8 Productivity & Quality of Life Books that Everyone should read (and why):


1. Think Again by Adam M. Grant

( Organizational psychologist @Wharton. #1 NYT bestselling author of THINK AGAIN. Podcast: WorkLife @TEDTalks. Diver. Success is helping others succeed.)

Summary - an exploration of the importance of adopting a rethinking mindset rather than a thinking skill set. Lesson - The world is always changing, and if we are not willing to change with it, we will fall behind.


2. Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less by Alex Soojung-Kim Pang

( #4dayweek expert. Author of SHORTER, REST, and THE DISTRACTION ADDICTION. Founder of Strategy & Rest. Rep: @zoepagnamenta and @bsgspeakers)

Summary - encouraging individuals to make time for play and creativity. Lesson - You'll get more done when you make sure you give yourself enough time to slow down & have fun.

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3. Show Your Work! 10 Ways to Share Your Creativity and Get Discovered by Austin Kleon

(NYTimes bestselling author of STEAL LIKE AN ARTIST and other books. Subscribe to my weekly newsletter & log off this hellsite: http://austinkleon.substack.com
Summary - a personal manifesto on how you can do creative work. Lesson - Teaching people doesn’t subtract value from what you do, it actually adds to it.


4. The Courage to Be Disliked by Ichiro Kishimi & Fumitake Koga Summary - How to free ourselves & find lasting happiness Lesson - The use & application of horizontal relationships.



5. Seeking Wisdom from Darwin to Munger by Peter Bevelin Summary - why we make wrong judgments & how we can avoid them. Lesson - If we understand what influences us, we can prevent certain undesirable decisions in life.



6. Can't Hurt Me by David Goggins

(Retired Navy SEAL & Endurance Athlete)

Summary - The 40% Rule, and Goggins' story on how to reach full potential. Lesson - How to break through our mental barriers and gain control of our success.


7. Organize Tomorrow Today by Jason Selk, Tom Bartow, Matthew Rudy Summary - knowledge to help you "recycle your mind to optimize output at work and in life." Lesson - eight ways of helping people get their lives back on track.


8. The Messy Middle by Scott Belsky

(Helping the creative world conquer the messy middle & make ideas happen. Founder @behance, CPO @adobe, Angel in 80+ startups the world needs. product obsessive.)

Summary - The seldom talked about volatile middle in startup cultures and how to survive it. Lesson - Maintaining self-awareness in times of uncertainty. Start, endure, optimize, finish, repeat if necessary.


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