Just a random list of some of my all-time favorite books. Check ’em out!
- Steven Covey’s 7 Habits – a classic in the self-help/success genre. It taught me many things, one of which always sticks out: start with the end in mind.
- Eckhart Tolle’s The Power of Now – Tolle shows how trauma can affect people and how other’s can get sucked into that pain, and the important of being conscious and avoiding negativity
- Douglas Hofstadter’s Goedel, Escher, Bach – a masterpiece well ahead of its time, and a very challenging and beautiful read. One of the few books I own a hardcopy of
- Kerouac’s Dharma Bums – My first hint that societal norms are arbitrary boundaries. I heavily quoted it in my high school valedictorian speech 🙂
- Albert Camus’ The Fall and Exile and the Kingdom – another book I first read in high school, this book introduced me to how utterly beautiful literature could be
- Nietzche’s Beyond Good and Evil – another classic treatise on perspective. It’s critical to understand that there is no absolute good or bad in this reality
- Tim Ferriss’ 4-Hour Workweek – a book just right for it’s time, for a generation still adjusting to the decline of the industrial age and the rise of the information age. This book taught us how to think outside the box and adjust to a world were 40 years at the same company, pensions, retirement, social security, affordable housing, and white picket fences were becoming a thing of the past.
- David Allen’s Getting Things Done – a classic that should be required reading for high school students in my opinion. This book taught me how to be organized and many techniques I have refined and use to this day. Like any book of this nature, you need to pick and choose what works for you, but there are many gems in this book (for instance Projects lists, and Someday/Maybe lists).
- The Drunkard’s Walk and books like it – it is very important to understand how hard it is for the human brain to comprehend the amount of randomness that actually occurs in the reality we live in
- Any Calvin and Hobbes – one of the outstanding philosopher’s of our time, Calvin reminds me to keep the important things in mind: relationships, wonder, imagination, and play