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The Best of Books List

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5/5

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

By Stephen R. Covey

This book totally transformed my life. It’s like I had been gifted a new paradigm to radically alter my thoughts, patterns and behaviour toward fulfillment, better outcomes, positivity, and personal empowerment. I highly recommend this book to anyone seeking personal change or development. Covey’s research shines – he offers anecdotes, case studies, and practical lessons and advice that are effective and can be implemented by anyone.

5/5

Women Who Run With The Wolves

By Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Ph.D.

You may never find this on a “CEO’s Bookshelf”. But after reading this book I found the courage to dramatically change my life: I left my job, left my city, changed my career, and explored all facets of living! Within a year I had travelled the world, pursued a bucket-list I’d never dared to fulfil, and launched myself into a 6-figure annual income (almost doubling my previous pay). I landed a dream job, in a dream environment, and dream city. I had decided to embrace life instead of fear it, and it worked!

5/5

Exponential Organizations

By Salim Ismail

Absolutely read. Immediately. One of the most fascinating, insightful, informed studies into what makes organizations faster, efficient, innovative, and more productive than larger or older counterparts. It shares everything that I love about working in and with technology and why generally, I am extremely optimistic about the future of tech.

4/5

Let That Shit Go

By Nina Purewal and Kate Petriw

We all need to read a book like this at some point in our life, and if you’re thinking “heck no, not me”, I say “definitely, you too!” I also recommend keeping a highlighter in hand – trust me. Every section – about 2-5 pages – delivers an impactful lesson.  Chapters include: awareness, self-love, acceptance, perspective, authenticity, forgiveness, behind the screen, the reveal, and next level. Go for it, buy this book, read it, and live your life fully.

4.5/5

The Happiness Advantage

By Shawn Achor

A book rooted in one of the world’s largest studies of happiness ever conducted, I recommend this read, absolutely. It will challenge your beliefs, assumptions, patterns of behaviour, and habits. It does so not through chastising, but by explaining why we do what we do, and how we can be better. Ultimately, its insightful and packed with studies and guidance about living meaningful and happy lives. It likely will answer questions and doubts you were to afraid to admit, even to yourself, drawing on universal human experiences and emotions. 

5/5

Man's Search for Meaning

By Victor E. Frankl

Both a psychiatrist and survivor of the holocaust, Frankl uses lived experiences as a prisoner in Nazi concentration camps during World War II to make incredible conclusions about life. He describes his psychotherapeutic method and logotherapy to share the meaning of life and the essence of existence. His conclusions that we are all always, 100% autonomous and responsible for our actions toward others, our treatment of others despite hell, pain, and suffering, was profound. An imperative for all with a beating heart.

3.75/5

Designing your Life

By Bill Burnett and Dave Evans

A guide to finding you purpose, building your career, and choosing a life you want to live using principles of design-thinking. This is a book that came out of a Stanford lecture that was originally intended for design students but has quickly shown to benefit everyone. Using concepts of self-awareness, creativity, problem-solving, failure, bias for action, and prototyping, Designing Your Life is about finding your compass and architecting your day-to-day. It reads like a workbook with powerful questions and exercises that will alter your paradigms and patterns of belief.

4.5/5

The Startup of You

By Reid Hoffmand and Ben Casnocha

Books that spark a shift in consciousness from existing frameworks toward new and enlightened paradigms of thought and action-taking, are big hits in my library. This is one of those books that, although at times obvious, did spark courage and bravery in tackling dreams and goals I had long shelved away. Reid Hoffman, cofounder of LinkedIn, and Ben Casnocha have put together a wonderfully organized manifesto on thriving and embracing risk and potential toward your ambitions. 

5/5

Exponential Organizations

By Salim Ismail

Absolutely read. Immediately. One of the most fascinating, insightful, informed studies into what makes organizations faster, efficient, innovative, and more productive than larger or older counterparts. 

4.5/5

The Lean Startup

By Eric Ries

It seems today, every tech professional, startup founder and entrepreneur has read this book cover-to-cover because its more than just a read, its a movement. Entrepreneurship is all about testing and learning. In this methodology, Eric Ries helps entrepreneurs avoid failure by sharing a radically new approach to building products and establishing yourself. Ries talks about the build, measure, and learn approach to establishing the essential product-market-fit. This book is packed with information in a clear, radical new framework.

4/5

Blink

By Malcom Gladwell

4.5/5

The Organized Mind

By Daniel Levitin

4/5

Black Box Thinking

By Matthew Syed

4.5/5

Atomic Habits

By James Clear

4.25/5

Can't Hurt Me

By David Goggins

4.25/5

Grit: The Power of Passion and Perserverance

By Angela Duckworth

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