic is not particularly deep or ubiquitous, and is primarily reliant on what's effectively a census -- it's not as a result of controlled experiments or peer-reviewed psychology materials. It's demographics, polling, and interviews, which can establish trends and correlations but not the full explanation of the "why" behind it.

    Additionally, these tendencies are simple majority percentages, and while some show very clear trends (hours worked, age, level of education, starting economic class, etc) in the form of very high percentages, others are in the 55-60% range, which is not always indicative of a trend and could be in the margin of error for any conclusions that might be drawn.

    >Have a source for all those stats?

    There's a few. To be fair most of this is recalling my notes from a freelance article I did 6-7 years ago on the traits of millionaires. I used these two books and an aggregate of data I found on Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and a few others. As I stated earlier in my post, the data and the methods behind it appear to be sound, but they don't provide the amount of depth that I'd prefer.

    >The rate of millionaires who are 3 generations of less removed from an immigrant has no bearing on how likely everyone else is to become one, unless you are assuming there is a fixed amount of millionaires in the U.S. or those are two separate statistics.

    I may have misrepresented that one, or at least worded it poorly. The research showed that people whose grandparents or parents were immigrants to US achieved millionaire status at a higher rate than those who came from families that have been present in the US for longer than 3 generations.

    Overall, even if the research isn't perfect, it still seems to clearly demonstrate to me that the incentives behind work are far more complex than what OP posited.
u/lcoursey · 1 pointr/AdviceAnimals

Anyone wondering about wealth:

Read The Millionaire Mind

Read Rich Dad, Poor Dad

Read The Millionaire Next Door

These books highlight the differences in how people talk to their children about wealth.

u/Buzzkill48074 · 1 pointr/Libertarian

I listen to his shows all the time and overall I like him. He is pushing a very important conversation in a very public way.

His positions are similar or parallel with [Anarcho_Capitalism] ( or [volunteerism] (

These lines of thought are the blistering center of libertarian thought. If you want to take a serious study of libertarianism this area must be explored.

These books are great and will change the way you look at the world forever. I consider these to be the Red pill. I know it sounds corny but I am serious.

u/LovableMisfit · 1 pointr/Anarcho_Capitalism

I would recommend one of three books to persuade your friend (you can read more about them to choose what you think may be the best). Hope you find a decent gift among the list:

  • Democracy, The God that Failed, by Hoppe is an excellent read that shows how the state always slides into failure. Primarily a western critique, it can apply to Marxism easily as a whole. More historical, rather than an ethical critique, however.

  • The Ethics of Liberty, again by Hoppe demonstrates how free associate is the most ethical way to organize society, even if Marxism could work.

  • Mixing it up a little, For a New Liberty: The Libertarian Manifesto, this time by Rothbard explains an Anarcho-Capitalist's perspective on ethics. While it does not explicitly show the downfalls of collectivism, it would be good for her to help understand our view of society.
u/napjerks · 1 pointr/ExistentialTherapy

Thanks for posting this lecture introducing his at the time new book When Nietzsche Wept (2011).

In the lecture the story he starts with - the tale of the two healers from Hermann Hesse’s Magister Ludi - who find each other is a great way to start a talk as it kept me listening.

I only have his Existential Psychotherapy and it reads more like a text book. Explaining through prose, or teaching by telling a story, like the book Fish or The Goal is a very entertaining way to learn something and that appears to be what he's doing with When Nietzsche Wept.

Apparently he brings up the tale of the two teachers again later in The Gift of Therapy in 2013.

u/Cola_Doc · 1 pointr/CFBOffTopic
  1. Read The Goal

  2. Look for Herbie

  3. ???

