5 essential books for spurring innovation

These books will help you ideate more creatively.

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  • Being a generalist in multiple fields can spark innovation in something outside of your expertise.
  • It is critical to understand the role of organizations in the future.
  • Applying patterns from genius innovators into your own thinking processes.
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Not sure what to do with your life? You're on a path to success.

In David Epstein's 'Range', dabblers and dillettantes are ascendant.

  • There are more paths to professional success than practicing for 10,000 hours, says David Epstein.
  • In his new book 'Range', the author illustrates the benefits of being a generalist in a specialized world.
  • While the conclusions are good news, they're not as surprising as Epstein might believe.
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The secret to Mark Twain's friendship with Nikola Tesla

Twain and Tesla had similar passions and an amusing friendship.

  • Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) and Nikola Tesla shared a friendship starting in 1890s.
  • Tesla read a lot of early Twain when recovering from a serious illness.
  • The two shared an interest in electricity.
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5 books on the meaning of life

A diversity of opinion on the subject of a meaningful life.

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  • Some philosophers believe that we create our own meaning and it is for us to define.
  • The meaning of life could be to live completely within the here and now.
  • Even in the most dire and cruel of situations, humankind has found meaning in life.
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How to remember everything you read

Tips on how to intensify engagement with what you're reading.

  • One of the ways you can deconstruct an argument is being actively attuned to what you're reading.
  • To better remember content, take a blank sheet of paper and write down what you know about that subject. You can write it in bullet points.
  • When you later come back to what you're reading, go to that sheet and skim it – it will prime your brain for what you're going to read.
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