What books do you keep on your desk?

Pretty much what the title says, is there any book that you always keep on your desk? I am looking for broad books about IB that are not completely academic so I can reference if I need to. Or even if it's not about finance, it would be nice to hear about the books you like to check multiple times

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Jul 22, 2020 - 9:34am

Bering Strait:

?

for when he finishes his first book

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

https://arthuxtable.com/
 
Jul 22, 2020 - 2:27pm

I believe in this book, because I believe we are at war.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
Jul 15, 2020 - 3:15pm

Real estate (obviously) but I have the following along with a stack of Harvard Business Reviews, Urban Land Magazines, and The Economists:

  • The Death and Life of Great American Cities
  • Walkable City Rules
  • Making it in Real Estate: Starting Out as a Developer
  • Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity
  • Utopia for Realists: How We Can Build the Ideal World

I have many other real estate books, like my signed copy of Raising The Bar: The Life and Work of Gerald D. Hines, but most are at home.

Commercial Real Estate Developer

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Jul 18, 2020 - 12:39pm

CRE How did you like Death and Life? I finished it recently and overall really liked the message, especially that it left the room open for private development that wouldn't be overly stifled by planning/zoning. However, I'm in weird niche where if I brought that into the office I don't think it would be looked up too favorably.

Quant (ˈkwÀnt) n: An expert, someone who knows more and more about less and less until they know everything about nothing.

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Jul 20, 2020 - 6:55am

I enjoyed it tremendously. I think she was a visionary and that you can see her ideas, from the 60's, replicated and amplified in the movement back to cities over the last two decades.

What makes you think your office mates wouldn't like it on your desk?

Commercial Real Estate Developer

 
Jul 21, 2020 - 9:14pm

I have a recommendation for you but it may get me doxxed, PM?

Be excellent to each other, and party on, dudes.
 
Jul 22, 2020 - 7:18am

Yeah, of course. Shoot me a message.

Commercial Real Estate Developer

 
Jul 15, 2020 - 3:23pm

1) How To Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie
2) 12 Rules For Life by Jordan Peterson

Both of these books have made a great influence on my life. I keep them on my desk whenever I need to remind myself of certain things such as:

"Don't condemn, criticize, or complain"
"Stand up straight with your shoulders back"

 
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Jul 15, 2020 - 10:09pm

For fun:
-Lake Success: Easy read. about a HF manager who has a midlife crisis
-King of Capital: Good bio on Blackstone/Steve Schwarzman
-When genius failed
-Fooled by Randomness
(I know the last two are more trading oriented but I tend to not keep the usual stuff like Liars Poker because everyone "claims" to have read them so they perceive you as basic. Barbarians at the Gate my be a good one though)

For biz:
-Bloomberg magazines
-Training the Street materials from my training: just to kind of give me guidance if I'm ever stuck on a specific logic

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Jul 17, 2020 - 8:05am

yes, it is more technical but if you want to learn more about derivatives it can be a good way to understand them. I actually had to read it as part of a college course.

 
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Jul 16, 2020 - 5:51am

Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill

The original training manual that Jordan Belfort used at Stratton-Oakmont Inc, notably heavy on Napoleon Hill philosophy. not sure where I found the above pdf online but if any monkeys are interested, I can see if I can upload it.

 
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Jul 18, 2020 - 11:32am

hey. here is the link from where I got mine from

he sends it to your email. If not post your email here and I will send you the pdf directly cos can't upload pdf from app

 
Jul 22, 2020 - 2:30pm

Wow - I can't believe you would say that on a public forum.

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"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

 
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Jul 16, 2020 - 2:57pm

Currently reading: Liar's Poker
Recently finished: Too Big To Fail
Still on the self:
- When Genius Failed
- Flashboys
Still want to buy:
- Barbarians at the Gate
- De Prooi (Dutch)
- Big Deal - Wasserstein
- Bloodsport: When Ruthless Dealmakers, Shrewd Ideologues, and Brawling Lawyers Toppled the Corporate Establishment

Currently also reading "Mastering Private Equity" by Zeisberger, Prahl & White.

 
Jul 16, 2020 - 10:48pm

Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor E. Frankl

Designing Data Intensive Applications - Martin Kleppmann

Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic miracle - Dan Senor & Saul Singer

β€œThe three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.” - Nassim Taleb
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Jul 22, 2020 - 9:33am

Malta:

Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor E. Frankl

Designing Data Intensive Applications - Martin Kleppmann

Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic miracle - Dan Senor & Saul Singer


bro you're just casually taking breaks from your spreadsheets to read a couple pages of holocaust suffering accounts? fuck outa here
heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

https://arthuxtable.com/
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Jul 22, 2020 - 11:47am

I don't work in finance so no spreadsheets for me. But yeah, helps keep life in perspective

β€œThe three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.” - Nassim Taleb
 
Jul 22, 2020 - 2:31pm

GoldenCinderblock:

Malta:

Man's Search for Meaning - Viktor E. Frankl

Designing Data Intensive Applications - Martin Kleppmann

Start-Up Nation: The Story of Israel's Economic miracle - Dan Senor & Saul Singer


bro you're just casually taking breaks from your spreadsheets to read a couple pages of holocaust suffering accounts? fuck outa here

Man's Search for Meaning is a classic book

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Jul 22, 2020 - 9:32am

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heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

https://arthuxtable.com/
 
Jul 22, 2020 - 12:48pm

Listening to the audiobook of Antifragility rn by Nassim Taleb. Really good book. A tip for people like me who don't like to sit down and read, get audiobooks and listen to them whenever you play video games (assuming the game is somewhat mindless), you will fly through books

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