  4. Profit
u/sowbug · 1 pointr/teslamotors

If you find this process stuff interesting, read The Goal:

u/attractivetb · 1 pointr/CGPGrey "The Goal" by Eli Goldratt - Very easy read, I loved it. There will be plenty to criticize too!

u/IwantaModel3 · 1 pointr/teslamotors

I don't know what the source you linked to is thinking, but reducing inventory does not decrease risk, it increases it. Just think, I keep 100 widgets of inventory, and use 20 every day. That means that if something happens in the supply chain, and I don't receive any shipments of that product, the production line can continue running for 5 days. On the other hand, if I keep 20 units in inventory, I am relying on a shipment every single day, or else my entire production shuts down. There are several videos on Youtube with Elon talking about the the production line shutting down because of random supply chain issues. Most of those happened a couple of years ago, but it is a concern when you run a very lean operation. That is extremely risky. Reducing inventory does reduce costs, which is probably why they do it.

Also, I wouldn't trust any source that tries to sell you a product at the end.

> TradeGecko makes world class inventory, order, and supply chain management software for SMEs to help them grow their business. In fact, we support multi warehouse and multi currency functions because we know that many SMEs run global businesses. Our software helps businesses manage their inventory in a way that best suits their practices and objectives - whether it’s Tesla’s lean inventory management model or otherwise.

If you haven't read The Goal by Eliyahu Goldratt, I highly recommend it.

For more Tesla specific things to look into, Elon has mentioned bringing in the capability to produce the majority of the components in the car, even if they continue to typically buy the components from outside vendors, it will give them the capacity to get over a supply chain issue.

u/Gary32790 · 1 pointr/engineering

The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement - Eliyahu M. Goldratt. A very interesting way of describing manufacturing and other processes to everyday things that most people can relate to. Definitely a must read for anyone who will be going into process engineering or will be an engineer for a manufacturing company.

u/PaperHammer · 1 pointr/cscareerquestions

The Managers Path might be worth a look.

u/sam__izdat · 1 pointr/Showerthoughts


  • "... a huge portion of silly bureaucratic, managerial, etc jobs would just vanish"
  • "There is no economic reason for them to exist and their existing is the opposite of what the textbooks say should happen in a capitalist economy"

    David Graeber put a lot of time and research into this and he can explain it better than me basically repeating all the same things. Here's the book. Here's the article that started it in strike mag. Very worthwhile reading.
    > You seem to like to argue against yourself.

    This is likely a comprehension problem, not a "nonsense" or "absurd assertion" problem. I'll try to use an example that might help you understand. The math is stupid to keep it simple.
u/mandix · 1 pointr/cscareerquestions

I'm telling you... you do not have to wait to become a web designer especially if you have any CS chops. It sounds like you need some kind of validation lol? In design you have to be an entrepreneur, design your own experience, find out some people who are doing design x software email them... surprise them, designers love surprises and something different... make your own luck.

As far as Amazon good books, you really want to aim for a whole view of design at this point. Think of it like you wouldn't learn run before you can walk, there is A LOT out there.

u/AGooDone · 1 pointr/politics
u/IntrepidReader · 1 pointr/politics

That knowledge would chalk up to being an enrolled agent, not an intrepid reader. Other than Perfectly Legal, I would hope I don't look up tax laws in my leisure time.

There is really no justification to provide a mortgage deduction on a second home, though. It would be an interesting exercise to track vacation home ownership of the middle class over the years, though. I would bet it's decreased substantially. I could be wrong, but it would be interesting to see..

u/DoctorStefano · 1 pointr/Libertarian

There are drawbacks to everything but it isn't a problem. I addressed the "our population is too wealthy and we don't produce enough" bit in my comment

perfectly legal isn't part of his name mate

u/esotericthered · 1 pointr/collapse
u/crvyxn · 1 pointr/StardewValley

Games are a combination of systems, I recommend this book:

u/blackgranite · 1 pointr/boston

You can make anything controversial. Manufacturing controversy isn't that hard. Vast majority of the arguments against Prop 4 had no logic.

You should read Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming -

u/selectrix · 1 pointr/politics

I'm glad you're calling it a system, even if your only reference to such is the typical cliche at this point. But it is a system, and as such its behavior can be understood and altered.

Some basic elements to the system:

  • Human/animal nature: it's in the very basic programming of every living organism to try to maximize the benefit extracted from one's environment. This is how living organisms are successful, from the day-to-day, individual scale to the species scale on up. Just about every civilization has followed the pattern of growing until the local resources are exhausted, and then collapsing (as you alluded). Therefore, when the carrying capacity for a given group is limited not just by the local resources, but the resources of the planet as a whole, some very effective measures are needed to combat that basic instinct and encourage longer-term thinking.

