A fellow Xoogler recommended to me the book Solve for Happy: Engineer Your Path to Joy by Mo Gawdat. I just finished it and thoroughly enjoyed it. While the last chapter on "intelligent design" may seem the most controversial, the rest of the book is grounded on (much less controversial) science and simple practical tools for happiness. The book covers mental biases, getting over fears, using meditation, and presents many other techniques and ideas that can help bring peace and happiness to everyday life.
I identified a lot with the author as he is an engineer and Xoogler. The story of the loss of his son and the many associated anecdotes related to that were gut-wrenching; it's amazing that someone who has lived through that can write a book to help others be happy. There are so many good lessons in this book, and I highly recommend it. My main notes and takeaways are below.
Last week, I was incredibly excited to welcome Andy Weir to Google LA for an Authors@Google talk.
Andy has a background in computer science and is the son of a particle physicist. In the talk, he discussed his book The Martian and its upcoming film adaptation starring Matt Damon. It was really interesting to learn about Andy's process of writing and how a well-loved book becomes a film.
Back in March, I hosted Marc Goodman at Google LA for an Authors@Google talk.
Marc is a global strategist, author and consultant focused on the disruptive impact of advancing technologies on security, business and international affairs. He discussed the his new book Future Crimes: Everything Is Connected, Everyone Is Vulnerable and What We Can Do About It. It was scary and eye-opening and really made me wonder about unintended impacts of exponential technologies.