Today, we live in a world where we over-schedule our days and complain constantly about being too busy; we keep up with hundreds of acquaintances but rarely see our best friends; we bombard ourselves with video clips and emails and instant messages; we even interrupt our interruptions.
Books are uniquely suited to helping us change our relationship to the rhythms and habits of daily life in this world of endless connectivity. We can’t interrupt them; we can only interrupt ourselves while reading them. They speak to us, thoughtfully, one at a time. They demand our attention. And they demand that we briefly put aside our own beliefs and prejudices and listen to someone else’s. You can rant against a book, scribble in the margin, or even chuck it out the window. Still, you won’t change the words on the page.
We all ask each other a lot of questions: “How did you sleep?” “Where did you go on your holidays?” But there’s one question I think we should ask of one another a lot more often, and that is: “What are you reading?”
When we ask one another that, we sometimes discover the ways we are similar; sometimes the ways that we are different.
Books that I really admire and believe should be re-read, at-least by me. These summaries have come to life after organising surprisingly chaotic personal notes, editing and a lot of condensation by me.
Books that I’ve read and recommend. If you want me to write a summary for any one of these, HMU. You may just incentivise me to expedite my process.
- Zero to One – Peter Thiel
- Shoe Dog – Phil Knight
- Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki
- Make Your Own Bed – Admiral William H. McRaven
- 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos – Jordan B. Peterson
- The H Factor of Personality – Lee Ashton
- Google Life
- The 5 Second Rule – Mel Robbins
- Peak Performance – Brad Stulberg and Steve Magness
- The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fck – Mark Manson
- Think and Grow Rich – Napolean Hill
- Crushing It – Gary Vaynerchuk
- Real Artists Don’t Starve – Jeff Coins
- Dual Momentum Investing – Gary Antonacci
- Measure What Matters – John Doerr
- Product Leadership – Richard Banfield