Book Notes

As I read books, I catalog the interesting and impactful pieces. Here I’ve shared PDFs of my notes–phrases I’ve highlighted and what I found interesting, these are not summaries of those books.

I will update this list as I read even more and get the chance to add the notes. There is a big backlog of great books I need to update here and always look forward to your suggestions.

The books cover topics like: leadership, creativity and innovation, productivity, entrepreneurship, learning and development, mind and body, parenting, finances, and more.

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

This is an idea taken from Derek Sivers.

The $100 Startup: Reinvent the Way You Make a Living, Do What You Love, and Create a New Future – Chris Guillebeau

50 case studies on individuals who have built businesses earning $50,000 or more from a modest investment (in many cases, $100 or less). Buy it.

4 Hour Work Week: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich – Tim Ferriss

The 4-Hour Workweek explains what a lifestyle entrepreneur is and why you should want to become one. It teaches you how to kill your job and design a life, the 80/20 rule and how it increases productivity, how to replace your dreams with goals, and more. Buy it.

The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less – Richard Koch

Be more effective with less effort by learning how to identify and leverage the 80/20 principle: that 80 percent of all our results in business and in life stem from a mere 20 percent of our efforts. Buy it.

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.

A Mindful Nation – Tim Ryan

Ryan explores the scientific findings that support the beneficial effects of mindfulness and shares powerful stories from the field, showing how this simple practice is helping schoolchildren improve their ability to learn, veterans heal from trauma, and CEOs become more effective leaders. Ryan also provides practical tips for how to incorporate mindfulness into your life today. Buy it.

A Short Guide to a Long Life – David B Angus, M.D.

Simple rules everyone should follow in order to live a long, healthy life. 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.

Anything you want: 40 Lessons for a New Kind of Entrepreneur – Derek Sivers

A manifesto and guidebook on how to become an entrepreneur and grow your own business. Buy it.

The Art of Innovation: Lessons in Creativity from IDEO, America’s Leading Design Firm – Tom Kelley

The book reveals how teams research and immerse themselves in every possible aspect of a new product or service, examining it from the perspective of clients, consumers, and other critical audiences. 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.

Body of Work: Finding the Thread That Ties Your Story Together – Pamela Slim

Slim shares the tools to have meaningful careers in this new world of work. She shows how to find the connections among diverse accomplishments, sell your story, and continually reinvent and relaunch your brand. buy it.

Born for this: How to Find the Work You Were Meant to Do – Chris Guillebeau

Practical advice and real-life examples on how to find or create your dream job. Buy it.

Bounce: Mozart, Federer, Picasso, Beckham, and the Science of Success – Matthew Syed
Using sports to learn about our own behavior and how to be great at anything. Buy it.

BrainChains: Discover your brain and unleash its full potential in a hyperconnected multitasking world – Theo Compernolle, MD, Phd
A great read for multi-tackers and those who wear many hats – learn how to increase productivity and get more our of our brains. The book is very heavily researched and digs into the science of it all. Buy it.

Brain Rules for Baby: How to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five -John Medina

Learn how to best raise your children as their brain develops–and how to optimize its growth. 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.

Choke: What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To – Sian Beilock
The science of why we collapse under pressure and how we can overcome it.
Buy it.

Contagious: Why Things Catch On – Jonah Berger
Why certain products and ideas become popular – what makes things go viral. Buy it.

Creative Confidence:
Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All
– Tom Kelley, David Kelley
The Kelley brothers share the principles and strategies and exercises to help us unlock our creativity.
Buy it.

Creativity, Inc.:
Overcoming the Unseen Forces That Stand in the Way of True Inspiration
– Ed Catmull, Amy Wallace, Peter Altschuler
Go behind the scenes at Pixar and learn from their meetings, postmortems, and “Braintrust” sessions where some of the most successful films in history are made.
Buy it.

