Books

“I cannot remember the books I’ve read any more than the meals I have eaten; even so, they have made me.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Here I've compiled an ongoing list of books I've read and recommend. Only the ones I like or find helpful make it here. Each one has my own thoughts or notes on it.

Zero to One – Peter Thiel

“Victory awaits him who has everything in order - luck, people call it.” - Roald Amundsen Maybe you heard him mentioned...

How to Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

“Success in dealing with people depends on a sympathetic grasp of the other persons’ viewpoint.” - Kenneth M. Goode   Short,...

The Reckoners Series – Brandon Sanderson

“Sometimes, son, you have to help the heroes along."   They say that good fiction expands creativity and deepens your...

The Long and the Short of It – John Kay

"The divergence between your interests and the interests of those who would sell you financial products is pervasive."   I...

Do Humankind’s Best Days Lie Ahead? – Steven Pinker, Matt Ridley, Alain de Botton, Malcolm Gladwell

"Optimism is a self-fulfilling prophecy; so is pessimism."   This book is about smart people debating hard problems. I came...

Traveling Deliberately – Steve Bannow

"Pacing yourself, I can testify, is necessary; it is a huge component of traveling deliberately."   I met Steve and...

The Disaster Diaries – Sam Sheridan

"As I learned new skills for surviving a post-apocalyptic world, I began to feel a change in my own way...

Anything You Want – Derek Sivers

"I’d get weekly calls from investment firms, wanting to invest in CD Baby. My immediate answer was always, 'No thanks.'...

Tools of Titans – Tim Ferriss

This is it. It's the book. A massive modern source for practical advice, how to live a better life, and...

Meditations – Marcus Aurelius

"Receive wealth or prosperity without arrogance; and be ready to let it go."   "Do not act as if thou...

The Magic of Thinking Big – David J. Schwartz

"Consider just one characteristic of successful people: enthusiasm."   This is an actionable book about you that you can immediately...

Open – Andre Agassi

"I fall to my knees. My eyes fill with tears. I look to my box, to Perry and Philly and...

Extreme Ownership – Jocko Willink, Leif Babin

"There are no bad teams, only bad leaders." I read this book immediately after discovering that Jocko Willink had written...

How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia – Mohsin Hamid

Not only is this novel a realistic journey through the eyes of one person, but you are that person. It's...

The 4-Hour Chef – Tim Ferriss

“Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.” I wasn't captivated by the...

Rules for a Knight – Ethan Hawke

Yep. Ethan Hawke, the guy that always looks like he just wandered on the set of some crime drama or...

Not Fade Away – Peter Barton

"If I had to take that whole bundle of experience and distill it down to one key point, what I’d...

The 4-Hour Workweek – Tim Ferriss

“The question you should be asking isn't, "What do I want?" or "What are my goals?" but "What would excite...

Vagabonding – Rolf Potts

This book is why I’m currently in New Zealand. It’s one of the largest factors at least. I previously had...

God’s Debris – Scott Adams

The subheading, “a thought experiment”, is exactly what Scott Adams delivers in God’s Debris. It might be the only book...