is a Senior Product designer at , and is based in Ljubljana, Slovenia. He writes about design, minimalism and typography.

  • Company of One

    What if the real key to a richer and more fulfilling career was not to create and scale a new start-up, but rather, to be able to work for yourself, determine your own hours, and become a (highly profitable) and sustainable company of one? Suppose the better???and smarter???solution is simply to remain small? This book explains how to do just that., is a refreshingly new approach centered on staying small and avoiding growth, for any size business. Not as a freelancer who only gets paid on a per piece basis, and not as an entrepreneurial start-up that wants to scale as soon as possible, but as a small business that is deliberately committed to staying that way. By staying small, one can have freedom to pursue more meaningful pleasures in life, and avoid the headaches that result from dealing with employees, long meetings, or worrying about expansion. , introduces this unique business strategy and explains how to make it work for you, including how to generate cash flow on an ongoing basis.,Paul Jarvis left the corporate world when he realized that working in a high-pressure, high profile world was not his idea of success. Instead, he now works for himself out of his home on a small, lush island off of Vancouver, and lives a much more rewarding and productive life. He no longer has to contend with an environment that constantly demands more productivity, more output, and more growth.,In , Jarvis explains how you can find the right pathway to do the same, including planning how to set up your shop, determining your desired revenues, dealing with unexpected crises, keeping your key clients happy, and of course, doing all of this on your own.

  • Deep Work

    One of the most valuable skills in our economy is becoming increasingly rare. If you master this skill, you’ll achieve extraordinary results.,Deep work is the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task. It’s a skill that allows you to quickly master complicated information and produce better results in less time. Deep work will make you better at what you do and provide the sense of true fulfillment that comes from craftsmanship. In short, deep work is like a super power in our increasingly competitive twenty-first century economy. And yet, most people have lost the ability to go deep-spending their days instead in a frantic blur of e-mail and social media, not even realizing there’s a better way.,In DEEP WORK, author and professor Cal Newport flips the narrative on impact in a connected age. Instead of arguing distraction is bad, he instead celebrates the power of its opposite. Dividing this book into two parts, he first makes the case that in almost any profession, cultivating a deep work ethic will produce massive benefits. He then presents a rigorous training regimen, presented as a series of four “rules,” for transforming your mind and habits to support this skill.,A mix of cultural criticism and actionable advice, DEEP WORK takes the reader on a journey through memorable stories — from Carl Jung building a stone tower in the woods to focus his mind, to a social media pioneer buying a round-trip business class ticket to Tokyo to write a book free from distraction in the air — and no-nonsense advice, such as the claim that most serious professionals should quit social media and that you should practice being bored. DEEP WORK is an indispensable guide to anyone seeking focused success in a distracted world.,Few books have been as transformative for me as ,s ,. In an attention-deficit economy, we have lost our ability to focus and solve complex problems. As more companies embrace open offices, Slack, work-from-home policies and move towards ,, our attention spans are only getting shorter.,When was the last time you were able to focus on one task, uninterrupted, for just 60 minutes? Or when was the last time you managed to ???get some real work done???? In the first half of the book, Cal???s explains why deep work is so valuable and increasingly rare in today???s attention-deficit economy. Shallow work, on the other hand, is made up of non-cognitively demanding tasks that can be performed while semi-distracted. These jobs (and workers) are easily replicated and it???s a race-to-the-bottom for your career.,The ability to work deeply is perhaps , most valuable skill you can learn. It???s a skill that can be sharpened, practised, and leveraged in every aspect of your life. To master deep work, you can focus not just on ???getting things done??? but on ???getting valuable things done??? in less time.,???s company, , (now ,), was an early proponent of the value of deep work, cutting their employees??? workday to 4-days in 2012 and increasing productivity in parallel by promoting a distraction-free environment. More recently, , in Japan that led to a 40% increase in productivity by reducing distracting meetings, emails and ???shallow??? work.,In the 1980s, , famously adopted his own “,” where he spends two weeks alone in the forest twice a year. It is reported that he never missed these periods of deep work, no matter what was going on at Microsoft. Gates understands the value of ,.,A mix of cultural criticism and actionable advice, , will teach you practical steps to fight for more deep work in your life and to focus on what???s important. Read this book and then listen to the audiobook???make it still and it will instil positive changes in your career, habits and life.