  • Cancerous growths: due to the condition above, certain institutions within society are essentially hijacked by individuals who shift the institution's priority from serving society (as nearly every societal institution is created to do) to serving the will of the individual in charge. Lately this has taken the form, by and large, of companies whose primary goal is pleasing the shareholders instead of the customers.

  • Unprecedented potential for aggregation of power: The internet is a fantastically powerful tool- it could conceivably be used as the infrastructure for a global democratic forum, empowering those who have never before had a voice in the political process; or it could conceivably be harnessed, censored, and monitored by an incredibly small group of people. It's the responsibility of every concerned citizen to work against the realization of the latter, because some very powerful people want that very much.

    There are a number of effective leverage points in the system, unfortunately many of them are being pushed in the wrong direction at the moment- education, for instance...

    In any case, there's a really great introductory book on systems theory- Thinking in Systems by Donella Meadows. That would probably give you the best perspective for understanding how each of these issues came to be the way they are.

    That and evolutionary psychology. Read lots of that.
u/doctorbacon · 1 pointr/skeptic

This is great book on this topic Merchants of Doubt: How a Handful of Scientists Obscured the Truth on Issues from Tobacco Smoke to Global Warming.

There are really only dozen or so arguments that climate change deniers use time and time again. This book deals with them. Its an easier read than some statistical analysis of temperatures changes in the west Antarctic peninsula.

u/Homunculus_I_am_ill · 1 pointr/Showerthoughts

Probably not just money, but a combination of low pay, how dead-end it is, and how useless it feels to do it.

u/Patman128 · 1 pointr/Economics

There are millions of people working jobs with literally no purpose. They provide no value at all. It's not surprising though when you force people to work just to survive.

Automation isn't going to reduce the number of people working, it's just going to push more and more people into jobs where they have to pretend to work. It's the appearance of a healthy economy when it's really just welfare with extra steps and lots of wasted time.

Highly recommend the David Graeber book by the way.

u/TheShawnP · 1 pointr/Showerthoughts

I think you'd enjoy Bullshit Jobs: A Theory It's a pretty much a bunch of anecdotes about those kinds of jobs and how damning they are to your health.

u/canaryhawk · 1 pointr/investing

I wonder if Kevin Johnson just read Bullshit Jobs and he's trying to fix the problem?

u/therealwoden · 1 pointr/glitch_art

There's an entire book about this.

Here's an interview talking with David Graeber, the author of the book, about the concept. A relevant excerpt:

Sean Illing

What are “bullshit jobs”?

David Graeber

Bullshit jobs are jobs which even the person doing the job can’t really justify the existence of, but they have to pretend that there’s some reason for it to exist. That’s the bullshit element. A lot of people confuse bullshit jobs and shit jobs, but they’re not the same thing.

Bad jobs are bad because they’re hard or they have terrible conditions or the pay sucks, but often these jobs are very useful. In fact, in our society, often the more useful the work is, the less they pay you. Whereas bullshit jobs are often highly respected and pay well but are completely pointless, and the people doing them know this.

Sean Illing

Give me some examples of bullshit jobs.

David Graeber

Corporate lawyers. Most corporate lawyers secretly believe that if there were no longer any corporate lawyers, the world would probably be a better place. The same is true of public relations consultants, telemarketers, brand managers, and countless administrative specialists who are paid to sit around, answer phones, and pretend to be useful.

A lot of bullshit jobs are just manufactured middle-management positions with no real utility in the world, but they exist anyway in order to justify the careers of the people performing them. But if they went away tomorrow, it would make no difference at all.

And that’s how you know a job is bullshit: If we suddenly eliminated teachers or garbage collectors or construction workers or law enforcement or whatever, it would really matter. We’d notice the absence. But if bullshit jobs go away, we’re no worse off.

