Martin Rue

Martin Rue


Software developer. Language geek.
Manchester & Berlin.


My Bookshelf

Here’s my bookshelf, containing the non-programming books I’ve read. Each book links to my notes and an “impact” score, which marks (out of 5) how much each book impacted me personally.


Secrets of Natural Success

Impact: ★★★★☆
ISBN: 0987634313

Notes:

Let go of what you think you know, and let go of needing to know or be right. Be in the mystery. Be in awe.

As they say in the East, “To know and not do is to still not know.”

There is something about talking that activates the imagination. Edgar Cayce, the famous medical intuitive and arguably the most renowned psychic in history, claimed that our voice is the highest vibration in the human consciousness. As you talk and start to feel the flow of wisdom come on, you’ll understand why he said that.

In our society we are poisoned against the most beautiful part of ourselves, the diamond of our beings. We see our imaginations as an unreliable vestige of our primordial selves that should have dropped off with our monkey tails.

“People are saying I’m an overnight success, but I was working my butt off for ten years before I made it.”

It is a profound achievement to recognize a possibility in life or within yourself and take ownership of that possibility, to the point that you see it through regardless of any inner or outer resistance that you may encounter.

One way we can learn about ourselves is through the act of creating.

What you resist will always persist as aggressively as you resist it. No matter how much you defy your beliefs, if they are driving what you want to create, your subconscious has to assume they have the power in your consciousness.

But aside from the self-awareness you gain from your creative process, it is also helpful to have a more generalized overview of your own personality and the foibles your personality type is prone to.

While we might all appear to be very diverse individuals, when we boil our personalities down, it is amazing how neatly they fit into one or another of a handful of distinct types. When you begin to understand human nature, you realize that, although there are billions of us on planet earth, our personalities are formed from a very limited set of psychological molds.

The best way of getting in touch with your creative emotions is by building and holding a vision of your true end results.

The predictable strategies you develop to compensate for your particular sense of incompleteness—the way in which you pay attention, the perceptions that arise from that focus, and the behavior you use to deal with your reality—restrict you to a narrow set of traits you share with everyone else holding the same beliefs as you. A broad overview of personality types can help you identify your own low-level creative characteristics—again, those characteristics that dominate and define your personality when you are coming from the perception of your incompleteness—which in turn can help you disassociate from the dysfunctional matrix you inhabit psychologically.

Here’s a tip to you writers out there: if you’re experiencing writer’s block, you’re just separate from the emotion of your offering.

Oscar Wilde once said that all art is useless. What he presumably meant is that art is created purely for its own sake, not because it will lead to something else.

Preparing to live never leads to living—only more preparation.

The only way that you can ever live the life you love and achieve the conditions that satisfy your viability is to start by living the life you love.

A true vision is free of your compensating logic and uninfluenced by what you logically assume to be possible or not. And whether you appreciate it at first or not, because it is formulated by your genius, a true vision can be relied upon to be both possible and a reflection of what you truly care about.

That’s because the biggest determinant of what creates your reality is the message your subconscious gets about where the power is in your consciousness, and making choices is the process by which you formally assign the power.</p

Having a positive outlook in life is definitely a desirable attitude, but that outlook becomes self-defeating, and even destructive, when it is divorced from reality.

Whenever I give talks on the themes of either natural success or super conscious writing, I always invite members of the audience to raise their hands if they hate conflict and tension, and if they’re interested in learning how to rid themselves of these negative states. A unanimous and enthusiastic show of hands follows. And that’s when I tell my audience that, creatively speaking, they are screwed. Their eager smiles are replaced replaced by perplexed frowns. The fact of the matter is that everything in the universe is created according to the principle of tension seeking resolution.

When you seek to eliminate inner tension, you are also unwittingly neutralizing the very energy that can compel the end results you seek to create. What you have to appreciate is that tension doesn’t only seek resolution; it always finds a resolution, no matter what.

The empowered creator is so because they don’t see current reality as a negative condition that precludes anything from turning out the way they would love it to be.

The real game-changer, though, is the realization that emotional tension can actually be transformed into creative tension. Whenever you make a choice by establishing the vision, acknowledging current reality, and assigning the power by choosing the vision over your circumstances, you are instituting creative tension.

