If there was an overarching theme for how I chose books to read last year, it was based on the Jim Rohn quote, “Don’t wish it was easier wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenge wish for more wisdom”. In hindsight, it fits quite well, but of course I didn’t think of that till now:) I had heard the quote at the Brad Sugar’s event Ryan and I went to in November 2015 and it has stayed in the back of my mind since. Just waiting for the perfect post to use it in!
As most of you know, I am an avid reader and that is how I like to build skills. I thought it was time for another post on books that have influenced me and you may enjoy reading as well.
- Dreaming Yourself Awake: Lucid Dreaming and Tibetan Dream Yoga for Insight and Transformation
- A fascinating read if you have any interest in your dreams and how to become lucid while dreaming. The first part is pretty easy to follow but the section on dream yoga gets a little dense, really cool though.
- Ego Is the Enemy
- As a fan of Ryan Holiday, I enjoyed this easy yet though provoking read.
- The Science of Getting Rich
- A short classic on as the title states, getting rich. If you liked Think and Grow Rich, you will enjoy this as well.
- Creating Money: Attracting Abundance (Sanaya Roman)
- More of a new age approach to wealth but I like this perspective, it makes sense to me.
- Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
- Hopefully this book and the sequel Homo Deus become part of college courses. The book description will do a better job of explaining the topic but I’ll just say it’s mind blowing!
- Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow
- Combine this with The Inevitable and Bold and you will have a good idea of future trends and technologies.
- The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future
- Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World
- Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us
- My first Seth Godin book and a fun read. A useful concept for marketers.
- Outliers: The Story of Success
- Rethink the story of success.
- The Star Principle
- Mirrors the principles in the 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing and Zero to One, a great read for entrepreneurs. I also like Richard Koch’s super connectors and 80/20 books.
- Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers
- A big book but if you read a chapter a night you will not only feel smarter, but have a sense of accomplishment upon finishing:) Very tactical as is all of Tim Ferriss’ work.
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