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Ask HN: Books you read in 2015?
horofox: ...definitely a must read. You can easily see why he was an imperator and can probably guess how much far a human can get even in today's society with the mindset he provided in the book.
Ask HN: What three books impacted your career the most?
Ask HN: What book impacted your life the most and how?
jotux: A book I come back to over and over
Ask HN: Non-tech books that have helped you grow professionally?
emptybits: This is a man who understood duty and getting things done! (Not surprising from a stoic, but somehow this collection has extra impact because I know they were primarily notes and reflections written for his own clarity, more than for an audience.) Wisdom to apply to situations. Patterns to recognize in yourself and others.
Ask HN: Which non-technology book has influenced you the most and why?
icey: More as an introduction to stoicism; choosing the translation that works best for you is ideal. Hays and Hicks translations are most often recommended but if you can peek inside the book to see what language resonates the best with you. Stoicism helped me build the ability to care about the things in my power to change, and not stress about things that aren't. Very useful in any job or personal situation that includes a lot of ambient stress.
Ask HN: Books you wish you had read earlier?
K0SM0S: Stoicism is by far the best philosophy I've ever encountered. Some people call it "the best operating system for the mind", and I very much agree with that statement. It changed my life more than any other corpus of ideas. I can't overstate how much better I feel now that my brain is running on a 'Stoic OS'...
Ask HN: What books have made the biggest impact on your mental models?
austenallred: For understanding how to be content
Ask HN: What are your favorite books of all time, and why?
k4ch0w: A Roman emperor's private thoughts to himself. He was a philosopher and practiced stoicism. He had everything a human could want, money, women, power and yet he reminded himself daily how fleeting it all was. How easily a man can be swayed from his purpose. How not to look down on others. It's my all time favorite book for keeping life in perspective.
Ask HN: Which are some of the best books on Mental Toughness?
WheelsAtLarge: Is a great starting point. It's a favorite of General Jim Mattis the US Secretary of Defense. The biggest badass we would all be lucky to know.
Ask HN: Which books do you wish you'd read earlier in life?
iammiles: Its passages have become a sort of canon for my life.
WheelsAtLarge: Read it until the pages fall apart and then get another and do the same.
ternaryoperator: It's astonishing to get useful, relevant advice on how to conduct yourself across two millenia. I recommend the translation by Gregory Hays, which removes the academic feel of other translations, and so makes them relevant and, at least in my case, actionable.
Ask HN: Which books have made you introspect?
jonathansorum: Meditations easily has my highest rate of highlighted words in relation to total book length. Seems like every page (almost) has some eternal and profound in it.
Ask HN: What was the one book that you read and it actually changed your life?
tbjohnston: Practical advice on how to arm yourself every day.
Ask HN: What books changed the way you think about almost everything?
LyndsySimon: Bottom line: judge your success in life by how well you make your decisions, not by your outcome. You have full control of your decisions, and often no control at all over their results.
Ask HN: Best books you read in the past decade?
Ask HN: Books that change your way of thinking?
staunch: I first read it when I was around 14. I think it helped me create a much more complete moral framework than anything I'd heard before (and probably since). Definitely my first introduction to Stoicism.
Ask HN: What are the books that changed the perspective of your life?
humanarity: Incredibly clear ideas probably clear-up 80% of issues you have with everyday life
grey-area: A wonderfully simple explanation of what is truly important in life.
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