Ctrl Alt Delete: Reboot Your Business. Reboot Your Life. Your Future Depends on It – Mitch Joel
A survey of the ways technology has transformed how brands and businesses create, connect, and adapt to a shifting new landscape.
Buy it.

Crush It! : Why NOW Is the Time to Cash In on Your Passion – Gary Vaynerchuk

Crush It! explains exactly why your business should engage in the world of social media, and it tells you how to do it. 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.

Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead – Brené Brown
A new vision for the way we lead, love, work, parent, and educate through the power of vulnerability.
Buy it.

David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants – Malcolm Gladwell
Explore the power of the underdog in Malcolm Gladwell’s dazzling examination of success, motivation, and the role of adversity in shaping our lives.
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.

Die Empty: Unleash your best work every day – Todd Henry
Learn how to move from inspiration to action.
Buy it.

Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity – Josh Linkner
A five part process that can transform your organization into a creativity machine–we need creativity at all levels of the organization. Buy it.

Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck – Jon Acuff
Amplify the four elements that all great careers have: relationships, skills, character, and hustle. Jon teaches you how to build a Career Savings Account. Buy it.

Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think, Feel, and Behave – Adam Alter

Alter tells us about the forces that shape our thoughts and actions – insights into why we think, feel and act the way we do. Buy it.

The Education of Millionaires:
Everything You Won’t Learn in College About How to Be Successful
– Michael Ellsberg

Interviews with the world’s richest people who don’t have college degrees – the skills, mentorship, network, and purpose you need to make it in the real world. 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.

Escape From Cubicle Nation:
From Corporate Prisoner to Thriving Entrepreneur
– Pamela Slim

How to transition from corporate life to a business of your own. Are you ready to escape? Buy it.

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less – Greg McKeown

Get the right things done – learn a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter.  Buy it.

Evil Plans: Having Fun on the Road to World Domination – Hugh MacLeod

“It has never been easier to make a great living doing what you love. But to make it happen, first you need an EVIL PLAN…Life is short.” -Hugh MacLeod Buy it.

Excuse Me, Your Life Is Waiting: The Astonishing Power of Feelings – Lynn Grabhorn

The way to change your life is to pay attention to your feelings. This book has steps, plans, and example to help you access your feelings. Buy it.

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win – Jocko Willink, Leif Babin

Two U.S. Navy SEAL officers who led the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War demonstrate how to apply powerful leadership principles from the battlefield to business and life. 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.

The First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything . . . Fast! – Josh Kaufman

Learn a systematic approach to rapid skill acquisition shows you how to deconstruct complex skills, maximize productive practice, and remove common learning barriers. Buy it.

Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything – Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner

“economics is, at root, the study of incentives—how people get what they want or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing.” Buy it.

The Freaks Shall Inherit the Earth: Entrepreneurship for Weirdos, Misfits, and World Dominators – Chris Brogan

A step-by-step guide on how to build your business from the ground up, all without compromising the unique mindset and personal values that make you a freak in the first place. Buy it.

Future Perfect: The Case For Progress In A Networked Age – Steven Johnson

Envisions a new political movement that embraces the potential of peer networks to improve government, medicine, education and journalism, among others… 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. 

Getting Everything You Can Out of All You’ve Got: 21 Ways You Can Out-Think, Out-Perform, and Out-Earn the Competition – Jay Abraham

Find and/or create new opportunities for wealth-building in any existing business, enterprise, or venture. Buy it.

Getting the Love You Want – A Guide for Couples – Harville Hendrix, Ph.D., and Helen LaKelly Hunt, Ph.D.

This guide combines behavioral science, depth psychology, social learning theory, Gestalt therapy, and interpersonal neuroscience to help you and your partner recapture joy. Buy it.

Getting to Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In – Roger Fisher, William L. Ury, Bruce Patton

Learn a proven strategy for negotiating personal and professional disputes without getting angry-or getting taken. Buy it.

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.

