Readings

I’ve always wished that I could see a list of the books that individuals have read throughout their lives.  I feel that, in some way, I could then better understand where they are coming from & what informs their existence and decisions in this world.  On a personal note, I also like to keep a list of books that I have personally  read so that I can recall quotes and/or  perspectives that have left an impression with me without leaving corresponding specifics required for full reference (for example, if I recall feeling inspired by a book and wish to recommend it to a friend but can’t recall the title and/or author).  To that end, the following is a running list of books that I’ve read since I started keeping track along with some brief book review notes.  

Designing Your Life: How to Build a Well-Lived, Joyful Life

by Dave Evans & Bill BurnettMonth/Year Read: June 2017 Genre: Category:

I thought this was a very “common-sense” book that takes the concept of human-centered design and applies it to your life.  Think of this book as a workbook of sorts…as it walks you through various exercises to help you determine what you are interested in “designing” your life to look like.  It starts with a […]

The One Thing; The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

by Garry Keller with Jay PapasanMonth/Year Read: May 2017 Genre: Category:

There are so many take-aways from this book its tough to boil it down succinctly into just a couple sentences.  Reading this book was actually the inspiration behind my most recent post (Harness Your Focus for Hyper Results).  The book talks first about six “lies” that mislead and derail us and then covers three “truths” […]

Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology & The Business of Keeping Us Hooked

by Adam AlterMonth/Year Read: April 2017 Genre: Category: ,

I picked up this book after seeing a 60 Minutes special by Tristan Harris, an ex-Google employee, in which he talks about many of the same concepts.  For anyone living in modern society, this is an eye-opening book and I would highly recommend it.  I also wrote a blog post entitled Wake Up and Break […]

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

by Steven PressfieldMonth/Year Read: April 2017 Genre: Category:

The War of Art, by Steven Pressfield, is a book about creative expression, the forces that prevent that expression, overcoming those forces, and exploring the transcendence of such.  This book is split into three sections: Book One – Resistance Book Two – Combating Resistance (Turning Pro) Book Three – Beyond Resistance (The Higher Realm) For […]

Do One Thing Different: Ten Simple Ways to Change Your Life

by Bill O'HanlonMonth/Year Read: April 2017 Genre: Category:

Bill O’Hanlon takes a solutions-based look at self-help therapy and it feels like a guidebook of different ideas and perspectives to help provide perspective and insight to the reader.  He explores topics such as: Changing patterns Focusing on the present Shifting attention Rewriting our personal “stories” Spirituality etc. This book felt a little more psychology/psychiatry […]

10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works

by Dan HarrisMonth/Year Read: April 2017 Genre: Category: ,

I enjoyed reading this book.  It was light reading that wove Dan’s personal experiences and stories into the concepts of self-help and meditation.  I had explored many of the same thoughts that Dan had so his journey paralleled many of mine (albeit on a smaller career scale!).  Dan co-anchors Nightline and the weekend editions of […]

Eating Animals

by Jonathan Safran FoerMonth/Year Read: March 2017 Genre: Category:

This was a deeply impactful book for me and does an excellent job at discussing a very polarizing topic in a non-judgmental way.  I highly recommend that everyone read this.  There are some graphic parts that deal with current conditions in modern factory farms…but its important to include such information in order illustrate the gravity […]

Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook

by Tony RobbinsMonth/Year Read: March 2017 Genre: Category:

I first heard about this book on a podcast and felt compelled to read it.  I have a background in finance so it was a little bit below my knowledge-level with regard to investing and financial planning.  But its always good to refresh concepts and gain some perspective.  I do believe that, for those not […]

What The F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves

by Benjamin K. BergenMonth/Year Read: March 2017 Genre: Category:

I was really impressed with level of detail and deconstruction related to swears, cursing, and profanity within this book.  In fact, I did a blog post write-up on the topic entitled Cheese & Rice!  Watch Your Language:  Profanity & Cursing Deconstructed.  Certainly feels odd to have such profanity out in the open in the context […]

Never Split The Difference: Negotiating as if Your Life Depended On It

by Chris VossMonth/Year Read: March 2017 Genre: Category:

Chris Voss was the FBI’s lead international bank robbery kidnapping negotiator.  I really enjoyed this book and felt that it had practical advice for everyone to apply (think “car negotiating”).  He covers concepts such as Active Listening (mirroring, silences, voice tone), Tactical Empathy, Accusation Audits, Calibration Questions, The Ackerman System, Loss Aversion, Extreme Anchors, etc. […]