Your ego is always stronger than your self conscious will. Let me explain. The ego is your vehicle of orientation and, as such, when you make a choice to go for something, your ego wants to figure out how to get there. The problem is that the ego doesn’t look at the factors objectively relevant to the situation or the functional steps required. Instead, it refers to your unconscious belief system, determines what it believes is incomplete incomplete about you, and then proposes resolving your sense of incompleteness as the first order of business. Your ego communicates its sense of incompleteness to you through emotional discomfort such as shame, guilt, anger, fear, inadequacy, confusion, doubt, boredom, emptiness, and so on. Resolving that emotional tension becomes the name of the game. Now, suddenly, you have emotional tension competing with creative tension. Trying to force your way through emotional tension is futile. Believe me, the ego is not interested in you getting what you love. Its sole concern is survival, which it assumes depends on you fixing yourself and remedying your inadequacies. So, when you stay focused on your end result in spite of any inner conflict, your ego just ramps up the emotional tension to the level required for you to pay exclusive attention to its priorities. Now you experience your emotional tension as stress, and stress will kill your focus on the end result, and thereby your creative tension, every time. Unless you’re initiated in the dynamics of creating, the only way to mitigate the ego’s response to creative tension—stress—is to cut down on or give up on your vision, or to abandon seeing your current reality, or both. This will inevitably happen. Emotional tension, elevated to the level of stress, will grind down creative tension every time.

</div> More... The Entrepreneur Roller Coaster
Impact: ★★★☆☆
ISBN: 1451648537
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Notes:

A good question to ask yourself before doing anything you think you fear is, “If I do this, am I going to die?” If the answer is no, then your fear is made up, grossly overdramatic, and it should have no power over you.

What makes work fun is doing meaningful work.

Pull, don’t push. Investigate, don’t present. Probe, don’t pitch. Ask, don’t assume. How? Talk less, listen more. Make fewer statements and ask more questions.

The key to success is massive failure. Your goal is to out-fail your competition.

Productivity isn’t magic. It’s discipline.

Look, if you’re going to get better, you have to push yourself. If you push yourself, you’re going to fall. If you’re not falling, you’re not pushing. Falling is part of getting better.

There’s only one certainty in business: You can’t succeed if you quit.

More... Steve Jobs
Impact: ★★★★☆
ISBN: 1451648537
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Notes:

If you want to live your life in a creative way, as an artist, you have to not look back too much. You have to be willing to take whatever you’ve done and whoever you were and throw them away. The more the outside world tries to reinforce an image of you, the harder it is to continue to be an artist, which is why a lot of times, artists have to say, “Bye. I have to go. I’m going crazy and I’m getting out of here.” And they go and hibernate somewhere. Maybe later they re-emerge a little differently.

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.

The goal was never to beat the competition, or to make a lot of money. It was to do the greatest thing possible, or even a little greater.

It’s better to be a pirate than to join the navy.

Simplicity isn't just a visual style. It's not just minimalism or the absence of clutter. It involves digging through the depth of the complexity. To be truly simple, you have to go really deep.

Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

You should never start a company with the goal of getting rich. Your goal should be making something you believe in and making a company that will last.

As Dylan says, if you're not busy being born, you're busy dying.

Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do. That's true for companies, and it's true for products.

I want it to be as beautiful as possible, even if it's inside the box. A great carpenter isn't going to use lousy wood for the back of a cabinet, even though nobody's going to see it.

He takes contrary positions to create more discussion, because it may lead to a better result. So if you don't feel comfortable disagreeing, then you'll never survive.

Even when he was barely conscious, his strong personality came through. At one point the pulmonologist tried to put a mask over his face when he was sedated. Jobs ripped it off and mumbled that he hated the design and refused to wear it. He ordered them to bring five different options and he would pick the one he liked.

The thing that struck me was his intensity. Whatever he was interested in he would generally carry to an irrational extreme.

In the annals of innovation, new ideas are only part of the equation. Execution is just as important.

Hertzfeld recalled that Gates just sat there coolly, looking at Steve in the eye, before hurling back, in his squeaky voice, what became a classic zinger. "Well, Steve, I think there's more than one way of looking at it, I think it's more like we both had this rich neighbor named Xerox and I broke into his house to steal the TV set and found out that you had already stolen it."

You have to deeply understand the essence of a product in order to be able to get rid of the parts that are not essential.

More... The Dip: A Little Book That Teaches You When to Quit (and When to Stick)
Impact: ★★★☆☆
ISBN: 1591841666
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Notes:

Quit more by quitting the right things.

If you’re in a cul-de-sac, quit immediately. Keeping on going won’t result in improvement.

The dip is a natural part of the process of becoming the best in the world. Winners find a way through the dip.

Many people quit in the dip when continuing is what they need to do instead.