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance – Angela Duckworth

“It was her early eye-opening stints in teaching, business consulting, and neuroscience that led to her hypothesis about what really drives success: not genius, but a unique combination of passion and long-term perseverance.” Buy it.

Happy Money: The Japanese Art of Making Peace with Your Money – Ken Honda

Learn how to treat money as a welcome guest, allowing it to come and go with respect and without resentment; understand and improve your money EQ; unpack the myth of scarcity; and embrace the process of giving money, not just receiving it. Buy it.

Hold Me Tight: Seven Conversations for a Lifetime of Love– Dr. Sue Johnson

Emotionally Focused Therapy teaches that the way to save and enrich a relationship is to reestablish safe emotional connection and preserve the attachment bond. Buy it.

How Full Is Your Bucket? – Tom Rath, Donald O. Clifton

Learn how even the smallest interactions we have with others every day profoundly affect our relationships, productivity, health and longevity. Buy it.

How To Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie

6 ways to make people like you. 12 ways to win people to your way of thinking. 9 ways to change people without arousing resentment 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 Am So the Boss of You:
An 8-Step Guide to Giving Your Family the “Business”
– Kathy Buckworth

Buckworth imagines a world where corporate policies and practices rule on the home front, and Mom is most definitely in charge! 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.

The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? – Seth Godin

A challenge to find the courage to treat their work as a form of art. Buy it.

influence: The Psychology of Persuasion – Robert B. Cialdini, PhD

Learn the six universal principles of influence and how to use them to become a skilled persuader—and, just as importantly, how to defend yourself against dishonest influence attempts. Buy it.

inGenius: A Crash Course on Creativity – Tina Seelig

Seelig has worked with the decision-makers at companies such as Google, Genentech, IBM, and Cisco. In inGenius she expertly demystifies creativity, offering a set of tools and guidelines that anyone can use. Buy it.

The Innovator’s Cookbook: Essentials for Inventing What Is Next -Steven Johnson

A foundational text on the subject of innovation – essays, interviews, and cutting-edge insights by such exciting field leaders like Peter Drucker, Marisa Mayer, Jack Dorsey, etc. Buy it.

Insight Out: Get Ideas Out of Your Head and Into the World – Tina Seelig

Learn the concepts of imagination, creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurism, showing how they affect each other and how we can unlock the pathway from imagination to implementation, where our ideas then gain the power to inspire the imaginations of others. 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.

It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good You Want to Be – Paul Arden

A handbook of how to succeed in the world: a pocket bible for the talented and timid alike to help make the unthinkable thinkable and the impossible possible. Buy it.

It’s The Manager: Moving From Boss to Coach – Jim Clifton, Jim Harter

It’s the Manager shows leaders and managers how to adapt their organizations to rapid change — from new workplace demands to the challenges of managing remote employees, the rise of artificial intelligence, gig workers, and attracting and keeping today’s best employees. Buy it.

Joy, Inc: How We Built a Workplace People Love – Richard Sheridan

How Menlo Innovations, a small software company in Ann Arbor, Michigan, took a radically different approach to company culture. Buy it.

Know-How: The 8 Skills That Separate People Who Perform from Those Who Don’t – Ram Charan

This book  links know-how—the skills of people who know what they are doing— with the personal and psychological traits of the successful leader. 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.

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead – Sheryl Sandberg

Women unintentionally hold themselves back in their careers – so here’s a blueprint for individual growth that will empower women around the world to achieve their full potential. Buy it.

Leading through Meaning : A Philosophical Inquiry – Michael W Morrison, PhD

How to be a great leader, connect to your purpose, and create a meaningful life through meaningful work.

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses – Eric Ries

Rather than wasting time creating elaborate business plans, The Lean Startup offers entrepreneurs—in companies of all sizes—a way to test their vision continuously, to adapt and adjust before it’s too late. Buy it.

