This is a list of career-advice books I give to people who want to expand their mindset and knowledge base. I might have (intentionally) missed some and haven’t included my favorite cook books and food theory books. Maybe another time.
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Ranked in order of importance is from Top to Bottom
So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport – best book in the world about career advice. This will resonate with you if you are an emerging leader!
Originals by Adam Grant – Anecdotes about people who are original. Lots of good facts and theories on what makes ideas pop
Anyway You Want by Derek Sivers – Short book with a lot of good life advice. Controversial to most
Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari – Oddly addictive book about how humans have evolved into what we are today. Very well written and makes you think. Read with an open mind.
Steve Jobs by Walter Issacson – a monster of a book but makes you really respect Steve Jobs
Creativity Inc by Ed Catmall – synergies really well with Steve Job’s autobiography. It’s about making a creative environment
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How to be Like Walt by Jim Denney– Great book about Walt and takeaways on how he was so innovative
Ego is the Enemy by Ryan Holiday – A short book on how ego can screw you over
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho– Great feel-good book about destiny and goals
Deep Work by Cal Newport – About how to achieve “flow” and be productive in a short amount of time. Not as good as I thought.
The Ultimate Sales Machine by Chet Holmes – You should always read sales books as a technical person. It makes you better as a whole
The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing by Jack Trout – You should also read marketing books
Zero to One by Peter Thiel – Great book about how to make an unstoppable product
The Lean Startup by Eric Ries – Good book about start ups and innovation the concept of a Minimum Viable product is vital in life
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill- This is a classic. It’s big on mindset. Gets weird at the end.
The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles – Very interesting book of the same vein as Think and Grow Rich. Much of the book is about the abundance mindset
The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz – Cheezy advice that if you imagine it, you can do it
Tools of Titan by Tim Ferriss – Monster of a book. Has a lot of good info but it can be overwhelming to read
Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth and Impact the World by Peter H Diamands and Steve Kolter – Great book about how things eventually become commoditized and now is the perfect time to be creative
Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely – A book explaining why we do dumb things
The Black Swan by Nassim Taleb – Very dense book with nuggets of info and you have to dig deep to really find its value
What I Learned Losing a Million Dollars by Jim Paul – Entertaining first half, ok advice in the second half. See Ego is the Enemy
The Art of Start 2.0 – Very good startup book if you’re into that. Also a good innovation sparking book
Stumbling Upon Happiness – A book about the science of happiness. The takeaways are very controversial
The Virgin Way by Richard Branson –A nice book, but I couldn’t take away much from this. Good stories
How Music Works by David Burke – Food and music are more similar than you think. It’s a good book, but very dense on the music info
Emotional Intelligence 2.0 by Travis Bradberry – A personality test book. It’s a good info book but that’s all.
The War of Art by Steven Pressfield – Highly recommended book according to others, but didn’t resonate with me.
Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki – Baby’s first finance book. I didn’t like it that he sold out but whatever