The Second Mountain: How People Move from the Prison of Self to the Joy of Commitment [Audiobook]

The Second Mountain: How People Move from the Prison of Self to the Joy of Commitment [Audiobook]
The Second Mountain: How People Move from the Prison of Self to the Joy of Commitment [Audiobook] by David Brooks, read by Arthur Morey
2019 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 12h 58m | 335.75/1.51MB

Everybody tells you to live for a cause larger than yourself, but how exactly do you do it? The best-selling author of The Road to Character explores what it takes to lead a meaningful life in a self-centered world.

Every so often, you meet people who radiate joy - who seem to know why they were put on this earth, who glow with a kind of inner light. Life, for these people, has often followed what we might think of as a two-mountain shape. They get out of school, they start a career, and they begin climbing the mountain they thought they were meant to climb. Their goals on this first mountain are the ones our culture endorses: to be a success, to make your mark, to experience personal happiness. But when they get to the top of that mountain, something happens. They look around and find the view...unsatisfying. They realize: This wasn't my mountain after all. There's another, bigger mountain out there that is actually my mountain. And so they embark on a new journey.

On the second mountain, life moves from self-centered to other-centered. They want the things that are truly worth wanting, not the things other people tell them to want. They embrace a life of interdependence, not independence. They surrender to a life of commitment.

In The Second Mountain, David Brooks explores the four commitments that define a life of meaning and purpose: to a spouse and family, to a vocation, to a philosophy or faith, and to a community. Our personal fulfillment depends on how well we choose and execute these commitments. Brooks looks at a range of people who have lived joyous, committed lives, and who have embraced the necessity and beauty of dependence. He gathers their wisdom on how to choose a partner, how to pick a vocation, how to live out a philosophy, and how we can begin to integrate our commitments into one overriding purpose.

In short, this audiobook is meant to help us all lead more meaningful lives. But it's also a provocative social commentary. We live in a society, Brooks argues, that celebrates freedom, that tells us to be true to ourselves, at the expense of surrendering to a cause, rooting ourselves in a neighborhood, binding ourselves to others by social solidarity and love. We have taken individualism to the extreme - and in the process we have torn the social fabric in a thousand different ways. The path to repair is through making deeper commitments. In The Second Mountain, Brooks reveals what can happen when we put commitment-making at the center of our lives.

Blueprint to Business: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Taking Action, Committing to the Grind, and Doing the Things That Most People Won't [Audiobook]

Blueprint to Business: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Taking Action, Committing to the Grind, and Doing the Things That Most People Won't [Audiobook]
Blueprint to Business: An Entrepreneur's Guide to Taking Action, Committing to the Grind, and Doing the Things That Most People Won't [Audiobook] by Michael Alden, read by the Author
2019 | M4B@64 kbps + EPUB | 4h 5m | 111.51/0.91MB

A must-listen for any would-be entrepreneur

Blueprint to Business is the ultimate guide to becoming a successful entrepreneur. Best-selling author and CEO Mike Alden puts aside the rainbows and sunshine, gets real about what it takes to "make it", and gives you the real-world guidance you need to hear. Through anecdotes and advice, he shares his experiences along with those of other top founders and entrepreneurs to give you a realistic picture of what it takes to build a business. It's a bit of tough love, a healthy dose of reality, and a tremendously motivating guide to striking out on your own; from motivation and commitment to business licenses and the IRS, this guide is your personal audio handbook for the biggest adventure of your career.

So you want to start a business: how much are you willing to commit in terms of time, money, and energy? How do you plan to bring in customers? What will set you apart from the crowd? What will convince clients to come to you rather than your competitor with an established track record? These questions must be answered before you even begin planning - and then, you have to make that canyon-sized leap from planning to doing. This book guides you through the early stages with practical advice from a real-world perspective.

