One hundred and seventy-seven books that I've read. Created with Readwise.
This completely changed my view of humanity's place in the world, our accepted societal structures and everything we perceive to be 'normal'. I used to think history was boring, however this book opened my eyes to the incredible breadth of knowledge which can be learned from studying humanity's journey to this point in time.
Stoicism is a practical guide to living in an inherently unpredictable world. This book is amongst my all time favourites and provides an extremely accessible and actionable overview of Stoicism's key teachings. The learnings from this book help me on a daily basis, especially in controlling my response to negative events.
If you were to read only one business book, I would recommend this! It provides bite-sized insights into the various business functions - Value creation, Marketing, Sales, Finance etc. The section on the human mind has curated highlights from the best behavioral economics books.
A superb exploration of how we perceive our general happiness levels and various quirks of the human brain. Interesting deep dive on the limitations of human memory and how comparison has such an impact on happiness. This book also introduced me to the concept of hedonic adaption.
"Your mind is for having ideas, not holding them." GTD - 10x your To-do/Check lists with this framework to increase productivity and reduce stress. I use the principles taught in this book every day to manage all activities in my life.
Understand the media system designed to trick and steal every second of the most precious resource in the world—people’s time. This absolute must-read will transform your view of the media.
Quirky book of short tales which explore 40 different versions of what the afterlife is like. Amusing and profound!
Happiness brings success, not the other way round. Seven digestible principles for cultivating a happy mind are outlined in this positive read.
Geography plays a key role in global politics and economics. This book's 10 chapters focus on Russia, China, the USA, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Japan and Korea, and Greenland and the Arctic. Each chapter explores the geography of the selected region and the influence it has on geo-political strategies of the world powers.
Focus, avoid multi-tasking and engage in prolonged deep meaningful work. Great tips for anyone frustrated by the constant stream of notifications, emails and daily distractions.
Concise read from the founders of Basecamp with many actionable takeaways to improve focus, decisiveness and productivity in the workplace. Recommended read for anyone in a startup or those looking to bring a startup mentality to their current job.
Amongst the most famous personal development classics, and with good reason. Discover 30 common sense tips to enhance your social skills and interactions with others.
Written by a psychiatrist held prisoner in the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War 2, the author's message of finding hope and greater meaning in the midst of suffering has proved to be extremely popular and inspirational to others.
This popular book explores the tactics used by successful technology companies to create engaging and addictive products. A must read for anyone working on a consumer tech product.
The latest book from the author of the hugely popular Sapiens explores current affairs and the immediate future of human societies. The author focuses on the biggest challenges facing the world now, including; Technological disruption, climate change and nuclear war.
Small improvements made every day compound and lead to huge growth. Little, everyday decisions will either take you to the life you desire or to disaster by default.
Scott Adams is best known for creating the Dilbert cartoon strip and predicting Trump’s win more than a year ahead of the result! He shares his fascinating life story and techniques which he believes can drive anyone to success. Goals are for losers, Systems are for winners.
Light and enjoyable read on the origins of the hugely popular ‘Tough Mudder’ adventure race and the growth of it’s devout community.
Inspirational and moving story of how a young rugby star came to terms with a horrific diving accident that left him paralysed from the neck down. This short book gave much food for thought on the value of practising daily gratitude, focusing on what lies within your control and the power of a strong support network to overcome incredible obstacles.
Ignore the scammy title, this popular personal finance book gives a superb intro to increasing wealth by explaining how to manage current accounts, savings accounts, pensions and an investment portfolio. The learnings are easy to digest and apply.
I don't follow Brexit at all, yet my default has always been that it's foolish to leave the EU. It was extremely insightful to read the opposing view and listen to the argument of those who voted to leave.
Fantastic insight into billionaire Peter Thiel’s 10-year stealth campaign to bring down Gawker Media. The book outlines Gawker writers treatment of journalism like a game, where scandalous articles and pages views were the ultimate prizes. The ethics of Thiel using his wealth to shutter a business that slighted him are examined in a fair and balanced coverage of the dramatic lawsuit.
Discover the origins and the meteoritic rise of Airbnb & Uber. Great insight into their respective resilience in surmounting the challenges of regulators, industry incumbents, and fearsome rivals!
A must-read for anyone interested in startups or looking to launch a side project. Launch early, learn from feedback and improve quickly.
A long and dense read, with some very interesting discussions including bioengineering, the potential role of humans in a rapidly advancing technological future and an examination of our attitudes to animals. I originally gave this a lower rating, but time has enabled the main points to sink in and be appreciated!
The grandfather of personal development books, this dense best seller has some great actionable takeaways in each of the seven principles.
Introducing startup thinking and a specialised innovation function to a large corporate can be challenging. Discover useful techniques for creating innovation teams and measuring their success in a corporate environment.
Enthralling first-hand account of the ever-challenging career of a successful Neurosurgeon. The devastating brain tumors and catastrophic operations gave me a reason to reflect on my own mortality. I also felt extremely lucky that as a tech worker a bad day at the office can never reach the harrowing lows of some professions!
This would be a super read for a CEO scaling a large tech startup and facing many challenging decisions. Unfortunately, I am not in such position, hence my low rating for a book which many seem to love.
The 5 love languages is an interesting and popular framework for helping navigate the ever complex world of love. Think of a personality test, but one which focuses exclusively on how we express and feel love!
Enjoyable short book of old school quotes. Although many seem quite similar, skim through and you'll no doubt pick up a few gems.
Many people do not put much consideration in their choices and go with default options. This explores how carefully designed defaults can impact peoples behaviour.
Strategy book outlining the tools and frameworks P&G use to win in their many business lines. This was pretty repetitive.
Good message, however infinitely more suitable as a blog post than a full book.