Self Improvement Books

How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Quote: “Remember that a person’s name is to that person the sweetest and most important sound in any language.”

Takeaway: We must interact with people to live a fulfilled life. The more we can understand how people tick, how they make decisions and what’s important to them, the better off we are.

Never Split the Difference by Chris Voss

Quote: “Negotiation is not an act of battle; it’s a process of discovery. The goal is to uncover as much information as possible.”

Takeaway: The best book on negotiation. Whether you’re negotiating with a customer, a landlord, a spouse, or a salesperson. There’s lots of tips, but a few key ones are to ask open-ended questions, be empathetic, and listen more than you speak.

The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen

Quote: “The journey starts with a single step—not with thinking about taking a step”.

Takeaway: There are things that are easy to do and easy not to do. Do them. You will not see a difference in your strength or body after 10 push-ups. You will not see a difference after a week of 70 push-ups. You will see a difference after a year of 3,640 push-ups. The compounding effect is real.

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Quote: “Habits matter because they help you become the person you want to be.”

Takeaway: Hands down, this is the best book on building habits. James Clear walks through a very methodical approach to building habits. When we remember that our outcomes in life are the results of our habits – we start paying attention. We must challenge ourselves to improve our habits so we can improve our outcomes.

The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor

Quote: “Countless studies have found that social relationships are the best guarantee of heightened well-being and lowered stress, both an antidote for depression and a prescription for high performance.”

Takeaway: Success does not bring happiness. Happiness brings success. The most important contributor to happiness are your relationships. Maintain them. Grow them.

Range by David Epstein

Quote: “Struggling while learning is better in the long run to retain information and use it effectively.”

Takeaway: We live in a world that is dominated by a believe that success comes from becoming really good at one thing. We’ve all heard that 10,000 hours of deliberate practice makes you an expert. In fact, those people are the rarities. It turns out, those who find the most success are those who have built up a wide range of experiences and knowledge and can apply them in any setting.

Superforecasting by Philip Tetlock

Quote: “Beliefs are hypotheses to be tested, not treasures to be guarded.”

Takeaway: Those who are in the public view are typically ineffective predictors of future events. Those who can see from multiple points of view, remove emotion and constantly challenging their own thinking are the best predictors. They are superforcasters.

The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle

Quote: “Realize deeply that the present moment is all you have. Make the NOW the primary focus of your life.”

Takeaway: Our mind’s default is to concentrate on 2 things : the past and the future. We rarely can fully be in the present. Which is strange, because the present moment is all we ever have. Eckhert implores us over and over to come to the present moment. Just be. And enjoy being!

The Almanak of Naval Ravikant by Eric Jorgenson

Quote: “No one in the world is going to beat you at being you.”

Takeaway: An all encompassing guide to wealth and happiness from Naval Ravikant. Naval has spent his life consuming the teachings of philosophers and has tremendous success in the technology & venture capitalist world. The combination of these learnings and experiences make Naval’s viewpoints extremely unique.

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