Awesome Books to Read

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Sapiens …….OMG this book has rocked my world this summer. So fascinating and raising so many questions. If you’re interested in the state of the human race then this one is for you. If you’re a creationist….. then probably less so 😉

Future Fit by Giles Hutchins is part workbook, part evidence based synopsis of how to do things right at a company level. Some of the examples he gives are bizarre (to say the least) but the general ideas are great!

Doughnut Economics OK, fessing up – I haven’t read this yet but it’s on my Christmas list if anyone is feeling generous. Looks like it’s a good stab at tackling what it wrong on a macro level.

The Power of One is a book which I read compulsively many, many moons ago – but I’ve come back to more recently as an inspiring read. Follow the story of Peekay as he negotiates a very hostile apartheid South Africa in pursuit of his dreams.

The One Thing combined with the Miracle Morning have been transformational for me in the way I work. I’m now getting 10 x more done and feeling waaaaay more productive. The ideas in “The One Thing” are not rocket science (far from it) – they’re pretty much common sense but most of us are soooo goddam distracted that we never get on with the things that count. Take heed and take action to do your One Thing!

Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss Great for dipping into on the beach, this book can be frustrating at times since it’s basically a whole load of short summaries of Tim’s podcasts. However, given that each podcast is an hour and a half (minimum) it’s a quick way to catch up on the methods of current thought (and action) leaders in the fields of personal development and health.

The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod is a a great guide to anyone wanting to start their day well. He advises getting up at 5am – a bit extreme in my opinion – especially if you’ve been up half the night with kids! Anyhow, the book outlines a protocol for mornings which includes, exercise, meditation, journaling etc. It definitely works and all the evidence from the study of high performers would suggest that getting up early is a key thing that leads to success.

The Desiderata of Happiness by Max Ehrmann: You’ll have almost certainly have heard the poem “The Desiderata” at some point, it’s the one that begins – “Go placidly amidst the noise and haste” – if you’re anything like me you might have laughed at that concept as you’ve been cleaning up a screaming toddler! In any event this is a booklet full of wise little pomes that is great to have on your bookshelf for inspiration.

Small Acts of Resistance It’s AMAZING the ingenuity some people have had in the way in which they have protested against authority. I love this book and hope one day to come up with something as inspired as some of the actions in it.

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