  • Digital Minimalism

    Minimalism is the art of knowing how much is just enough. Digital minimalism applies this idea to our personal technology. It’s the key to living a focused life in an increasingly noisy world.,In this timely and enlightening book, the bestselling author of Deep Work introduces a philosophy for technology use that has already improved countless lives.,Digital minimalists are all around us. They’re the calm, happy people who can hold long conversations without furtive glances at their phones. They can get lost in a good book, a woodworking project, or a leisurely morning run. They can have fun with friends and family without the obsessive urge to document the experience. They stay informed about the news of the day, but don’t feel overwhelmed by it. They don’t experience “fear of missing out” because they already know which activities provide them meaning and satisfaction.,Now, Newport gives us a name for this quiet movement, and makes a persuasive case for its urgency in our tech-saturated world. Common sense tips, like turning off notifications, or occasional rituals like observing a digital sabbath, don’t go far enough in helping us take back control of our technological lives, and attempts to unplug completely are complicated by the demands of family, friends and work. What we need instead is a thoughtful method to decide what tools to use, for what purposes, and under what conditions.,Drawing on a diverse array of real-life examples, from Amish farmers to harried parents to Silicon Valley programmers, Newport identifies the common practices of digital minimalists and the ideas that underpin them. He shows how digital minimalists are rethinking their relationship to social media, rediscovering the pleasures of the offline world, and reconnecting with their inner selves through regular periods of solitude. He then shares strategies for integrating these practices into your life, starting with a thirty-day “digital declutter” process that has already helped thousands feel less overwhelmed and more in control.,Technology is intrinsically neither good nor bad. The key is using it to support your goals and values, rather than letting it use you. This book shows the way.,I approached ,???s , as the sequel to his hugely impactful ,. It???s the synthesis of Cal???s learnings over the three years since , was published and is a timely cultural critique on our reliance on technology and a practical guide to regaining control of our attention., is perhaps , most valuable skill you can learn and leverage in our attention-deficit society. In , Newport makes an unsettlingly strong case for how and why we should be reducing our use of technology (in particular, social media), and why we need to be more specific and careful about our use., is a philosophy that will teach you where to draw the line and how to focus this energy and attention on what matters instead; your goals and quality of life. Time off our digital devices is the key to living a focused life in a noisy world.

  • Disrupted

    For twenty-five years Dan Lyons was a magazine writer at the top of his profession–until one Friday morning when he received a phone call: Poof. His job no longer existed. “I think they just want to hire younger people,” his boss at , told him. Fifty years old and with a wife and two young kids, Dan was, in a word, screwed. Then an idea hit. Dan had long reported on Silicon Valley and the tech explosion. Why not join it? HubSpot, a Boston start-up, was flush with $100 million in venture capital. They offered Dan a pile of stock options for the vague role of “marketing fellow.” What could go wrong?,HubSpotters were true believers: They were making the world a better place … by selling email spam. The office vibe was frat house meets cult compound: The party began at four thirty on Friday and lasted well into the night; “shower pods” became hook-up dens; a push-up club met at noon in the lobby, while nearby, in the “content factory,” Nerf gun fights raged. Groups went on “walking meetings,” and Dan’s absentee boss sent cryptic emails about employees who had “graduated” (read: been fired). In the middle of all this was Dan, exactly twice the age of the average HubSpot employee, and literally old enough to be the father of most of his co-workers, sitting at his desk on his bouncy-ball “chair.”,Mixed in with Lyons’s uproarious tale of his rise and fall at Hubspot is a trenchant analysis of the start-up world, a de facto conspiracy between those who start companies and those who fund them, a world where bad ideas are rewarded with hefty investments, where companies blow money lavishing perks on their post-collegiate workforces, and where everybody is trying to hang on just long enough to reach an IPO and cash out.,With a cast of characters that includes devilish angel investors, fad-chasing venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and “wantrapreneurs,” bloggers and brogrammers, social climbers and sociopaths, , is a gripping and definitive account of life in the (second) tech bubble.

  • Good to Great

    To find the keys to greatness, Collins’s 21-person research team read and coded 6,000 articles, generated more than 2,000 pages of interview transcripts and created 384 megabytes of computer data in a five-year project. The findings will surprise many readers and, quite frankly, upset others.

  • Influence

    The widely adopted, now classic book on influence and persuasion???a major national and international bestseller with more than four million copies sold!,In this highly acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Dr. Robert B. Cialdini???the seminal expert in the field of influence and persuasion???explains the psychology of why people say yes and how to apply these principles ethically in business and everyday situations.,You???ll learn the six universal principles of influence and how to use them to become a skilled persuader???and, just as importantly, how to defend yourself against dishonest influence attempts.

