Widely studied and recognised as an essential – Influence, The Psychology of Persuasion by Dr Robert Cialdini is a thorough investigation into the tools and tactics used by compliance professionals. It took me some time to get through this book and I’m glad that I stuck at it.. I’ll never look at the world in the same way that I did before. Read it!
Seth Godin’s ‘The Dip’ is nice and short and emphasises what is important about trying new things.. knowing when to stick and when to quit. Seth is great at giving an idea the weight it needs to lodge in your mind and I recommend this.
The book Rich Dad Poor Dad sounded like it was going to be kinda old school or dated. I was surprised that actually it is very readable and doesn’t sound dated at all. Good narrative, good useable takeaways, and best of all something you can teach your kids.
So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport is a welcome criticism of the idea that you should ‘Find Your Passion’. This is a book written as arguments and contains interesting examples of people who have *Developed Passion. If you feel like you don’t know what ‘Your Passion’ is… read this next.
Tools Of Titans by Tim Ferris! Well, it took a while but not because it was hard to read.. Actually it’s written in such a way that you can dip in and out of it, learning how to improve your flexibility a bit here and how to increase your investing a bit there. Ferris is one of my favourite writers and his latest book certainly does not disappoint.
Zero to One by Peter Teal with Blake Masters is an exceptional book. I’m beginning to learn that when a book is *very* good it takes me far longer to read, because I am studying it. There is so much Gold here!
Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill contains some classic ideas which come up time and again in other books. ‘You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with’ is one of my favourites! This book is written in an older style but definitely makes the list.
This book, Iron John by Robert Bly is non fiction but in its deconstruction of a German a fairy tale (Also know as Iron Hans) explains some things about Masculinity, Initiation and some of the traps and pitfalls along the way. It’s very enlightening and may answer some questions you didn’t know you needed to ask.
Start With Why by Simon Sinek – If you haven’t read it read it! If you can’t read it, watch the TED Talk. This idea is fundamental and Sinek explains how it determines our success as a business or Entrepreneur.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective people by Stephen Covey is on the larger side of books in this collection. I read this early on when I was reading less often and it took me a long time to get through, but it’s takeaway’s are valuable – If you find it hard going then dip into it and come back. It’s worth it.
Key Person of influence by Daniel Priestly is a short, direct, actionable guide to becoming one of the most successful people in your chosen industry. People sell courses based around the content of this book because if you do what it says, it absolutely works. If you want be successful in anything, this is one is a must.
Waking Up by Sam Harris is a wonderful book which discusses ‘Spirituality without religion’. I’m a fan of Harris’ podcasts and debates and this book is in my opinion the best place to begin. No hippy speak here.. just a scientific interpretation of spirituality.
Pitch Anything by Oren Klaff took me longer to read because I really wanted to study it – when you read it you may find yourself making notes and diagrams of all the cool usable information he’s worked out for steering situations to your advantage.. like social Jiu Jitsu!
The Obstacle is the Way, from Ryan Holiday is very enjoyable. Particularly in the sense that as you read it, it dissolves stress and worry. It’s a must read.
If there’s a book I wish I’d picked up 10 years earlier it’s The 4-Hour Work Week. In Tim’s typical style it gives you things that you can do right now, should you accept the challenge!
‘Fear, The Friend of Exceptional People’ was recommended to me by my Martial Arts professor to help me channel a warrior mentality. It delivers. Lots of good takeaways to help you deal with any stressful situation.
Siddartha by Herman Hess is a small book which I was able to read quickly. This book convinced me that it’s important to read fiction. It’s a very evocative and personal story about the journey toward enlightenment.
At 154 pages, Man’s Search for Meaning is easy to pick up and hard to put down. Viktor’s powerful story is inspiring and will give new context when you’re facing the challenges in your life. So glad I read this and delighted to add it to my recommended reading list.