The new trend of accepting human limitations

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The list author says: "There are hundreds of thousands of books that seek to push you to your physical and mental limits. But while it's great to improve yourself and strive for higher levels of education achievement, there is also something to be said for accepting yourself the way you are -- warts and all."
Checklist Manifesto How to Get Things Right
1.  Checklist Manifesto How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande
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  "While we adore the idea of the superhero overachiever, there is a lot to be said for double checking and making sure you're not cutting off the wrong leg.  Adding checklists cuts down on 80% of medical errors."
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Why We Make Mistakes: How We Look Without Seeing, Forget Things in Seconds, and Are All Pretty Sure We Are Way Above Average
2.  Why We Make Mistakes: How We Look Without Seeing, Forget Things in Seconds, and Are All Pretty Sure We Are Way Above Average by Joseph T. Hallinan
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  "Greater accuracy is achieved by slowing down and doing one thing at a time."
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Parkinson's Law: And Other Studies in Administration
3.  Parkinson's Law: And Other Studies in Administration by C. Northcote Parkinson
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  "This is a timeless classic of seeing past the veneer of bureaucratic behavior and understanding what really drives individual behavior in large organizations."
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A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder--How Crammed Closets, Cluttered Offices, and On-the-Fly Planning Make the World a Better Place
4.  A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder--How Crammed Closets, Cluttered Offices, and On-the-Fly Planning Make the World a Better Place by Eric Abrahamson
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  "A Perfect Mess shatters the myths that messiness and disorder are bad things.  It counters an often pointless, counterproductive and demoralizing bias toward neatness and organization in our society."
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Principles of Applied Stupidity (How to Get and Do More by Thinking and Knowing Less)
5.  Principles of Applied Stupidity (How to Get and Do More by Thinking and Knowing Less) by Justin Locke
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  "This entertaining half-management, half-self-help book explains the enormous power to be gained by  "embracing your inner idiot" and the many benefits that result from thinking and knowing less."
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Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition
6.  Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition by Michael J. Mauboussin
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  "Some of the worst disasters in recent history—the collapse of major investment banks, the global financial meltdown—were the result of seemingly reasonable decisions made by a lot of smart people. The author categorizes common mental mistakes and offers actionable advice for avoiding them."
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