“Education begins the gentleman, but reading, good company and reflection must finish him.” – John Locke As part of my yearly review, I’ve looked back at the 46 books I read this year to find out which ones I’d recommend others read too. Capping this to just ten books was difficult, because so many of them were great – so I’ve added a shortlist of “honorable mentions” at the bottom as well. Happy reading! (PS: As part of the annual review process, …
7/10. Online businesses provide financial freedom and flexibility, and are now viable options for anyone with Wi-Fi and willingness to work hard. In this book, Ramit Sethi explains the fundamentals of online businesses; what they are, and how you can build your own.
The Minimalists share their story of transition from suit'n'tie corporate guys with priorities out of whack, towards living an intentional, well-curated life with less stuff and clutter. This book led me down the life-changing path of minimalism a few years ago. Afterwards, I went to work on getting my own priorities in order. I absolutely love this book and recommend it for just about everyone. It's one of very few books that fundamentally changed my life for the better.
8/10. Choosing a career path is one of the most important decisions we all make in our lives, and our choices can massively impact the our own lives and other people. Yet, what aspects we consider important vary wildly from person to person. This book argues that the potential to make a positive impact in the world should be emphasised strongly when making career choices.
8/10. The author is a serial entrepreneur and venture capitalist in San Francisco. In this book, he shares the 10 most common reasons why technology founders fail, and how to avoid them. The fallacies presented are useful to be aware of, but I think the underlying startup stories in the book is what makes it an interesting read.
Superconnector Jayson Gaignard shares the least sleazy networking advice I know – invite awesome, interesting people to dinner! Applying the lessons from this book has lead to loads of new relationships that I still cherish to this day. If you like connecting good people, you'll love this book.
To be effective, you must to know yourself, and to act accordingly. By being aware of your strengths, weaknesses, how you learn and how you work best, you are able to make better decisions and create better results. It is short, to the point and very useful - read it if you're interested in personal growth and increasing your overall effectiveness.
Entrepreneur and practical philosopher Derek Sivers shares his best wisdom in this short book that you can read in an hour or two. It is JAM PACKED with great advice – primarily about business, but he also adds a good deal of life advice to the mix. Read it if are or aspire to be an entrepreneur of any kind.
Rating: 10/10 Finished: 04/2017 Related Books: The End of Jobs, Choose Yourself, The 4-Hour Workweek. Buy the book on Amazon here // See all my lessons from books and smart people HERE. The Short Summary Of The Fourth Economy The times they are’a changin’, and this book explains why we currently see economic and political turmoil in the Western world. Simply put, the limits to progress and growth for our society is in the midts of fundamental change. We’ve now overcome three of four economic limits …
Risky is the new safe, and safe is the new risky in the job market. The value of university degrees and credentials is diminishing, and the notion of a “secure job” has become an oxymoron. Yet we crave more credentials, cling to unfulfilling jobs and refuse to see the writing on the wall. This book explains why the labour market our parents grew up with is dead, which, perhaps surprisingly, is great news. Entrepreneurship has never been a more viable …