Linchpin: Are You Indispensable? – Seth Godin

Become a linchpin – These people figure out what to do when there’s no rule book. They delight and challenge their customers and peers. They love their work, pour their best selves into it, and turn each day into a kind of art. Buy it.

Love Yourself Like Your Life Depends On It – Kamal Ravikant

After a CEO’s company failed, he was saved by loving himself. The first book went viral. This one answers and resolves all the questions the readers had over seven years. 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.

Meatball Sundae: Is Your Marketing out of Sync? – Seth Godin

The definitive guide to the 14 trends no marketer can afford to ignore–what to do about the increasing power of stories, not facts; about shorter and shorter attention spans; and about the new math that says 5,000 people who want to hear your message are more valuable than 5 million who don’t. Buy it.

The Mesh: Why the Future of Business Is Sharing – Lisa Gansky

“Learn about the new competitive logic of sharing- and shows how to build not just a single company, but an entire business ecosystem, around this concept. If you want to understand the future, and maybe even help create it, read this book.” 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.

The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy – Thomas J. Stanley, William D. Danko

This book identifies seven common traits that show up again and again among those who have accumulated wealth. 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.

The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM) – Hal Elrod

Hal has taken the best practices, developed over centuries of human consciousness development, and condensed the ‘best of the best’ into a daily morning ritual. Buy it.

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari: A Fable About Fulfilling Your Dreams & Reaching Your Destiny – Robin Sharma

An inspiring tale that provides a step-by-step approach to living with greater courage, balance, abundance and joy. Buy it.

Multiple Streams of Internet Income: How Ordinary People Make Extraordinary Money Online – Robert G. Allen

This book covers such topics as taking offline products online, niche marketing, successful Web-based business models, information marketing, affiliate programs, and more. Buy it.

Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time – Keith Ferrazzi, Tahl Raz

Distinguish between genuine relationship-building from the crude, desperate glad-handling usually associated with “networking.” He then distills his system of reaching out to people into practical, proven principles. Buy it.

NLP at Work: The Essence of Excellence – Sue Knight

A jargon-free approach, featuring exercises, examples and action tips to show how to use Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) techniques, to accelerate learning and enhance creativity, communication and influence. Buy it.

Nonviolent Communication: A Language of Life: Life-Changing Tools for Healthy Relationships – Marshall B. Rosenberg, PhD

Rosenberg’s dynamic communication techniques transform potential conflicts into peaceful dialogues and create compassionate connections. Buy it.

NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children – Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman

Recently, scientists have discovered a series of natural techniques that are astonishing in their efficacy – it’s not baby videos, sign language, or even the richness of language exposure. It’s nothing you’ve heard before. Buy it.

The One Minute Millionaire: The Enlightened Way to Wealth – Mark Victor Hansen, Robert G. Allen

Freedom is about knowing who you are, believing in yourself, and applying both those things to the American free enterprise system so you can achieve millionaire status. Buy it.

The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results – Gary Keller, Jay Papasan

Learn to master what matters to you The ONE Thing delivers extraordinary results in every area of your life–work, personal, family, and spiritual. Buy it.

The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload – Daniel J. Levitin

“From how not to lose your keys to how to decide when the risks of surgery are worth it, Levitin focuses on smart ways to process the constant flow of information the brain must deal with.” Buy it.

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World – Adam Grant, Sheryl Sandberg

This book examines how people can champion new ideas in their careers and everyday life—and how leaders can fight groupthink. Buy it.

Outliers: The Story of Success – Malcolm Gladwell

Gladwell takes us on an intellectual journey through the world of “outliers”–the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful. He asks the question: what makes high-achievers different? Buy it.

The Oxygen Advantage: Simple, Scientifically Proven Breathing Techniques To Help You Become Healthier, Slimmer, Faster, And Fitter – Patrick McKeown

An intro to an innovative but complex breathing technique that purportedly improves overall health. 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.

