The Hard Thing About Hard Things

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Comments and mentions from HN threads:

Ask HN: What are your favorite books?

ruler88: Ben is an amazing story teller, very personable, and great lessons

Ask HN: Books you read in 2016?

jdpigeon: The most 'make an adult of you'-feeling book I read this year. After attending an 'MBA bootcamp' style course, this book was the gritty, personal account that helped me tie all those lessons together. I got a job with a startup shortly afterwards and because I've never studied business (or worked in a real company before), I refer to the lessons in this book a lot.

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Ask HN: Books you wish you had read earlier?

Amogha_IO: Are you in a startup? If the answer is YES, then read this NOW. Ties well with "Finding the next Steve Jobs". I wish I had read this before I started my company. I have lost track of how many times I have listened to this audio-book.

arjmandi: This book is mostly recommended for managers but I found it very useful to adjust my estimations about life. Also, you will learn about silicon valley history and it's dynamics.

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Ask HN: What books have made the biggest impact on your mental models?

drited: Some mental models for managers facing the real-life struggles of startups

Ask HN: Books you read in 2018?

adroitboss: I think it would be a great book for people who are already running companies.

Ask HN: Favorite nonfiction books of 2018?

jordz: I loved listening to this (audible) because being a CEO can be lonely and hearing other peoples thoughts and advice based on their experience (that you can relate to) is really uplifting.

Ask HN: What book changed your life in 2014?

mathattack: I've been turned off by the soft and cuddly management book industry because it only focuses on the bright side. Real work is hard and dirty, and Horowitz captured it.

krschultz: I'm not a startup founder, but I've been in a couple startups. It's really easy to say what the founders should have done (especially in hindsight). This book helped me understand the burden a bit more.

Ask HN: What are the books that changed the perspective of your life?

beachstartup: It gave me a significant confidence boost about the startup i'm doing.