And here's a podcast interview with the author where they go into great detail and give lots of examples.

u/Ferocious-Flamingo · 1 pointr/confession

Heard about this book and really want to read it. Seems like it fits nicely here

u/JuckFeebus · 1 pointr/politics

Profit is not a significant source of inefficiency. This is a basic misunderstanding, both by liberals and conservatives. The entire industry makes only about $50 billion in profit each year. That's why it helps to actually have an education that includes economics when trying to discuss the issue.

In laymen's terms, the inefficiency comes from unnecessary transactions - i.e. the processing of all of the claims, and everything needed to support that processing, from janitors and rent all the way up to the CEO of the firm (profit or nonprofit). The processing is grossly inefficient compared to universal healthcare because at every level from the patient up to the bank there are 10x more transactions than are actually necessary. This situation exists because incentives in the market are what economists call "perverse" - I.e. not to maximize value for consumers (patients), but precisely the opposite.

What universal healthcare does is not just wipe out private industry's profits, it wipes out private industry's revenues. And note that earlier I included not just private insurance companies but also hospitals and medical practices. Those enterprises (profit or nonprofit) waste a huge amount of resources on processing transactions as well.

Altogether, universal healthcare will save 40% of the value of the healthcare industry's revenues simply by wiping unnecessary transactions. And that is how you save not $50 billion per year, but $1 trillion per year.

What Sanders is really missing is the economic impact of wiping out $1 trillion worth of industry activity, because that represents a huge number of jobs. The vast majority of healthcare industry revenue doesn't go to filling billionaire's pockets, it goes to employing 17 million people - 11% of the US workforce.

At least 25% of people currently employed in healthcare will lose their jobs when we switch to universal healthcare, because that is where all the inefficiency ultimately lies. The high cost of healthcare in the US is, in the end, not really creating tons of millionaires and billionaires but rather is funding a bullshit jobs program for about 5 million people.

If you want to criticize universal healthcare, that's fine - just make sure you understand how it really works and where the real issues are. It's not that it won't save Americans $1 trillion medical care costs each year, it's that about 90% of those savings will come directly from putting people in the healthcare industry out of work. In the end it will be a good thing, since those people will be able to do something more productive for society than push useless pieces of paper around, but it's going to be a really rough road for a few years.

u/DethFiesta · 1 pointr/dogecoin

It is difficult to accept because I didn't see your reasoning - it is not as obvious as you think. Basically, you are claiming that a better tax regime structure will make the poor not poor and thus the exemptions would end. This would, of course, mean that the tax rate becomes more regressive again, because without exemptions those at the lower levels pay more of their income in taxes than the rich. And of course, this will help to further stratify society and keep the money where it's at. Now that I understand your reasoning it is even harder to accept.

Percentage of income taxed is THE measure. That's why we have progressive tax rates today. Taxing the wealthy at the same rate as the poor is simply unfair in addition to creating greater inequality in society. There has been general agreement since the 19th century that fair taxation is progressive taxation, which is why we have progressive tax rates around the world and no one has done anything as silly as a flat tax.

And the US has forced redistribution all the time: note how income has shifted upwards over the last 35 years while the tax burden shifts away from businesses and the rich and onto the middle class. This has been largely due to deliberate tax policy favoring the wealthy. Your proposal would be the greatest giveaway every to the super rich. For data, see the book "Perfectly Legal."

u/xipietotec · 1 pointr/AskReddit

If you move (relocate) more than 50 miles in the year: $5,000 tax credit.

You can in fact set up trusts, also the above mentioned dependent care and health savings plan accounts. Also if you have children 529 plans (which can be used for "anything in the benefit of the child")

From my own tax reductions: Do you know you can register as being a farm operator without actually owning a farm or any animals? Legally? And get a huge tax deduction with farm related tax subsidies? My wife trains horses and we managed to avoid around $30k in taxes because of things like this.

