@FindthisBook: Book Club
The most successful people in the world have one thing in common: They read.
Warren Buffet summarizes the value of reading perfectly: “That’s how knowledge works. It builds up, like compound interest. All of you can do it, but I guarantee not many of you will do it.”
My 2019 intention is stay consistent with reading and make it a daily ritual. So I took on the Goodreads Reading Challenge and set a goal of reading a book a week. I started my list of books in the following areas:
Follow along and get inspired to read with weekly posts below.
January 5, 2019
David’s Sling places into context ten canonical works of art executed to commemorate the successes of free societies that exerted political and economic influence far beyond what might have been expected of them. Artworks include Monet, the Parthenon, Michelangelo’s David and more…
January 12, 2019
The authors of Freakonomics and SuperFreakonomics, are back with their third novel Think like a Freak. This new book still contains their trademark blend of captivating storytelling and unconventional analysis, but this time they illuminate their thought process on how they “think like a freak” to look at issues, problems and life hacks. The goal – to retrain your brain to look at the situation differently.
January 19, 2019
January 26, 2019
Through his success from the 4 hour work week, subsequent books and his podcast, Tim Ferris has met and interviewed many “greats” or titans as he calls them. Tim Ferris is a self-confessed experimenter and seeker of knowledge. He has also religiously taken notes.
This book is collection of tactics, routines, and habits of billionaires, icons, and world-class performers from reviewing his interviews and interactions with over 200 people over the years.
Reading: February 2, 2019
Meditations – the personal journal of the great Roman emperor filled with Stoic philosophy and advice relevant even today.
What is most striking about the book is how relative to today it is, showing that people’s struggles really are similar regardless of nationality (which I find often as I travel) or century (as these writing are almost 2000 years old).
Reading: February 9, 2019
Social scientist Brené Brown has ignited a global conversation on courage, vulnerability, shame, and worthiness. Her pioneering work uncovered a profound truth: Vulnerability—the willingness to show up and be seen with no guarantee of outcome—is the only path to more love, belonging, creativity, and joy.
But living a brave life is not always easy: We are, inevitably, going to stumble and fall.
It is the rise from falling that Brown takes as her subject in Rising Strong.
Reading: February 16, 2019
Donna Gates is a nutritional consultant, author, and lecturer, has helped thousands of people overcome candidiasis and other immune-system disorders.
Drawing on the best of modern medical science, ancient Chinese medicine, and naturopathy—combined with years of firsthand experience counseling clients—she created Body Ecology, her own system of health and healing.
Reading: February 23, 2019
The perfect book to read for social media “influencers”.
Influence explains the psychology of why people say “yes”—and how to apply these understandings. You’ll learn the six universal principles, how to use them to become a skilled persuader—and how to defend yourself against them. Perfect for people in all walks of life, the principles of Influence will move you toward profound personal change and act as a driving force for your success.
Reading: March 2, 2019
Paul Theroux celebrates fifty years of wandering the globe by collecting the best writing on travel from the books that shaped him, as a reader and a traveler.
Part philosophical guide, part miscellany, part reminiscence, The Tao of Travel enumerates “The Contents of Some Travelers’ Bags” and exposes “Writers Who Wrote about Places They Never Visited”; tracks extreme journeys in “Travel as an Ordeal” and highlights some of “Travelers’ Favorite Places.”
Reading: March 9, 2019
Eckhart Tolle’s message is simple: living in the now is the truest path to happiness and enlightenment. But how?
This book in an excellent manual for anyone who’s ever wondered what exactly “living in the now” means. Topics include the source of Chi, enlightened relationships, creative use of the mind, impermanence and the cycle of life.
Reading: March 23, 2019
In Everybody Writes, top marketing veteran Ann Handley gives expert guidance and insight into the process and strategy of content creation, production and publishing, with actionable how-to advice designed to get results.
These lessons and rules apply across all of your online assets — like web pages, home page, landing pages, blogs, email, marketing offers, and on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social media.
Ann deconstructs the strategy and delivers a practical approach to create ridiculously compelling and competent content. It’s designed to be the go-to guide for anyone creating or publishing any kind of online content — whether you’re a big brand or you’re small and solo.
Reading: March 30, 2019
The Sun Also Rises is one of Ernest Hemingway’s masterpieces. The story follows the flamboyant group of expatriates as they journey from the wild nightlife of 1920s Paris to the brutal bullfighting rings of Spain.
It is an age of moral bankruptcy, spiritual dissolution, unrealized love, and vanishing illusions. A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation and poignant descriptions of the life & cultures he found in Europe.
Reading: April 6, 2019
A biography of Isabella Stewart Gardner of Boston. This woman lived in the early 19th century and what a life she led. An American charmer and art collector, Isabella Stewart Gardner and her husband Jack kept company with the leading men of the day including Henry James, Henry Adams, John Singer Sargent and Whistler.
The Stewart Gardners’ Boston home, which was modeled after a Venetian palazzo, contains treasures from her travels abroad in an eclectic collection that is now a museum. The museum is now infamous as it was robbed in 1990 of 13 works of art valued at a combined total of $500 million and still have not been recovered to this day.
But this book is about the life of an extraordinary woman… especially for that time period.
Reading: April 13, 2019
The acknowledged expert in the psychology of change, 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.