Peaceful Parent, Happy Kids: How to Stop Yelling and Start Connecting – Dr. Laura Markham

Fostering emotional connection with your child creates real and lasting change. When you have that vital connection, you don’t need to threaten, nag, plead, bribe—or even punish. Buy it.

Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind – Al Ries, Jack Trout

Positioning describes a revolutionary approach to creating a “position” in a prospective customer’s mind-one that reflects a company’s own strengths and weaknesses as well as those of its competitors. Buy it.

Post Corona: From Crisis To Opportunity – Scott Galloway

A keenly insightful, urgent analysis of who stands to win and who’s at risk to lose in a post-pandemic world. 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.

The Power of Starting Something Stupid: How to Crush Fear, Make Dreams Happen, and Live Without Regret – Richie Norton, Natalie Norton

They shows you how stupid is the New Smart – the common denominator for success, creativity, and innovation in business and life. 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.

Read This Before Our Next Meeting: How We Can Get More Done – Al Pittampalli

“If you find yourself withering away in endless meetings, if your organization suffers from consensus constipation, if you can’t seem to get a decision made this century, read this book.” 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.

Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids about Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! – Robert T. Kiyosaki

Teaches you what to teach your kids about money for their future financial
success. Buy it.

The Richest Man in Babylon: The Success Secrets of the Ancients–the Most Inspiring Book on Wealth Ever Written – George S. Clason

Great intro to finances – Set in ancient Babylon, the characters learn simple lessons about money and investing throughout the collection of short stories. Buy it.

The Rise of Superman: Decoding the Science of Ultimate Human Performance – Steven Kotler

An exploration of how extreme athletes break the limits of ultimate human performance and what we can learn from their mastery of the state of consciousness known as “flow”. Buy it.

Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us – Michael Moss

“a Fast Food Nation for the processed food industry. Burrowing deep inside the big food manufacturers, he discovered how junk food is formulated to make us eat more of it and, he argues persuasively, actually to addict us.” Buy it.

Savor – Thich Nhat Hanh

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

The School of Greatness: A Real-World Guide to Living Bigger, Loving Deeper, and Leaving a Legacy – Lewis Howes

Based off interviews.. The masters of greatness are not successful because they got lucky or are innately more talented, but because they applied specific habits and tools to embrace and overcome adversity in their lives. 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.

Smartcuts: The Breakthrough Power of Lateral Thinking – Shane Snow

A look into the reasons why some people and organizations are able to achieve incredible things in implausibly short time frames, showing how each of us can use these “smartcuts” to rethink convention and accelerate success. Buy it.

Smarter Faster Better: The Transformative Power of Real Productivity – Charles Duhigg

a fascinating book that explores the science of productivity, and why managing how you think is more important than what you think—with an appendix of real-world lessons to apply to your life. Buy it.

Spark Joy: The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up – Marie Kondo

Learn how to create a home, and a vision of life, that truly sparks joy. Buy it.

The Star Principle – Richard Koch

A great book for an entrepreneur or investor to spot “stars” –  ventures operating in a high-growth sector – and are the leaders in their niche of the market. Buy it.

Startup Life: Surviving and thriving in a relationship with an entrepreneur – Feld, Batchelor

a series of rich insights into successfully leading a balanced life as a human being who wants to play as hard as he works and who wants to be as fulfilled in life and in work. 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.

Stillness Is The Key – Ryan Holiday

Holiday says stillness–to be steady while the world spins around you–is the doorway to self-mastery, discipline, and focus. Buy it.

SuperFreakonomics: Global Cooling, Patriotic Prostitutes, and Why Suicide Bombers Should Buy Life Insurance – Steven D. Levitt, Stephen J. Dubner

This is the follow-up to Freakonomics with even more original studies and research. 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.

The Ten Faces of Innovation: IDEO’s Strategies for Beating the Devil’s Advocate and Driving Creativity Throughout Your Organization – Tom Kelley, Jonathan Littman

Over the years, IDEO has developed ten roles people can play in an organization to foster innovation and new ideas while offering an effective counter to naysayers. Buy it.

