A book. A quote. A takeaway.
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.
Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki
Quote: “The rich focus on their asset columns while everyone else focuses on their income statements.”
Takeaway: Build passive income streams so you’re no longer reliant on a 9-5.
Wooden by John Wooden
Quote: “Do not become too concerned about what others may think of you. Be very concerned about what you think of yourself.”
Takeaway: This 200 page book doesn’t take long to read, but it is full of powerful quotes and motivational messages. After reading, it becomes extremely obvious how good of a human being John Wooden was. Be a good person and focus on the process – not the outcome.
Predictably Irrational by Dan Ariely
Quote: “When we believe beforehand that something will be good, therefore, it generally will be good – and when we think it will be bad, it will be bad.”
Takeaway: Human beings are extremely irrational. Becoming more aware of our decisions, thoughts and surroundings can make us less predictable. This allows us to thrive.
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.
The Next Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley
Quote: “Income is what you bring home today. Wealth is what you have tomorrow. And the next day. And the next day.”
Takeaway: There is a big difference between income and net worth. You do not need a high income to become a millionaire. Those who consistently live below their means, are weary of consumerism, and automate savings will turn into millionaires.
The Servant by James Hunter
Quote: “There is a difference between power and authority.”
Takeaway: The corporate hierarchy should be flipped upside down. Everyone doesn’t work for the CEO. The CEO works for everyone else. Those who are closest to the clients should be supported the most and everyone should serve their needs. Careful – as everyone should not service their wants.
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 belief 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 outliers. 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.
The Sun Does Shine by Anthony Ray Hinton
Quote: “Without hope, there is no life.”
Takeaway: Your grandparents teach your parents lessons and your parents teach you lessons. Those lessons are heavily influenced by the era and cultural environment the lessons were created in.
Final Rounds by James Dodson
Quote: “Life only promises us pain, it’s up to us to make the joy.”
Takeaway: Always play match-play, not stroke play and never miss a chance to make memories with the ones you love.
Superforecasting by Philip Tetlock
Quote: “Beliefs are hypotheses to be tested, not treasures to be guarded.”
Takeaway: Those who are in the public eye 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.
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.
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.
21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari
Quote: “Humans think in stories rather than facts, numbers or equations, and the simpler the story, the better.”
Takeaway: Our world is changing before our eyes. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and BioTech are advancing at a rapid, unstoppable pace. We are in a society with unlimited information. We need to create ways to teach humans how to navigate the information, not receive more of it.
Factfulness by Hans Rosling
Quote: “The world cannot be understood without numbers. But the world cannot be understood with numbers alone.”
Takeaway: Collectively, we believe the world getting worse: more poverty, more natural disasters, less education. There are a lot of reasons for this mentality, but with simple tools and knowledge, we can see the world for what it is: It has plenty of bad, but it’s getting better.
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. Eckhart 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.