Honestly if you want a good into into how to avoid paying taxes (most of what is available to billionaires are also available to others, we just don't know about them), check out Perfectly Legal It's based on the author's original Pulitzer Prize winning articles on the U.S. Tax Code.

u/rmw91 · 1 pointr/AskReddit

I cannot express enough my gratitude to you for typing out this reply. This has been eating away at me, and my search will continue.. a book was reccomended to me,

Although I am currently unable to purchase it.

u/SNAFUBAR- · 1 pointr/AskMen
u/o-julius · 1 pointr/

A big problem with repeal of the AMT is that it opens up a host of new loopholes allowing those who owe a lot of tax to avoid paying. This New York Times reporter follows the issue and his book on how the tax system deck is stacked is eyeopening.

u/petey_petey · 0 pointsr/worldnews

I wouldn't expect you to find it amusing but it highlights potential dangers. However I find it hypocritical that you follow up with a baseless statement that:

>For every one person who got lung cancer, supposedly from smoke, supposedly second hand, there's a person who lived to 70 or 80 who smoked.

Cigarettes sold by international companies are actually far better than the local cigarettes which have about twice the tar content. As for whether there's a link between smoking and cancer I don't think this is even worth debating.

I'd suggest checking out "Merchants of Doubt" to read more about how easy it is for companies and scientists to introduce doubt to obscure the truth.

u/stalematedizzy · 0 pointsr/norge

Janei, kanskje på tide å tenke litt mer på borgerlønn, som en del av løsningen.

Det vil hjelpe både mot arbeidsledighet og forbruk

Så kan mange få noe mer fornuftig å bruke tida si på enn å råtne på et kontor uten at de egentlig bidrar med noe som helst.

u/brasslizzard · 0 pointsr/collapse

Winning goes to the winners---in any system.

A great book that explains this by Donella Meadows:

Winners use their winnings to consolidate and grow their wins. Ever play monopoly?

The only reason that nearly every matured market has exactly 2 dominate players is anti-monopoly laws.

Coke and Pepsi, McDonalds and Burger King, PC and Mac, Android and iPhone, Facebook and Twitter, Wal Mart and Target.

It's a meritocracy, yes--but winning goes to the winners. Meritocracy over time equals monopoly.

u/Bitter_Bert · 0 pointsr/politics

Well, I read Perfectly Legal by David Cay Johnson, and he gives some pretty good examples of the 1% not paying the correct amount of taxes. That book made me angrier than anything I'd ever read.

u/verticalnoise · 0 pointsr/Romania

Frankly, e prea multa discutie ipotetica aici pentru o fiinta care nu cred ca exista (iar tu nu ai avea cum sa stii cum gandeste, ce presupui, presupui din Noul Testament ignorand Vechiul Testament), iar in ultimul paragraf faci niste presupuneri si extrapolari exagerate (sau total false, cum e treaba cu sociopatii, vezi Snakes in Suits).

Ce vrei sa dezbati cu mine concret, vrei sa discutam motivele pentru care nu cred in Dumnezeu? Ca atunci ar trebui intai sa astepti sa spun de ce nu cred exact, nu sa presupui ca un citat este parerea mea si unicul motiv pentru care nu cred si apoi sa faci presupuneri referitor la ce as crede doar pentru ca ai vazut ca-s atee. Nu de alta, dar e obositor sa-ti combat presupunerile si ne invartim in cerc.

u/dudeweresmyvan · 0 pointsr/todayilearned

Read "The Checklist Manifesto" it briefly covers how feats like this are accomplished.

u/saargrin · 0 pointsr/gaybros

I always sucked at my job.I hate routine and get distracted easily!
Here i am replying to stuff on reddit and facebooking :(
So i very often make stupid mistakes because i dont prepare for tasks so my evaluation reports always suck
on the bright side im good with out-of-the box stuff and making stuff work so that sort of makes up for my failings in other departments up to a point i'm sort of the only person who can get stuff done quickly

anyway ive been using time management and task management tools on the web to keep tabs on what im supposed to do and its been helping quite a lot

also, checklists!
read this:

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u/vaccinepapers · 0 pointsr/antivax

You dont know who Dr Peter Gotzsche is, do you? His book is extensively cited.

Here is another book on the subject, by a former editor of the NEJM.