He details his most effective strategies and techniques for mastering your emotions, your body, your relationships, your finances, and your life. Wake up and take control of your life!
Reading: April 20, 2019
Food Around the World: A Cultural Perspective is a unique and fascinating text examining the geography, history, economic, religious, and cultural factors influencing food consumption and availability.
This is actually a text book for students that examines cultural food patterns and fosters an appreciation for various regions, nations, and cuisines. Chapters explore how and why different regions developed their unique cuisines and include recipes from each region.
Reading: April 27, 2019
Seth Godin has taught and inspired millions of entrepreneurs, marketers, leaders, and fans from all walks of life, via his blog, online courses, lectures, and bestselling books.
Now, for the first time, Godin offers the core of his marketing wisdom in one compact, accessible, timeless package. This is Marketing shows you how to do work you’re proud of, whether you’re a tech startup founder, a small business owner, or part of a large corporation.
Great marketers don’t use consumers to solve their company’s problem; they use marketing to solve other people’s problems. Their tactics rely on empathy, connection, and emotional labor instead of attention-stealing ads and spammy email funnels. No matter what your product or service, this book will help you reframe how it’s presented to the world, in order to meaningfully connect with people who want it.
Reading: May 4, 2019
For the past two centuries, the West has plundered the treasures of the ancient world to fill its great museums, but in recent years the countries where ancient civilizations originated have begun to push back, taking museums to court, prosecuting curators, and threatening to force the return of these priceless objects.
The books takes us inside this high-stakes conflict, from the great cities of the West to Egypt, Turkey, Greece, and Italy, as these countries face down the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum, the British Museum, and the J. Paul Getty Museum.
For readers who are fascinated by antiquity, who love to frequent museums, and who believe in the value of cultural exchange, Loot opens a new window on an enduring conflict.
Reading: May 18, 2019
It’s all the craze.. there’s an oil for that. But really, what should you be putting on your body.
Backed by extensive research, Dr. Z explains how essential oils are the natural solution to everything from anxiety and depression to deep-seated inflammation. For beginners, Dr. Z teaches everything you need to know to get started, including the top seven oils you should stock from Day 1 and the commonly used techniques and tools.
The book illustrates daily practices you can follow to enjoy the properties of essential oils. With this knowledge, you can begin tailoring an essential oils practice to your unique pain points and lifestyle right away – and start experiencing amazing results.
Reading: May 25, 2019
What if the real key to a richer and more fulfilling career was not to create and scale a new start-up, but rather, to be able to work for yourself, determine your own hours, and become a (highly profitable) and sustainable company of one? Suppose the better—and smarter—solution is simply to remain small? This book explains how to do just that.
Company of One is a refreshingly new approach centered on staying small and avoiding growth, for any size business. Not as a freelancer who only gets paid on a per piece basis, and not as an entrepreneurial start-up that wants to scale as soon as possible, but as a small business that is deliberately committed to staying that way. By staying small, one can have freedom to pursue more meaningful pleasures in life, and avoid the headaches that result from dealing with employees, long meetings, or worrying about expansion.
Jarvis explains how you can find the right pathway including planning how to set up your shop, determining your desired revenues, dealing with unexpected crises, keeping your key clients happy, and of course, doing all of this on your own.
Reading: June 1, 2019
Joseph Campbell’s The Power of Myth reveals how the themes and symbols of ancient narratives continue to bring meaning to birth, death, love, and war. From stories of the gods and goddesses of ancient Greece and Rome to traditions of Buddhism, Hinduism and Christianity, a broad array of themes are considered that together identify the universality of human experience across time and culture.
Campbell’s identification of these common themes and the heroes journey has influenced many storytellers today including Star Wars creator George Lucas.
Reading: June 8, 2019
Dale Carnegie’s time-tested advice has carried millions upon millions of readers for more than seventy-five years up the ladder of success in their business and personal lives.
A reboot of these principles to include the complexities of modern times. This book will teach you how to communicate with diplomacy and tact, capitalize on a solid network, make people like you, project your message widely and clearly, be a more effective leader, increase your ability to get things done, and optimize the power of digital tools.
Reading: June 15, 2019
The Power of Neuroplasticity presents the scientific discovery that the thoughts we think physically rewire and reshape our brains and change our lives.
In plain language, Dr. Helmstetter shows how to wire your brain to change attitudes, overcome negativity, improve health and fitness, reach personal goals, increase mental sharpness and clarity, improve usable IQ, super-charge your thinking and reshape your life, all by using the latest tools and techniques from the field of neuroscience.
Reading: June 22, 2019
Every business faces the existential threat of competitors producing cheaper copies. Even patent filings, market dominance and financial resources can’t shield them from copycats. Outlasting competition is difficult; doing so over decades or a century is nearly impossible–unless one leaps.
Leap is a manifesto for how pioneering companies can endure and prosper in a world of constant change and inevitable copycats by reimagining how a product is made or a service is delivered.
Reading: June 29, 2019
Inspired by Jack Kerouac’s own adventures, On the Road tells the story of two friends whose cross-country road trips are a quest for meaning and true experience. The characters are penniless young people who are in love with life, beauty, jazz, sex, drugs, speed, and mysticism and who have absolute contempt for alarm clocks, timetables, road maps, mortgages, pensions, and all traditional American rewards for industry.
On the Road became closely associated with the Beat generation and the American vision of freedom and hope, a book that changed American literature.