For the most part of my life I did not pay much attention to books as I did not find them interesting. However as I got older and hopefully wiser, I found them the most significant resource of knowledge and motivation there is. The important thing is to figure out what type of books you enjoy and then you’ll jump from one book to another with a constant backlog of books in your Wish List.
Total Recall is one of the most surprising books I’ve read last year. I didn’t know much about Arnold Schwarzenegger apart from him being a former bodybuilder who played The Terminator and later became Governor of California. As it turns out, there is a lot more to his story.
Coming from humble beginnings but with a lot of drive and motivation he became one of the greatest bodybuilders of all-time. He won almost every trophy there is, including an impressive seven Mr. Olympia titles. Apart from training hard he was also an entrepreneur, promoting his own bodybuilding mail order and documentary, working as a builder, investing in Real Estate and becoming a millionaire even before his acting career took off. He served two terms as Governor of California and has supported a range of philanthropic causes over the years including After-School Programs and Special Olympics while donating millions in various charitable donations.
Man’s search for meaning is one of the best books you can read to help gain humility and get back to appreciating what you have and stop focusing of what society and marketing want you to think you need. His amazing story takes us through the time he experienced as a prisoner in various Nazi concentration camps and the horrors he suffered. Through self motivation and logotherapy he found a purpose to live despite the hard times. It makes you rethink your whole life and makes you understand that no matter how hard it gets “those who have a ‘why’ to live, can bear with almost any ‘how’” (Friedrich Nietzsche). This must-read book is one of the ten most influential books in the US and has been highly appreciated and recommended overtime.
Stephen R. Covey’s self-help book remains one of reference even after 30 years after he first published it. Focused around being effective in achieving goals, the author shares his vision about building good habits and following them on the road to achieving success, either in life or business. Personally his Four Quadrants of Time Management have been really helpful in organising my life and removing time wasting habits.
Rich dad poor dad was a real eye-opener for me at the time I read it. The book gave me another perspective about money and business while kick-starting my thirst for financial education. Kiyosaki shares his inspiring story of his two fathers, his real dad was a highly educated man but fiscally poor while the other (the father of his best friend) was a school drop-out who became a self-made millionaire. If you are looking for an easy book to read that is also a full of useful financial information and life teachings, then this is the perfect book to for you.
Using fun and accessible writing, the Schiff brothers illustrate through the story of the three man deserted on an island the use of capital, the destructive nature of consumer credit and the source of inflation amongst other basic principles of economics. The tales told here may appear simple of the surface, however they will leave you with a good understanding of How an Economy Grows and Why it Crashes.
Company of one challenges the status quo and argues bigger is not necessarily better when it comes to building a company. As happiness is a subjective matter and means different things to different people, the same can be said about the path we choose in building our business. With the right product and the right amount of automation you can build a very successful business without the need to expand or hire a lot of permanent staff. This is only one of multiple ideas the author debates throughout the book.
I’ve never been a golf fan and to be honest I don’t know much about about the sport. What I do know is from the Top 5 Highest-Paid Athletes Of All Time, three are golf players, Tiger Woods being one of them.
He started playing golf at the age of two and with his parent’s support he became one of the most decorated and accomplished golfers the game has ever seen. His life story is full of interesting episodes like the way his father used psychological warfare techniques to train him mentally, his turbulent sex life and his return to the number one spot after his public downfall and multiple back operations.
This is a book I cannot recommend this enough. Goleman’s Emotional Intelligence emphasises the importance of intelligence and provides compelling arguments about the multiple intelligences that exist. His interpretation of emotional intelligence is the ability to motivate one self and persist in the face of frustrations, to control impulse and delay gratification, to regulate one’s moods and keep the stress from swamping the ability to think, to empathise and to hope.
With more and more studies showing how toxic our phones are becoming to our mental health and what effect they are having on our intelligence, Cal Newport’s book Digital Minimalist argues his “philosophy that helps you question what digital communication tools add the most value to your life. It is motivated by the belief that intentionally and aggressively clearing away low-value digital noise, and optimizing your use of the tools that really matter, can significantly improve your life.”
If you haven’t seen it already around you, automation is the future. In The end of jobs, Taylor Pearson emphasises the importance of adapting to future difficulties that a lot of us will experience when all the “copy/paste jobs” will be replaced by AI machines. The focus on creative thinking, people skills and emotional intelligence will be a must if you don’t want to be left behind.
If you are on the road from employee to entrepreneurship and haven’t made the leap just yet, this book may be of help. The Side Hustle provides helpful tips for building another stream of income before deciding to quit your job. Definitely a good read for people who want to start a small business.
History is important as for those who fail to learn from the mistakes of their predecessors are destined to repeat them . Apart from the history of mankind, Sapiens gives a brief overview about the history of religion, money, capitalism and how great empires came to be, arguing both parts of the coin. The book challenges everything we thought we knew about being human: our thoughts, our actions, are behaviour and our pursuit of happiness.
In Brave new world, Aldous Huxley imagined an engineered society where everyone takes a daily pill that makes them happy and where everyone plays a role exactly suited to their desires and abilities. People indulge in every craving and buy things which keeps them from ever feeling any real passion or frustration. When they do feel something they take another pill to keep them happy again.
Thinking about the world we live in today, how far-fetched does this book, written almost 100 years ago, seems to you?