Thinking, Fast and Slow – Daniel Kahneman

Daniel, a psychologist and winner of the Nobel Prize in Economics takes us on a groundbreaking tour of the mind and explains the two systems that drive the way we think. 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.

Time To Think: Listening To Ignite The Human Mind – Nancy Kline

Over the past 15 years Nancy Kline has identified 10 behaviors that form a system called a Thinking Environment, a model of human interaction that dramatically improves the way people think, and thus the way they work and live. Buy it.

Tiny Habits: The Small Changes That Change Everything – BJ Fogg, Ph.D

A habit expert from Stanford University shares his breakthrough method for building habits quickly and easily. With Tiny Habits you’ll increase productivity by tapping into positive emotions to create a happier and healthier life. Dr. Fogg’s new and extremely practical method picks up where Atomic Habits left off. Buy it.

To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others – Daniel H. Pink

a perceptive and practical book–one that will change how you see the world and transform what you do at work, at school, and at home. Buy it.

Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization – Scott Barry Kaufman

“Nothing less than a breathtaking new psy­chology of humanity. Kaufman will show you how to live your life to the fullest, and in the service of others—all at the same time.” 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.

Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers – Timothy Ferriss

Tim has distilled 200+ interviews into an ultimate notebook of high-level tools, tricks, tips, and wisdom. 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.

Turning Pro: Tap Your Inner Power and Create Your Life’s Work – Shawn Coyne

“What we get when we turn pro is we find our power. We find our will and our voice and we find our self-respect. We become who we always were but had, until then, been afraid to embrace and live out.” 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.

We Are All Weird: The Rise of Tribes and the End of Normal – Seth Godin

Weird is the new normal. And only companies that figure that out have any chance of survival. This book shows you how. Buy it.

Welcome to Your Child’s Brain: How the Mind Grows from Conception to College – Sandra Aamodt, Sam Wang

This book upends myths and misinformation with practical advice, surprising revelations, and real, reliable science. It’s essential reading for parents of children of any age, from infancy well into their teens. Buy it.

What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20: A Crash Course on Making Your Place in the World – Tina Seelig

Examples, from the classroom to the boardroom, of individuals defying expectations, challenging assumptions, and achieving unprecedented success. Buy it.

What Would Google Do? – Jeff Jarvis

An indispensable manual for survival and success in today’s internet-driven marketplace by “reverse engineering the fastest growing company in the history of the world”. Buy it.

Wheat Belly: Lose the Wheat, Lose the Weight, and Find Your Path Back to Health – William Davis

A user-friendly, step-by-step plan to navigate a new wheat-free lifestyle. 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.

White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism – Robin DiAngelo

DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’ Buy it.

Why Simple Wins – Lisa Bodell

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

Willpower Doesn’t Work: Discover the Hidden Keys to Success – Benjamin Hardy

Instead of “white-knuckling” your way to change, you need to instead alter your surroundings to support your goals. Buy it.

Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter – Scott Adams

A field guide for persuading others in any situation—or resisting the tactics of emotional persuasion when they’re used on you. Buy it.

Winning Wealth Strategies: The Secrets of Successful Investing In Any Market – Charles E. Mellon

Basic Strategies for Investing in the stock market, and how to minimize your losses.

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.

Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less – Sam Carpenter

This book aims to convince people to change their fundamental perception of the world around them from a vision of an impenetrable, amorphous conglomeration, to one made up of individual linear systems, each of which can be improved and perfected. Buy it.

The Year Without Pants: and the Future of Work – Scott Berkun

A behind-the-scenes look at the firm behind and the unique work culture that contributes to its phenomenal success. 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.

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future – Peter Thiel, Blake Masters

The great secret of our time is that there are still uncharted frontiers to explore and new inventions to create. In Zero to One, legendary entrepreneur and investor Peter Thiel shows how we can find singular ways to create those new things. Buy it.