Book Summary: The Confidence Code

“Conviction, courage, confidence!”

One of my spin instructors starts a tough class with this quip. He says this and something in my mind shifts. My legs get going on the bike and I tune everything else out.

Outside of spin class, I have battles with confidence. I’ve done things like: staying quiet in meetings because I didn’t want to sound stupid, not putting my work out there because I believed it wasn’t good enough, and letting someone else lead a project because I questioned if I could do it.

From talking to peers and friends, I know that confidence issues are common, especially among women. Many creative people struggle with the confidence to put work out in the world because inner voices get in the way. How can we be more confident?

I recently read The Confidence Code to try to understand this.

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Book Review: Datacylsm Who We Are

Dataclysm Paperback Cover

Dataclysm: Who We Are explores how we interact online through data. It’s about who we are, at a macro scale.

Christian Rudder is a co-founder of OKcupid, but he uses data from the online giants – Facebook, Twitter, Google, and yes OKCupid – to share how we behave online. The good, the bad, the ugly.

Flipping through this book, the red data, charts, and graphs stand out immediately. This book is for all the Tufte nerds out there (myself included)!

Dataclysm Example Graphs

Rudder delves into the better sides of ourselves, and the not so pretty sides. Race, politics, love, it’s all exposed here.

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Book Review: Far & Away

“Travellers venture forth because they want to experience a place, not just see it.”

In Far & Away, Andrew Solomon collects his essays and reporting from seven continents and 24 countries, over the period of 25 years. He tends to travel to countries when they are going through dramatic change, upheaval, or modernization.


Solomon visits South Africa after apartheid, Russia before and after the breakup of the USSR, China over the period of a decade, Rio in the years leading up the Olympics, Mongolia as nomads try to keep their way of life, and Myanmar after limited democratic elections.

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