  • Originals

    With Give and Take, Adam Grant not only introduced a landmark new paradigm for success but also established himself as one of his generation???s most compelling and provocative thought leaders. In Originals he again addresses the challenge of improving the world, but now from the perspective of becoming original: choosing to champion novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions. How can we originate new ideas, policies, and practices without risking it all?,Using surprising studies and stories spanning business, politics, sports, and entertainment, Grant explores how to recognize a good idea, speak up without getting silenced, build a coalition of allies, choose the right time to act, and manage fear and doubt; how parents and teachers can nurture originality in children; and how leaders can build cultures that welcome dissent. Learn from an entrepreneur who pitches his start-ups by highlighting the reasons not to invest, a woman at Apple who challenged Steve Jobs from three levels below, an analyst who overturned the rule of secrecy at the CIA, a billionaire financial wizard who fires employees for failing to criticize him, and a TV executive who didn???t even work in comedy but saved Seinfeld from the cutting-room floor. The payoff is a set of groundbreaking insights about rejecting conformity and improving the status quo.

  • Quiet

    The book that started the Quiet Revolution.,At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking; who innovate and create but dislike self-promotion; who favor working on their own over working in teams. It is to introverts???Rosa Parks, Chopin, Dr. Seuss, Steve Wozniak???that we owe many of the great contributions to society. ,In Quiet, Susan Cain argues that we dramatically undervalue introverts and shows how much we lose in doing so. She charts the rise of the Extrovert Ideal throughout the twentieth century and explores how deeply it has come to permeate our culture. She also introduces us to successful introverts???from a witty, high-octane public speaker who recharges in solitude after his talks, to a record-breaking salesman who quietly taps into the power of questions. Passionately argued, superbly researched, and filled with indelible stories of real people, Quiet has the power to permanently change how we see introverts and, equally important, how they see themselves.

  • Rest

    Overwork is the new normal. Rest is something to do when the important things are done-but they are never done. Looking at different forms of rest, from sleep to vacation, Silicon Valley futurist and business consultant Alex Soojung-Kim Pang dispels the myth that the harder we work the better the outcome. He combines rigorous scientific research with a rich array of examples of writers, painters, and thinkers—from Darwin to Stephen King—to challenge our tendency to see work and relaxation as antithetical. “Deliberate rest,” as Pang calls it, is the true key to productivity, and will give us more energy, sharper ideas, and a better life. ,offers a roadmap to rediscovering the importance of rest in our lives, and a convincing argument that we need to relax more if we actually want to get more done.

  • The $100 Startup

    In ,Chris Guillebeau shows you how to lead of life of adventure, meaning and purpose ??? ,earn a good living.,Still in his early thirties, Chris is on the verge of completing a tour of every country on earth ??? he???s already visited more than 175 nations ??? and yet he???s never held a ???real job??? or earned a regular paycheck. ??Rather, he has a special genius for turning ideas into income, and he uses what he earns both to support his life of adventure and to give back. ,There are ,like Chris ??? those who???ve found ways to opt out of traditional employment and create the time and income to pursue what they find meaningful. ??Sometimes, achieving that perfect blend of passion and income doesn???t depend on shelving what you currently do. ??You can start small with your venture, committing little time or money, and wait to take the real plunge when you’re sure it’s successful.,In preparing to write this book, Chris identified 1,500 individuals who have built businesses earning $50,000 or more from a modest investment (in many cases, $100 or less), and from that group he???s chosen to focus on the 50 most intriguing case studies. ??In nearly all cases, people with no special skills discovered aspects of their personal passions that could be monetized, and were able to restructure their lives in ways that gave them greater freedom and fulfillment.,Here, finally, distilled into one easy-to-use guide, are the most valuable lessons from those who???ve learned how to turn what they do into a gateway to self-fulfillment. ??It???s all about finding the intersection between your ???expertise??? ??? even if you don???t consider it such — and what other people will pay for. ??You don???t need an MBA, a business plan or even employees. ??All you need is a product or service that springs from what you love to do anyway, people willing to pay, and a way to get paid.,Not content to talk in generalities, Chris tells you exactly how many dollars his group of unexpected entrepreneurs required to get their projects up and running; what these individuals did in the first weeks and months to generate significant cash; some of the key mistakes they made along the way, and the crucial insights that made the business stick. ??Among Chris???s key principles: if you???re good at one thing, you???re probably good at something else; never teach a man to fish ??? , him the fish instead; and in the battle between planning and action, action wins.,In ancient times, people who were dissatisfied with their lives dreamed of finding magic lamps, buried treasure, or streets paved with gold. ??Today, we know that it???s up to us to change our lives. ??And the best part is, if we change our , life, we can help others change , ??This remarkable book will start you on your way.