The Truth About the Drug Companies: How They Deceive Us and What to Do About It

u/PracticalSpecialist · 0 pointsr/GoldandBlack

I wouldn't recommend MES(man, economy, and state) for starter reading material. MES is an economic treatise, not a libertarian political theory book. Rothbard was a crazy good economist. Think of MES as just economics. In fact, I would recommend for pure ancap theory,

For a New Liberty by Murray Rothbard. Here is the Mises Institute link
This book describes everything about libertarianism(anarchocapitalism), how it is more efficient, more ethical/moral and the strategy for liberty.

Ethics of Liberty by Murray Rothbard. Here is the amazon link:
this book uses aprioris to deductively examine a libertarian legal code. I would recommend this to Friedman's machinery of freedom(which is more utilitarian than based on natural rights)

Also, Hans-Hermann Hoppe has an Anarchocapitalist bibliography, it is on, a paleo-libertarian website(also ancap).

In that bibliography Hans gives a bunch of libertarian journal articles too, if you want to print them.

I wouldn't recommend reading David Friedman or Caplan, you should read Rothbard, Hoppe, and Walter Block has great books, one is Defending the Undefendable, Hoppe has a wonderful book, Democracy the God that Failed.

Hopefully that helps :)

u/TheNightHaunter · 0 pointsr/Anarchy101

We need to talk about what it did right vs what it did wrong.

We know a planned economy works, they went from a quasi feudal state to space in less than 50 years.

We know they fucked up by removing the soviet councils from the workplace effectively making it so workers did benefit from the fruits of there labors.

We know that quality of life was much better compared to other countries do to guaranteed jobs, this in contrast with Captialism shitting on bureaucracy jobs all the while making even more useless jobs themselves (

Socialism in one country did not work, we know that Captialist will not ever let a socialist nation live while they are alive. Which brings me to another point regarding the state, we will need some form of state to support an military industrial complex, this was one of the key things that helped the soviet union from being destroyed.

u/banished98ti · -1 pointsr/Buttcoin


Most human activity in the modern age is useless. Read the fantastic book that came out by David Graeber called Bullshit Jobs.

No you aren't understanding my argument. It has nothing to do with tangible or intangible.

Intrinsic value does not need to be marketed. If something requires advertising or marketing it most likely is illiquid(useless) and I need to convince you you need it.

Stuff with intrinsic value ie family, house, resources, land etc does not require marketing it has value in and of itself. People fight and die for those things. Nobody fights and dies for fiber optic cables.

u/PLEASE_USE_LOGIC · -1 pointsr/AskMen








I've read them all; they've helped a ton^1000

u/DrMustache · -1 pointsr/SimCity

This book lends some insight into how to go about doing it:

I'm sure it'd be interesting to be involved in a project like this. I'm not sure I'm the man for the job, but I definitely am interested in the final product if someone did manage to put something like this together.

If you get rich off it, just circle back around for me if you would... it'd be appreciated, lol.

u/sigismund1880 · -1 pointsr/ThingsProVaxxersSay

>Saying “sponsored science” and big pharma are skewing all the facts is a conspiracy theory like the originating tweet.

Nah. More like the sober reality of an informed person.

>“It is simply no longer possible to believe much of the clinical research that is published, or to rely on the judgment of trusted physicians or authoritative medical guidelines. I take no pleasure in this conclusion, which I reached slowly and reluctantly over my two decades as an editor of The New England Journal of Medicine.”

Care to address the downfall of medical science?

Is evidence based medicine icon Peter Gotzsche making it all up?

>The "evidence tells us that it is likely that the DTP vaccine increases total mortality in low-income countries."

but the science is settled, right?

u/JumboReverseShrimp · -1 pointsr/skeptic

Maybe you should look at the pharmaceutical industry.

To say science is worthless is nonsensical. Money has corrupted the scientific endeavor. That's a fact jack? Don't believe it? Read this book:

And where do you think these "climate scientists" are working?

I believe the farmers. The guys who get shit done. Not the fear mongers' employees.

u/naturalproducer · -2 pointsr/conspiracy

Sounds like you need to learn about Rockefeller Medicine...

Then read this book:


u/modern_rabbit · -6 pointsr/fargo

Thank the lord for Meghan Battest and her job.