Last updated on December 20th, 2016
Here is an overview of the books I’ve read recently and the ones I’m currently reading.
These are all books I’ve read or started reading in the past few months. If you wonder how you can read more books, read this post.
My plan is to do some book reviews. I will also add a link to the review here whenever a new review is posted on the blog.
Currently this page has 3 sections:
Books I’m reading now
The Tao of Seneca (volumes 1-3) is an introduction to Stoic philosophy through the words of Seneca. Thought leaders in Silicon Valley tout the benefits of Stoicism, and NFL management, coaches, and players alike have embraced it because the principles make them better competitors. Stoicism is a no-nonsense philosophical system designed to produce dramatic real-world effects.
This is an audiobook series in 3 parts.
Superintelligence asks the questions: What happens when machines surpass humans in general intelligence?
See also my mention of Nick Bostrom in my list of most inspiring people.
Introduction to the theory and practice of artificial intelligence.
Books I’ve read recently
How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, by Scott Adams, is his most recommended book that is not related to his Dilbert Comics.
This book talks about embracing your failures and use systems instead of goals.
The Choose Yourself Guide To Wealth, by James Altucher, is a guide to building, keeping, and investing your money and breaking free from the chains of rusted, old thinking. In this book, James explains how he built his own companies, some more successful than others.
Like any of these kinds of books, I don’t see them as a guide on how to become rich but rather as a source of inspiration and ideas for my own experiments.
The Inevitable, by Kevin Kelly, is a guide through the twelve technological imperatives that will shape the next thirty years and transform our lives.
Outliers , by Malcolm Gladwell, covers the world of “outliers”–the best and the brightest, the most famous and the most successful and answers the question: what makes high-achievers different?
The conclusion is that we pay too much attention to what successful people are like, and not enough attention to where they are from: their culture, their family, their generation, and the idiosyncratic experiences of their upbringing.
This book is very interesting to see what is really needed to be successful. One of the observations early in the book is that talent is certainly not enough. In any field you need at least 10.000 hours of practice to master your field and become an outlier, no matter how smart or talented you are. But also luck plays an important part.
Reading the book might give you the impression that it all comes down to luck, being born at the right place and in the right time. But we must not forget that the outliers mentioned in the book are the absolute top. You don’t need to be an outlier to be successful. We can’t all be Bill Gates, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get rich. We can’t all be The Beatles but it doesn’t mean we can’t play in a successful band.
But to get there, we need to put in the hours and do the work, no matter how talented we are.
Awaken the Giant Within : How to Take Immediate Control of Your Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Destiny!
Awaken the Giant Within, by Tony Robbins, provides a step-by-step program teaching the fundamental lessons of self-mastery that will enable you to discover your true purpose, take control of your life, and harness the forces that shape your destiny.
The book is very condense but is packed with ways to push yourself in the direction of success. I had to read it twice and take many notes to get the best out of the book and I’m testing the principles right now. I’ll write a follow-up post with the results of my experiments.
Fooled by Randomness is one in a series of books by Nassim Nicholas Taleb. See also Antifragile below. The book is an investigation of opacity, luck, uncertainty, probability, human error, risk, and decision-making in a world we don’t understand.
Nassim Taleb also made it in my list of most inspiring people.
In this new book, McDougall traces the steps of the ancient greek heroes and a band of Resistance fighters in World War II on the razor-sharp mountains of Crete, in search for the secrets of natural movement, extraordinary endurance, and efficient nutrition.
Where Born to Run inspired me enough to run a half marathon, I’m intrigued where this book will lead me.
The Graveyard book by Neil Gaiman is the first fiction book I started reading in a long time. It comes highly recommended by Tim Ferriss and over the years I’ve learned to trust Tim’s judgment.
The book tells the story of a boy that grew up being raised by ghosts in a graveyard. The audio version of the book is definitely recommended!
The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. This book has a focus on scientific research , yet it is not a dull summary of findings but uses fascinating storytelling to bring its message.
In this book, Grant Cardone explains his 10X Rule. The basic principle is to plan for 10 times the goal you want to achieve and take 10 times the amount of effort needed to achieve it.
It’s a good way of compensate for underestimating what is needed and to allow yourself to think big.
This book by Oren Klaff explains techniques based on neuroeconomics to help you selling ideas to investors, pitching a client for new business, or even negotiating for a higher salary.
This book by Rolf Potts offers inspiration for long time travel (6 weeks to several years) but also acts as a practical guide, full of useful tips.
More information is also available at the companion website for this book.
The story and lessons of Derek Sivers.
Derek Sivers started CD Baby in 1998 by helping his friends sell their CDs. In 2000, he hired his first employee. Eight years later, he sold CD Baby for $22 million.
In this short book, Derek tells his story about his business and mixes it with his unique view on how to run a business. It’s an interesting read because it differs a lot from the classic view on businesses and startups.
Official biography of Warren Buffet.
Warren started doing business at a very young age. In 2016 he will be 86 years old and he is still working as CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.
This leads to a very big biography, with a writer who goes into a lot of detailed.
Although the book is maybe a bit too long, it still gives an interesting and unique insight into the mind of Warren Buffet.
It is interesting to learn that his obsession for making money is not fuelled by greed. He never used much of his billions for personal pleasure and gave most of it away to charity.
The success of Warren Buffet can be explained by a few distinguishing factors. His obsession for making money, his patience, self-confidence and his work ethic.
I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in business or wants to grow their career.
In The $100 Startup, Chris Guillebeau shows you how to lead of life of adventure, meaning and purpose – and earn a good living.
Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business
Guide on how to work with virtual staff, by Chris Ducker.
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.
We all want to get to yes, but what happens when the other person keeps saying no?
How can you negotiate successfully with a stubborn boss, an irate customer, or a deceitful coworker?
Power Negotiating teaches that the way you negotiate can get you everything you want and still convince the other side that they won also.
What Taleb has identified and calls “antifragile” is that category of things that not only gain from chaos but need it in order to survive and flourish.
See also my mention of Nassim Taleb in my list of most inspiring people.
Official biography of Elon Musk.
See also my mention of Elon Musk in my list of most inspiring people.
The New York Times bestseller that introduced the business world to a future that’s already here
Achieve everything you always wanted: financial security, power and influence, the ideal job, satisfying relationships, and a rewarding, happy life.
Influence, the classic book on persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say “yes”—and how to apply these understandings.