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Hello!

I'm Candost.

I used to think that reading will make me smart.


One day, ten pages before finishing a book, I realized that I had read that same book before. At that point, my life changed.


Now, I don't care how many books I read; I take many notes, connect dots, and share what I've found on my blog, my newsletter, my podcast, and Twitter.

Want to know me more? Read my "about page."

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Popular Articles

How to Stop Endless Discussions

How to Stop Endless Discussions

When we find ourselves in endless debates where everyone defends their idea, we don't know how to handle the situation. We eventually find a way out, but what we need is an excellent system.

The Decision-Making Pendulum

The Decision-Making Pendulum

The inflexibility in decision-making is at the root of various problems. Many leaders either use a lot of authority or seek consensus. What they need is a pendulum.

Don't Assume Consensus In Absence of Objection

If you ask me what would be my advice to mid-level software engineers these days, it would be to stay where you are if you don’t have a stressful problem and if you’re learning.

Do Not Change Your Job

Do Not Change Your Job

If you ask me what would be my advice to mid-level software engineers these days, it would be to stay where you are if you don’t have a stressful problem and if you’re learning.

Mektup

A newsletter that goes out every second Tuesday and contains letters to software engineers who want to become leaders in the software industry.

Software World with Candost Podcast

I'm uncovering the journeys of people and software systems. I interview the experts or talk alone about a topic I'm researching or thinking about software engineering.

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Book Reviews & Notes

Turn The Ship Around by David Marquet

A business novel from Navy Captain David Marquet explains intent-based leadership and identifies how the leader-follower approach is ineffective.

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck by Mark Manson

"Our desire is no longer material; it's existential."
The book is about understanding life a little bit better by accepting the pain and giving up trying.

Worth Doing Wrong by Arnie Malham

Arnie Malham talks about what they did specifically to change the culture in cj Advertising. They changed the culture with many small steps, not with one big jump. Making it wrong with small steps to make it right is the message of the book.

Make Time by Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky

Make Time is written by the bestselling authors Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky, the authors of Sprint: Solve Big Problems and Test New Ideas in Just Five Days.

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