The Business of Changing the World: How Billionaires, Tech Disrupters, and Social Entrepreneurs Are Transforming the Global Aid Industry [Audiobook]

The Business of Changing the World: How Billionaires, Tech Disrupters, and Social Entrepreneurs Are Transforming the Global Aid Industry [Audiobook]
The Business of Changing the World: How Billionaires, Tech Disrupters, and Social Entrepreneurs Are Transforming the Global Aid Industry [Audiobook] by Raj Kumar, read by Adam Vikas
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 8h 34m | 235.48/2.19MB

Tech entrepreneurs bring their thinking to "giving"...bringing a data-driven, results-oriented approach to revolutionize the space.

Today, entrepreneurs, Silicon Valley start-ups, and celebrity activists are the driving force in a radical shift in the way we think about lifting people out of poverty. In this new era of data-driven, results-oriented global aid, it's no longer enough to be a well-intentioned do-gooder or for the wealthy to donate an infinitesimal part of their assets to people without a home or basic nutrition. What matter now in the world of aid are measurable improvements and demonstrable long-term change.

Drawing on two decades of research and his own experiences as an expert in global development, Raj Kumar, founder and president of Devex, explores the successes and failures of nontraditional models of philanthropy. According to Kumar, a new billionaire boom is fundamentally changing the landscape of how we give, from well-established charitable organizations like the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to Starbucks and other businesses that see themselves as social enterprises, to entrepreneurial start-ups like Hello Tractor, a farm-equipment-sharing app for farmers in Nigeria, and Give Directly, an app that allows individuals to send money straight to the mobile phone of someone in need. The result is a more sustainable philosophy of aid that elevates the voices of people in need as neighbors, partners, and customers.

Refreshing and accessibly written, The Business of Changing the World sets forth a bold vision for how businesses, policymakers, civil society organizations, and individuals can turn well-intentioned charity into effective advocacy to transform our world for good.

Wired That Way: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding and Maximizing Your Personality Type [Audiobook]

Wired That Way: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding and Maximizing Your Personality Type [Audiobook]
Wired That Way: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding and Maximizing Your Personality Type [Audiobook] by Marita Littauer, Florence Littauer, read by Janet Metzger
2019 | MP3@64 kbps + EPUB | 10h 6m | 277.78/2.21MB

Do you want to better understand yourself, maximize your strengths, and improve your relationships?

Understanding how we are wired can enrich our lives and our relationships, helping to overcome differences that can seem irreconcilable. Instead of terminating jobs, friendships, or marriage on grounds of incompatibility, it is possible to turn these relationships from dying to growing.

For more than 25 years, Marita Littauer, with her mother, Florence Littauer, has helped thousands of men and women with their personal and professional relationships. In Wired That Way, Marita brings together a comprehensive overview of the personality types that speaks to anyone who wants to understand and to be understood.

Real-World Machine Learning [Audiobook]

Real-World Machine Learning [Audiobook]
Real-World Machine Learning [Audiobook] by Henrik Brink, Joseph Richards, Mark Fetherolf, read by Lisa Farina
2018 | M4B@64 kbps + PDF | 7 hours | 195.75 MB

Real-World Machine Learning will teach you the concepts and techniques you need to be a successful machine learning practitioner without overdosing you on abstract theory and complex mathematics. By working through immediately relevant examples in Python, you'll build skills in data acquisition and modeling, classification, and regression. You'll also explore the most important tasks like model validation, optimization, scalability, and real-time streaming. When you're done, you'll be ready to successfully build, deploy, and maintain your own powerful ML systems.

Machine learning systems help you find valuable insights and patterns in data, which you'd never recognize with traditional methods. In the real world, ML techniques give you a way to identify trends, forecast behavior, and make fact-based recommendations. It's a hot and growing field, and up-to-speed ML developers are in demand.

What's inside:

  • Predicting future behavior
  • Performance evaluation and optimization
  • Analyzing sentiment and making recommendations

No prior machine learning experience assumed, but you should know Python.

Henrik Brink, Joseph Richards, and Mark Fetherolf are experienced data scientists engaged in the daily practice of machine learning.