  • The Curve

    by Nicholas Lovell is a breakthrough business idea: Chris Anderson’s , meets Seth Godin’s, is a new way of doing business and of seeing the world.,For most of the last century, companies strived to sell more and more products at uniform prices. But the future of business is about variation: tailoring products for customers of all stripes, and letting your biggest fans spend as much as they like on things they value., shows us not to be afraid of giving some things away for free. The internet helps you forge direct relationships with a vast global audience, and take them on a journey from freeloaders into superfans. Value lies in how you make people feel, by building communities, bespoke products and experiences. Small numbers of high spenders are enough to fuel a profitable business.,In games, free is becoming the norm, but some people now spend hundreds or thousands of dollars playing a single game. You can already see the Curve transforming areas like music, books and film, and it will rapidly spread to the physical world as 3D printing becomes reality.,With stories drawn from artists, toymakers, sports, food, manufacturing and more, , is nothing short of a business thinking revolution.

  • The Daily Stoic

    From the team that brought you , and ,, a beautiful daily devotional of Stoic meditations???an instant , and , Bestseller.,Why have history’s greatest minds???from George Washington to Frederick the Great to Ralph Waldo Emerson, along with today’s top performers from Super Bowl-winning football coaches to CEOs and celebrities???embraced the wisdom of the ancient Stoics? Because they realize that the most valuable wisdom is timeless and that philosophy is for living a better life, not a classroom exercise., offers 366 days of Stoic insights and exercises, featuring all-new translations from the Emperor Marcus Aurelius, the playwright Seneca, or slave-turned-philosopher Epictetus, as well as lesser-known luminaries like Zeno, Cleanthes, and Musonius Rufus. Every day of the year you’ll find one of their pithy, powerful quotations, as well as historical anecdotes, provocative commentary, and a helpful glossary of Greek terms.,By following these teachings over the course of a year (and, indeed, for years to come) you’ll find the serenity, self-knowledge, and resilience you need to live well.

  • The Startup Owner’s Manual

    Welcome to The Startup Owner’s Manual, a near-encyclopedic manual that will teach you:,The Startup Owner’s Manual walks you, step-by-step, through the tested and proven Customer Development process created by startup expert Steve Blank, unlocking the secrets to building a successful, scalable company.

  • The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

    In this generation-defining self-help guide, a superstar blogger cuts through the crap to show us how to stop trying to be “positive” all the time so that we can truly become better, happier people.,For decades, we???ve been told that positive thinking is the key to a happy, rich life. “F**k positivity,” Mark Manson says. “Let???s be honest, shit is f**ked and we have to live with it.” In his wildly popular Internet blog, Manson doesn???t sugarcoat or equivocate. He tells it like it is???a dose of raw, refreshing, honest truth that is sorely lacking today. The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is his antidote to the coddling, let???s-all-feel-good mindset that has infected American society and spoiled a generation, rewarding them with gold medals just for showing up.,Manson makes the argument, backed both by academic research and well-timed poop jokes, that improving our lives hinges not on our ability to turn lemons into lemonade, but on learning to stomach lemons better. Human beings are flawed and limited???”not everybody can be extraordinary, there are winners and losers in society, and some of it is not fair or your fault.” Manson advises us to get to know our limitations and accept them. Once we embrace our fears, faults, and uncertainties, once we stop running and avoiding and start confronting painful truths, we can begin to find the courage, perseverance, honesty, responsibility, curiosity, and forgiveness we seek.,There are only so many things we can give a f**k about so we need to figure out which ones really matter, Manson makes clear. While money is nice, caring about what you do with your life is better, because true wealth is about experience. A much-needed grab-you-by-the-shoulders-and-look-you-in-the-eye moment of real-talk, filled with entertaining stories and profane, ruthless humor, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F**k is a refreshing slap for a generation to help them lead contented, grounded lives.

  • Utopia for Realists

    From a universal basic income to a 15-hour workweek, from a world without borders to a world without poverty ??? it???s time to return to utopian thinking.,Rutger Bregman takes us on a journey through history, beyond the traditional left-right divides, as he introduces ideas whose time has come. Utopia for Realists is one of those rare books that takes you by surprise and challenges what you think you know. In the words of leading social theorist Zygmunt Bauman, it is “brilliant, truly enlightening, and eminently readable.”,This original Dutch bestseller sparked a national movement for basic income experiments that soon made international headlines.