Book Notes

As I read books, I catalog the interesting and impactful pieces. I’ve shared PDFs of my notes so you can grab a few takeaways. The notes are not a full summary, just what I personally found interesting. I will update this list as I read even more.

I’ve also included links to Indiebound.org so you can purchase the book from and support an independent bookseller.

If you’re looking for a certain topic or keyword, I suggest using the ⌘+F or Ctrl+F to pull up a search bar for this page.

This is an idea taken from Derek Sivers.

The Books

The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho

A story of a boy finding his Personal Legend. So much wisdom, insight, and lessons in this book. A must read for everyone, at all ages. Buy it.

Alive at Work: The Neuroscience of Helping Your People Love What They Do – Daniel M. Cable

Learn how to restore that zest for work. Buy it.

The All-or-Nothing Marriage: How the Best Marriages Work – Eli J. Finkel

Reverse engineering great marriages so you can build one oriented toward self-discover, self-esteem, and personal growth. Buy it.

Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters – Priya Parker

We gather for business, family, and life. Learn to make gatherings effective and memorable. Buy it.

The Awakened Family: How to Raise Empowered, Resilient, and Conscious Children – Shefali Tsabary

Raise your kids to be their best selves. Buy it.

Awareness: The Perils and Opportunities of Reality – Anthony de Mello

Raise your awareness through a blend of eastern and western spirituality. Buy it.

The CEO Next Door: The 4 Behaviors That Transform Ordinary People Into World-Class Leaders – Elena L. Botelho and Kim R. Powell with Tahl Raz

Understand the skills needed to become a CEO and a world-class leader. Buy it.

Crushing It – Gary Vaynerchuk

Build your personal brand in the age of social media, monetize your passion, and build the life you want to live. Buy it.

The Culture Code – Daniel Coyle

Build creative, collaborative, and happy teams–learnings from the most successful teams in the world. Buy it.

The Dichotomy of Leadership – Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Two former Navy SEALS bring their experience, leadership strategies, and tactics to business life. Buy it.

The Effective Executive – Peter Drucker

Great executives get the right things done – Peter shares the 5 talents essential to effectiveness. Buy it.

Engine of Impact: Essentials of Strategic Leadership in the Nonprofit Sector – William F. Meehan III and Kim Starkey Jonker

Change the world by applying the principles of strategic leadership to attract greater financial support and leverage that funding to maximum effect. Buy it.

(Forget a Mentor) Find A Mentor – Sylvia Ann Hewlett

If you’re interested in fast-tracking your career, what you need is a sponsor – a senior-level champion who believes in your potential and is willing to advocate for that next raise or promotion. Buy it.

Get Together – Bailey Richardson, Kevin Huynh, Kai Elmer Sotto

A great guide to cultivating a community—people who come together over what they care about. Don’t fixate on what you can do for people (or what they can do for you). Instead, focus on what you can do with them. 

Great At Work: How Top Performers Do Less, Work Better, and Achieve More – Morten T. Hansen

Learn the secrets of how top performers do less, work better and achieve more. Buy it.

How Will You Measure Your Life – Clayton M. Christensen, James Allworth, & Karen Dillon.

Align your life with your values – worth the read at ANY age. Think about your future and plan for an ethical and successful life. Buy It.

I Will Teach You to Be Rich – Ramit Sethi

A step-by-step guide to help you manage money, save money, and be smarter about your finances. Buy it.

Invisible Women: Data Bias in a World Designed for Men
By Caroline Criado Perez

If you think there is gender equality and equity, think again. This book breaks down institutionalized bias with data. Buy it.

Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked – Adam Alter

This book examines modern technology and how it’s designed to be addictive. A terrifying must-read. Buy it.

It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work – Jason Fried, David Heinemeier Hansson

Burnout isn’t sexy and it doesn’t mean you’re getting the right work done. The cofounders of Basecamp share their practical and inspiring distillation of their insights and experiences. Buy it.

Late Bloomers: The Power of Patience in a World Obsessed with Early Achievement – Rich Karlgaard

Late bloomers enjoy hidden strengths due to taking the time to discover their way in life—including curiosity, insight, compassion, resilience, and wisdom. Buy it.

Mastery – Robert Greene We can all become masters. The book examines the lives of great historical figures—such as Charles Darwin, Mozart, and Henry Ford—and contemporary leaders—such as Paul Graham and Freddie Roach—and distills the traits and universal ingredients that made them masters. Buy it.

The Millionaire Fastlane: Crack the Code to Wealth and Live Rich for a Lifetime – MJ DeMarco

Quick wealth is possible, just not easy. How to make money, invest, and leverage compounding interest. Buy it.

Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think – Brian Wansink, Ph.D.


The habits and behaviors and drive us to eat, and how to change them. Buy it.

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success How We Can Learn to Fulfill Our Potential – Carol S. Dweck, Ph.D. Dweck reveals what all great parents, teachers, CEOs, and athletes already know: how a simple idea about the brain can create a love of learning and a resilience that is the basis of great accomplishment in every area. Buy it.

Own the Day, Own Your Life – Aubrey Marcus

Lifehacking – master your body, mindset, habits, sustain peak energy, and more. Buy it.

Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivations – Dan Ariely

Payoff examines human motivation and how it is more than just money and recognition. Other important elements of motivation include meaning, effort, and ownership. Buy it.

The Power of Fifty Bits: The New Science of Turning Good Intentions Into Positive Results – Bob Nease

Learn how to change your behaviors. Take shortcuts to make better decisions. “Of the ten million bits of information our brains process each second, only fifty bits are devoted to conscious thought.Buy it.

Powerful: Building a Culture of Freedom and Responsibility – Patty McCord

A challenge of old traditional corporate HR structures. Learn a better way of creating and recruiting better teams. Buy it.

Pre-Suasion: A Revolutionary Way to Influence and Persuade – Robert Cialdini

Learn more about effective persuasion and reveals that the secret doesn’t lie in the message itself, but in the key moment before that message is delivered. Buy it.

Reinvent Yourself – James Altucher

Practical techniques on how to continually reevaluate and readjust your approach to life and to business in order to forge your own path to success. Buy it.

Reset: Business and Society in the New Social Landscape – James Rubin and Barie Carmichael

Corporations must align with their values – reboot the org, our attitudes and transparency. Buy it.

Savor – Thich Nhat Hanh

Mindful eating and the practice of mindfulness as a way of life. Buy it.

The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Tell Your Family History, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, And Much More – Bruce Feller

Study families through a business lens – with simple actionable steps to make your family stronger. Buy it.

The Secrets to Ultimate Weight Loss – Glen Merzer, Chef AJ

Tips and techniques for weight loss, recipes, cooking at home and more with a plant-based diet. Buy it.

Stealing Fire: How Silicon Valley, the Navy SEALs, and Maverick Scientists Are Revolutionizing the Way We Live and Work – Steven Kotler & Jamie Wheal

Upgrade your life and learn about what altered states provide. Buy it.

Super Human: The Bulletproof Plan to Age Backward and Maybe Even Live Forever – Dave Asprey.

A self-proclaimed human guinea pig, Asprey arms readers with practical advice to maximize their lives at every age with his signature mix of science-geek wonder, candor, and enthusiasm. Getting older no longer has to mean decline. Buy it.

Tax-Free Wealth: How to Build Massive Wealth by Permanently Lowering Your Taxes – Tom Wheelwright

Our tax laws were massively overhauled in 2017. Make sure you know how it effects you and how to lessen your tax burden. Buy it.

Time, Talent, Energy: Overcome Organizational Drag and Unleash Your Team’s Productive Power – Michael C. Mankins, Eric Garton

Our best people are focused on the wrong things — utilize our true scare resources! Buy it.

Triggers – Marshall Goldsmith

Exploring the power of active questions to get us to take responsibility for our actions—and our failure to act. Buy it.

Trillion Dollar Coach: The Leadership Playbook of Silicon Valley’s Bill Campbell – Eric Schmidt, Jonathan Rosenberg, Alan Eagle

Management lessons from the guy behind Google, Apple, and Intuit. Great lessons to build a high performing and fast moving team/culture. Buy it.

Unshakable: Your financial Freedom Playbook – Tony Robbins

Learn money management, savings, and investments in plain-language. Buy it.

Unsubscribe – Jocelyn K Glei

Email is a huge time waster. Glei shares great strategies on how to manage it. Buy it.

Way of the Warrior Kid – Jocko Willink

A great book for all ages–how discipline and hard work will help you attain your goals and make you a better human. Buy it.

When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing – Daniel H. Pink

Make the most of the trends and rhythms in your life. Buy it.

Why Simple Wins – Lisa Bodell

Learn how to eliminate redundancies, communicate with clarity, and make simplification a habit. Buy it.

Work Rules! Insights From Inside Google That Will Transform How You Live And Lead – Laszlo Bock

“We spend more time working than doing anything else in life. It’s not right that the experience of work should be so demotivating and dehumanizing.” Buy it.

The Yes Brain: How to Cultivate Courage, Curiosity, and Resilience in Your Child – Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson, Daniel J. Siegel, Tina Payne Bryson

Parenting insights and techniques to help children embrace life with all of its challenges and thrive in the modern world. Buy it.