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Title: Don't Make Me Think, Revisited: A Common Sense Approach to Web Usability
Contributors: Steve Krug

This book gave us the words to describe what we already knew and tried at jodiBooks. Software, website, interfaces should be intuitive and easy to use. Unfortunately that's often not the case at all. At jodiBooks we live by the lessons described in this book. It gives us the language to communicate what we know doesn't feel right (don't make me think!) and the tools to figure out how to measure it. Without this book, jodiBooks wouldn't be and stay as easy to use as it is now (obviously we can and want to keep improving the interface).

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Title: Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us
Contributors: Daniel H. Pink

Drive shows us what motivates us at work and at home. Although the message of the book is very interesting and I fully agree, what I like most about this book, doesn't even have anything to do with its message. This was the first book I read that sparked my interest in reading. I read a book once in a while, but they never made me read more. This book awoke something in me, as I never stopped reading ever since. I gathered a tremendous of knowledge and I definitely wouldn't be the man I am today, without this book.

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Title: Life and How To Survive It
Contributors: Robin Skynner, John Cleese

Robin and John wrote a magnificent book. Being written by Cleese, you would expect something funny. And although sometimes it is humorous, it is far more serious. It categorizes people in three categories: healthy, normal, unhealthy. That being categories for peoples mental health and their mindset. It is such an enlightening way of looking at these two things. And the way these men use it to describe all facets of life is truly amazing. It changed my perspective on people and made me more empathetic towards people with different views, as it made me understand why they have such different ways of dealing with life.

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Title: Own the Day, Own Your Life: Optimised practices for waking, working, learning, eating, training, playing, sleeping and sex
Contributors: Aubrey Marcus

Aubrey showed me, that you shouldn't take everything for granted. Not all conventional wisdom is true. Basically, this book made me think about my day and how I live my live. Do I want to change things? If so, how? That is what I going to explore on this website.

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Title: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
Contributors: Susan Cain

I always thought I was shy and awkward. I don't do small talk and I never know what to talk about. Unless I'm with the right people. Susan showed me that I'm not shy, I'm an introvert and I'm not alone. It's completely normal what I feel and how I move about in the world.

Now that I know that, I have the confidence to stand behind my own wants and needs. I understand why some things make me tired and drain energy, while others just don't seem to get enough of it.

Thank you very very very much Susan.

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Title: Rich Dad, Poor Dad
Contributors: Robert T. Kiyosaki

This book marked the second awakening, after the first with Drive. It was on a vacation in Sicily, that I was bored and was mindlessly watching videos on Youtube. A summary of Rich Dad Poor Dad happened to be one of them. It immediately captured me: you don't need a finance degree to understand finance. It opened my eyes to explore things that I'm interested in, even if other people say it's too complicated. Without Rich Dad, I wouldn't have read The Millionaire Fastlane and thus would still have a job and wouldn't have started jodiBooks.

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Title: The Dictator's Handbook: Why Bad Behavior is Almost Always Good Politics
Contributors: Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Alastair Smith

This book made me rethink politics. In the end it's all about money, also in democracies. Not that it made me a cynic, but more a realist in that you need sufficient checks and balances in the system.

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Title: The Diet Myth: The Real Science Behind What We Eat
Contributors: Tim Spector

The best 2 euro ever spend. Granted this book is worth way more than that, but still, thanks 🙂 I bought it after I saw a talk by Tim in which he explains how we should treat our gut. We should see our gut as a garden in which we want to grow a diverse microbiome. We need to take care we feed it the right stuff and in turn it will take good care of us. It is a brilliant metaphor.
In this book he goes deeper into the details of what it should be that we should and shouldn't eat. In the process he also explains what the information on food labels means and how we should read it.

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Title: The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime!
Contributors: MJ DeMarco

I used to think I wasn't made to be an entrepreneur or business owner. That I was somehow genetically incapable of doing that, or that I didn't have the education and connections to start a business. I didn't want to read this book at first, because of the title and my misconception about what I was capable of.
This book has, however, changed my mind and life. MJ explains very clearly what you have to do to become a millionaire. It felt so intuitive and right. I even read it a second time a few months later, when his message settled in my mind and I could get practical.

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Title: Why We Sleep: The New Science of Sleep and Dreams
Contributors: Matthew Walker

This read was inspired by a talk Matthew gave at Google. I always knew sleep was somehow important. Why would I feel so bad after a shitty night otherwise? This book explains exactly why that is and much more. Sleep is THE most important thing you can do for your health. As such, I take my sleep very seriously.

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