Ranging from CDs I played during my angsty teenage years to something I read last week to an embarrassing guilty pleasure, these works and artists have had a profound impact on my work and approach to life. Hyperlinks are provided for the lesser known works.

“What $50 Buys You at Huaqiangbei, the World’s Most Fascinating Electronic Market.”, by Keyboardio | “How to Pick Your Life Partner”, by Tim Urban | “The Cook and the Chef”, by Tim Urban | “Inventing on Principle”, by Bret Victor

Adele | Alexisonfire | Ariana Grande | Atreyu | Justin Bieber | Billy Talent | Daft Punk | deadmau5 | Evanescence | The Glitch Mob | Hoobastank | Infected Mushroom | The Killers | Madeon | Junichi Masuda | Metallica | Mikkas | OK Go | OVERWERK | Porter Robinson | The Reign of Kindo | Sara Bareilles | Skrillex | Snow Patrol | TheFatRat | Taylor Swift | Turquoise Jeep Records | Antonio Vivaldi | Hans Zimmer

“Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother”, by Amy Chua | “Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else”, by Geoff Colvin | “The 4-Hour Workweek”, by Timothy Ferriss | “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”, by Marie Kondo | “So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love”, by Cal Newport | Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling | “I Will Teach You To Be Rich”, by Ramit Sethi | “Elon Musk: Inventing the Future”, by Ashlee Vance | “The Motivation Hacker”, by Nick Winter

Being Erica | Black Mirror | Cars | The Dark Knight | Desperate Housewives | Digimon | Gattaca | The Great Gatsby | Grey’s Anatomy | Hidden Figures | How I Met Your Mother | I Am Legend | Inception | Iron Man trilogy | Jiro Dreams of Sushi | Lava | Limitless | The Lord of the Rings trilogy | Mostly Ghostly 3: One Night in Doom House (featuring Vivian Full!) | Mulan | The Phantom of the Opera | Pokemon | RENT | Saving Face | Sense8 | Shark Tank | Sherlock | Star Wars | Suits | Tron: Legacy | WALL-E | Wicked | X-Men series

Beat Hazard | Pokemon handheld series | Shenzhen I/O | Super Mario World

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