Muscles don’t grow because we use them. They grow because those who know how to make them grow know that you must pay your dues, push through the dip, and arrive on the other side where those final seconds cause the damage you seek to cause growth. Most people quit in the dip.

Work toward being the best in the world. In today’s world the best is 10x the second best in terms of opportunity. If you don’t have the resources to be the best in the world at X, be the best in the world at a smaller version of X.

The big benefits accrue to those who don’t quit during the dip.

Quitting the things you don’t care about, the things you’re mediocre at, the cul-de-sacs, frees up your resources to tackle the dips for the things you do care about.

If you’re going to quit, quit before you start. Reject the system. Don’t play the game if you realise you can’t be the best in the world.

When faced with the dip, most people try to average their way to success, create mediocre work, which is precisely why so few people end up as the best in the world.

To be a superstar you can’t just survive the dip. You must use the dip to create something so extraordinary that people can’t help but talk about it, recommend it, and yes, choose it.

When you feel yourself realising that you’re being average, realise that you have two choices: quit, or be exceptional.

Isn’t your time too valuable to be squandered on average. Average feels safe but it’s not, it’s invisible. The choice to remain average is just another form of quitting.

While starting is thrilling, it’s not until you get through the dip that your efforts pay off.

If you’re not able to get through the dip, and get through it in an exceptional way, you must quit, now.

The opposite of quitting isn’t waiting around, no the opposite of quitting is rededication. The opposite of quitting is an invigorated new strategy, designed to break the problem apart.

Short term pain has more impact on most people than long term benefits do, which is it’s so important for you to amplify the long term benefits of not quitting.

No one quits the Boston marathon at mile 25.

Quit the tactics that aren’t working. Getting out of a cul-de-sac is not a moral failing, it’s just smart.

Failure happens when you give up. When there are no other options. When you quit so often that you’ve used up all your time and resources. Quitting smart is how you avoid failure.

Never quit something with long term potential just because you can’t deal with the stress of the moment.

Realising that quitting is worth your focus and consideration is the first step to becoming the best in the world.

If you enter a market too big or too loud for the kind of resources you have, your message is going to get lost.

If it’s not going to put a dent in the world, quit, right now. Quit and use that void to find the energy to assault the dip that matters.

More... A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy
Impact: ★★★★☆
ISBN: 0195374614
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Fluent Forever
Impact: ★★★★☆
ISBN: 0385348118
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La Teorio Nakamura
Impact: ★★☆☆☆
ISBN: 9788089366897
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How to Learn a Foreign Language
Impact: ★★★★☆
ISBN: 9781442369023
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Rakonto de Ovoj
Impact: ★★★☆☆
ISBN: 9874930785565
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The Internet of Money: Volume 1
Impact: ★★★★★
ISBN: 1537000454
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The Internet of Money: Volume 2
Impact: ★★★★★
ISBN: 194791006X
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Esperanto: Learning and Using the International Language
Impact: ★★★★★
ISBN: 154300654X
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Being Colloquial in Esperanto
Impact: ★★★★☆
ISBN: 0939785048
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The 5 Elements of Effective Thinking
Impact: ★★★★☆
ISBN: 9780691156668
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Fluent in 3 Months
Impact: ★★★☆☆
ISBN: 0007543921
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Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
Impact: ★★★★★
ISBN: 0961454733
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How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big
Impact: ★★★☆☆
ISBN: 1591847745
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Hegarty on Creativity: There Are No Rules
Impact: ★★★★☆
ISBN: 9780500517246
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Do the Work
Impact: ★★★☆☆
ISBN: 1936891379
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Steal Like An Artist 
Impact: ★★★☆☆
ISBN: 9780761169253
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Show Your Work!
Impact: ★★★☆☆
ISBN: 9780761178972
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And Then There Were None
Impact: ★☆☆☆☆
ISBN: 9780008123208
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How Children Succeed
Impact: ★★★★★
ISBN: 1847947115
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How to Win Friends and Influence People
Impact: ★★★★★
ISBN: 9780091906818
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Reminisces of a Stock Operator
Impact: ★★★★★
ISBN: 1946963062
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Delivering Happiness
Impact: ★★★★☆
ISBN: 9781455508907
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The Thank You Economy
Impact: ★★★★☆
ISBN: 9780061914188
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Predictably Irrational: The Hidden Forces That Shape Our Decisions
Impact: ★★★★★
ISBN: 0007256531
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Extraordinary Popular Delusions and the Madness of Crowds
Impact: ★★★☆☆
ISBN: 149036188X
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