I love books! Unfortunately, I don’t have enough time every day to read as much I would like to. Instead, I multitask by listening to books on Audible when I am doing other things. I have benefited so much from what I have learned through the Audible service that I feel compelled to share my favorites.
- A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson. Summarizes basically everything we as humans know about the history of the world from a scientific perspective. Absolutely fascinating stuff that any non-scientist can understand.
- The Lucky Years: How to Thrive in the Brave New World of Health, by David B. Agus MD. A no-bullshit guide to what we know and don’t know about major health issues today, and where we are going to be very soon using big data. Cuts through the media noise that tends to confuse people about treatments, health issues and the like.
- The Story Teller’s Secret, by Carmine Gallo. It seems to be missing from Audible right now but its a great book for anyone that ever does public speaking, pitches ideas or products, wants to persuade or sell, or generally be an effective group communicator. Great, simple tips for how to tell a moving story.
- Ego is the Enemy and The Obstacle is the Way, by Ryan Holiday. I love Ryan Holiday books. He has a way of articulating some rather dry philosophical texts into exciting and inspiring stories and ideals to live by. I have to say that his books have influenced my thinking, behavior, and perspective on life more than any other book I have read to date.
- Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley, by Antonio Garcia Martinez. I know I said these recommendations are for “everyone” but ok, maybe this one is only for some. I recommend this book to people that are “in the business”. It’s hilarious and totally confirms everything I ever experienced in tech but will be totally irrelevant and probably boring to those of you that do not work in tech.
- Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar, by Cheryl Strayed. This book is full of insanely honest and candid advice that you won’t ever hear, anywhere. Seriously shocking stuff with seriously frank, honest, heartfelt and ultimately very useful advice. It’s also endlessly entertaining due to the shock value of the content.
- Thank & Grow Rich: A 30-Day Experiment in Shameless Gratitude and Unabashed Joy, by Pam Grout. This is a fun and beautiful play on “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hall. It’s a guide to being thankful, appreciative and full of gratitude every day, and the benefits that potentially follow as a result. A good, positive read for anyone, anywhere in the world. Pure love and inspiration — read it!
- The Hard Thing About Hard Things, by Ben Horowitz. A brilliant recounting of Ben’s riveting experience founding and running a start-up in the first bubble. It’s packed full of business lessons that too many people I have encountered in business have not yet learned or don’t understand. His real-life stories are intertwined with practical advice on what it really takes to survive in the commonly brutal world of tech.
- American Kingpin, by Nick Bilton. Sure this is a fun mildly suspenseful tale of a kid that built an empire on the dark web, but the most interesting takeaway from this book is the deeper understanding you’ll gain about how the Dark Web works, which is not too far off from how the actual non-dark web works. As a lifelong internet worker, the similarities make me laugh.
- Hillbilly Elegy, by J.D. Vance. Want to understand how people in the same country so see the world, and politics, so drastically different? Vance paints the picture of what we call “middle-America” in a way that only someone that lived it can. It’s a great reminder about how and why we can be so divided as a country – highlighting the drastically different worlds that the “have’s” and the “have-nots” grow up and exist in.
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