Read: Zero to One by Peter Thiel

Zero to One

Can this just be the bible for every start-up? Ever since I started my own thing this year (plus working with several other start-ups) I’ve been looking for guidance. Diving deep into the world of hustle, I find myself pivoting from one strategy to the other, figuring out what to do through a mix of instinct, trial and error, and the ever-so-reliable Google. In addition, asking other entrepreneurs how they do what they do, and why they do what they do is something that keeps me learning.

Although there is no one size fits all solution for business, I still feel like reading other entrepreneur’s advice is integral to my own decision-making process. Zero to One by Peter Thiel is something that really made me highlight the **** out of this book. I just really love the core message of creating something new, and not copying what everyone else is doing. I would highly recommend you read this, unless you’re like my sister (ahem, @rosarioherrera), who wants to know the summary right away, then click this YouTube video that cleverly draws out the key insights.

Explore: Kubrick


A few weeks ago, my friend took me to Kubrick, a bookstore-cafe that’s off my usual beaten path. Located in Yau Ma Tei, connected to the art house Broadway Cinematheque, this store had a charming air of authenticity and character that was so refreshing to walk into.

I am such a bookworm, and found myself digging into the stacks and stacks of obscure titles that I wouldn’t normally see in other bookstores. The reading culture has changed so much, with some bookstores focusing on only selling best-sellers (it’s a business after all), to the instant gratification attention span of people reading tweets/facebook/online media.

Digging into a good book requires time. It requires depth. It requires you to lock yourself away and get lost in something. Some people don’t do that anymore because they either don’t have the time, or they don’t care. (*cries inside!*)

But this place really brought me back to why I love reading. I love digesting words and thoughts. I love imagining things. But most of all, I love the smell of paper.

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Read: Essays In Love

essays in love

Here is 2/26 of my #MarathonBookClub reading list. I picked this up in an airport bookstore (again!), as I find that is usually the place where I find something that I am meant to read. This book, Essays In Love, by Alain de Botton caught my eye. I’ve read a few of his books already and I always feel like he gives great insight and anaylysis into whatever he writes about.

Linking philosophical ideas and love this time, but blended within a fictional story, makes this quite an easy read. De Botton picks up on the details, the seemingly non-important elements to romance, that are relevant in the overall picture of a relationship. Perspective shift much?

Mental note to self: Pick up more of his books for the future.

Read: Second Chance by Robert Kiyosaki

Second Chance

People ask if I’m reading a relationship book and I said “Yes, it’s my relationship with my money.”

At the start of the year, I made a commitment to myself to really learn more about personal finance. And once I did,  Second Chance by Robert Kiyosaki, popped out on the shelves of an airport bookstore. Synchronicity!

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Read: The Woman I Wanted To Be

The Woman I Wanted To Be

I spotted The Woman I Wanted To Be by Diane Von Furstenberg it in the airport bookstore as I was about to board my flight back to Manila. I was always of fan of Diane and her work, more so, her messages about being independent.

I was so curious to learn more about her life and career that I felt like this was a great introduction for anyone who wants to learn more about the character of this highly-praised designer.

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Read: Daring Greatly

Daring Greatly

Daring Greatly by Brené Brown is an interesting dive into the world of vulnerability. I have to admit I am still in the midst of reading this book, but I felt so moved by it that I knew I had to blog about it right away.

Because in a time when everyone wants to create an image of a cool, perfect instagram life with perfect outfits, perfect parties, and perfect desserts (Hey, I’m guilt of this as well!)- this book tears that idea apart and really asks you to peel off these layers and be yourself.

Be Vulnerable. Allow others to really see you…. and that’s some scary sh*t right there.

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